I’m Patty Thurlby, whimsical and quirky making fun and practical upcycled art. I started to call myself an artist in 1990 when I was accepted into my first art gallery and my mixed media pieces started selling. I had my day job but usually spent every other weekend having an “artquake” filling up my studio with new pieces and distributing them to various galleries the next weekend. In..
When I get a brand new package of Graphix Shrink Film, it is hard not to use it all in one day because it is so fun to play with! I like making 3D items that are OOAK because you made them yourself. You can go to the craft store and buy stacks of JoLee stickers and self adhesive decorations but homemade is so much better in my opinion. : )
A typewriter is a fun theme for a greeting card and making some out of shrink film is easily done. I Google free clip art and got this image which brought back memories of my typing class in 1968. We actually didn’t have electric typewriters that year. I had a hard time adapting to the IBM electric ones the next year, I was constantly holding down the keys too long and typing extra aaaaaaaaaaaaaa’s.
Anything you print on shrink film is going to shrink to 50% less than it started. I fill up the page with two 5″ typewriters. After printing, cut out both images close to the lines. Place the typewriters on parchment paper or a vellum lined cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven for about 1 minute until they shrink. WATCH IT shrink and remove immediately. Sometimes I will flatten the shrink film object with a spatula if it is not completely flat.
After it cools, use a felt pen to color the typewriter body.
Next, print out sentiments on card stock paper about 1″ wide, this will be perfect for the message popping out of the typewriter.
I used a clip art window and lamp that I cut out. A pretty piece of scrapbook paper made a “tablecloth” that was attached with gluestick. I think the little shrink film typewriter adds so much to this homemade greeting card.
I made my Mom’s birthday card with the other typewriter and made a cute little vellum garland with triangles of vellum colored with felt pens attached with hot glue to bakers twine. EASY!
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I hope you have fun making some shrink film typewriters!
I scored at Pier One Imports recently…I got four of these twig placemats for $1.25 each! The twig placemat wall hangings turned out to be my most successful placemat makeover. I have a ziplock sandwich bag full of red white and blue ephemera, so the supplies were already at hand.
I can hardly wait to make four wall hangings….thanks, Pier One Imports!
I made the first wall hanging for Sunrose First Saturday ArtWalk in April and it sold within 2 hours of hanging on the wall. WOW.
I know from experience all it takes is one idea to get the creative juices flowing. Isn’t it fun to decoupage Dollar Tree white shells with napkins that have gold stars on them? Once you have shells with stars on them, it is easy to be inspired to fill the placemat with rows of patriotic stuff.
I got these actual military ribbon bars at a garage sale and since they were a little rough looking, I covered them with some little gold stars and placed them in an arch.
I’ve had this wood star FOREVER! It never worked on any of my ideas. Now it was a perfect fit for the focal point center with a garage sale lapel pin.
Next, some sea biscuits in a little row.
Last but not least some plastic lobsters (tablecloth corner weights) that have been in the red white and blue bag since last summer.
Everything was attached with hot glue and I tied a coarse piece of twine at the top to make a hanger.
This is an easy craft and is a good way to use little crafting odds and ends to make a fun wall hanging!
Greeting cards are fun and easy to make……once you FINALLY get an idea! LOL Acrostics are a way to say a lot without being “wordy”. If you Google “acrostic poem ideas” on Goggle Images, a bunch of examples fill up the screen in a matter of seconds.
Thanks to my Mom, I didn’t have to work at all for an idea! I got a text from her with the acrostic spelled out, how easy is that? Thanks again, MOM!
I thought it would be fun to use my FREE magazine fonts for most of the first letters and a paper flower for the letter “O”. I used glue stick to attach them to the 10 x 7 piece of cardstock.
Step ONE: Go through some magazines and cut out larger fonts for the first letters of the acrostic words. Use glue stick to attach them to the cardstock.
STEP TWO: print out “old”, “atiently”, “xpecting” in your choice of colors. Cut them out and attach with glue stick. Use hot glue to attach a paper flower if you have one.
At the last minute I decided to personalize it with “I am hoping and praying for you!”
Since it is easy as pie to make a free printable, I made a pdf. you that you can click and print. The pdf is for a full size A7 greeting card to give away or use as inspiration for your own magazine font card.
Would you believe it…..trash sells! In 2005 I was invited to a trash art event called the Trash Bash in Manzanita, Oregon. So I made some tin can dolls and they sold like hotcakes. They were decorated with garage sale finds and quirky sayings like Bernadette: “Bernadette couldn’t do the cha cha, but she had a knack for the can-can.”
After 14 years I still make two varieties of the dolls, “Bernadette” and “Dire Warning”. However through the years I made many tin can dolls that gave folks the giggles as they passed through my section of Sunrose Gallery here in Seaside, Oregon.
I remove the can label for Bernadette but leave the label on the peeled tomato can for a fun burst of color. (Cathy Tippen, owner of Sunrose Gallery faithfully saves her peeled tomato cans for me!)
Supplies: ribbons and trims, wire arms and legs, ribbon roses to attach arms, garters and popsicle sticks for “Dire Warning” legs.
I use flat glass marbles (Dollar Tree) that are hot glued to clip art faces with a piece of mat board for the neck.
I wish I knew how many times I have printed out these sayings for Bernadette and Dire Warning! Many times I have filled up my work table with 18 dolls which were assembled in mass production in a day.
I was cleaning out the “Tin Doll” drawer and came across these old sayings printed out as the labels on the dolls. “Sheila” had a white tulle “veil” and white rick rack trim to simulate a bride and her label was meant to bring attention that she was a tin can.
Since Bernadette and Dire Warning were always the best sellers, they are the only ones I make nowadays. It’s fun to make whimsical art that gives folks a reason to smile!
I like making happy art and hopefully this saying will brighten someone’s wall for years to come. This 10 x 10 gallery wrapped canvas was fast and easy to make!
I went through some boxes in the attic and found these wood surfboard ornaments and stained glass star. Sometimes it’s a good thing to straighten up. YAY.
An assemblage always needs a happy or inspirational saying and Good Day Sunshine has been playing in my head recently! Of course I use my FREE magazine fonts to add interest and color. I painted the 10 x 10 gallery wrapped canvas a pretty shades of turquoise for the sky and water and “latte” for the sand.
I remember purchasing this star at a shop in Cannon Beach when I first moved to Seaside in 2005. I put it in the shoe box after the pretty silver solder oxidized and I didn’t want to display it anymore.
These are the kinds of assemblages that sell at Sunrose Gallery. Either a tourist purchases it for a souvenir for the happy time they had at our little beach, or a new homeowner buys it for their new beachy themed room.
It was fast and easy to make and would be a fun project for kids to make with handmade paper surfboards, a colorful paper sun and send them on a treasure hunt with some magazines to find some pretty fonts for the saying!
I buy jars of junk jewelry from Goodwill all the time and they usually have a few metal bangle bracelets tucked inside. I thought it would be fun to use one of them to define the outline of a tree top.
I buy stacks of frames from Dollar Tree and started with some pretty scrapbook paper for a whispy background.
I cut out a tree trunk shape and “painted” it with silver felt pen as a base for old necklace chain. E6000 works great to adhere the chains…just squirt a rope of glue and lay the chain down in layers. After all the chain is secured to the paper trunk, use E6000 to attach a bangle bracelet to form the outline of the tree.
Cut out the tree shape and cover the bottom edge of the trunk. I used a piece of ArtEmboss that was embossed with the word “STAND”. I typed up inspirational sayings associated with trees and found a collection of leaf charms in my drawer.
To assemble: Use glue stick to attach the sayings to the scrapbook paper background and put the scrapbook paper under the glass as you would a photograph. After the frame is put back together, use E6000 to attach the tree to the front of the glass and decorate the tree top with silver toned leaf charms. Use two fern charms at the base of the tree and attach a whimsical dragonfly at a jaunty angle.
This project is fast and easy plus economical. Little inspirational assemblages make great bazaar inventory and are a quick and easy gift to make. 5 x 7 pieces fit into gallery walls or look great sitting on the mantle or filling up a hole on the bookcase!
It was fun to turn the bangle bracelet into the tree top and I have some new projects in mind for the ziplock bag of them in my drawer!
It’s fun to think out of the box! When I found this necklace stuffed in the bottom of a junk jewelry jar I got at Goodwill, no fabulous ideas popped into my head how to give it an update.
After a while the idea occured to me this necklace could use a pop of color. I could have used E6000 to attach colorful beads to the center holes, but I was curious if colorful wires could be attached, would they stay in place?
I have this cool collection of 20 gauge copper colored wire so I threaded a bead on the wire and attached it to the necklace jump rings.
A twist of the wire with my small needle nose pliers made the wires fit snug on the flat gold rounds and they stay in place. YAY.
I love the pop of color from the mardi gras beads plus the colorful wire. I can wear this necklace to brighten an outfit, but since the update is removable if I get a new idea they can be easily removed.
I don’t know how much $$$ I have spent on silly greeting cards through the years. It was always fun to go through the racks and buy the cards that made me giggle out loud. I think I liked cards because it made letter writing easier…less room to write!
It’s fun to get a greeting card for no occasion at all, just because someone is thinking of YOU! I like ones with silly messages like the Chinese fortunes I collected after I Googled “free Chinese fortunes”.
STEP TWO: Fold the card in half and trim the card along the red lines to fit a 5 x 7 envelope.
STEP THREE: Type the fortune message, print it out and use glue stick to attach to the greeting card.
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Since there is no fortune message on this card it can be used for many occasions with your own personalized “fortune”! It can have a funny birthday message, a fun anniversary message and with a little thought can be adapted to any occasion.
I am always telling folks, get your memories out of the computer or drawer and make them into something useful so today I am following my own advice! I decided to make a photo copy of this fabulous picture of Mom and 1 year old me into a memory I can wear.
I went through my old jewelry box and found these old pieces of memorabilia from my childhood. I was four years old when I got the ring. The girl scout pin was from my “flying up” ceremony from Brownies to Girl Scouts when I was eight. The Timex watch was a birthday present for my 9th year. I got the wood mouse pin at my 12 year birthday party and the bracelet was a high school graduation gift.
The Timex watch lasted for at least 3 years and I wore it everyday because it made me feel so grown up! Since I have kept it in my jewelry box for 58 years I guess it was pretty special gift….from Mom of course.
STEP ONE: Make a photo copy and cut out the image.
STEP TWO: Decoupage the image to the watch face. (I like to use Diamond Glaze by Judikins because it is clear.)
STEP THREE: Cover the face of the image with decoupage medium.
The braid band didn’t fit! But I adapted it to fit by expanding the back with a jump ring and lobster clasp.
WA LAH! No reason to have the watch sitting in the jewelry box….especially since I don’t wear a real watch anymore : ) A bracelet is fun and a conversation starter to boot!
This is a fun and easy craft to do. Most folks have watches that don’t work in their jewelry box, hopefully this will inspire someone to make a wearble memory!
I have so many boxes of this and that….stored because I couldn’t think of anything to do with it. Today I decided to try making a little wind chime, something Sunrose Gallery has plenty of ceiling space to display.
I purchased the measuring spoons from a clearance rack and the red ceramic pieces from Goodwill years ago.
STEP ONE: Make a swirl for the top of the wind chime to hang.
STEP TWO: Bend 8″ pieces of 18 gauge wire in half forming a loop. Thread each loop into the intersection of the bottom of the loop above like the photo.
STEP THREE: Cut 9″ pieces of 18 gauge wire and fill with silver toned beads with red bead accents.
STEP FOUR: Make a loop at the end of each top wire and secure the bead strands to each end by curling it shut. Add one bead strand to the middle to make it clang!
It was fun to use up these supplies that have sat around for years. YAY!