Monday, June 06, 2016

Stenciled mini canvas - Dance!

stenciled mini canvas by lisa fulmer

Dancing is a great "just get out there and do it" type of mantra for life. I painted this stenciled mini canvas for the Creating with Joy blog - I love how the little chipboard embellishment turned out!

Friday, June 03, 2016

Monogrammed ATCs

monogrammed artist trading cards by lisa fulmer

I made these monogrammed artist trading cards for the Creating with Joy blog - now I need to go through my contacts list to find friends whose names start with these letters!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fabric-wrapped spring wreath

fabric wrapped spring wreath by lisa fulmer

Oly*Fun fabric is fun to work with because it doesn't fray and you can treat it like paper with folding, die-cutting or even embossing. I made this bright little spring wreath for the Bella Crafts blog.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Mini wine cork board

mini wine cork board by lisa fulmer

So many wine corks have pretty designs and lettering on the sides - but most wine cork crafts have the sides obscured so the flat round ends create the surface. I thought I'd switch it up a bit and show off a few of the prettier corks in my stash with this mini cork board project that I made for the Creating with Joy blog.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Display riser cube made with paint chips

display riser cube paint chip craft  by lisa fulmer

I do love a good paint chip craft. Here's a fun little paper mosaic cube that I made for the Bella Crafts blog. Smoothfoam cubes are so easy to decorate - they make great display risers for all my little tchotchkes.

Friday, May 20, 2016


Dwellings by Lisa Fulmer
Dwellings by Lisa Fulmer - mixed media

I painted these two 10" x 30" canvases for a local art show called sight/unseen. Each participating artist had to create a piece that expressed some aspect of their identity. Click here for an interview about me on the Concord Community of Artists blog.

I looked through my grandparents' photos from the 1940s and found one of a Victorian flat in San Francisco where my mother lived as a child, and another of a ranch home in rural Northern California where my father spent his childhood.

Even though I grew up in suburbia, I've always felt connected to both the city and country influences from my parents' lives when they were young. 

I wanted these country and city dwellings to be "twins" in style. Even though they are not in scale when compared to each other, I like that the city house is smaller and the country house is bigger - it's how they felt to me as a child, despite being the opposite of how they actually were physically.

I blended acrylic paints to get all the colors I liked, and I ruled everything with paint marker to keep things bold and simple. I also painted the papers that are glued inside the windows, those pieces were trimmed from larger prints I made using a gel plate. 

Each artist also wrote a narrative to describe their work and why it's meaningful - here's mine:
My mom and dad met each other in San Francisco in the late 1950s when they were both working at a movie theater - Dad was an usher and Mom was a candy girl. Mom had lived in the city since she was about five. Dad spent his childhood in a rural area of Northern California, then came to the city as a young teen.

My folks left the city for the suburbs after marrying because they wanted a calmer life for raising kids. We’d make regular weekend road trips up north to visit my dad’s family on their farm - twenty acres of dusty olive orchards with lots of chickens, cows, dogs and cats. I remember the creaking sound of the porch door, waking to the rooster each morning and helping my grammy with chores and crafts. 
We took trips into the city to visit my mom’s family, too. The hustle and bustle of San Francisco frightened me as a small child; so many cars and people everywhere as we strolled through Union Square! But I remember admiring all the flowers in my grandma’s “secret garden,” tucked tightly between several big houses. I was also intrigued by the stairs everywhere and the long, narrow hallway of her Victorian flat. 
I cherish everything about growing up in a suburban town, but I also really love the influences of my families’ lives in both the city and the country. After college, I gravitated to San Francisco, living there for many years. Now I’m back in suburbia…but I still have yearnings for quiet time on the farm, as well as party time in the city!
I’m a little bit country…and I’m a little bit rock and roll.” — Donny and Marie

Monday, May 02, 2016

Melted crayon suncatcher

melted crayon suncatcher lisa fulmer

This melted crayon suncatcher is a quick and fun project for kids (and grown-ups, too!) to make - it would be an especially cute handmade gift idea for mom or dad.

crayon shavings to melt

It's a very inexpensive craft project - all you need are a couple sheets of kitchen wax paper and a few crayons. Start by twisting crayons through a pencil sharpener and sprinkle the shavings on top of a sheet of wax paper. You don't need too many shavings, but it's fun to pick multiple colors. Let the shavings fall randomly, or move them into a symmetrical pattern if you prefer.

melted crayons on wax paper

Place a second sheet of wax paper on top, then carefully press a medium hot iron down over the shavings for just a couple seconds. Slowly rotate the iron to move the melted wax around and blend or streak the colors together a bit. It's always a colorful surprise when you lift up the iron!

punch hole to hang suncatcher

After the paper and wax have cooled for a minute or two, the layers will be stiff and sealed together. Trim your piece into whatever shape you want, then place a small piece of clear tape at the top to reinforce a small hole punch. Insert a loop of ribbon or string for hanging in the window.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Etched stemless champagne flutes

I found a pair of plain, stemless champagne flutes at the local salvage store for a buck - and of course they were just crying to be etched. Because they are stemless, you can't use the typical wine glass charms to tell whose glass is whose. So I thought "what's mine is mine, what's yours is yours" was the appropriate inspiration for how to etch these two pretty little glasses.

I placed adhesive vinyl letters on each glass - one spelled "mine" and the other spelled "yours." Then I sunk each glass into a container filled with etchall® Dip 'n Etch liquid. 

To keep the glass from floating up, I filled it with water and leaned a knife inside it. I used an empty plastic wet-wipes jar - it was the perfect size to get the etching liquid up to the top of the glass. I wanted the whole glass to be etched like frost, with the letters reversed out.

After about 15-20 minutes in the etching bath, the glass came out, got rinsed under water, and the vinyl letters were peeled off to be used again. The Dip 'n Etch can be poured back into its original jar to be used again, too. They're a bit tricky to photograph, but these stemless champagne flutes turned out really cute!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Stenciled Easter egg design on a wood tag

Stenciled Easter egg design on a wood tag

This hip hop stenciled Easter egg design is another variation on the large wood tags I've been playing with lately. Super fun and easy - paint the tag white and sand back the edges. Then lay down some cling stencils with painter's tape in between and sponge on a few different colors of acrylic paint.

I had some cute washi tapes and border stickers in colors and patterns that played well with the stenciling, so I added those in between. Then I glued on my embroidered letters and my finished Easter egg tag was hatched. 

How cute would this be hanging from an Easter basket filled with candy? You can write the child's name and generic greeting on the back, then use it year after year. A stenciled wood tag would be cute as a creative greeting card, too.

Visit the Designer Crafts blog to see a link-up of more Easter crafts - you can add your own, too!

Stenciled Easter egg design on a wood tag

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Metallic Asian-themed greeting card and a giveaway!

Metallic Asian-themed greeting card

Time for another blog hop with the Designer Crafts Connection! This year, Fairfield came out with new yummy metallic colors in their Oly*Fun fabric line. I have an Asian-themed embossing folder that I hadn't used yet, and sure enough the metallic fibers hold the embossing softly, but nicely. I think the pinhole texture of the Oly*Fun is so much more interesting than plain craft foil for adding shine to greeting cards.

Metallic Asian-themed greeting card lisa fulmer

I just used everyday double-stick tape around the edges to layer the red and bronze sheets on to black cardstock. Be careful not to let pieces of tape overlap, because that little seam will show through the fabric. I added a rub-on of a cherry blossom branch and glued a coin to the center. Very easy and very pretty!
Want to win a bolt of metallic Oly*Fun fabric? Cut it, glue it, stamp it, stencil it, paint it, sew it - the word "fun" is in the name for a reason, you know.

Head on over to the DCC blog to enter to win and check out the links to all the other designers' projects in the hop.