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

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.