Ordinarily, Friday is the day when we post our weekly tutorial, but this Friday, we’re changing it up and posting a pimptorial, in which we will blatantly hawk those awesome digital zombie stamps* but also show you three nifty-gifty things you can do with them for Valentine’s Day!
*Digital stamps are really just image files with a sexier name. Okay, “digital stamps” isn’t that sexy either, but image files do have this on rubber stamps: 1) they are much easier to store, because they live inside the computer; and 2) they can be resized, which rules.
This weekend was an eventful one for the women of wonderstrange. While Cindy & I got together at my house to do some ‘strange plotting for various 2012 art fairs & shows, Sarah’s house got hit with the mother of all 24-hour bugs. (Ughs!) In spite of all the activity in both homes, we all managed to start new projects, so read on!
Organizing art supplies is kind of like whacking heads off a hydra: It’s a never ending process that still manages to be profoundly satisfying. Last week, Sarah attacked the hydra with crazy-cool paper mache storage for colored pencils and markers, which she created using little more than a cardboard box, paper, and glue. This week, I’ll be taking a similar approach to taming my paints. (Whack!) If you don’t have a paint storage problem, this piece can easily store a variety of other art & crafting supplies: Twinkling H2Os, tubes of seed beads, jars of embossing powder, and more!
This week, wonderstrangers all over the country are covered in glue and water. I’m covered. Cindy is covered. Some of you are covered. I think I even saw a glob on the cat. The reason for all of this glue and water, of course, is that we’re featuring paper mache projects all month long, and not just any projects, but really cool projects that help you organize your art and crafting supplies. Last Friday, Sarah turned a leftover box from the holidays into amazing custom storage for colored pencils and markers. It rocked so hard that two people have already made pieces inspired by the tutorial.
While the world turns and the paper mache dries, meanwhile, we’re all working on things for our shops as well. For a sneaky peek, keep reading!
In December, we posted “Easy Ornament” tutorials, and people made some gorgeous (and hilarious) decorations! After all the votes, we are delighted to report that Charlie Brown won the December contest! Congratulations!
Although the New Year is still kicking in, we’ve all got our radios tuned to Channel Valentine. Yes, love is in the air – but it’s ‘strange love, so it’s cool, kind of like the things we’ve all been making this past week.
This week’s Easy Ornament is in fact so ridiculously easy that you can make it on Christmas Eve even after you hit the “special” eggnog. (Well, except for the part with the Xacto knife and the drill. Do that first, particularly if you like your fingers.) This ornament also allows you to steal a toy from a kid if you want. Grinches everywhere, rejoice!
Christmas is coming; the goose is getting fat! Okay, it might be getting fat. We don’t actually know, because I’m a vegetarian, Sarah is serving prime rib, Nanner is eating at someone else’s house, and Cindy will be making appetizers and birthday cake for her baby girl, born on Christmas Day. Until that day arrives, however, we are all working hard to finish our commissions and spread the love of ‘strange the world over!