Today, let’s talk photos. Sharing photos of my artwork on instagram is one of my favorite things to do and one of the biggest issues we encounter when it comes to sharing other people’s photos on the Get Messy instagram account. The importance of a good photo is hard to stress enough. Your artwork can be THE most amazing art in the whole world, but no one can tell if the photo is bad quality, poorly lit, fuzzy, at a weird angle or too cluttered.
I shared this tutorial in my instagram stories and got so much great feedback that I knew it needed to live somewhere more permanent. So excuse the video quality, these stories are only supposed to last 24 hours remember…But! The tips in it are top-notch and are guaranteed to help you take and edit awesome photos of your art.
I use the A Color Story app to edit exclusively. Below are a few of my favorite filters that I keep in my favorites section. I highly recommend the app and suggest you play around with it and read the blog post tutorials here about how to use it and all its SUPER powerful features. My favorite part is the ability to get your whites really white and bright. Nothing says ‘ew’ like a yellowed photo. So the temperature, contrast and brightness tools are my absolute go too tools for every single photo I take and edit.
Here is another example of a more dramatic edit. I love how versatile the app is and you are guaranteed to be able to create a style of your own through the different filters. So go play and be sure to tell me your favorite filters!
Before, no edits. Shot directly into the sunset.
After, with much more dramatic edits than my normal whitening edits, but I loved this edit because it really brought out the true feeling of this moment. Sometimes the camera just can’t capture what you see in real life and I find that especially true during sunsets. The colors aren’t as vivid and it lacks the feeling you have when watching such a beautiful and out of your control event. Below are the edits I used to bring this moment to life.
If you have any questions please let me know and I’ll be happy to answer them and share more tutorials.
I am so excited to share my latest art journal page with you AND a process video(!!!). I love watching other people work and always pick up on new tricks and ideas and just feel like it is fascinating to see someone else’s process. I have put together my 40 minute art journal page process into about 3 and a half minutes for you. Enjoy!
I was inspired to create this page last week when I was at a violin concerto and we were sitting in the balcony, looking down over the stage. I noticed that all the hanging mic cables snaked over the stage like a spiderweb and I liked the glow of the lights made them a deep blue, ominous color. I began thinking about how I could make my own spider web in an art journal page and thus this page idea was formed.
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HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN SPIDER WEB ART JOURNAL PAGE
- paper or journal
- acrylic paint
- matte medium
- washi tape
- Thin your paint a bit by adding the matte medium to make it easier to spread
- Load your string up with paint by swiping it through the paint like a credit card
- Either tape down the string or hold it tightly between your hands
- Opt 1: Rub the string across your page (this will make the more muddy lines)
Opt 2: Tape it down to your table, hold the string tight and pop it by lifting up (like the way they create chalk lines) and rotate it until you are out of paint (creates sharp, thin lines)
Opt 3: stamp the string down onto the paper by holding it very tightly between your hands (creates a mix of sharp and smudged lines)
- Repeat until you have your web!
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Music from Miss Peregine’s Home For Peculiar Children Soundtrack
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As promised, here is my DIY Loom Tutorial. As you may have read in my weaving resources for beginners post, weaving is a new to me, just for fun craft and so far I really, really love it. But! Nothing comes into a crafters life without a little DIYing to begin the whole process. When I decided I finally wanted to try weaving I was held back by the fact that looms are either A) HUGE B) Expensive or C) Impossible (to me) to find in Korea.
So I waited and watched from the sidelines, until I saw this loom and thought, “I can totally make that“. So this summer I picked up all the supplies I would need at hobby lobby for less than $10, my ever indulgent father cut the dowels down to size and then I loaded the supplies up and they and I flew back to Korea, where my wonderful, doting husband built the loom for me! Now I am a happy weaver with a beautiful, DIY loom.
Here is how you too can join me on my mission to weave and watch Parks & Rec all day, every day.
Step 1: Cut your dowel rods down to size. This depends on how big you want your loom to be, so remember you can always make something smaller than your loom but never bigger. I cut mine down to be 12in wide by 16in tall. Any bigger than this and it wont really be a ‘lap loom’.
Step 2: Mark out the spacing for your pegs. I spaced mine at 1/2 an inch, but they are technically closer together since the pegs have a width to them, but we drilled in on the 1/2 inch marks. Step 3: Draw a line in the middle of your dowel exactly where you want to drill in for the peg placement. Step 4: Begin drilling! For the 1/4in pegs we used a 1/4in drill bit and wrapped washi tape around the drill where we needed to stop drilling to a) not split the wood/go all the way through and b) have the pegs sit at the same height. Step 5: Once all your holes are drilled, sand them down so that the splinters don’t hurt you or snag your yarn. Step 5: Hammer in your pegs, making sure to hammer them down until they are at an even height and at the bottom of your drilled holes. Step 6: YAY! You’re so close and its so pretty now and looks like a dinosaur (right?!), do any last-minute sanding clean up you need to. Step 7: This is the tricky one. You will line up your sides exactly how you want them to sit by stacking your peg sides ON TOP OF the flat sides (this way you can reach underneath while weaving without picking op your loom). In the middle of where they intersect you will mark the middle spots on both and then drill all the way through both of the dowel rods. Step 8: Now you hammer (with a lot of muscle) a peg all the way through to connect the two rods! Of course you could always use wood glue, but this is more sturdy and a nice touch. Step 9: Enjoy your loom! You can always stain or paint it to make it look nicer if you would like to, but as long as you sanded it well you are good to begin weaving immediately! Now go have fun weaving! I cant wait to see what you make. If you are just getting started, or are looking for more inspiration, check out my last post on weaving resources.