How to Transfer a Photo to Wood

diy-photo-transfer.jpg
By Kathy Cano-Murillo
How to transfer a color photo to wood or any other hard surface.
Every month Kathy Cano-Murillo, a.k.a. The Crafty Chica, dishes crafty tips and tricks in La Vida Crafty on Jackalope Ranch.

Image transfers are one of those timeless crafts that are always fun to revisit. While recently shopping in downtown Tucson, I came across a few stores that had walls of image transfers on wood. Inspiration hit. I came home and used my illustrations (and my husband's) to give it a try. This is my trial run, and I love how they turned out! I definitely plan to make more and spruce them up a bit.


More »

How to Make Crushed Pepper Resin Charms

resinnecklace.jpg
Photo by Kathy Cano-Murillo.
Use crushed peppers and resin to make a necklace.
Every month Kathy Cano-Murillo, a.k.a. The Crafty Chica, dishes crafty tips and tricks in La Vida Crafty on Jackalope Ranch.

You know you are an obsessive crafter when it hurts to throw things away. Straws, chopsticks, gum ball toys, old purses -- anything. One of my favorite crafts is working with two-part resin. I'm always looking for fun things to embed in it.

So when I came across crushed pepper packets while cleaning the kitchen recently, I knew what my next project would be! Crushed pepper resin charms!


More »

Bienvenidos a La Vida Crafty

Crafty Chica meme
Photo and graphic by Alexa Westerfield.
Little did I know being silly for a photo-op at the craft convention would lead to this crazy meme that now lives on Tumblr, Reddit, Pinterest, Buzzfeed, and who knows where else!
Every month Kathy Cano-Murillo, a.k.a. The Crafty Chica, dishes crafty tips and tricks in La Vida Crafty on Jackalope Ranch.

Hi, I'm Kathy, the Crafty Chica, and I sprinkle glitter for a living. Literally and metaphorically, right here out of my Phoenix home. I'm a third-generation Phoenician (love!) and am excited to share sprinkles of my crafty life here at Jackalope Ranch every month.

I'm a working artist and blogger. But I'm also what you call a "professional craft designer." This means I am hired by craft industry clients to think up, sketch, present, and make DIY tutorials and craft products.

I'm not Martha. At all. I have never used taupe, I'm allergic to pastels, and my style is far from elegant and minimalist. But you know what? I found my own crafty tribe who loves sequins coupled with glitter topped with varnish just as much as me! And I'm proud to say I don't think I've ever used a mason jar, painted a chevron pattern, or melted crayons down a canvas. I appreciate those techniques, but it seems they've been covered. A lot. So I try to come up with something a lil' different.


More »

Chandler's Letterpress Central Looks to Kickstarter to Launch Zombie Calendar

Categories: Crafts, News

letterpresscentral_janfeb_zombiecal.jpg
Courtesy of Letterpress Central
The prospective image for January and February of Letterpress Central's 2014 zombie calendar.

A new year means new things. New opportunities, new perspectives and most important -- or at least tangible -- of all, a new calendar on which to track them.

Chandler letterpress studio Letterpress Central has created a mockup for a zombie-themed 2014. The 12-page calendar features images of the walking dead, decaying trees, gravesides, and the synonymous corpse-hand reaching skyward from the ground. Each hand-made copy features a background of vibrant color -- which means more templates, more letterpress trays and, most of all, more money.


More »

Crafeteria 2013 Lineup Announced

Categories: Crafts, Events

crafeteria-2013-phoenix-melissa-fossum.jpg
Melissa Fossum
Crafeteria 2012 drew more than a thousand attendees.

On First Friday, December 6, head to Medlock Plaza to celebrate all things DIY. More than 50 local artists will showcase their 100 percent handmade products at the eighth Annual Crafeteria, hosted by Frances.

Vendors were selected through a juried process, and their wares will include letterpress cards, holiday ornaments, knits, accessories, and sweet treats.

More »

Call to Artists: Grand Avenue Festival Seeks Recycled Art

Categories: Crafts, Events

grand-avenue-festival-2012-andrew-pielage.jpg
Andrew Pielage
Grand Avenue Festival 2012 took over a stretch of the artsy avenue.
The Grand Avenue Festival will present recycling-centric art and fashion Saturday, October 19, on Grand Avenue between Seventh and 16th avenues.

With four different types of recycling art projects, there's room for all who wish to participate. Yeah, that means you. Local artists and community members are encouraged to get involved in the festivities.


More »

Call to Artists: Be a Vendor at the 8th Annual Crafeteria

Categories: Crafts, Events, Fun

crafeteria-2013-melissa-fossum.jpg
Melissa Fossum
Crafeteria 2012 drew a crowd.
It's that time again. Ready your hands, because Crafeteria is back.

Frances will host the 8th Annual Crafeteria in the parking lot of Medlock Plaza from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, December 6.


More »

Phoenix Festival of the Arts 2013 Dates Announced

Categories: Crafts, Events

Mayor_Stanton_and_Hugo_Medina.jpg
Brenda Eden
Artist Hugo Medina and Mayor Greg Stanton
The Phoenix Festival of the Arts will return for an encore after a successful first run that drew 10,000 visitors in December of 2012.

With a mission to "unify the arts," the three-day festival, put on by the Phoenix Center for the Arts, will expand to include even more events and entertainment this year. Visitors can expect dozens of arts vendors, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, a children's play area, and 2 stages with rotating performances.

See Also
IN FLUX Cycle 3 Multi-City Tour Showcases Public Art in Metro Phoenix
Artists Compete in Paint & Pátron at Macayo's in Tempe Friday

More »

Artopia/Big Brain Awards 2013: Call for Craft Vendors

If you're excited to find out which creatives up for this year's Big Brain Awards will be crowned and awarded cash prizes, you'll want to grab a ticket to Artopia on April 27 (where we'll celebrate the finalists and announce the winners).

And if you want to get in on the action, here's your chance . . .

See also:
- Announcing the 2013 Big Brain Finalists
- 2012 Big Brain Awards Winners Announced


More »

The Five Worst Garden Decorating Trends Found on Pinterest

sculptures.jpg
http://pinterest.com/pin/56787645273724224/; http://pinterest.com/pin/323625923192889401/; http://pinterest.com/pin/525865693959641457/
With gardening season getting into full swing, Pinterest has exploded with ideas on how to personalize your very own modern provincial urban organic Tuscan-inspired garden (oof). Pinners seem to the think the best way to achieve this is to fill the garden with extraneous weird shit under the guise of decorating.

You know what looks nice in a garden? Plants. Let's try to stick with that in the future. In the meantime, here's a list of some of the worst trends we've seen this season.

"Sculptures"
Pieces of scrap metal you found in the alleyway are not sculptures, and unless that bath tub is functional, we really have no idea what it's doing in your garden.

See Also:
The Five Worst Wedding Trends on Pinterest
The Five Worst Pregnancy Trends on Pinterest


More »

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...