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Art Every Day: Whimsical 3D Bookmark

teacher avatar Tricia Ballad, Writer. Artist. Dreamer

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5 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Coloring In

    • 4. Wire Work

    • 5. Finish

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Art Every Day is a series of short classes that will help you make room for art in your every day life. Every project can be completed in 10 minutes or less, and costs under $10 to make.

In this class, you'll make a three dimensional butterfly bookmark on a whimiscal coiled spring - perfect for injecting a little sunshine into your reading!


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Tricia Ballad

Writer. Artist. Dreamer


I didn't set out to be an artist.

I'm a writer. I've been a writer - a storyteller - since I was four years old. I dabbled in oils and colored pencils a few times, but gave up when the images that came out of my paintbrush didn't match the ones in my head. Then, late one evening I found a tutorial on mixed media art journaling and everything came together. I began creating images I loved - and so did everyone else.

I'm still a storyteller. I've just expanded my vocabulary to include pictures as well as words.

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1. Introduction: hi and welcome to art every day. I'm Tricia Ballad from Tangled Spirits Studio, and I'm a writer and an artist. I firmly believe in injecting a little bit of beauty and art and poetry into every single day. And as much as I love spending hours and hours in my studio painting and working on a mixed media project, sometimes that just doesn't happen. I have more commitments than time to get them all done, and I'm sure that you probably can relate to that. So I've created a set of short, easy, inexpensive art projects that I can just pick up and do when all I have is 10 minutes, and I can still get that creativity on that time for art into my day, even when my days are completely crazy. And that's what I want to share with you today, since it is an absolutely gorgeous spring day today, I really had butterflies on my mind and I was reading a book of poetry. I decided that I needed a bookmark, so this was what I created to show you. Today it is a butterfly bookmark on a spring are as twist here and this to me about five minutes to create, and the materials were under $10 which makes it perfect for art everyday. So come join me over at the art table, and I'll show you exactly what you need to make this cute little butterfly bookmark. 2. Supplies: Okay, let's go over the materials that you will need to make your butterfly bookmark here. The first thing that you will need is a sheet of vellum, and you can get this at any scrapbooking store. You can get it. I got this at Michael's, and it's not very expensive. It's under a dollar a page, and the nice thing about this material you can see I'm showing it to you against a black background because it is a little bit translucent, and it's got sort of the texture of a waxed paper. Almost it's not. It's not easy to tear. You can tear it, but it doesn't tear easily, and it's got a little bit of water resistance to it, which makes it nice for this kind of a project. It gives it some protection and some sturdiness. You will need a printer. What I have done here, you can see I have just gone ahead and taking the pdf that I've given you and, um, printed straight on the vellum with my home printer. Nothing fancy. Nothing special, just a plain inkjet printer, and I printed straight on the vellum and it works great, so you will need a she developed. You need a printer. If your printer doesn't want to work with developer, you don't have a printer handy. You can definitely just sketch around these very simple shapes. Or you can trace them nest. You will need some wire. This is 20 gauge jewelers wire. Um, you could also use florists wire for this. That would work as well. And this again, I got it. Michaels for, I don't know, three or $4 for the coil, and you're not going to use a lot of it. So it's not too bad. You are gonna need some very simple tools that you probably already have around the house with a pair of scissors to cut out your butterfly. These are a pair of wire snips to cut the wire. If you don't have these, or if you can't find them, go ahead. You scissors. Just don't use your good scissors, cause the wire will dull them. And then this is just a very thin screwdriver that I had, um you could also use a nail or anything that's kind of long, and then that you can wrap the wire around so you know, if you can't find this exact tool improvised. Find something that's got kind of a thin shaft like this that you can wrap the wire around , coil it and you'll be fine. And then, finally, the only other thing you need are some colored markers. I used sharpies for this because that's what I had sitting around. You could you can use Crayola school markers. Those will work as well. If you've got art markers, go for it. Um, yeah, whatever you have for this project I chose on he can see here. I chose primarily a yellow with blue accents and then just some brown here in the center for the body. Feel free to choose whatever colors inspire you, whatever you love, whenever you have any at hand. And then finally, the only other thing we'll need is a hot glue gun and some hot glue. So that is it for our supplies. - Just to kind of go over one more time. And I will put a principal list in the discussion areas Well, so you you need if you need it written out. But only a handful of markers. Some 20 gauge or jewelers, wire or florist wire, scissors, wire snaps, a thin screwdriver or nail. And she developed. And that is it in your printer 3. Coloring In: Okay, let's go ahead and get started. I have here my sheet of vellum and I've gone ahead and printed out my butterfly motif here and all I'm going to do is take my scissors and cut out one of these squares. Set the rest aside for another project, and then I find it's easier to go ahead and color first and then cut out the detail. But if you want to do it the other way around, you certainly can. So I am just going to go ahead and color this in with the sharpies. Now, I've gone ahead and colored it in just a very simple design and feel free to do whatever design grabs you. I'm just keeping it simple for this demonstration. Then I will go ahead and take my scissors and I'm just gonna cut along this blue outline that I made Okay . And there we have our little butterfly and I don't know if you can see on camera, but down here at the bottom, I didn't exactly get it cut perfectly on the blue line. So I'm just gonna take my Sharpie and fill that in, and it'll look great. Perfect. Can't even tell 4. Wire Work: Okay, The next step in our project is the wire work. And so in this video, we're going to create the antenna and our stem, which forms the actual bookmark. So first, we're gonna take our wire, and we're gonna cut off about an inch and 1/2 and you don't need to measure it just kind of eyeball. About an inch and 1/2 we'll set the rest aside. We're going to take the screwdriver of the nail or whatever you have and I'm going to make to curbs if you see the butterfly. If you look at it from the back, I have basically just too little curves, one at each end and then the entire pieces curved together to meet. So that's what we're going to do right now. Something to pick up the wire and I'm going to go in maybe 1/4 of an inch roughly. I'm just kind of eyeballing this here, and I'm using the shaft of the screwdriver to bend the wire around. So I'm putting the screwdriver where I want the peak of the curve to be and that I'm just using my figure to bend that wire and I'm gonna bend that around, so it meets. Okay, so you have your first antenna, and then I'm gonna do the same thing on the other side. And this wire is actually really, really soft. It's easy to bend with your fingers. As you can see, I am not having any trouble at all bending this. So this, actually, this first curve got a little bit bigger than I wanted it to be. Now they're looking at it, so I'm just gonna unbending it and take my screwdriver and bend it a little bit further out . No big deal. And you can definitely do that as many times as you need to get the shape that you want with the size of the curves that you want for your antenna. Okay, that's better. What's gonna be cute? So now the only other thing I need to do for this is to kind of curve those up together so that they form a little bit of a heart shape or a V. So you can kind of see those there, And then what? I'm going to dio these snips have a flat side, Andy curved or convex side. So I'm gonna take the flat side. I'm closing them. So I got a flat side and then I'm just gonna kind of press these down so that they are flat . And if you don't have this tool you can use, you know, hammer or you know, pretty much anything. You just want to get those kind of flat. So I'm gonna set those aside for now and then next, I need about a 15 inch piece of this wire. And again, I'm not really measuring here. It doesn't need to be precise, so But that one groups it does like to kind of spring back to get hurt. Okay, so I'm just going to take my snips, okay? And now for this, I'm going to do the same basic procedure. I'm just going to make you see here. I just kind of made some little loop de loops, which I thought looked kind of cute and whimsical. And so the first thing I'm going to dio is I'm going to make this little loop at the end. And if you look at the back here, I also made one at the other end. And that's really just so I don't poke my fingers so I'm going to take my screwdriver again and I'm actually coming up. If you can see the screwdriver is tapered a little bit at the end. So I'm gonna take the narrower end and I'm just going to run this around. I'm just kind of coiling it around. What's so that I have that loop and then I will again go ahead and flatten it good and flatten that down. I'm going to Actually, we're not down a little bit and this is a little bit fiddly, but it's not too bad. I am certainly not a an experience to jewelry maker or or wire workers. So this is not anything that you need any particular skill to dio. So I just went ahead and made a little weak on that, and I'm gonna do the same thing on this end again. This is just for the protection of my fingers as I'm quite and also for the protection of whoever uses this bookmark so that it doesn't he rips. Pages are ripped their fingers up. I have just wants to get to stick that under there just to get it out of the way a little bit. Okay, so I'm going to stick this in here, and then I'm going to use this to just encourage that last little needed there, too. Well, curve around because I could use my fingers for this, but it's kind of hokey. I don't want to get poached, so I'm gonna use it the trouble for it, That okay? And now what I'm gonna do, there's still a little tiny piece sticking out, so I'm just gonna snip that. Okay, So much. All right, so now I'm not going to get sliced up on my wire. All I'm going to Dio is take this and I'm going to go with the curve that the wire already has, because why fight it? I want curves. Let's use the curves that are already dead. And I'm just gonna use kind of two fingers and wrap this around and come up, and then I'm going to wrap two fingers, wrap it around and come up that I'm kind of futzing with these curves a little bit, and I'm just going to keep doing that until I run out of wire. That's about what I want right now. Okay. Just kind of some pretty curves. No big deal. And again, I'm gonna go ahead and take the flat side of my tool here and just kind of flatten that a little bit. I'm just pressing it down just to flatten those curves and they'll flatten on their own as well. Okay, so we have our little antenna and we have our stunt, and I don't need to in the next video, put it all together. 5. Finish: All right, let's put it all together. Look at your butterfly and you should notice that there is a definite front and back. The back will be a little bit more subdued in color. So go ahead and turn your butterfly over so it's facing down and take your hot glue gun and you're going to place just a very small thought of glue at the top and position your antenna right there in the glue, and you can kind of adjust it so that it's the angle that you want before it dries. Okay, and then go ahead and just glue your stem on as well. You're going to want a little bit longer line of glue for that because it will take a little bit of more stress. And then that's why I left this this line here at the very top of my stomach. And so I'm just going to go ahead and put that in the hot glue. Press it down. I actually use my glue gun to press it down into the glue. Here we go, and then go ahead and let that dry. Let that dry and there you go. You have your butterfly