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Collaging: How to spruce up everyday items.

Nora Connolly, Illustrator + Pattern Designer + Artist + Teacher

Collaging: How to spruce up everyday items.

Nora Connolly, Illustrator + Pattern Designer + Artist + Teacher

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5 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Introduction + Hello

    • 2. Supplies for Floral Dress Hanger

    • 3. Collage a Dress Hanger and other items!

    • 4. Make and decorate Personalized Envelopes!

    • 5. Conclusion + Project

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About This Class

In this class, "Collaging: How to spruce up everyday items" you will learn two techniques to make and personalize your own gifts out of ordinary things, such as: gift boxes, dress hangers, and more!

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Nora Connolly

Illustrator + Pattern Designer + Artist + Teacher


About Me:    Hello, and welcome, I'm Nora. I'm an Illustrator, Surface Pattern Designer + Artist. I studied at Columbia University and obtained a Masters. My thesis was on "MURAL ART: FAD OR ART?"  I decided after a number of years of work as a French Translator to go to FIT - Fashion Institute of Technology to learn digital design.  I also speak French fluently and have lived in Paris, France.  I am native New Yorker and still live in NYC presently with my husband and two kitties!   I have written and illustrated three Children's books so far.  I love art and what I do!  This is the best feeling in the world and would like to share that creativity with everyone.

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1. Introduction + Hello: Hi, welcome. My name is Nora nor Connolly from pixie art studio. I just want to welcome you to my class and I want you to know that we're gonna be putting together, we're actually going to be decorating a hangar. Its uses can be more hanging your own clothing or as a gift for a wedding, for instance. And this decorative item can be also transpose into, for instance, you can make the decoration on a box, which I'll show you the finished item on a box. And we're actually gonna be doing decorating a coat hanger in this class. And our second lesson will be how to put together envelopes for either an invitation or a card. And I hope you enjoy this class and feel free to take a look at all the lessons and make sure that you post your project in the end and attach it to the description down below, as I'd love to see it. Thank you so much. 2. Supplies for Floral Dress Hanger: What we're going to make here today is a floral coat hanger. And the uses for this coat hanger is to design something that you made yourself and call it your own. For instance, you can use it for a wedding, for your dresses and clothing on that day and make everything look really, really nice. You pick out your paper, your, your decal posh paper, and dress up a coat hanger. You can even go so far as addressing other items up, such as a box that you want to give to someone. For now, let's just stick to date coat hanger. Some other supplies that you will need to make this floral coat hanger are some tissue paper, such as this one with a design on it. I picked one with flowers and a butterfly. It's rather than because it's tissue paper and, or you can use decal posh paper. There were none in my stores in my area. So you can also order them online. You can have use some much patch or PVA glue. I decided to use mod podge because it has a glossy texture at the end. You can also get the Mac version. This is the smaller bottle of the in-between of the two that I got. It's a medium size. You will also need scissors, a pencil, any type of type of brush so that you can paste on the, the tissue paper on the coat hanger and something to cover your dusk so that if you drip some glue, it doesn't go everywhere. And a container to put the gluon. And a little bit about D that might help you wipe your hands off. So let's begin. 3. Collage a Dress Hanger and other items!: As a glue that people use mainly because it's water-based and it's a sealant. And the other type of glue you can use is called PVA glue. And that is also a typo glue. And it's sold by print p are RTT. Next we'll grab a sheet of this very nice tissue paper. You see how thin it is. It has the colors on one side. It's decorated and it's, the colors are mainly one-sided. So on the other side is just more, not the side that you want to use. So you will apply this first by taking your coat hanger and not putting it this way, but the other way so that the colors are facing youth. So what we're gonna do is cut a piece of it. Then we're going to try and find a way to cut it again so that it will fit onto the hanger. And it's very simple what we're gonna do, set this aside, take our coat hanger here, and take some of our tissue paper and figure out which way we want the design to be applied. If we want it this way, like to be slanted a little bit, then we can cut a strip again. And then you're going to work your way around the coat hanger so that the strip that you cut covers the entire coat hanger. We're gonna cut it again because we don't want to too much of it on the hanger to start with the part that you want on, you're going to start with the top, the part that you want at the top, you've cut out. For instance, if I want the flowers with the butterfly, I cut out the flowers with the butterfly. And I take my paintbrush and my glue. And I get a little bit on my paintbrush and we take this and we go over it. That's one way of doing it. Or you can apply a little bit of glue if you want, because this has a shiny luster on the, on top of the hanger and you apply. It sticks better. I find that way. And you won't get these little, little Sex in the paper. And then you go about it slowly. You work your way around and then you find how to glue it. And then we're going to do little pieces along the side here. And the minus will cut out a length like a longer strip here. You plot it little by little because then it has this nice overlap effect. And that always looks really pretty. Briefly. I would recommend washing out your container and your brush with some soap and water so that you don't have to throw it away and you can keep it for another project or your next hanger. Or as I mentioned, you can use a box like a brown box and then cover it with tissue paper and image patch. And your brush is in the same way. And then you'll have a nice, beautiful box. And you can probably embellish it even more with some more designs after it's dry. Now that we've wrapped our hanger completely with our tissue paper, we're going to let it sit and let the glue set. And we're going to leave it on this cardboard that I found and placed under the hanger. And then you will see that there's going to be a glossy finish with the Pogge gloss glue that we use. And I'll show you the finished product. 4. Make and decorate Personalized Envelopes!: Hi everyone. So some of the things that you'll need to make personalized envelopes, personalized paper envelopes are the following supplies. You'll need scissors, a pencil, or pen, a ruler, something to score your ends of your letters with, of your paper with a, an eraser like this one maybe or any other kind? Some glue glue and or tacky glue. I prefer Elmore's glue. You can also use PVA glue, which is more of a water-based glue. You're gonna need your templates. You're going to need which you can download in the attachments that section of this class that I provided. You can also, you're going to need some paper. And I've come up with some different color papers here. You can also get some papers which are, you know, with designs like these. But you want them to be more flexible type papers like envelope paper or paper to write on. And then you're also going to need, that's for the template part of this. You're going to need papers that are more cardboard like like these. And you can get all these at Michaels or another craft store in your area. And I will also put a description of the different envelope types, such as a2, A7, A4. Those are just examples. There are different types of envelopes that you can make. And also I'll put the envelope dimensions and some suggested and closure dimensions for those envelopes. Okay, so let's get started. Hi everyone. Now, I've downloaded these envelope templates from a site called Nina paper, Nina And that will also be in the description. You can get these sorts of templates anywhere online. I will make some of my own. And if you choose to use these templates, then you can download them as PDFs and then do the following steps that we're going to do here. Another site that I really liked was artsy Now these types of envelopes here you can use for greetings cards, greeting cards, anniversary cards, or wedding type cards, and also for Christmas or birthdays. The types that I downloaded, our a2, which is smaller, and A7. And a 7's a little bit larger than a2, as you can see here. Now the a style is for more things like announcements, invitations, and just regular cards. And then I downloaded some other cards like like let me just show you these show as well. The peroneal size number four, and this is the dimensions to five by 3.6 to five. And this is an inches. And the peroneal tech cart is more formal. It's an envelope. These are the envelopes for the cards. And then there's a square type which is a five-by-five. And what you do, and this is what we're gonna do once you've downloaded that PDF, you're gonna get some carts stuck. Like so I pick the yellow one. And what you do is you cut around the outlines that are provided by the template. And four, you can make your own template. It depends how much time you have and what you want to do with it. But the idea is to cut out your template in paper. And then once you've cut it out, you're going to use this template on the card stock, stock and trace it out. So once you've done that on the card stock, you're going to cut that one out and that's going to be your real template for all of your cards that you are going to make. So draw out the outlines of this onto your corn stalk. And you just go over the edge is, and as you can see, these, these templates have little dotted lines and you're gonna use your ruler here to make some dotted lines once you've outlined your card stock and cut it out. Because these are very useful. They are going to show you where to score your paper later on. So you just draw the, with the ruler. You pick the end-to-end dots here and you make your little lines. They don't have to be very tight lines. As long as they go across the paper, that should be fine. So that's what you're doing here. And you might want a little bigger ruler, not like this one. Luckily, I have another one. So now that you've made most of your lines here, the dotted lines on the inside. I'm going to show you the next step to making your own paper envelopes. For the next step, we're gonna take our scissors or an exact DO knife if you feel more comfortable with that. And I wish cut a little edge off of the end of the paper so that it's a little more rounded. And that way it looks a little less blunt the edge. And this is one way of making the paper look a little more elegant. Just make a little cut off the end. And we're going to cut each pisa or the outline is. And that's the part that's going to fold next. And you can leave a little cut here. Let us mainly on the page, the sides that show. So this folds in here. And if your envelope isn't fitting properly than your template isn't right? So next we're going to score the edges. That means we're going to make the folds in on your paper. Now this is the part where we actually fold the paper. Now you want to make sure that the pencil markings are on the inside. So you flip it to the side that they become on the inside. And now you can use heavier paper if you feel that this isn't what you need. And you see that this is going to come up to here. So what you're gonna do is make sure that your glue goes only up to the edge that you need it to be, launches up to here. And then you glue that side. And then you do the other side. And you glue it. And you just leave it to dry. And you leave it to dry. You decide, how am I going to embellish this with some glue and then seal it with a wash. You tape to make it look pretty and that would be your envelope. 5. Conclusion + Project: Hi, thank you for joining me and I hope you enjoyed this class. And the lessons that were on making decorative coat hanger or using it as a decoration. Also this type of method on a box or any other item you wish to embellish, as well as making the greeting card or invitation card. And I hope you can put these together for something worthy of your interests. Maybe a wedding, for instance, or a gift to a friend. And feel free to put your project down in the description down below. And thank you for joining me.