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Kraft Paper Display - Stay-at-Home Project Series

Kathy Klitz, Living Bright & Saturated

Kraft Paper Display - Stay-at-Home Project Series

Kathy Klitz, Living Bright & Saturated

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10 Lessons (47m)
    • 1. Introduction & Project

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. DIY Wood & Bar

    • 4. Tear Bar

    • 5. Graphic Artwork

    • 6. Trace Artwork

    • 7. Well Hung

    • 8. Attach Artwork to Roll

    • 9. Final Thoughts

    • 10. Bonus Video

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About This Class

In this class, #4 Project in my [email protected] Project Series, I will walk you thru my budget-friendly process of making a Kraft Paper Display & Artwork. Lessons cover where I purchase my supplies and how to make sure your display is mounted safely. It’s so easy to make an affordable knock-off that looks expensive using repurposed materials. Included is a PDF of the Dr Seuss quote & artwork I use in my demonstration.

I share lots of tips in each lesson & in the Bonus video that will help you continue creating fresh art for each season. Whether you’re making a Kraft Paper Display for yourself or as an affordable gift, your art display is sure to become the focal point to any room. I have included a set Procreate stamps that can be downloaded to use to personalize your artwork. I’ve also included a more generic graphic PDF (Jammies All Day) that is a breeze to trace if your time is limited.



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Kathy Klitz

Living Bright & Saturated


I started in the field of graphic arts working in my dad’s typography shop in the early 70’s. Technology has taken me from hand cut & paste, wood/lead type, and a wet darkroom, to totally digital, instantaneous type and, well you know, Lightroom. Lol. After retiring from an alternative career, I returned to graphics via digital photography. Then one day I got an email from an online art teacher saying she was, “Now teaching on SkillShare.” In a nutshell, I took a peek, fell in love with all the classes and signed-up for Premium membership. That and my, soon after, purchase of an iPad Pro & Procreate app launched me into a whole new reason to enjoy my retirement years. I’ve learned Procreate as another art tool that at first complemented my Adobe software, b... See full profile

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1. Introduction & Project : Hi, I'm Kathy. This is the fourth project in my state home. Siri's. The reason that I started this class Siri's is to bring inspiration and joy in this uncertain time. And today's project definitely does that. It's a craft paper project where we make the holder the wood in the bar and this tearsheet down here are not here sheep. The tear bar down here for tearing the paper on. We feel this with something that's personal to you. I've included some pdf art work that is personal to me. Definitely look for quotes that are appropriate that for your life, and you'll see what I'm talking about during the class. One is about kayaking, but we'll be putting that on here. I'll be showing you how I do my craft paper, and I do this for my home to core every season, for sure, and a lot of holidays. It brings a lot of well, it's fun. It's fun for for me to do, and it's fun for my family and friends read and see what I've come up with. So for a class project, I'll be showing you how to make the different holders and the artwork and your class project will be to produce one of thes and share it in class. Here's another one. I did. I'll be explaining where you can get these bars that I'm using and the wood. They're very cheap, and you can purchase some online or just found objects around your house. So most of these, actually, I had I had the bar and I have the would this cost nothing. The little terror bar that cost me a little bit of money, but not much like $3. So that's pretty good compared to $98 set you buy online or that you purchased a lot of times they're very expensive, and they're smaller than this. I really like the big ones myself. I think it makes for better home decor, So join me in the class and we'll get some good vibes going 2. Supplies: this'll lesson. I'm going to show you how we can repurpose ordinary items like towel bars and curtain rods so that we can save money when we make our craft paper holder I used would that I had at the side of the house and in the garage. But if you have to buy, would it? Onley cost you maybe $5 if you were to go out and buy a paper roller holder and all the pieces that were going to be making it would be very costly, as in thes samples, but will spend at the most $30 possibly get it down to a lot less. If you already own some of the parts to make the wood and the bar roller, you could either find things around your house or purchase them. This bar is online purchase, and it's 28 inches. It's a towel bar. I got it at Hobby Lobby for 9 99 using my coupon. The other one that I'll be showing you is a sleek style. It's a 28 inch curtain rod, and I show you online that you can get it and pay less than $15. I think I paid 12 at Wal Mart. I like it because it's so lightweight for the terror bar. I use a lightweight aluminum strip, but you can also use leather for you could use clamps purchased online. The bigger the better. And you can search online using the search word Bulldog clamps. Or you could refer to mine asked class number three photo wall display of my stay at home projects. Siri's finding Kraft paper in a role is pretty easy online. Actually, where I recommend you get it is Walmart, and you could get that online or just at your local store. It's easy to cut it to the correct size of your bar. So as you can see, we can really save money by making our own. Of course, we're going toe. Want artwork? Something beautiful, something inspirational. I've got you covered there, so just download the pdf and you could copy mine. Or you can adapt it by using a quote, an art of your own, or use the vintage bicycle stamp than I'm. Also including, I'm really excited to see what you come up with for drawing our artwork. Nothing fancy. We just used felt pens There's all kinds of brands, and they're very cheap, and they come in different widths and different types of points and tips. I recommend that you use a permanent marker and don't feel confined to just black. An optional but highly recommended supply is a light box. Or you could use a window or a lamp under a table and lastly, a roll of shipping tape so you could attach your artwork. Look for a tan color because it blends in perfectly. Grab your board and let's get creating. 3. DIY Wood & Bar: what makes a towel bar and a curtain rod really good for being. The bar for holding the paper rule is that it comes apart, and then you could slip the bar through the paper roll. The role only needs to slip over at one time, and then you could just keep adding paper to the role by taping it to the rule or the other artwork. This specific curtain rod is 28 inches, and the wood is 3.5 inches by 30 inches. It's centered on that. I made sure that the screw to attach to the wood would fit the keyhole, then drilled Ah, hole at each end of the board, and I went ahead and screwed my screw in. Now it's a good time before you do the front to go ahead and do your wall amount going back to the front side. Now I slipped the base over it, making sure that the screw was at the little end of the keyhole, where it was most tight, and then I screwed it in real tight, and I could take my screwdriver and go right down through the center because the small part of the keyhole indicates the top. I went ahead and just put a piece of tape on the board indicating the top part of the board in the bottom part of the board. I felt really good about this particular way of making Ah Holder because it was really secure. See, it just does not move around it all. And then the bar, just those right over the top of it and clips in. So it's secure, too. This style of bar is just so sleek looking. It looks real cool, and I think very modern. Because of that modern vibe, I decided to go ahead and leave the wood. Natural to me, looks sort of Scandinavian, and I have that style in my house, so I just love it, especially if you purchase your curtain rod online, pay attention to what's called the return. That's the distance between where it's mounted on the wall and the bar. You'll want at least 2.5 inch return. Our next D I. Y. Example is one of my other favorite styles industrial farmhouse, and this particular towel bar is more lightweight than if you were to go to ah hardware store and buy all the pipe pieces, and you could see that they screwed together so you can take it apart so that it slips over the role of paper to continue with this rustic feel. I just went to my side yard and pulled out some old fencing would That was real cruddy. And what I did was I just sanded it. If you want more of a great tone, though, then you could follow my, um, last class photo wall display and I show you how to whitewash it. It's kind of ah, white gray color or purchase new lumber and painter. Stain it to your style. I cut my wood at three inches longer than the most outer part of the bar, the part that attaches to the wood because I wanted it to maintain its rustic look. I gave it a very light sanding and then sanded it mostly around the edges. On this rough end cut, I rounded it using the sander. I liked this color. It's the one on the bottom. I decided to go ahead and stain it to give it just that more rustic feel. I used a driftwood stain, and it didn't turn out as grey as I had hoped, but I still liked it. Here's a before and an after I like them both. I'll probably end up using the other one for something else, just naturally again. Before doing the front side attachments. Go ahead and make your keyhole or your do your amounts for the back sides. The towel bar was very easy to attach. I just used the three screws that were included. I marked where the screws would go in, and then I went ahead and slipped the tube paper tube over the bar. And then I attached the bar by screwing it into the wood. This is the bar that started it all, as's faras d i. Y. I purchased this one at World Market for about $12 on sale. It's really meant to hang kitchen tools. From That was my ah ha moment that I realized I could make thes paper craft rollers for a lot cheaper than buying them. And so can you 4. Tear Bar: a tear bar is optional. You can always use clamps or clips or even tape toe. Hold it down at the bottom. Mine is a 3/4 inch aluminum bar, very thin, so I cut it with a saw 2.5 inches wider than the width of the craft paper. The outer edges of the bar were sharp, so I took a file and filed the edges down. This shows the sharpness of it, and I just moved it back and forth. It didn't take long, but I recommend that you again wear face mask and goggles Because of the metal shavings, The smoothie edge will prevent any cuts on little Children's fingers. Gather your screws washer and nets before you drill. We'll be putting a nut on the back side of the bar so that it holds it away from the wall so the paper couldn't slip through. So you need to have ah, long enough screw. You'll be using a metal bit in order to go through the metal. It's pretty easy, but it causes a lot of shavings. So again, where your protective gear now to paint everything So it all matches. I used a spray paint of black satin paint. My tear bar is the very last thing I do in the process. I wait until after I've hung my artwork, and that way I know where to place it in relationship to the bar and the paper. 5. Graphic Artwork : This'll Essen will talk about the preparation of our artwork so that we can trace it. I've included a pdf of this particular artwork. It's a doctor Zeus quote that I thought was perfect for Stay at home and for distancing. I used kayak art in it because it's appropriate for what I'm doing lately. If kayaking isn't your jam, then I've included some downloadable procreate stamps that might fit your lifestyle. And you can go ahead and adapt that quote using one of those stamps. Or you could create your own artwork. And then I also have included another PdF, and it's called Jammies all day. And it's a quote that one of my friends daughters posted on Facebook a long time ago, and I just thought it was cute, so I thought I would make artwork out of that for using later on in my own house. Let's get started. We're going to be cutting the craft paper to the same length as that role that's on our bar . Okay, I know the whip and I want my artwork. Teoh have two inches of blank on each side of the width of the artwork, so I go ahead and enlarge it to that size. And I give myself an extra as's faras length 10 inches at the bottom, in 10 inches above the image, and I marked the center between that, and that's where my artwork goes. Now back to your copies that you've enlarged. Go ahead and piece them together. But when you piece them together, you'll want to get rid of all of the overlap of paper so that you can see clearly through it. Because the craft papers rather thick. Now is the time to that. You can adjust the spacing between the line because good design in graphics includes plenty of air space. Now go ahead and tape your graphic to the back of your craft paper, and you can use your marks that you did earlier as faras centering it and you'll end up with plenty of room at the top and bottom because you've allowed for that blank space for rolling and taping, and also for your tearsheet. Okay, we're ready to trace, so join me in the next lesson 6. Trace Artwork : way. Be aware that you're working with permanent marker and paper that will bleed through, so cover any surface below it. I even put a piece of plastic over my light box to protect it dark in the room. When you use a light box, it makes it easier to see what you're tracing. Another typist to use full hand motion instead of just working with your fingers. Move your arm makes a much smoother line. I always started the top of my graphic because then my arm isn't dragging over wet ink. And also, I take the advantage of testing out my pins by starting at the top on a real simple part of the graphic. In this case, it's this design. Instead of experimenting on letters, have your original graphic next to you so you can refer to it. At first I thought it would be easier if I traced in pencil and then outlined the pencil. But I found that it was just a waste of time. I could do Justus good of a job or better by just tracing it with the pen. So I finished this letter up, and then after that, I just use my pen and forgot the pencil. After testing out various sizes of my pens, I realized that the ultra fine was not a very good size. It was tooth then. So I switched out for lettering and swirls to mostly using the fine point, which is fairly broad. And then I used the chisel point. I found that that was nice for filling in, and I just used this ultra fine for filling in the little pointy areas, the real narrow areas. You want to use the pen that gives you the broadest stroke that you could use because it also fills in the area at the same time, and it gives you a much smoother edging. At first, I thought using a ruler would give me a nice straight edge and even But it was pretty confusing when I was trying to do thes ropes on the kayak. And so I just put it, put it aside and thought, I'm going to just see how I get free handed. It was so much easier. It didn't smear, and it was. I was able to do it straight, even without the straight edge. So skip the ruler. It doesn't take long before you know which pin you're going to use to fill an which one fits in the little tiny areas and which ones to use when you want to have those really broad strokes, it could be a little bit confusing when you're working in these little areas and the part where it says wide and it's reversed out, you have to be real careful because it gets confusing. Be sure to refer to your original, have it right there at hand. I found when I was using the chisel tip pan That's broad, that I had to be careful because I it was easy to go over the lines on one side. And so I actually found it to be easier to move my paper more and more. Thanks, - thanks . 7. Well Hung: Whoa. That title probably got your attention while it was meant to, because this is a very important part of this particular project is to make sure it's well hung on the wall. So it's safe because you definitely don't want it falling down on someone below, especially if it's a little kid. All the screws that are used should be screws that are appropriate for the type of wall you're hanging it on, so it's very secure. And also the backing attachment for the board that you've made needs to be flat against the wall before mine. I've chosen to use keyhole fasteners, which require a special bit, will be showing that two in the second. This shows where the screw is going to be going in. It slides up to the top part of the keyhole, and the whole fastener is moved towards the top of the board so that it balances better instead of putting it centered in the back of the board. And that distributes the weight a lot better and holds it flat against the wall and a lot more secure. Here's the bit that makes that keyhole work and you buy it according to the depth of your board. You don't want it to go all the way through and then also the with the circle diameter so that it's bigger than your keyhole. So it accommodates the screw just as an f. Y. I. I had never used one of these bits, and it did fit in. My normal drill doesn't require any special tool to attach it to the trick. To positioning the fastener over that hole is to move it down a bit, so the wall screw has plenty of room to move to the top of that keyhole to be secure. I was real surprised how easy it was to use this bit definitely worth $10 I'll probably use it every time. Now thistles the screw that I plan on using it works in drywall, and it holds up to £50 per screw. I'll be using two of them. Plus, the head of the screw slips securely into the small part of the keyhole. If I had any idea that Children might be drawing or pulling on the craft paper, I would go ahead and just bolted to the wall. Thes boats are a zloty. Nas, my finger 2.5 inches, and they would go securely from the front side, all the way through the board and into the wall securely. If you don't have a stud that you're screwing it into, then you use the green part and that holds it securely into the wall. And then always as an alternative to using screws, you can use washi tape or rope or twine. Point is, just get it attached to the wall to safely enjoy it. 8. Attach Artwork to Roll: 9. Final Thoughts : find out thoughts for this class. Is that certainly that you enjoy the class and that you were able to use my tips and inspiration to create your own craft paper holder? I know I love mine, and I find it to be such an inspiration for each season whether or not you've done one of these type of holders were If you've just decided to create the craft paper part and hang it on the wall, I'd love to see it so posted in the class project section and give me a follow and I'll let you know when my next class posts. 10. Bonus Video : you may be wondering because I don't think I covered it, for my role comes from generally they come from wrapping paper and you'll find when you start paying attention, that wrapping paper comes with a lot of different weight of core rules. This one, for instance, is I would say a medium. Wait, this is a real heavy duty. I can't even squeeze it. So when you go to the store and buy your wrapping paper for birthday parties or for Christmas, give it a squeeze and by the ones that are more heavy duty, if you're gonna be doing very many of these displays and then what I do is I cut it market all the way around, and then I just cut it with scissors going and from the side. And then I cut it, and then I do these little notches so it doesn't collapse. And then I tape it because what will happen if you don't tape it is. These little edges will start coming apart and unrolling. So I just used my packing tape that I attached my artwork to the other role or to this role , and it works perfectly. It doesn't show because we're gonna be taping your artwork to this and rolling it up. This one. I love this role because it already looks nice and bulky. You want your rule to have plenty of paper on it. So after you cut your piece for your art doing your artwork, you want to take the rest and cut it and then take that and tape it to hear Roll it up. So it's a bunch of blank. You could use it in the future, and then when we mount it, I covered this in the video. That's the time that you will be attaching your your artwork to that paper, this paper that's already been put on here and hanging down and you want to give yourself plenty of room. I cover that in a few minutes because you want it to have room here, plus room to roll so your tape doesn't show where you attached. So that's just a little clarification. And then I'm gonna take you over to the other side, the room, and I'm gonna show you my little system for recycling artwork from year to year, so I'm not constantly recreating. We did talk about the measurements and stuff. So let me just show you. Here's the two inches that I was talking about for with, and once I got that determined and made my copies, I knew how deep it would be. Actually knew it before I copied it. But that worked out to 22 inches on the backside of this is my mark for the center, which would be right here. So I knew this is where I put this and then from the toff of live 22 inches, I measure 10 inches. We go 10 inches from there to there, and that's where I cut it. Actually, that's not where I cut it. This is where I was unclear. I wanted extra room because you have to be able to roll it. I gave myself way too much on this particular way, but you don't want this to show. See that? I don't know if you could see that in the video that it's the tape. You don't want that to show. So you want to give yourself enough room that you could roll it without it showing either down here or even appear okay. And then here's another tip. I went ahead and put up Rubber Band on the bar on. What I do with that is if I ever have to take this off the wall, which I moved it from room to room, I roll it up and then I could just slip this right over, and I don't have to worry about when I'm unscrewing. Everything are pulling everything off the wall that it's gonna come rolling down all this artwork. I have a pretty good process as far as recycling my artwork from season to season, so I don't have to re quick recreate something every season. For instance, this is my artwork from before it was on here before I did this class. So what I did was I just took it off. Normally, what I would do would be I would just It's on there. I would just roll it up, and this will just get bigger and bigger. It has a lot of artwork already on it that's used, but sometimes if you find something that's in that role, and you need to have it down here, but you have all this down below. That's artwork to so you do have to cut it eventually. And so what I do is I have a story, my artwork and I call it. Here's where I keep it Kraft Roller Art. And it's one of these hard shipping tubes, and it's great because I have writing out a bunch of art that I couldn't go through. Each one is separate. Sometimes sometimes there step together, but usually not. Let me show you these and where I get my ideas. I mean, a lot of these air knocked not original, especially my early on one's, because I've been doing this for quite a few years now, and I don't even know how to draw. And so here's one for Christmas. That was the year that at Dollar Tree, they had glitter glue. And so I thought, Well, add some glitter to it with stars and different colors. Actually, there's some little red. One is here. It's like little movies. Here's an autumn one I like to do just words. It's simple. You don't have to come up with any big designs. I usually throw in some kind of fine or do Dad. It's pretty simple. And here's another fall one, and that this was the year I used this for quite a few years. This is the year that I decided to use the metallic paint pins and I thought it I think it really turned out nice. And this is another one. I just found it online and enlarged it. And as long as I'm not selling it, I feel like I'm OK not selling for my own pleasure. And then here's I don't know what happened in 2018 but for some reason Oh, I think it was. I know what this Waas My son got married. And so I did this and let the adventure begin. And we had a reception, A brunch, actually on a Sunday after the wedding. And so I have this one out. Sure, I got that one out. I had my coffee with heart little dips and get creating. And I hope that you're like me and you enjoy it so much that you create a whole bunch of them and you develop your own little system of how you're going to store them and recycle them