Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Easy Sweet Valentine Candy Tree Tutorial

I wanted to make a few Valentines this year, and I wanted to do a little upcycling as we well.  I rummaged through my Studio and came up with the following:

1.  Glue gun
2.  A dollar store Christmas cone, and some old cardboard party hats
3.  Left over christmas tinsel.  (I hoard the stuff and use it year around with various projects)

This is what I came up with.


Isn't is adorbs???  It was so easy too!  All you do is hot glue your candies sporadically around the cone. (I just used tiny dabs of glue, because I didn't want to melt up the chocolates) and then I grabbed my tinsel and glued it around the candies.  Viola!  Soooo cute.  I put my little Dulce Tree in a little bucket, but you can "serve" it as is or put in a nice little package.  I am also going to make a cute topper.  (still working on some ideas)

I have a few more to make, LOVE!!!!

Happy Valentines day, and feel free to share this with your crafty homies!!!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Romancing the Bling Guilded Class with Debby Anderson, here in Sacramento!

I am so excited, I can't stand it!   I will be hosting the one and only Debby Anderson of "Romancing the Bling"  here in my humble studio!  I have been a huge fan of hers for quite a while.  I had been following (cyber-stalking) for a while on Pinterest, and last year, I had a wonderful opportunity to take a class with her.

In addition to her being, mad talented, she is also a wonderful sweet soul, and I am so happy for all the success that is coming her way.  Recently, her jewelry line has been picked up by Michaels!  How awesome is that?

Between her busy schedule and mine,, we finally were able to hammer out a date, where she has agreed to come to Sacramento to show 10 of us how to make one of her beautiful pieces.  I am in love with her aesthetic, as well as all of the techniques she is willing to share.

This is the piece we will be making in her class.

Right?????????????

Here are the class details:
Class Description:

With romantic inspiration...we will create a beautiful soldered pendant with a handmade ornate crown necklace. Using an iconic image of the Madonna, a reproduction vintage French document, textural elements,  chalks, crayons and antiquing methods we will make our assemblage image.  I will share my popular dimensional Gilded techniques ~ applying them to our heart pendants, and created embellished crowns.  You will learn how to securely attach vintage rhinestone embellishments, and/or found objects,.. (provided by you).   Chain, crystals, beads, connector(s) will be used  to assemble the necklace.

~ Each student necklace will be unique and one of a kind.  

Class Kit provided:

Images and textural materials, Heart Glass, Black Backed Copper Foil,  Rubber Stamp for Gilding, Patina, Metal Sand Paper and 0000 Steel Wool, Crown material, Stamping, Wire,  Chain, Crystals and Beads.

Please note:  Rhinestone embellishments and Found Objects to be provided by Students.


Materials to Bring:

Mod Podge (glue), German Glass Glitter, Color Chalks, Crayons, Gilders Paste, Walnut Ink, etc. for color and aging your image and textural elements
(please note:  I will bring what I have to share…if you prefer not to wait, please bring your own :)
 
Jewelry Tools: 
Round Nose, Flat Nose, Chain Nose, Flush Cutters (if you do not have these they can be purchased as a set at Michael's, or JoAnn Fabrics, etc.)

Soldering Iron and materials: 
If you need to purchase...*online link below, or if you have a stained glass shop in your town they may carry the iron, paste flux, lead free silver solder...at usually a higher cost.

Please do not bring/use battery operated irons as they do not heat enough for this project. Thx.

Lead-Free Solder (*online, plumbing dept @ Lowes, or Home Depot)
 
Paste Flux (*online, Lowes, Home Depot)
 
Magnesia Block, or Charcoal Block, or Brick ~ (*online, Lowes, Home Depot) 
 
Embellishments: 
Stampings, Rhinestone Earrings, small pins, etc, Found Objects
----pls note: try to avoid using anything with "pot metal" as there is a risk of it melting when using the iron.
 
 
*Online Sources, if needed:

For students that need to purchase a soldering iron, paste flux, lead free silver solder...you may want to consider ordering a complete kit from Glass Supplies on Etsy
 
1. Soldering Iron ( I use this one)

http://www.etsy.com/listing/45419247/weller-100-w100pg-temperature-controlled?

Also, I like to use the interchangeable smaller iron tip (optional):

http://www.etsy.com/listing/43009635/weller-100-soldering-iron-18-inch-tip?ref=shop_home_active
 
2. Lead-Free Solder:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/GlassSupplies?section_id=5059736
 
3. Paste Flux:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/58125307/paste-flux-nokorode-odorless-and-lead?
 
~ Flux Brush 
http://www.etsy.com/listing/6796028/5-pack-flux-brushes-for-jewelry-solder?
 
4. Novacan Patina (I will be bringing for use ~ only if you want your own):
http://www.etsy.com/listing/9298547/8-oz-black-patina-changes-silver-solder
 
5. **Fire Brick:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/112105589/fire-brick?ref=sr_gallery_12&ga_search_query=firebrick&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=supplies
 
**A good one:
http://www.riogrande.com/Product/Silquar-High-Heat-Block-12-x-6/502004


The class cost is only 147.00 per person, and I have limited space for 10.
Class will start at 10:00 am, and run to 3 0r 4pm.
I will also provide essential snackage. :-)
A Pay Pal button is on the right of my blog, and address and more details will be provided upon receipt of payment.

This will be a class to remember!

See you soon!

Yoli


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Dia De Los Muertos in Sacramento 2013

Ayee, Sacramento is representing this year!  I am so proud at how far we have come, when it comes to celebrating my most favorite holiday of the year!  A few short years ago, the Dia De Los Muertos scene over here in Sactown  was but a mere trickle.  Fast forward to today, and there are happening's galore!  Makes me so proud!

In fact, all the happenings have inspired me to finally blog!  I know, I know, it has been a minute since I sat down and typed out a few lines, but I just couldn't pass up this opportunity to share whats up!

First on my list, is for Friday, November 1st.  Soul Collective gallery is partnering up with Historic Old Sacramento Foundation and is featuring a Procession that evening!  How exciting is that?  Here is the link, and be sure to check out the video.  They are also having different pop up art labs throughout October.

2nd on my list is

Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 2013: 4th Annual El Panteon de Sacramento


Put on by La Raza Galeria Posada. This event just keeps growing and growing, and is a MUST SEE event.
It is a two day free event, and is great for the whole family.  Here is the linky!

3rd on my list, is:

DAY OF THE DEAD: ART OF DÍA DE LOS MUERTOSSeptember 24, 2013 – January 5, 2014

At the California Museum.

A journey through life, love and death, “Day of the Dead: Art of Día de los Muertos” is an all-new exhibit featuring contemporary installations by California artists Rob-OJohn Huerta and David Lozeau.
This event has been going on for a while, but the artists that are featured are AMAZING!!!  Definitely worth the trip, and what is great, is that it will be up for a while, so you have plenty of time!

4th, on my list (by the way, these are in no particular order) is: 
The Chicas Latinas de Sacramento at Noche de Muertos on Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, at Zocalo in Midtown Sacramento for a Dia de los Muertos Fundraiser benefiting Calidanza Dance Company!

Awesome, right????  Here is the link

And 5th on my list.....(I am so excited that I have all these options to share with you!!!)

Is the Dia De Los Muertos show at Vox Studio.

Cover Photo
The Muertos are up at Vox Sacramento! 

Artwork by Tj Lev, Toni Rodriguez, Gabe Sanford, Kathi Briefer-Gose, Gloria, Yoli Manzo, and LaLa Ortiz.

Come create Muerto Eggs with Teri Hayner
$6 donation for the egg kit with hanger and instructions. 
First class at 6 PM.


Here is the linky.


One more shot out, yours truly had her 5 seconds of fame this month, giving props to making DIY altars for ofrendas.  Good Day Sacramento featured the Chicas Latinas on a show earlier this month, and we made the cut!  Here is a link to the video.

Big thanks to my girls at the Chicas-Latinas!  Here is the link to their page, should you want to get involved in meeting some real down arse Chicas, as well as helping out with the community. :-)


Now, where will I be during all this Dia De Los Muertos holiday????  Of course, you are thinking Sacramento, but, uhhh Unfortunately, I won't be in Sacramento this year.  After all that hype too!  Trust me, I hella feel like I am missing out this year, BUT...   I had this amazing opportunity, and I went for it!!  For this year, I will be in OAXACA, MEXICO!!!!!  Whoohooo.  I am going to the Madre of all Dia De Los Muertos celebrations, and I couldn't pass this trip up.  I am so looking forward to all the inspiration I will be experiencing. I will be able to incorporate all that I will be learning  in my own art and art classes I plan on teaching next year!

In addition to Dia De Los Muertos celebrations in Oaxaca.  Oaxaca is also know for their food. (reported birth place of Mole)  their Folk art, and TEXTILES!!!  Super Squee.  (I am a huge textile collector/hoader

Awww snap!  I wanted to show you pics, but my connection is acting up, and I have to finish packing.  Google Oaxaca art images, you will be blown away.

Lastly, I want to include in my blog, a cute freebie I came across today.
it is a Free Papel Picado Calavera template from Happy Thought.  Here is the link.  (so cute!)

Hope you can take advantage of some of these awesome festivites!  I want to hear all about it when I get back.  Viva Los Muertos!!

Yoli



Thursday, May 2, 2013

Sacred Heart Altered Tin Class, June 2nd, 2013 in Lower Manhattan

I am so excited, I can't sit still!   I have been blessed with the opportunity via my girl, Mia Roman to teach a class in New York City at the  Clemente  Soto Velez Cultural Center, located in Lower Manhattan, NYC!
Wow!  I love teaching, and I love NYC!  A perfect match, and I do hope that you can attend and let me show you how to make this table top Sacred Heart Shrine.


Here is an example of what your will be making.



Your class and kit will include all the materials to make the above shrine.  I will be showing you my antique, distress and faux tin embossing techniques.  Not only is this process fun, it is also very easy, and these techniques can be applied to almost anything.  You will be walking away with a completed project and lots of inspiration to add to your own art background.   Class is limited to 22 people, so please book early.  I have provided a pay pal button on the side of my blog to reserve your spot.  Come and join other Sacred Crafters, Artists, and all around lovely peeps in this fun and informative class.  You are only limited to your imagination and may your intuition guide you to your finished shrine.  

Class cost is $35.00 per student (price includes your shrine kit)

Supplies to bring:
Scissors,
Glue gun (optional)  I will have a few on hand, and I have plenty of glue sticks. 

If you want to personalize your shrine, bring tiny pics, and or  broken bits of jewelry.

I hope to see you on June 2nd, and please feel free to share this class information to a friend.

Salute, and Viva La Arte!

Yoli Manzo  



Monday, April 1, 2013

Happy April 1st! #Gelliarts painting tutorial

Happy April everyone!  Lately,  I have been on a creative roll!  I feel bad, because I don't post on my beloved blog as much, but with all the other easy social media sites, I just can't keep up anymore!  If you would like to keep up with me, you can find me here, here, and Here I am always posting pics of my latest creations.  However, I do want to make a commitment to reserve this blog for tutorials, techniques, and features of products that I feel are mind blowing. :-)

Speaking of which, I was introduced earlier to Gelli Arts Gelli plate.  A friend of mine brought hers in to share, and I couldn't stop daydreaming it.   If you haven't heard about it, it is a very easy way of mono printing with a gelatin plate. I haven't been the same, since! At first I tried to make my own "version" by rolling some paint on a flat surface to try and get the same effect.... Fail!  the gelatin has a little "give" to it and just distributes the paint to paper so much more easier and with more consistency.   

There are soooo many tutorials out there, look up Gelli arts at their site, pinterest and Youtube.  This product is inspiring lots of big named artists, as well as the newbie!

Mmmkay, the day before Easter, I thought I would decorate some eggs with my adorable nephew who is 6. I thought this would be the perfect project for him and I to do.  Very easy and quick enough not to bore a brilliant little mind.

Items used:
Gelli Plate
acrylic paints
plastic easter eggs
Sharpie paint pens.
Brayer.


Basically, you pick 1 to 3 colors and  spread them around with your brayer onto you Gelli Plate.  Note:  A little paint goes a long way. :-)

Then you roll your egg around the plate and load it with all the beautiful color.  Set aside to dry, and if you want, repeat the process with more colors, till you get the desired colors you want.

After they are dry, we came back with a black and white paint pen, and doodled on our eggs,  This is what we came up with.

This is step one, rolling our egg on our Gelli Plate.  


Here are some more!  (waiting for paint to dry)


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 After they were dry "enough"  we doodled them with paint pens.


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Here is a close up of one I hid in our water fountain.  (Good times)


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Another favorite.


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These were so much fun, and this project ignited even more insiration!  This tool is not limited to just paper prints.  Think Fabric, ATC cards, clothing, mail, etc.  the list goes on and on.  Please feel free to share your stories!

Salute, and Viva La Arte!

Yoli

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Quickie Christmas Loteria Banner Tutorial


Still haven't put up all those handmade decorations?  How about, haven't even started?  I know, I know, it happens to me all the time.  Since all my familia and friends know that I have glitter and paint running through my veins, they would probably give me the side eye if I bust out with a store bought  "sell out" decoration!

Ok, I kid, they probably could care less, but I always self impose expectations on myself.  And, being the procrastinator that I can be, I needed to act fast, so I came up with this super quickie Loteria Banner idea.  It's amazing what I can come up with when backed to a corner!  

Supplies:  Loteria playing cards. (you can find them online, or your local Mexican/Latin Market.
Tinsel.  (I bought yards of it at my local Dollar store
Glitter Glue
Hot glue gun
Hole Punch
Ribbon

Directions:
1.  I decided I wanted to spell out "Feliz Navidad" on my banner, but you can put whatever Salutation you wish.  Using my phrase, I picked out enough cards to spell out Feliz Navidad.  (12 cards)

2. Using my gold glitter glue, I wrote out a letter on each card and let dry.

3.  Using a standard hole punch, I punched 2 holes (on each upper corner) on each card.

4.  Got out the ol Hot glue gun and glued tinsel around each card, careful not to cover the holes.

5. Ran some pretty ribbon through each card and hung on my mantle.

 DONE!



Feliz Navidad Mi Creative Homies!


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Easy No Sew #Mexi-Christmas Stocking Tutorial

Hello and Season's Greetings! It's that time of year again, and it's also a great time for another easy Sacred style Tutorial!

Ms. Crafty Chica had sent me a few of her Iron On Appliques and asked me to do a tutorial for her.  I did my first tutorial inspired by Dia De Los Muertos, (You can find it here) and with Christmas approaching, I thought I would also kick down a #Mexi-Christmas tutorial.

As always, I like to keep the process simple, so here ya go!

Supplies:

Crafty Chica Applique
Your favorite Glue (I used Liquid Fusion, works great on fabric) by ILoveToCreate
Fabric Trims of your choice
Blank Stocking.  (I purchased mine at a Dollar store)




All you do is center your applique and iron or adhere with glue, and select your trims of choice and glue around the top of the stocking.  DONE!



Last step is to stuff with goodies!!


I can't even look at a plain Jane stocking anymore!  Feliz Navid!!

I hoped you enjoyed this tutorial.  Please feel free to share and/or Pin.  
Big Shout out to La Crafty Chica for keeping it crafty, sparkly and full of Vida!


 Click here to see if a Michaels store in your area is carrying the Crafty Chica line. LINK: http://thecraftychica.blogspot.com/2012/09/craftychicaproductsmichaels.html



*I received this complimentary product(s) from CraftyChica.com as part of the Crafty Chica Design Team and was asked to share an original DIY project.*