Inkling

Hey Everyone!

This past Wednesday was December 25 aka Christmas; probably the one day a year that I can ask for anything that I want. In all honesty, I had a difficult time deciding on the gifts I wanted to receive from my family, mainly because I was pretty content with what I already had. Finally, I crafted a short list of items, including a Wacom Inkling.

What is an Inkling you ask?

Just watch this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXbBA1DRE84

Pretty cool right?

Well, on Christmas, this is one of the gifts I got from my family and it is quite INCREDIBLE!!!

Here’s the step by step of how it works:

  1. Sketch with pen and place receiver at the top of your page.
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  2. Connect receiver to computer and import drawing
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  3. Do whatever you want!
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DIY Paper Cut-Out

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This is a project which requires lots of patience and slow movements. I’m not that great with exacto knives, although I can say that I have quite a steady hand, I tend to go either too slow or too fast. This may someday result in a mistaken cut in a piece of paper or even my hand, but let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

Get These Things:

  • exacto knife
  • white bristol paper
  • coloured paper
  • scissors (if you no longer want to use the exacto knife)

Step 1:

Draw a design onto the paper. Basically anything that looks good as a silhouette.

Step 2:

Use your exacto knife and carefully cut the design. Go slowly, and always place your hands behind the blade’s direction to avoid cutting any fingers.

Step 3:

Once the image is cut, place coloured paper behind so the image stands out. Use a stick of glue so it is secure.

And voila!

Now all that is needed is a frame and a wall to hang it!

DIY Clay Critter (Duck)

Here is a great craft you can complete anytime you are feeling bored and eager to be creative. I am going to be making a duck, but any type of animal is applicable (if for some reason you really don’t like ducks…) As well, I will be using Super Sculpey clay, which I recommend because it works really well for crafts like this.

GETTING STARTED

Preheat your oven to around 275 °F. Condition all the clay you plan on using by kneading until it is soft and smooth or, if you have one, running it through a Clay Conditioning Machine (I used it in my tech class this year and now I really want one. It works really well!)

STEP 1

Grab some aluminum foil and roll the strip into a ball 1 1/2″ in diameter, for the duck’s body. Roll another ball of foil into a smaller ball about 1″ in diameter, for the duck’s head. Afterwards, grab a toothpick and stick the balls on top of each other.

STEP 2

Take some of that Super Sculpey clay and start covering the aluminum foil balls. You don’t need a lot of clay but make sure you have enough so no aluminum is showing anywhere.

STEP 3

Now it is time to add some features to our duck. Make a small ball of clay and flatten it. Cut it in half and place one half near the centre of the head for the top part of the duck’s beak.

Then place the other half below for the lower part.

Next we will make the wings of the duck. For this you with need to make two disks in an oval shape (keeping it real simple so nothing fancy) and place them on opposite sides of the duck’s body.

Now, the tricky part, the duck’s feet. For this you will need to make two small diamonds (or little kites, which ever helps visually) out of clay. Then start to pinch three of the points so they look more like webbed feet. After you have this shape, place both of the pieces underneath the body so they are sticking out.

Finally, make two really small circles for the eyes.

eyes on the duck

STEP 4

Place the duck in an oven-proof glass surface and stick that duck in the oven to bake! Leave it in there for about 15-20 minutes. Once it is done, let it cool.

STEP 5

Now it is time to paint! This is my favourite part of this craft because the clay critter is brought to life (plus it looks super cute when it is done!)

I use acrylic paint for the soul purpose that it works on any surface (and it is the only type of paint I like to use anyway). Use whatever colours you like so your duck critter is unique and cute enough for you!

STEP 6

Admire your cute clay critter! :)

It really is that simple to make!

DIY Night Time Photography

I do really like the nighttime, both in the city and also at my cottage. From living in the constant movement to going occasionally to a more remote and peaceful area, it is a fortunate escape into a different environment. Apart from the mosquitos constantly attacking any bare skin on my body, watching the sun set beside a campfire is the perfect activity during summer. For very special occasions, there are usually fireworks or sparklers lighting up the blackened skies after the sun’s light has gone. The only problem is… How do you capture this moment?

Trying to take pictures of fireworks can really be a frustrating experience. By not knowing which settings to use, you can end up with a lot of pictures of blurry lights. I don’t think anyone wants blurry fireworks or sparklers in their photo libraries right? Here are some tips on how to take stunning shots of fireworks and sparklers so you can truly capture the moment:

1. Invest in a tripod that is a decent make and a sturdy model (this will make a big difference). Absolute stillness is required for the slower shutter speeds you’ll need in these conditions.

2. NO FLASH! Just switch it off! Believe me, I left the flash on and the shot I took looked like light crap. Switching to the manual settings on your camera will cover this and give you more control.

3. CHARGE YOUR CAMERA PRIOR TO SHOOTING! The long exposures can drain your camera’s battery more quickly so charge it up.

4. Lower your ISO speed. This will prevent your images from getting somewhat grainy. You can also turn on your camera’s Noise Reduction setting, if you have one.

5. Turn on your camera’s fireworks setting. Many of the recent camera models have a scene mode specifically for shooting fireworks.

6. Use long shutter speeds around 2-3 seconds or even longer. This is the most important camera setting you need to worry about. With a fast shutter speed, your camera will not be able to pick up the illuminated paths of light the fireworks make in the sky. So give your camera a chance to record those streaks with a longer shutter speed. I recommend experimenting different durations to see what you prefer and what ultimately looks the best.

7. Take lots of pictures! You can always delete the duds later.

Remember, taking photographs with your camera is a fun activity and a great opportunity to experiment new settings and features. Have fun!

Who Doesn’t Like Crayola Crayons??

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You may remember yourself at a young age receiving your first pack of Crayola crayons. I certainly remember myself in this situation and feeling anticipated to open the pack, smell each crayon, and draw with the many colours. I would spend hours sitting and drawings scribbles. Who could blame me?

Crayola Crayons

Crayola crayons are generally the first art tools a child uses for simple drawings and craft activities. However, as a child interested in art gains more experience and skills, crayons seem inferior and worthless compared to Letraset markers, paints, watercolour pencils, etc. Is there a way that young adults can enjoy crayons again?

There may be a way…

by making melted crayon art. This creation is an easy and fun way of making art with crayons again. Here are the steps on how to make one yourself:

  1. Buy a pack of Crayola crayons.
  2. Remove the paper labels off each crayon and arrange them in a rainbow.
  3. Glue all the crayons at the top of a canvas using a hot glue gun.
  4. Using a hairdryer, heat the crayons so they start to melt. (I recommend tilting the canvas so the wax drips downwards.)
  5. Let the wax blend together and cool for a few minutes.
  6. Enjoy!
If you are confused by these instructions, just watch videos on YouTube like this one:

This is a simple craft to once again pull out those Crayola crayons and feel like a young kid like before.