Wednesday, August 28, 2013

DIY Papier Mâché Sculptures

Papier Mâché All the Way!
by Emmy Hirsch, guest blogger~ edited by @schulmanArt

Inspiring Paper Mâché Sculpture by


Papier Mâché is the french word for "mashed paper." Having been around for quite some time, papier mâché, when it dries, is extremely strong but very light making it a great material to use for everything from jewelry boxes, bowls, trays, sculptures, props, and masks.

The following five bloggers show you with their do it yourself techniques and strategies how to make your own personalized papier mâché sculptures. This is the perfect activity to do by yourself or with friends and can make a whimsical and lasting piece for you or for someone close to your heart.

Hip to the Hop!
Make a little papier mâché lop-eared rabbit that only costs a few pennies in materials.

Paper Mache Bust for Jewelry and Wigs Display by

On the Prowl
Ashley shows you how to make domestic, wild, or even whimsical animal heads in her in-depth tutorial. With illustrations to compliment the written directions, you'll be able to make anything from unicorns to dogs to lions!

All About the Technique
This article, courteous of Denise, gives you inside tips and secrets on the papier mâché process. Read on to find out what she has to say about layering, preparation, drying, clay, and pulp.

Emmy Hirsch is an intern at SchulmanArt and will be an incoming freshman at Franklin and Marshall College.
Handmade Gifts
This particular article links to how to make your own papier mâché clay. Donna offers instructions on how to make your foundation and then shows you how to make your own miniature hummingbird sculpture. This project makes the perfect heartfelt gift!

The French Bulldog
This one is my personal favorite. This blog, among many other papier mâché projects, teaches you via written instructions and online video how to make a French Bulldog sculpture. With their large bat-shaped ears, compressed nose and wrinkles, short neck and strong legs, this adorable sculpture of the pup is a keeper!

mentioned in this post: @lilblueboo @Diyhandmadegift @Mingz22
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

8 DIY Bracelets Projects

Personalize Your Arm Candy
by Emmy Hirsch, guest blogger

DIY bracelet pattern from
Gather your thread, yarn, leather, and charm because you are going to make your own bracelet! The following eight bloggers show you with their explicit do it yourself techniques and strategies how to make your own personalized arm candy. This is the perfect activity to do with the girls, make as a gift, or braid away on a boring or rainy day. 

Leather for jewelry making from
Leather Wrap Bracelet
Anette makes this leather wrap bracelet tutorial to share her secrets with you! In just fifteen steps, you'll have your own chic, stylish, and rustic wrap bracelet. These make great personalized gifts so wrap your finger around this and get started!

Cathy shows you how to make these quick and fabulous friendship bracelets in her step-by-step online guide. They say "more is more" and with these bracelets, you can add a pop of color to your arm candy while keeping it subtle with leather. You can make several of these in just about any color combination you can think of and they take minimal time.

embroidery floss for friendship bracelets are from
Beaded Wrap Bracelet
Wrap bracelets are extremely popular and they are so much easier to make than they look. Adrianne explains how to make your one-of-a-kind wrap bracelet with beads! Stone beads, seed beads, large beads, small beads... all will give you a different but stylish finished look!

Keep your fingers crossed! This blog includes instructions, pictures, and a youtube video to aid you in creating your very own knitted bracelet. These are very popular for summertime wear but it really depends on what color you choose to braid with because the style is suitable for all four seasons, for sure!

popsicle sticks needed for knitted bracelets and wooden bracelets are from
Recycled Plastic Bag Bracelet
Plastic bags are not environmentally friendly but you can make use of them without throwing them away! We always have a stash lying somewhere around the house. Some bags are thin and transparent while others are more durable and opaque, but all of them can be made into bracelets. Read Susan's advice and you can go green in no time!

These are pretty awesome and are made out of popsicle sticks! Very few materials are needed, but get ready to get a little sticky because you will need tape! These bracelets are so much fun for the kiddos to make and prove to be very popular because they are all over Pinterest. 

You can take the girl out of the beach but not the beach out of the girl! This easy-going and low-maintenanced look is perfect alongside a bathing suit. Follow these directions so you'll be ready to hit the beach, pool, lake, or grocery store because yeah, they are that cute.

If you know how to do a fishtail braid in your hair, then you pretty much know how to make this bracelet. If you don't, it's never too late to learn! All you need is embroidery thread in various colors, some tape, and a bead. Just know that this one may take some time to make.

Emmy Hirsch is an intern at SchulmanArt and will be an incoming freshman at Franklin and Marshall College in the fall of 2013.
mentioned in this post: @poppytalk @trinketsinbloom @Consumer_Crafts @DoesSheNow @mamamissblog @vchristenson @ohsoprettytweet

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

DIY Cheap Home Decor for the LIving Room {6 ideas}

Highlighting Ways to Update Your Home on a Budget

reprinted with permission from
edited by @schulmanArt
Peacock Art for your Living Room, Decorating Idea |
Perhaps the fastest way to update your living room is with a large piece of artwork! If you are looking to sell your home, then you can take this home update with you wherever you go! peacock painting by Miriam Schulman available for sale on etsy.

The Living Room
Whether it’s a formal living room or a family room that you spend every night in, it’s important that you look at your living room with fresh eyes when it comes time to update. Adding a fresh coat of paint, artwork and some new curtains will update the look of the room without requiring a huge financial investment. Read through these 6 ideas for more inexpensive updates you can do on a budget.

Thanks to all the wonderful bloggers for these cheap home decor ideas for your living room!
  1. 7 cheap Home Accessories to Decorate Your Home By adding inexpensive accessories you can change the entire look of a room.
  2. Update Your House on a Budget without Remodeling Check thrift stores for different accessories and consider adding some new curtains to freshen the look.
  3. DIY: 10 Budget Friendly Tips to Update Your Home Watch this video to learn some inexpensive tips to update your home.
  4. 3 Simple Ways to Update Your Home without Breaking the Bank Add some flowers and plants to your home to help it feel alive and fresh.
  5. How to Improve Your Home Interior on a Budget? Buy slip covers for your furniture to change the color scheme and freshen up the look of a worn out chair or sofa.
  6. ART, ART, ART whether it is a 24x30" print on canvas (SchulmanArt has got them now!!) or a unique original painting on canvas-- art is an affordable, portable way to update your home decor and you can take the decor with you wherever you go!
Bloggers who tweet mentioned in this post: @boldskyliving 

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Top Ten Movies For Art Lovers

Lights, Camera, Art!
by Emmy Hirsch, guest blogger, edited by @schulmanArt

Midnight in Paris- doomed couple in Giverny
Art lovers, looking for an artsy film from netflix? Check out these critically acclaimed movies about artists that are sure to move, captivate, and inspire you!

1. Midnight in Paris
He'd like to live in Paris, she'd like to live in an upper-class American suburb. He drowns himself in words, she drowns herself in clothes. Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams star in Woody Allen's romantic yet artsy comedy about a young engaged couple vacationing in Paris. Gil (Wilson) is a mediocre screenwriter who still harbors the dream of someday writing a successful novel and joining the prestige of acclaimed writers such as Hemingway and Fitzgerald. One night, he leaves his fiancée Inez (McAdams) to wonder off through the empty city streets, only find himself conversing with the legendary individuals of the 1920s. Art history buffs will love this movie as they meet artist luminaries from Paris such as Picasso, Matisse, Salvador Dali and then others when they travel further back in time such as Gauguin and Toulouse-Lautrec

detail of Vermeer painting
2. Girl With A Pearl Earring (2003)
Based on the novel by Tracy Chevalier, Girl With A Pearl Earring imagines the life of a maid in Johannes Vermeer's household who  poses for the now internationally famous portrait wearing pearl earrings presumably borrowed from Vermeer's wife. Art lovers will love this movie as they watch their favorite Vermeer masterpieces come to life on the big screen.

3. Goya's Ghosts
The painter Goya becomes involved with the Spanish Inquisition when his muse, Inés, is arrested by the church for heresy. Francisco Goya, who is a gifted but controversial artist, the corrupted holy man Brother Lorenzo, and the beautiful woman Inés all cross paths in Milos Forman's epic historical drama. Goya has earned the enmity of the Spanish government as well as the Catholic Church and embraces greater infamy when Lorenzo accuses his favorite model Inés as a heretic. Inés is sent to prison and when Lorenzo returns fifteen years later to attempt to liberate her, a shocking discovery awaits him.

Moulin Rouge in Paris
4. Moulin Rouge
The year is 1899 and Christian, a young English writer, has come to Paris to follow the Bohemian revolution taking hold of the city's drug and prostitute infested underworld. The place to go, he quickly learns, is the legendary Moulin Rouge, a night club where men come for one and only one reason: to be entertained. The poet finds himself plunged into a deadly love affair with Satine, the club's highest paid star and the city's most famous courtesan. In this movie we meet Toulouse-Lautrec and his friends in this famous Parisian bohemian haunt.

5. Surviving Picasso
In 1943, the young painter Françoise Gilot meets Pablo Picasso, already the most celebrated artist in the world. For the next ten years, she acts as his mistress, bears him two children, and poses as his muse. She slowly learns that his past and present life are littered with other mistresses, and she must accept all these women and their offspring as part of her relationship with Picasso. But when Picasso begins yet another affair, Françoise realizes that, to save herself, she must leave him.

6. Modigliani
Amedeo Modigliani, an Italian Jew living in Paris in 1910, has yet to reach an audience beyond the city's creative inner circle. When his lover and child are sent to a faraway convent by the force of the woman's parents, Modigliana is distraught and must find a way to rescue his family. The answer arrives in the shape of Paris's annual art competition, which the artist and his dearest friend and rival Pablo Picasso have never even thought about entering. Prize money and a guaranteed career await the winner, and so Modigliani tackles the canvas in hopes to create a masterpiece, knowing that all of the Parisian artists are doing the same.

7. Frida
Chronicling the life of Frida Kahlo and Diego River, Frida, starring Salma Hayek gives insight into the biography of one of Mexico's most prominent, iconoclastic painters. From the crippling effects of polio to a nearly fatal city bus accident to an illicit affair with Leon Trotsky to romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lives the unprecedented life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary.

Camille Claudel in her workshop
8. Renoir
Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir, son of the Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste, returns home after being wounded in World War One. He experiences a surge of vitality when he meets Andrée Heuschling, who rejuvenates, enchants, and inspires both father and son.

9. Camille Claudel
Sister of writer Paul Claudel, Camille Claudel impresses the famous sculptor Auguste Rodin. Isabelle Adjani's film traces the development of their intense romantic bond, the growth of their relationship, and the conflict between Rodin's stardom and fancy for other women and Claudel's up-and-coming career and emotional tumult. Fall in love with the sculpture of this often overlooked woman artist.

Emmy Hirsch is an intern for SchulmanArt and will be an incoming freshman at Franklin and Marshall College in the fall of 2013.
10. Vincent and Theo
Director Robert Altman's well-received biography documents the relationship between the obsessive yet brilliant painter Vincent van Gogh and his more practical brother Theo. Van Gogh's works were ignored during his lifetime, despite the efforts of Theo, a struggling gallery owner. When Theo fails to make a profit from his brother's work, he finds himself torn between family and prosperity, genius and madness.

Have you seen any of these movies? What kind of art movies do you like?

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Summer Mischief

summer isn't over yet!
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

Here I am in my favorite sandals on my front porch
Although my kids are done with camp and the start of a new school year is just around the corner, I know we still have about 5 weeks left of summer. I plan on making the most out of every last day. For me, that means wearing sandals everyday because I am so happy I don't have to slosh around in winter boots. I also love eating on my front porch watching my cat chase bugs and taunt the neighborhood dogs. Summer slips by so fast and thank goodness my family goes to the beach every year. I am really looking forward to family time with them without the stress and distractions of work and homework.
In the warm months, my cat loves the windowsill in my studio

beach totes
Grab your tote and head for the Beach (beach tote by Schulman)
I also have made some virtual trips to the beach with my watercolor paintings. One of the art classes I offered on The Inspiration Place this summer is Summerscapes. If you have been looking for some new inspiration and haven't joined our Summerscapes class yet, now is a great time to get out your art supplies and learn a few new techniques to capture your favorite summer landscape painting. Check out the trailer video I made to show you all the fun you are going to have learning to paint beach scenes in watercolor (from me) and a country landscape painting by Blenda Tyvoll in mixed media. There are ten videos included in this ecourse making it a great value! In addition, you learn the secrets behind Jan Schmuckal's oil painting. You won't be disappointed by all the artistic goodness she packs into this ecourse when she also heads for the beach.

beach paintings, watercolor
This baby knows that just playing with warm wet sand is fun! (framed tile by SchulmanArt)

If you are not already a member of the Inspiration Place come over and create a free profile. You will have to wait for me to approve your membership to the site. This is how I keep unwanted spammers off our nice artsy community. However, once you join you no longer have to wait for me to approve your membership to a group class. You will get immediate access to a course as soon as you sign up and pay for your access.

Here I am in my studio!! ( a little selfy...) I am "schulmanArt" on twitter, facebook, and everywhere else.. just google SchulmanArt !
What do you love most about summer and what must you do before summer is over?
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Saturday, August 10, 2013

What is Art Journaling? (and 10 art journaling prompts!)

Journal With or Without Words
by Emmy Hirsch, guest blogger

art journaling
For mixed media art journaling ideas,
find Melissa on etsy
Allen Ginsberg once said, "Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness."An art journal is the place to do so. An art journal is a journal in which you combine art and words to express yourself. There are no rules, no critics, no limits: it's all about your personal self expression. Being a long-standing artistic tradition, art journaling has been used through the centuries by artists to sketch, practice, experiment, and record themselves. Examples of renowned journalists include Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, and Leonardo da Vinci, all of whom were prolific sketchbook keepers.

A visual journal is created using a variety of techniques. Drawing, sketching, painting, collage, splatter... these are just a few of the infinite possibilities to express yourself while creating interesting and unique pages. Artistically challenged? Stamps, vintage photographs, and magazine cutouts can all make up for the fact that not everyone can draw and paint.

art journaling
Wreck this journal! For more notebooks,
find Mary Lynn on etsy
Artists, inventors, and people in general all have different reasons for keeping journals. The reasons are very personal and individual and could range from experimenting with art techniques and ideas to getting your thoughts and feelings on paper to documenting your life. An art journal feels the need for expression and creativity when words alone just don't cut it. Plus, it's just plain old fun.

art journaling
Kathy's purple, green, and lavender mixed media kit
When keeping an art journal, there is but one requirement: You must say and think, "There are no mistakes." This is your personalized journal. Make a mess out of it, destroy it, savor in it, and make it your own. Try things you're too scared to try: this is for your eyes only. Think in terms of light and dark, big and small, smooth and rough, upside down and right-side up... you are your own creative mad genius.

Here are ten prompts to get you started on your art journaling journey:
1. Grab your favorite novel and open to page 87. Read the first paragraph and illustrate it.
2. Imagine your inner critic as a monster. Draw him.
3. Write down some of your favorite quotes or life mantras. Write them over and over again, using different lettering each time.
4. Pick a lyric from your favorite song. Illustrate it.
5. Draw a map from where you are to where you want to be.
6. You open a door. What's behind it?
7. Find Waldo.
8. Illustrate last night's dream.
9. You just came back from Paris. We want to hear about it.
10. One word: Breakthrough.
mentioned in this post:  @yellowmelle @inbluehandmade

Emmy Hirsch is an intern at SchulmanArt and will be an incoming freshman at Franklin and Marshall College in the fall of 2013.

Here is a collection of art journal kits, blank journals to write in, art journal tutorials and art journal printable pages!

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Friday, August 9, 2013

do something creative everyday

Teacher by day, artist by night!
Interview with Brigid Ryan by Miriam Schulman @schulmanArt

Vintage Art Bottle for sale on etsy
SchulmanArt: Tell us about yourself!
Brigid Ryan: I was born in Evanston, Illinois and moved to California at the age of five. I come from a big family and was influenced by all the talents of my siblings. Whatever they were into, I wanted to try too. I think that played a big part in my creativity because I was exposed to many different things. My mother definitely influenced my creativity. She is also very creative and loves antiques. I think that rubbed off on me. She has always been supportive of me and keeps an eye out for some great finds when antiquing.

SchulmanArt: Fantastic! How do you incorporate creativity into your life now?
Brigid Ryan:  I am a SPED teacher by day and an artist by night.  I love creating things and sharing them with those around me! I am so glad I found Etsy! I have been selling on Etsy for a couple of years but also sell in a local shop. I am still trying to find the right place to share my items with people. I could spend hours roaming the pages of creativity. I love working with different medias. I am currently obsessed with making these vintage picture bottles with special name labels. I love creating custom pieces too.

SchulmanArt: What do you create?  
Brigid Ryan :I love working with vintage pieces; old photos and jewelry. I love the idea that the old photos are of real people and they get a second chance to be enjoyed.

 My most popular items are my "Wedding" bottles and my "Best Friend" bottles. People seem to drawn to those bottles because they have someone special in mind to share it with. I do love creating bottles for the next holiday so right now I am working on Halloween bottles.

SchulmanArt: How do you get inspired?
Brigid Ryan: I NEED to create. I feel it in my bones. It is my creative outlet in life. I get inspired when I go antiquing or to flea markets and come across an unusual item.  I have a big desk that I work on in my room. I have all my supplies located around the desk to make them easy to grab while working. The wall in front of my desk is covered with pictures and decorations that make me smile and inspire me.

Special Ed teacher Gets Creative!
Brigid Ryan: I think people should do something creative everyday...for the ones you love...for yourself...for the world! Everyone has their outlet...something that makes them happy...go out there and find it. My advice is try it all! Try an art class, painting class, learn to throw clay, take a glass blowing class...why not? We only live once!

Are you feeling stuck creatively? Get re-inspired with inspirational quote art or an online art class to jump start your creative juices!!!
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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Back to School: Cute Pencil Cases

This bright peacock will get you ready for class!
Get ready for Back to School!
by Stefanie Hindmarch, guest blogger

It's that time of year again, where students leave their exciting summer trips and jobs and return to the classroom. Before everyone starts their collective groan, remember that heading back to school is an opportunity to show off your style and do a little shopping. These cute pencil cases by SchulmanArts will surely make you excited to get back to class.
A pencil case and a piece of art

Whether you're a high school or college student, these cool pencil cases are a classroom fashion statement that you will want to make. Printed with fine art works from SchulmanArts' studio, these colorful bags will really brighten up your school year. They are the perfect size to keep all your pens, pencils, and highlighters together, so that you can stay organized and focus on your studies instead of constantly fishing in your bag for a stray writing implement.
Perfect for your pens and pencils
Check out more pencil cases on my website!
These make great gifts for the hardworking students in your life, or for yourself! Anyone who wants to enjoy a piece of art while staying organized, student or otherwise, will love these art pencil cases. Don't forget these cute pencil cases as a teacher gift!
Want to save on this art right now? let me email you the latest coupon

Stefanie Hindmarch is an intern at SchulmanArt and is currently studying Management at the University of St Andrews

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