Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Hello fellow crafters,

I am so excited about next weeks CRAFTERNOON.

We are hosting Lorien Powers (co-owner of drake & Lulu's) for a

Recycled Jewelry Class

Here are the details:

Tuesday October 6Th



Please RSVP as we only have space for 15 crafters this class.

This class will give you a little intro to assembling and creating jewelry using recycled items.

The end product of this class will either be a pair of earrings, or a necklace. Please keep in mind that your course fee covers the most basic of ingredients and we urge you to bring extras to incorporate.

Please bring:

1. Anything you would like to incorporate into your jewelry

(this may include Coins, feathers, old jewelry, old chains, trinket, and tchotchkes)

2. An apetite for creativity

3. A bottle of water to keep you hydrated!

4. A few extra bucks ($5-$10) if you want to make multiple items.

Also: if you plan to make a necklace please bring with you a chain or two, MAKE SURE it is a chain that will allow you to attach on ANY link.

Please let me know if you have any questions:

please RSVP TO: truckeecrafternoons@gmail.com

if the weather is nice we will be outside, if not we will go inside, please dress accordingly.

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Monday, September 21, 2009


I am so sorry I have to break the news, Tomorrows class is Canceled.
I will post a new schedule for this class asap!

Thanks so much for understanding!

Saturday, September 19, 2009


A huge Huge thanks to Lis Korb and Moonshine Ink for doing an absolutely fabulous article on crafternoons.

Check it out HERE


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Step by Step how to: LINOCUT

Here is a little step by step for those of you who missed our first class, please let me know if you have any questions comments or corrections!Step One:CHOOSE AN IMAGE
You should choose an image with a lot of contrast, meaning if you have a black dog, make sure there is a lot of light shining on him in the picture. For your first time it may be best to use a picture with some "real" black and white contrasts.

Step Two:

This part is easy! All you have to do is use a very soft #2 or softer pencil and trace the main lines of your photo or picture. Leave the finer details for the next step! Next turn your image over pencil side down onto your easy cut and rub the back to transfer the pencil. Peel back your paper carefully as to not smudge your lines. Your image should be clearly on the easy cut.

Step Three:

Now is the time to "go back into" your image and ad the finer details. Looking at your original image go back and ad the finer details of the picture directly to the easy cut. Once you have completed this you are ready to CUT!

Step Four:

Using the Speedball linocut tool start with the
larger lines of your image (the original lines you transfered from the pencil rub).
REMEMBER: any line that you cut will be void of ink, and any bit that you leave will collect and print ink .Keep this in mind when you start to cut, you may want to cut the pencil transfer line, or the areas between depending on your image.

Step Five:

Using the Speedball Brayer (there are many types and brands of brayers, make sure you buy one that will work well with the ink you have).(oh there are many kinds of ink, I recommend this one it is water based and easier to clean up! )evenly roll ink
onto the easy cut. Make sure to only put a light layer of ink onto your easy cut so that ink does not creep into the "cracks" so you get a "true" image. This test print will give you a good idea of what the image is going to look like. With this print you can now go back into your easy cut and carve out the last bits of your image!

Step Six:

Now your print is done! You can ad all sorts of embellishments by stamp or hand drawn to make these into one of a kind artworks!

I do have to give a Huge PHOTO CREDIT to Lis Korb, I couldn't have posted this without her!