Pages of a junk journal made entirely from up-cycled waste paper and card (apart from the paint and waxed thread for binding!)

Junk Journals are really inexpensive and easy to make from - - JUNK!

(See my YouTube film here.)

Crafting really doesn't have to be expensive and although I can go into a craft store and easily spend £50 when I don't really need anything, I am more of an up-cycling crafter at heart.

In the image below, you can see one of my many plastic crates where I store the junk I make my junk journals from. My boxes of 'rubbish' are far more valuable to me than any paper or card I could buy in a craft shop.

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Want a quick and easy way to make a DIY necklace for next to nothing?

I made this one from a brass curtain ring that I bought in a hardware store for a few pennies. To string it I used a left-over piece of 1mm black rolled elastic from another project and a few odd beads from my odd bead stash. I also used two split rings and heart charm.

The cost of this, even if I had bought everything especially, would have been less than £1.

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So have a look at my supplies in the picture below and then see what you have laying around that you can use to make a similar DIY Necklace.

There is also a slide show of this on my YouTube channel.

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Doodling on pebbles and stones is great fun and very inexpensive!

It is a craft that all ages and abilities can do and all you need are the kind of smooth, flat pebbles you find on the beach. If you want to go straight to my film on how I prepare my stones and then doodle on them, click here.

If you don't live near the beach but want to try doodling on pebbles and stones, turn over some earth in your garden and see what kind of stones there are where you live - you may be lucky!

doodling on pebbles and stones

What craft stuff do you need for doodling on pebbles and stones?

The good news is, not much! You will of course need whatever pebbles or stones you have found for free and a couple of black fine liner pens. You may want to use a colored gel pen as well if you want to do what I have done here and add a dash of color. I used a red metallic glitter gel pen.

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There are many reasons why you may want to learn how to transfer an image to glass.

In my latest video How To Transfer An Image To Glass I show you how to transfer an image to a sheet of glass that you could stand in a window to catch the light coming through.

In a second short video How To Transfer Images To Glass Objects, I show you how I put my images onto a small glass and a large vase.

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turning photos into sketches

Turning Photos Into Sketches

Turning photos into sketches
turning photos into sketches

Easily turn this...

...into this.

Turning photos in sketches is a brilliant way for people who feel they 'cannot draw', to be creative.

If you want to know how I achieved the effect you see above, you can watch a short film I made explaining how you can be more creative with your photos.

For this particular tutorial, you will need an iPad or iPhone if you want to copy what I have done in the film.


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Photo to painting - how to make art from photos is for people who wish they could paint, draw or make beautiful art in some way but feel unable to draw or paint.

The picture you see above shows what you can do with an iPhone camera, some picture editing software on a PC or Mac and a little bit of know-how.

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Please note -  re turning photos into art - there is also a written tutorial to go with this film which you can find by clicking here.

Turning photos into art is a very popular craft now as people make use of design software to create 'paintings'.

You can then have art canvases made to put on your walls or have your creations printed onto fabric, T shirts, tote bags and even mugs.

This video shows how turning photos into art is pretty easy with Photoshop.

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And no, I am not a Photoshop pro and yes, this is my own weird and wonderful way of doing things.

There are a million different ways I use Photoshop to help with turning photos into art and none of them have been 'taught' to me by 'experts'.

I also use Photoshop to create art from scratch with no photos involved.

Maybe my methods would make a Photoshop pro's hair stand on end but hey, it's a free world and we can all experiment - we don't all have to be experts.

There are lots of other apps that make turning photos into art really easy.

turning photos into art
turning photos into art

If you are keen to get into turning photos into art but do not have Photoshop, come back at the end of February when I will show you some cheaper, or free alternatives.

I will be exploring a couple  of brilliant art apps that I use on my iPad

The 'drawing' you see above on the right was created from a very mundane photo (above left) on my iPad using a simple app which I will be demonstrating in my next post.

If you have any questions or comments about turning photos into art, scroll down to 'leave a reply'.

If you have some unique methods of turning photos into art - let me know about them.

Abstract art - what does it mean to you?

A couple of posts ago, I wrote about the madness of art. At the end of the post, I showed a photograph (see below) of some art that I really liked when I saw it on the website of a fellow writer.

abstract art

Is this abstract art?

To me it is. From what little I know of its creation, it wasn't intended to be a piece of abstract art but in my eyes, it ended up that way.

The origin of this work was in three dimensions. It was, as I am sure some people will see, a piece of pottery. You can read about it here on the website of the creator. (Not God :-))

The creator in this case was writer, Christoper Waldrop of Free Thinkers Anonymous whose quirky work I adore.

I first read about Christopher's early dabblings with ceramics here in this very entertaining blog post about the eccentric sounding aunt who introduced him to clay.

When I saw his later post about the making of a ceramic bowl from small fish fashioned out of clay, I was intrigued to see the finished product and was looking forward to seeing pictures when it was done.

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European style paper beads made by students at one of my workshops recently.

European style paper beads are so much fun to make and they shock so many people when you reveal that they are made from paper.

When I wear my bracelets made from European style paper beads, I get lots of compliments.

And when I casually say they are made from paper, very often, people will look at me as if I am telling lies!

They do look very much like Pandora beads which of course are made from very expensive  materials and cost a LOT of money!

When I run my workshops teaching people how to make these beads, it is brilliant to see their faces when we reach the point at which the real magic happens.

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