Archive for March, 2014

An Artterro Mystery

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

mystery at artterro

We have some big exciting news coming soon at Artterro…so exciting that we can’t help but give you a tiny sneak peek of what’s coming.

mystery photo

Any guesses?

mystery photo

First Day of Spring!

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Yesterday was the first day of spring!  This calls for a celebration, which, at Artterro, means spring-themed crafts.  We hope you’re celebrating spring wherever you are!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Monday, March 17th, 2014

handmade four-leaf clover craft

We love any excuse to craft with our beautiful handmade paper!  For St. Patrick’s Day, we picked out all the shades of green from our paper collection and made four-leaf clovers.

four-leaf clover paper

Perfect for decorating the table when you sit down to corned beef and cabbage!

four-leaf clover garden ornament

We attached some to wire to decorate a potted plant and made others into hanging ornaments.

Irish or not, we wish you a happy, safe and creative day!

Wool Felt Delivery Day

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Wool felt delivery day is always an exciting day at Artterro, but especially so when we order new colors!  Feast your eyes on this wealth of 100% real wool felt…what does it make you want to create?

wool felt squares

wool rovingwool felt squares

wool roving

organizing felt

Happy Friday!

Make DIY Eco Cat Toys

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

In January we posted a couple of photos of Frida the cat playing with a handmade Artterro cat toy.  We don’t have an actual cat toy kit at the moment (let us know if you’d be interested in something like that!), but you can use leftover materials from our kits, plus items from around the house, to make your very own eco cat toys!

eco cat toy materials

Materials you’ll need:

Sewing needle

Thread

Felt shapes

Ribbons/Fabric scraps/Twine

  1. Cut your ribbon and/or fabric scraps into roughly two-and-a-half inch pieces, and tie a knot in the center of each piece.
  2. Make a knot at the end of a piece of string, at least ten inches long.
  3. Sew through your felt shape once, and then begin sewing the ribbon to the felt piece, poking right through the center of the knot.
  4. Sew the knot to the felt piece several times, until it feels secure, then sew through the center of the felt piece, and begin the process again with another ribbon.
  5. Add several pieces of ribbon, until you’re happy with your toy.  At this point you can also sew a long string through the felt piece, so you can dangle the toy by hand or by tying it to a stick of some kind.

Safety Tips:

  • Make sure the strings are  securely attached to the felt.
  • Make sure the strings are not long enough to wrap around the cat’s neck.
  • Don’t attach any beads or sequins, or any small parts the cat could choke on.
  • Be creative!  Just because it’s for your cat doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it.

Time to play!

Happy Crafting Month!

Friday, March 7th, 2014

We hope you can create time for crafting this weekend!  March is actually National Crafting Month, so it’s the perfect time to try something new or hone your skills.  Try spending some time with an art journal; you just might discover something new about yourself!  What new craft technique have you always wanted to explore?

Guest Post: How to Create Comic Book Characters

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Please welcome our guest blogger, Leo!  He is 12 years old and a great friend of the whole Artterro team.  He’s also one of our expert product testers. Leo came in for an artist profile interview recently, and also took some time to write a guest post for us about one of his favorite kinds of art: comic book characters!

how to make a superhero

Leo with one of his comic book characters

How I create characters:

1. Backstory

The backstory helps me figure out what the demeanor of the new character will be.  It will also help to find the right outfit,  decide on the people in her/his life, and also if he is a bad or good guy.

2. The outfit

If you are an illustrator then finding the right outfit is really important, or if it is already designed, how to portray it. Do you need to use bright colors, dark colors, is there a story behind the color?  It’s all important.

3. Skills

Find the characters skills/ powers; this is what really makes a hero or supervillain—

their actions.

4. Name

Next you find a catchy name that fits the character’s personality.

5. Plot

Next you should make a story about your character.  How did they get their skill/ power, etc.?  Pretty much make a story.

6 . Draw

Draw your character.

Rough sketch of character's physique

7. Illustrate

Put your character in a comic.

A comic book character

Guest Post: Sasha’s Amazing Art Dolls

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Please welcome our guest blogger, Sasha!  She is 9 years old and a great friend of the whole Artterro team.  She’s also one of our expert product testers. She came in for an artist profile interview last week.  Although she’s very busy with many activities and interests, like gymnastics and jewelry-making, she loves to make time for art!  Today she’ll share some thoughts on her creative process, and how to keep going even when you’re frustrated with a project.

I remember when I was four, I made an art doll, and I thought it was the best thing I had ever made.  I shouted out to my mom, “Look, look!”  She came over and said it was fantastic.

Five years later (last month), I actually completed the best art I’ve ever made.  I shouted, “OMG mom, look now!”  She came over and agreed it was the best thing I had ever done.

I actually hadn’t completed it when I showed it to my mom–it was faceless. Boy, you don’t know how much I hate drawing faces!  They are so hard.  When I told my mom how much I hated the faces. she helped a little, but we couldn’t get it right.  A couple of weeks later I tried it again, and guess what?  NOT RIGHT!

A couple weeks later, tried again, and I got it!  I found a picture of a face on the internet and used it as a guide.  I drew it in pencil, and my mom went over the faces with marker.  I said, “boy, those faces are the hardest parts!”

So I could finally say that it was complete, and it was really awesome.  I was so happy.

Now I can put it in a frame and admire it whenever I go into my room.