Textures with India Ink & Watercolor

Textures with India Ink and Watercolor

Snowy days and starry nights are close at hand. India ink and watercolor are a favorite combination among mixed-media artists, and it’s easy to see why.

India Ink gives a deep matte finish that is perfect for silhouettes. It’s easy to create quick gesture drawings with a sumi brush, or crisp delicate lines with a nib pen.

MATERIALS:

Fluid, Cold Press Watercolor Paper
Pencil and eraser (opt)
Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India Ink, black
Nib pen
Sumi brush
Watercolor paint
1” wash brush
Table salt

NOTES:

Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India Ink is a lightfast and waterproof pigmented India ink. It holds a fine line without spreading and once dry will not re-wet. This makes it perfect for use with watercolor paint and other wet mediums.

INSTRUCTIONS:

India Ink with brush or pen

Draw

With sumi brush (top tree) or nib pen (bottom tree) make a drawing on watercolor paper. If needed a light sketch can be made in pencil first, then inked over, and any visible pencil marks erased after ink is dry.

Textures with India Ink and Watercolor

Paint

When ink is completely dry, use a brush to wet the paper with clear water, then add watercolor paint to create a background wash. While paper is slightly damp, sprinkle salt and watch your snow (or stars) emerge.

Printable pdf: BCC Textures with India Ink and Watercolor

 

Eraser Stamps

Bull City Craft: Eraser Stamp Gift Tags Small details make a big difference. Make your gifts even more special with hand made gift tags.

SIZE:
Small stamp 1 x 1 inch
Large stamp 1 x 2 inches

MATERIALS:
Artgum Eraser in small or large size
Pencil#2/HB, and 4B or softer
X-acto knife
Bone folder (opt)
Canson Pure White Drawing Paper
Metal ruler
Cutting mat
String or ribbon
Scissors
Hole punch or awl
Stamp pad

GIFT TAG PREP:

Cut paper into gift tags using cutting mat, ruler, and x-acto knife. Sizes shown are 1.5 x 3 in, 1.5 x 4 in, 2 x 3 in, and 2 x 4 in.
Punch hole in top of tag and attach ribbon or string.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Bull City Craft: Eraser Stamp Sketch

Design

Draw your design on paper with a #2/HB pencil. Then trace over image with a soft lead pencil, 4B or softer.

Bull City Craft: Eraser Stamp Transfer

Transfer

Turn paper over on top of eraser and rub lightly with your finger or bone folder to transfer image.

Bull City Craft: Cut Eraser Stamp

Cut Outline

Hold knife so that cut is angled away from image.

Bull City Craft: Cut Eraser Stamp

Cut Off Excess

Cut under area to be removed, being careful not to cut under design.

Bull City Craft: Cut Eraser Stamp Details

Cut Details

Cut away details in same manner, angling knife toward area to be removed. Lift excess out with knife.

Bull City Craft: Print Eraser Stamp

Print

Use an ink pad to print your design onto the gift tags.

Printable pdf: BCC Eraser Stamps Instructions

 

 

Mini Mod Podge

Bull City Craft: mini canvas ideas

Sometimes small is just the right size. It’s easy to give yourself permission to explore when there is so little at stake. Here Mod Podge is used as an adhesive and a sealant to protect the paper cut outs that have been collaged onto the canvas in these tiny mixed media pieces.

MATERIALS:
Mini canvas 3 x 3 inches
Mod Podge, Matte
Acrylic paint
Small brushes
Paint pen
Scraps of paper such as: drawing paper, origami paper, repurposed books,
and cut up pieces of your own illustrations, drawings or relief printing.
Scissors
Palette or paper plate
Water dish
Paper towels

INSTRUCTIONS

mini mod podge 2Plan layout 

Cut out images from recycled books or use small pieces of paper with hand printed or drawn images on them. Arrange in a layout you like, then snap a picture or make a sketch to help you remember.

mini mod podge 3

Paint background

Create a background for your image with acrylic paint and Mod Podge (opt). Mod Podge can be used to thin acrylic paint and create a light, transparent color while maintaining vibrancy (as shown).

mini mod podge 4

Mod Podge

Apply Mod Podge to entire surface of canvas. Position and apply paper to canvas. Brush a thin coat of Mod Podge over paper to cover and seal. Brush toward edges of paper to seal well. Repeat as needed for additional layers.

mini mod podge 5

mini mod podge 6

Add Details

Paint can be worked into the wet surface of Mod Podge if desired. Allow to dry about 15-30 minutes, until dry to the touch. Use a paint pen to draw in details. Allow to dry completely, 1-2 hours.

Printable pdf: BCC Mini Mod Podge instructions reduced

Paper Ornaments

Make these brightly colored paper ornaments to adorn your tree or window. They are quick and easy to create with paper, pencil, scissors, and glue.

Mi-Teintes Paper Ornaments

SIZE:
Onion Ornament: 3 1/2 x 4 1/4” h
Ogee Ornament: 3 1/2 x 5” h
Small Ornament: 1 3/4 x 2” h (not pictured)

MATERIALS:
Canson Mi-Teintes Colored Artist Paper, 19.5 x 25.5 inches.
(One sheet makes 27 pieces of the Onion or the Ogee. Shown in Champagne, Red Earth & Royal Blue)
Pencil
Scissors
Glue Stick
String or Ribbon
White Charcoal Pencil (optional)

NOTES:

First cut out the larger patterns; save the onion shaped center scraps, then use them to make the smaller patterns. Carefully cutting the center from the larger ornament will ensure a smooth edge for the outside of the smaller ornament.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Mi-Teintes Paper Ornament

Fold

Mark longest edge of Mi-Teintes paper with a small pencil mark at 2 1/2 inch intervals.

Fold into an accordion at markings.

Cut out Paper ornament patterns.

Mi-Teintes Paper Ornament Trace

Lay straight edge of pattern along each folded edge and trace three times along edge.

Alternate patterns along each folded edge.

paper ornament 3

Cut

Cut out each pattern, cutting through one fold (two layers) at a time.

Use 4 to 12 pieces to assemble each ornament. Ornaments pictured have 10-11 pieces.

Use white charcoal pencil to draw on inside if desired.

paper ornament 4Glue

Keeping ornament pieces folded in half (with any drawing on inside) apply glue stick to one side.

paper ornament 5

Place second piece on top of glue, line up folded edges, press firmly.

paper ornament 6 Assemble

Repeat last two steps until desired number of pieces have been glued together.

Keep each new piece flush with the others along folded edge.

paper ornament 7

Join last piece to first piece.

Open ornament and lay flat with first and last (unjoined) pieces facing up.

Apply glue to one side. Fold one layer over the other, and press firmly to attach.

paper ornament 8 Finish

Allow to dry under a book to keep paper flat. Protect book with scrap paper.

When dry, open and refold ornament along each section to return to rounded shape.

Pass a length of string or ribbon through opening in center and tie to hang.

Printable pdf  instructions: BCC Paper Ornament Pattern

 

Top 3 Questions We Get Asked: #3 What can you do at Bull City Craft Annex?

Buy art supplies? YES!

Art Supplies Bull City Craft

Paint and Pour? YES!

Bull City Craft Annex Paint and Pour

Buy kids crafts and toys? YES!

BCC Annex Kids Pop Up Shop

Attend special events like the Annual Ornament Party? YES!

ornament pictures 009

Watch a demo for a DIY art or craft project on a Saturday afternoon? YES!

Mi-Teintes Paper Ornaments

Host a birthday party? No :(
The good news is, we do have a couple of alternatives we can offer:
– We can host the party in your home. We bring all craft supplies and activities, and provide 2 staff members to set up, lead the party, and clean up.
– We can host the party at an alternate location of your choosing. Some places we have held birthday parties include neighborhood clubhouses and community centers such as the JCC.

Drop by for Playcraft or Drop In Craft Porjects? No :(
The good news is, once the Homestead market location opens, we will have extended hours for Playcraft.

Top 3 Questions We Get Asked: #2 Where is Bull City Craft Annex?

Confused about where we are now? You are not alone! It has been a confusing few months for Bull City Craft.

Bull City Craft Annex is in Golden Belt at 807 E Main St in Downtown Durham. When you turn off Main Street, it looks like this:

Golden Belt Bull City Craft

You can continue straight ahead and park in the front Visitors Parking Lot. Walk down the sidewalk to the right, passing by Moshi Moshi and entering the door to Building 3 on your left.

Or, you can park in the Main Lot in the back. The entrance to Building 3 from the parking lot in back looks like this:

Golden Belt Bull City Craft Annex Arts

Once you enter the building, look for studio 3-118. It is in the center on the corner of Room 100 Gallery. If the gallery is open, you can walk straight through and we are on the right. If the gallery is closed, you can circle around through the studio hallway.

Golden Belt Bull City Craft Annex Lobby

When you see this, you will know you have arrived! We’re currently open on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1-5pm.

Bull City Craft Annex

 

Top 3 Questions We Get Asked: #1 What Happened to Bull City Craft?

When we successfully funded our Kickstarter campaign back in June, we never could have imagined all the twists and turns that our journey to a new location has taken. We are infinitely stubborn and optimistic, and although there have been many setbacks, we are still determined to fulfill our dream of a reimagined Bull City Craft. Here’s a quick recap of the last few months.

June: Moved out of our University Drive location.
July: Found a space at Homestead Market that is the right size and has outdoor space, good parking, and a great coffee shop nearby 😉
August: Continued negotiations on the space at Homestead Market. Golden Belt approached us about opening an art supply outpost in the artist studios.
September: Opened our tiny shop at Golden Belt, Bull City Craft Annex. Signed a lease on the space at Homestead Market Shopping Center on Hwy 54.
October: Discovered that renovations at Homestead Market had been delayed and we would not receive the space until November.
November: During renovations, additional necessary repairs were discovered, causing further delays before we can move into the space at Homestead Market. In the meantime, we opened a Kids Pop Up Shop at the BCC Annex.

While our space at 105 W NC 54 is still under construction, we are making the most of our tiny shop, the Annex at Golden Belt, as well as events around town. Check out all our holiday events here.

BCC Annex Kids Pop Up Shop

Pop-Up Shops…and New Location Coming Soon!

We are VERY CLOSE to signing a lease and announcing a fantastic new location. We are busy designing the new layout with some great new features, and ordering inventory to stock Bull City Craft with some fun and creative new arts and crafts supplies.

In the meantime, join us at our upcoming Pop Up Shops and Craft Events. Join our email list or follow us on Facebook to stay in the loop!

Layered Paper Flowers

Next up: Pop Up Crafts and Bee Friendly Flowers at The Makery

Meet us at The Makery to make layered paper flowers (free and kid-friendly!) Check out beautiful Durham-made goods and shop pollinator friendly flowers, arrangements, and seeds from lee attracting birds and bees. Bull City Craft will also be available for special orders pick up from the online shop.

MOVING

We are closed at University Drive.
Camps are taking place at 3001 Academy Drive.
New location to be announced soon.
Kickstarter campaign is LIVE! Please share, pledge, and support local business!.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/752665319/bull-city-craft-art-supplies-kids-crafts-painting/updates

Bull City Craft Is Moving!

Bull City Craft Chalkboard

We’re moving! Find out more details:

Bull City Craft Kickstarter Campaign