Image Transfer with Mod Podge

BCC photo transfer on canvas

Transfer your own photography to canvas, fabric or wood using Mod Podge and a laser printer.

MATERIALS:
Mini canvas 3 x 3 inches
Mod Podge, Matte
Small brush
Scissors
Water dish
Paper towels
Coin – penny or nickel
Bone Folder (opt)

NOTES:
The transfer will be the mirror image of the original. To account for this, reverse the image before printing.

INSTRUCTIONS:

BCC image transfer mod podge

Mod Podge

Cut image to size. Working on scrap paper, brush an even layer of Mod Podge over the entire image. Any areas not coated will not transfer.

BCC Image transfer mod podge

 

 

 

 

 

Burnish

Using a bone folder or your finger, gently rub over the back of the image until the paper is smooth and well adhered. Be careful not to tear the paper or get Mod Podge on the blank side of the paper.

BCC  Image transfer mod podge

Clean

Small beads of Mod Podge will form at the edge. Wipe clean with a damp paper towel. If left to dry they will form hard bumps. Set aside to dry.

BCC image transfer

Wet

When Mod Podge is totally dry, dip you finger, or a clean brush, in water and wet the paper. Wet the entire surface until the image can be seen through the paper.

BCC image transfer

Scrape

Using the edge of a coin, gently scrape the paper away. Work carefully as it is easy to scrape away the image as well. If a thin layer of paper remains, with a wet finger quickly but gently rub back and forth over the image. Repeat as necessary.

Linocut Valentines

Bull City Craft Lino Cut Card

Tell your valentine they’re special with a hand printed card. Linocut is a form of relief printing. The negative space is carved away, leaving the image in relief. The raised image is easy to ink and print by hand.

SIZE: Lino block: 2.75 x 4.5 inches

MATERIALS:

Speedball Speedy-Cut block, 2.75 x 4.5 inches
Speedball lino cutter handle and blades, #1 and #5
Pencils, #2/HB and 4B or softer
Tracing or drawing paper
Blank greeting cards and envelopes
Speedball water based block printing ink (Shown in White and pink mixed from Red, White and Blue)
Rubber brayer
Inking plate, or glass
Baren

NOTES:

Speedy-cut blocks are easier to use and cut than traditional linoleum blocks. Use caution when carving image. Always keep both hands behind blade at all times.

INSTRUCTIONS:

BCC Lino Cut Image

Design

Draw your design on a piece of paper or tracing paper with a #2/HB pencil. Trace over the keep design elements with a 4B or softer pencil.

Lino Valentine 2

Transfer

Turn paper over on top of Speedy-Cut block and rub lightly with your finger or bone folder to transfer image.

Lino Valentine 3

Cut Outlines and Details

With #1 cutter, cut the outlines, then cut details. Work from foreground to background.

Lino Valentine 4

Clear Background

Using #5 cutter in big spaces and #1 cutter in small spaces, clear background. Work from center of area to be cleared toward the edges. Be careful not to over cut outlines.

Lino Valentine 5

Print

Use brayer to ink up linocut block. Ink should have the texture of fine grain leather on ink plate. Too little ink will make the image faint. Too much will fill in fine details and make the image blurry.

With inked block face up, carefully lay card on top.

Using the baren (or another tool such as: finger, second brayer, large spoon, bone folder) gently press the paper onto the wet ink.

Pay close attention to large solid areas which often do not print fully.

Shifting paper or squishing the block will distort the image.

Carefully lift printed card off of block, and set aside to dry. Re-ink and repeat for additional cards.

Helpful Tips

Ink should have the texture of fine grain leather on ink plate. Too little ink will make the image faint. Too much will fill in fine details and make the image blurry.

Pay close attention to large solid areas which often do not print fully. Shifting paper or squishing the block will distort the image.

Clean Up

Wipe ink plate and brayer with paper towel, then wash with water, and towel dry.

To remove ink from block, hold under running water or dab with wet paper towel, then blot dry. Rubbing block may cause small pieces to break off.

Printable pdf file: BCC Lino Cut Valentines

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

 

 

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!

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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

Frances’ Favorite Crafts

Kinderstil, an online retailer of children’s apparel and gifts based in Raleigh, recently invited me to write a guest post for their blog. I wrote about some of Frances’ favorite craft materials and activities during her first three years. Here’s a quick rundown of the list. You can read the full post here.

1. Rainbow Rice

Bull City Craft Rainbow Rice2. Paint with Water

Bull City Craft DIY Paint with Water3. Felt Shapes

Bull CIty Craft Felt Shapes

4. Paint Glue

Bull City Craft glue paint

5. Tape

Bull City Craft washi tape

Before You Make All Those Pinterest Craft Recipes, Read This!

I’ve put together a Pinterest board of all the homemade art supplies and kids’ creativity toys that I’ve come across. Frances and I have slowly been trying them with varying levels of success. Here are the recipes you should make, the ones you should tweak, and the ones to avoid!

1. Sidewalk Paint— Make it!

Bull City Craft Chalk Paint

Bull City Craft Chalk Paint

Chalk Paint at Camp

Painting with Chalk

So easy to make, and so fun to use. As you are painting it doesn’t look like much, but when it dries (and it dries quickly), it looks great. It’s also fun to combine with regular sidewalk chalk. Super simple ingredients (just cornstarch, water, and color). I used liquid watercolors to color it instead of food coloring, and I was a little worried it might stain the sidewalk, but it washed away completely when it rained.

2. Slime–Make it, but make it right.

Clear glue slime at Bull City Craft

Slime at Color Camp at Bull City Craft

Slime at Color Camp at Bull City Craft

Definitely worth making for the fun factor, but tricky and messy. I’ve tried a couple of recipes for this, and sometimes it has worked better than others. I’ve tried it with regular white school glue and with Elmer’s clear glue; I thought the latter worked much better. I haven’t yet tried the recipe that requires liquid starch because I haven’t been able to find it.

 

3. Bath Crayons–Don’t Make it!

Yikes! What a mess. Hard to mix, even more difficult to form into anything resembling a crayon, and nearly impossible to use. Maybe it was an operator issue? I say just buy yourself some nice Crayola bath crayons and call it a day.

Good o'l Crayola bath crayons-not homemade!

4. Lightbox-Make it!

Even I like playing with this one. I don’t remember where I originally saw it, but it was easy to put together in a moment of desperation and a trip to the garage for a plastic tub and Christmas lights. I added some transparent plastic colored lids and later some awesome small transparent colored discs we found at a teacher supply store (they’re meant for counting activities). We’ve had lots of fun sorting colors, counting, and just rearranging objects on the light table.

Light Box with Colors- Learn and Play!

5. Colored rice–Make it!

It sounds too simple, but kids really love this! I have a big bowl of it with seashells in it, and everyone wants to play with it. It just feels good. The only drawback is sweeping up frequent spills.

colored rice at Color Camp at Bull CIty Craft

I’ll post more reviews as I make them!

 

Paint with Water for Preschoolers

Recently we let Frances take home one of the Paint with Water Pads. She loved brushing the water on and watching the colors on the pages magically blend into paint.

When we ran out of pages, I realized we could make our own! I got some paper, a permanent marker, and some regular markers. Stamp markers would be great for this project if you have them.

I drew a picture with the permanent marker (Frances requested a pig). Then we filled in the picture with stripes and dots using the regular markers (or stamp markers). Then we were ready to paint our very own paint with water picture!