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Easy #DIY Bound #Journal Video by Mark Montano!

Oh-my-gawd!  Rediscovering Mark Montano's YouTube channel has been like falling in love all over again.  

I ADORE Mark Montano and his Big Ass Books of Craft.  He is like a craft machine making project after project and his talent is just incredible.  

I have been journaling a lot lately, so this DIY meant a lot to me.  In fact, I've been journaling so much that I am needing more and more journals, so this is perfect!  

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And although the finished product looks very professional and doesn't appear to be an "easy DIY," Mark's video is very clear and has excellent visuals.  I am convinced it actually is easy and I'm excited to try it!  (I will just have to pull my sewing machine out of hibernation.)  Also, if you're not a video person, you can check out Mark's blog for written instructions & photos.

If you would be interested in trying out this journal project with me, please let me know by leaving a comment or contacting me at artlikebread (at) gmail (dot) com.  As always, thanks for reading the blog!  Please leave your thoughts, ideas and questions in the comment section below.  If you liked this post, please share this post with a friend through social media & and then write all about the inspiration in your journal?!  Like my Facebook page for updates and more crafty sharing!

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How I Drew an #Elephant

Two images on my Pinterest board inspired this week's craft.  One was an ancient rock engraving in Chad, and the other was a 1920s painting by early, contemporary, Congolese artist Albert Lubaki.  

What these two images have in common is that they are both renderings of an animal - the elephant.  While it may seem cliche to associate Africa with elephants, I was so compelled by these two images that I was moved to do this craft.

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I wondered what it was about the elephant that made an ancient artist indelibly etch its likeness using just a few lines.  Did the same qualities inspire Albert Lubaki to interpret the animal with unmistakeable character and movement?

Understand that today's craft goes beyond superficially associating an elephant with the continent.  It's more about the specific people who saw the animal and were inspired by it.  I am inspired by them.

Confession:  I don't think I am that good at drawing.  It didn't come naturally to me like it did to some kids at school.  It wasn't until very recently that I decided to explore doodling and be okay with trying different techniques.  I've had varying degrees of success.  I didn't turn to a tutorial for this technique.

Here's What I Did

  • On a piece of blank, white paper, I drew a 4" by 4" grid.  
  • I downloaded my inspiration image (the etching), and doctored it so the lines stood out more.  I also cropped it into a perfect square.
  • I layered a 4 x 4 grid over the image.  

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  • Focusing on the proportions within each square, and the fluidity of the lines, I drew my best approximation of the main parts of the image in pencil.
  • I traced over my drawing in black pen using fluid lines and confident strokes.
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  • I took a picture of my drawing and "colored it in" as a digital collage (see first image).

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How to Begin a Local Chapter of the #Crochet Guild of America (CGOA)

Crochet lovers, check it out!  I wrote a step by step on How to Begin a Local Chapter of the CGOA on their blog.  Click the picture to link over!

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OH! And I'll be posting my first African American History Month DIY tomorrow, but it will be the elephant one first! 

Oops! My bad.  I kinda didn't have enough bottlecap ring thingies to do the Week One craft yet.  I think next week...




If you would be interested in starting a CGOA chapter or joining your local chapter, please let me know by leaving a comment or contacting me at artlikebread (at) gmail (dot) com.  As always, thanks for reading the blog!  Please leave your thoughts, ideas and questions in the comment section below.  If you liked this post, please share this post with a friend through social media & get those hooks up! Like my Facebook page for updates and more crafty sharing!

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Pinspiration for African American History Month ~ 4 Weeks of #Crafts

Today's post is kind of exciting because it's about a topic that is dear to my heart, but I haven't seen a lot of this out in the crafting world.  In preparation for African American History Month, I am sharing a Pinterest board and crafting ideas for each week of the month!

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For each week of the month, I'll be taking a pin and crafting a project inspired by it.  I'll share my process & project with you each week. 

During the first week, we'll take inspiration from El Anatsui, who joins bottle caps with wire to create massive metal textiles.  We'll do a very scaled-down version! 


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I love these elephants and there is also an elephant wall etching on my Pinterest board.  During week two we'll draw elephants.

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These Ugandan women are making baskets from brightly-colored fiber.  I'll crochet a basket inspired by their beautiful work.

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This is the necklace that inspired it all!  I adore this chunky necklace which was part of an exhibit on North African jewelry.  We'll make our own version using chunky beads and charms.

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If you would be interested in step by step tutorials on any of these topics, please let me know by leaving a comment or contacting me at artlikebread (at) gmail (dot) com.  As always, thanks for reading the blog!  Please leave your thoughts, ideas and questions in the comment section below.  If you liked this post, please share this post with a friend through social media and go out of your way to learn something new about the African diaspora! Like my Facebook page for updates and more crafty sharing!

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Listen and Reflect: What is Beauty? #Podcast Link

Every single day, I listen to hours upon hours of audio content.  I love podcasts.  I listen to learn and to be entertained.


One podcast I listen to every so often is the TED Radio Hour by NPR.  This podcast gathers different TED talks by theme and weaves them together around a central topic or question.  The focus of this podcast was What is Beauty?  


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The reason I identified so strongly with this podcast is that some of the ideas that were brought up are some of the basic beliefs I hold and the driving force behind this blog.  I am greatly influenced by Roque Dalton line "I believe that the world is beautiful, and that poetry, like bread, is for everyone."  Dalton was a controversial Salvadorian poet.  He wrote with deep emotion and his words in this particular poem have rung true for me as a guiding statement in my life.  The mission of this blog is to share the beauty of the world and rejoice in life by making crafts.  I find beauty in every day things.

I want you to listen to the podcast for yourself, but I've also highlighted some quotes here to spark your creative minds into thinking about beauty.

One researcher asked, "Do we think beauty, or do we feel it?"

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"Beauty is not just for the imagination.  It actually is a way of transforming human behavior for the better." 

"We may
need beauty
to survive."


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