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Sunday, August 30th, 2015
Wall of Inspiration: Herringbone Pattern Canvas

Another project for my wall of inspiration! I’m creating these projects with inspiring words or sentences so when I look up while working I’ll see an explosion of inspiration, not just artistically but also emotionally! So I try to diversify the techniques I’m using and the colors too. This canvas has an interesting herringbone pattern and a contrast of colors versus white blocks of paint. I wanted to try this pattern for a long time and finally found the opportunity to do it. It’s fun to make not only on canvas but also on any craft project and it was so much easier than I thought! The trick is to cut equal size masking tape pieces and follow the pattern. Don’t worry if it’s not exactly accurate…mine isn’t and it still turned out great! You can use this technique on an old canvas or a new canvas from the dollar store. The pattern with the white paint will give it …

Friday, August 28th, 2015
TOP 10 CONTEST!

It’s BACK! Top 10 Contest! In about two weeks we will celebrate the Jewish New Year!  Like every year I want you to celebrate it with me  by helping me sum up what has been an amazing year.  This celebration is equally amazing because you get to tell me what are your favorite Einat Kessler projects and win a FABULOUS GOODIE BAG!  Here is what you need to do:1. Go through all my blog posts this year ( September 2014 to Septemer 2015)and leave me a comment telling me what are your three favorite projects.2. Spread the word about this contest on your social media or blog. (leave me a separate comment telling me where you shared it or leave the link). To increase your chance of winning this amazing prize:Each of these will grant you an extra entry in the random raffle. * Like my Facebook page  (one more entry)* Tag a friend in the comments of the “Top …

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Top Ten Painting Tips

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced” – Vincent Van Gogh Contrary to what people might think painting IS for EVERYONE and it’s much easier than you think. When I say painting I mean the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a surface with a brush but other implements, such as knives, sponges, and airbrushes, can be used. It might sound intimidating to some but here are the top 10 tips that will help you succeed. 1. Supplies You really don’t need any fancy paints, tools or canvases. What you need is simple: a brush basin with clean cool water, paintbrushes (flats, rounds and a liner) in a variety of sizes, and paints in a wide variety of colors.  Here’s another tip, if your paint bottle cap is not color coded, add a dot of paint to the paint cap so that …

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015
Twine Binding Envelope Mini Album

I always try to think about new and easy ways to make mini albums. The faster I can make them the better. One of the things that takes a long time to make is the cover and binding mechanism. Personally I’m not a big fan of rings and/or bind-it-all although i use them often. I want to have a fast binding mechanism (like rings or Bind-it-all) but professional looking like a full cover binding. So I came up with a solution…Twine! It’s not entirely my idea, I saw the use of twine for binding on the internet but I took it a step further and upgraded it a little. All you need to do is create a cover from three pieces of chipboard and attach the twine to it by wrapping the twine on a strip of chipboard. Check out the video tutorial for step by step instructions, measurements and tips for creating your mini album!    Don’t miss out! …

Friday, August 21st, 2015
Extend the Life of Your Craft Supplies

We spend lots of money on supplies and we want them to last for a long time. Here are a few tips to help you achieve that. Most of these tips are not new but it’s good to have them all in one place! PunchesIf your punch is not punching as cleanly as it used to it probably needs a little sharpening. Get a piece of aluminum foil and fold it in half, then in half again to create four layers. Stick that folded piece in your punch, and punch a couple of shapes from it. Do maybe half a dozen or so. Believe it or not, that will sharpen up your punch a bit.If the punch sticks, and doesn’t pop back quickly, It needs a little waxing to make it slide more easily. Tear off a small piece of waxed paper, and fold it into four layers. Punch through the folded waxed paper half a dozen times. You’re waxing up the …

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
Back to School – Getting Ready

The first day of school is around the corner and everyone is busy getting ready. My kids are never happy to go back to school, they would rather their vacation would last at least two months more…Regardless if you’re kids feel the same way I’ll bet making them smile is a priority with you all. So here’s a little going back to school gift from me to you….   A set of four 8.5″ x 11″ Lunch Box Notes for everyone who is going back to school…kids and teachers, it can fit all! All you need to do is download this PDF file from this link and print the pages from the comfort of your own home. each page has 10 note cards so you get 40 notes! You can print as many copies as you need. Don’t miss out! Keep up with all the crafty goodness by subscribing to the Einat Kessler creative newsletterHave fun creating!

Sunday, August 16th, 2015
Water Color Art Journal Page

Watercolors are one of the easiest and fun ways to art journal. Although it can be intimidating to some people because it seems a lot more complicated than it really is. All you need is some water colors and a water brush. You can use a regular brush and dip it in water but I think using a water brush is easier.  Just try it on a piece of scrap paper and you’ll see how fun watercolors can be. I started my page with no plan or idea, I just knew I wanted to play with watercolors. Try to start with two colors and see how you like the result. Don’t mix too many colors or you’ll get brown mud. Spread the colors on the page and keep adding texture and interest with stamps and stencils. Make sure to dry each layer. If you want to add crisp, clear images use tissue paper or scrap paper and glue them down …

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