Our Artist today is Maya Angelou. She was an American poet, singer, and civil rights activist. Her body of work is so broad and consists of everything from autobiographies to books of essays, to her famous poetry.
We love her quote “ Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud’. It is from her book “Letter to my Daughter.” And it has inspired today’s project!!
For this project you'll need...
Cardboard cut into a rainbow shape
Pattern Paper in rainbow colors
Pom Poms & Stickers in rainbow colors
There is a little bit of prep you have to do for this project. The first thing is to get your "canvas" ready. We like using cardboard for this project because it's studier than regular paper. If you don't have cardboard you can also use foam core. You will simple round off your rectangle so it arches just like a rainbow.
The next thing you'll need to do is cut up your paper into smaller shapes. These can be rectangles, squares, triangles, or circles. You decide.
Now you're ready for you little one to join.
Step 1: Starting from he outer edge glue red paper and textures down outlining the arc shape. (Remember you're child is the artist, so if they don't want to start with read they don't have to).
Step 2: Continue with each color of the rainbow (or the color of your child's choice).And there you go... a beautiful Maya Angelou inspired rainbow!! We hope it encourages you to be a rainbow in someone else's cloud.
Hello Artist & Crafts Families,
Today's artist is Keith Haring. Keith Haring was a street artist who has left his mark on the world of graffiti. He is known for his bold lines, vivid colors, and active figures that carry strong messages of life and unity. Haring got his start by creating his drawings on the subway in New York City. He was hired to create many projects around the city including the Times Square Exhibition and a mural along the FDR. Haring was friends with many other artists, including Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Madonna. He also gained international success when he was commissioned to create several wall murals in Australia.
For today's project we are inspired by Haring's passion to create and his love of love. We will be creating our version of his Untitled red heart.
You will need...
Our Artists & Crafts Print-Out
Paper Plate (for paint)
Red craft supplies (pom-poms, tissue paper, sequins)
To prep this project, grown-ups will have to print out our Artists & Crafts sheet, gather the supplies, and possibly cut tissue paper into small squares.
This project is pretty straight forward. The most important thing is to remember YOU ARE THE ARTIST!!
Step 1 is to paint your heart red. Grown-ups, remember, it's ok if your kiddo paints outside of the lines, Haring's bold strokes will still come through!
Step 2 is to color in the rest of the image. We used markers for this. Keith Haring is known for his bold colors, so try filling in each person with one bright color each. Or use your imagination and do what your heart calls you to create.
Step 3 (the final step) is to glue on any textured art supplies that you would like to add. We used red pom-poms, tissue paper, and sequins. Please note, that the pom-poms will need a little more time to dry because they are heavier.
And there you go, a Keith Haring inspired painted heart. We can't wait to see what you made, so send me an email email@example.com or tag us on instagram @artistsandcrafts.
If you are free Wednesday afternoons at 3:30pm or Thursday mornings at 10am we'd love you to join our online zoom class!! You can register here.
Do you have a baby book for your little one? Do you wish you did? I would love to help you create time capsule you will treasure forever!
As the new year begins, I have been doing a lot of thinking about how our business can continue to help you create, share, and connect through art. One of the dreams that is always on my list is “teach scrapbooking classes”.
I truly believe in scrapbooking. For me it has provided that “self-care” time - allowing me to create something beautiful and meaningful. It has allowed me to persevere memories I’m sure I would have forgot if I hadn’t taken the time to craft the memory! My scrapbooks are the gifts that keep giving. Everyone in our family loves looking through them and feeling grateful for what we have experienced.
This past fall we held a 2-hour workshop called “A letter to my baby” where six women crafted a mini-scrapbook of their liking. It was exactly what I imagined. Watching these women take the time out of their busy schedules for theirselves and seeing them leave with memories saved forever made me so happy! It solidified that this is the next addition I want to add to Love Jac.
Scrapbooking is an art form. Often those new to it need a little encouragement. That is where I come in! I have the experience and the attitude to assist you in preserving your memories. Think of me as your creative cheer captain! I will show you the ropes, give you tips, print out your photos, and provide you with all the supplies you need…all while helping you remember the sweet parts of parenthood!
Step one, let’s figure out how to fit this creative time into your life! I’d love your help determining what works best for most people. Do you have time during the day? Do you need child care for your little one? Would you prefer to do it on a weekend or in the evening?
If you want to create your own baby book, simply fill out our form and join our Facebook group. From there we can determine how to make time for this meaningful creativity in your life!
Just in time for the holiday season, GIFT CARDS are here!! Is your apartment filling up with too many toys? Do you choose experiences over stuff? Have you been looking for a “gift” that will keep giving over time? We are beyond grateful to offer you the opportunity to either give or receive Artists & Crafts this holiday season!!
Many of you know that I started this class when my oldest was two years old. For me, child/caregiver classes were the key to my happiness as a stay-at-home mom. From my first yoga class with Georgia where I met so many of my closest “mom-friends” to the Music Together class I attended with Conroy when Georgia was in pre-school, these classes gave me the opportunity to connect with my kiddo without distraction. It was about us, our time together, and enjoying an activity. Even that one “baby massage” class where I paid way too much money for a woman to tell me how to rub lotion on my 4-month-old baby was an excuse to get out of the house and talk to other adults. I’m still friends with some of my “mom-friends” who came to that class with me and we still laugh about those early days when we had no idea what we were doing and it seemed like taking an expensive class was just the thing we needed to learn the skill of applying lotion!
All those classes made a difference, but it was the gift card we received for Georgia’s first Christmas that truly made an impact. We used it on the Little Gym in Brooklyn Heights and instantly it became our happy place. It was more than her learning to balance on the beam or hang from the rings. In fact, when we started she was just beginning to walk. The Little Gym was our safe place (everything was padded). It became my calm in this hectic city. It was where we made friends. And some days it was the only time I spoke to another adult! We felt loved and cared for there thanks to their kind instructors. That gift card was the holiday gift that lasted the entire year. Every time we sat in a circle on that big red mat, I would think about how lucky we were that someone would gift us this experience. When she would smile, and giggle, and eventually, come running in for a hug I felt so grateful to be her mom.
Every week when your children come walking towards me to choose which color smock they want that day, I am reminded of what the next 45 minutes are capable of providing your family. Time to put the phones down and connect, both with your child and our friends in class. Time to explore creativity. Time to learn more about your child. Time for your child to create in a way that takes entirely too long to set up at home. We hope the artists, songs, and crafts from class make it home to your dinner conversation. We hope if you aren’t able to physically make it to class, you feel the love and energy when you receive our email filled with photos. We hope you know that your little one is enjoying their time getting creative and for 45 minutes it’s all about them.
We hope our class becomes your calm in this hectic city. We hope you and your child make friends here. We are honored when we hear Artists & Crafts is your child’s happy place.
The fact that our friends at Sawyer have now made it possible for this experience to be gifted to a family makes me cry. Seriously, every time. I’m working on not bursting into tears, but for now I will keep a tissue nearby. So, if you know a kiddo who would enjoy the experience of Artists & Crafts as a present this holiday season, we hope you consider gifting it. And if you have a family member or friend who is asking you what to buy your little one, we hope you point them to our website. Plus, we’ve got you covered when it comes to a thank you card! You can simply send them one of the handmade cards your child will make each week in class! And if you want to take it one step further you can send them one of the photos we take during class!!
Happy Holidays and as always, if you have any questions, feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you wish you mailed more cards? Would you like to know when your friend's birthday is before facebook tells you the day of? We believe taking the time to send a letter can make a big difference in your life.
Our days are busy and our schedules filled with so many things “to-do”, many times it feels like we are just trying to survive! As awesome as Technology is, it seems to have complicated things. There’s so much to keep up with and information can be sent in second. In this world of instagram, snap chat, text messaging, and emailing right there in your pocket at all times… it’s almost feels pointless to write a letter.
However, we believe mailing your friend a letter can really make a impact. It shows them you care about them. It gives you a chance to think about them and put your feelings down on paper.
If you agree, we'd love you to join our creative community and allow us to help you get organized and make sending mail a part of you regular busy life!
Our online course is filled with motivational videos that break down the elements of snail mail and give you practical tips to add letter writing to your life. There are worksheets to help you get organized and an invitation to our private facebook community.
If you have any questions, send an email to email@example.com.
Do you take tons of photos, but never print them out? Do you find it difficult to schedule in the time to make a photo book your friends can flip through? Are you looking for a creative outlet so you can take some time for yourself?
Well you are in luck. Love Jac is launching our next workshop to help you create, share, and connect through art: Love Jac Scrapbooks. Our first project is a complete summer scrapbook called “Our Best Summer Yet!” You can register here.
Love Jac Scrapbooks are based in gratitude and the desire to make the most of life. The goal is to capture all those moments, experiences, and memories - big and small - that combine to paint the full picture of your life. We help you create and then document those moments in a fun personalized style. We prompt you to tell the story you’ll want to share with your family and friends. A Love Jac Scrapbook is a work of art because you make it with your two hands and it can be used to help you connect with those who flip through your memories.
We hope you will join us this summer to create your very own Love Jac Scrapbook!
HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL GET
- Layout Planning Guide
- A 6x8 album filled with 30 pocket-pages
- Journal cards, stickers, and embellishments to customize your scrapbook
- 2 two-hour craft sessions
- A completed scrapbook to treasure and share.
(LET US HELP: you can also have 100 of your photos cropped, printed, and sized for pocket pages for an additional cost)
“Our Best Summer Yet” is more than just a scrapbook. This workshop will help you organize your summer so that it's easy to document. We will give you ideas to create fun photos that will capture both the big adventures and the everyday pleasures.
Two weeks before our workshop starts, you will receive a layout planning guide. We will give you the space to lay out your album and get things in order…make list of all the fun you had and take a moment to reflect on everything in your life that you are grateful for. We will help you decide what moments and details to include in your album.
The workshop includes a 6x8 pocket-paged album. We believe pocket-pages are the easiest and most efficient way to scrapbook. By giving you guidelines of where to put photos and journaling cards, pocket-pages eliminate the fear of the blank page. It also gives you a designated place for you to create something beautiful. Each album will include 30 of these pages and a template to help you plan out the book.
We love creating, but even more we love creating TOGETHER, so this workshop will take scrapbooking - typically something you do alone - and turn it into a social event! It’s inspiring to see what other people come up with and helpful to have a group to run your ideas by. Each meet up will include coffee and pastries in a peaceful environment that will allow your creativity to run wild!
Our first meeting will be on Saturday Sept 8th. Just after summer has come to a close and while your memories are still fresh we will meet and conquer (in our opinion) the biggest hurdle of the scrapbooking process - deciding which photos to print. Let us help you jump over this hurdle. Bring your computer or phone and we will all sit down and decide together the best photos for your album. We will help you make those hard decisions because we know how hard it is to make a choose when it is photos of your own children. If you'd like after this meet-up we will take care of the labor intensive process of cropping and printing your pictures, while you continue enjoying life.
We will also use this session to plan out your album and start adding journaling cards. We will walk you through the best way to arrange your photos and how to incorporate your journaling cards. You will get your own set of stickers, paper, and embellishments to use and keep! Plus, you will also have access to our curated art-box of craft supplies featuring date stamps, wooden & clear stamps, and journaling pens and markers. For two hours you can chat with friends while writing, cutting, glueing, and stamping to your hearts content.
When you arrive at our second meet-up on Saturday 15th we will jump right into crafting. If you have chosen for us to help you with the photos, your photos will be cropped, printed, and trimmed - waiting for you to do the fun part!!
We will add any finishing touches - this is honestly our favorite part. Stickers, mementos, and ephemera, oh my!! Really get your creativity flowing. You can now take a step back and look at your album as a whole. What more does it need? What stories do you still want to tell? Now’s the time to get it all in there. At the end of class we will share our albums with the group.
By the end of this second get-together you will have the majority of your book complete. You can bring your book home with you and work on it whenever you feel the need to create.
Throughout this entire workshop you will have the opportunity to meet and get to know other creative individuals. You will learn our Love Jac scrapbooking tips and tricks that you can take with you as you continue to document your life. And most importantly you will have given yourself six solid hours of creative time dedicated to you. Most of us don’t take enough “me time” these days. We want to help change that. Creating a scrapbook is a wonderful way to appreciate all the good that’s in your world and reflect on the life you have. Sharing with it with your friends is a wonderful way to connect with them. We would be honored if you joined us in this creative process. You can register here.
A big thank you goes out to all the parents who came out to our Mother’s Day Card Making Workshop this year. The gorgeous sunny Saturday morning was filled with smiles, art, and most importantly celebrations of mom!! This was our third year helping you create handmade cards for mom and we felt like it was time to take it up a notch. With the help of our new Clinton Hill friends we were able to put together a wonderful social gathering centered around creating, sharing, and connecting through art.
As Mother’s Day approached and we started to plan our annual Mother’s Day Card Making Workshop, we decided we wanted to honor our love for Clinton Hill and hold the workshop in our new favorite neighborhood! Our friends at the JCC suggest Mekelburg’s and the rest is history. From the first time we stepped out on their back patio we knew it would be a perfect fit. As with everything else in Clinton Hill, the people were so kind. The back patio was filled with caring parents ready to create with their kids.
This year we structured our intimate event more like our class. Georgia O’Keeffe was our featured artists and we talked all things flowers. We read a special Mother’s Day book “Hats Off to You,” provided step-by-step instruction on how to make the most special handprint card. Once everyone had created the perfect card for their mom, we opened up free creative time. The children rotated between play doh, a collaborative art piece, bubbles, and our photo wall. There was plenty of time for parents to get to know each other, enjoy the beautiful weather, and savor the delicious food (and beer).
Once we announced we were having this event at Mekelburg’s, all of our friends told us how much they loved this place. “Meks,” as they referred to it, appears to be a fancy delicatessen, but as you walk through the maze of delicious food, it opens up into a cozy bar. A couple steps up through the back door brings you into their secret garden of a patio….the perfect place for a morning of crafting. If you haven’t visited Mekelburg’s yet, we highly recommend it. It’s located at 293 Grand Avenue between Clifton and Greene. We all loved both the smoked salmon tartine and chocolate babka french toast. If you’re a beer lover they’ve got a plethora of options for you to try!
Thank you Alicia and Jheremy at Mek’s for helping it go smoothly. Thank you to your kind and caring staff. Thank you to Caryn at the JCC in Clinton Hill for helping sponsor the event as well as the whole team at Sawyer. Everyone loved their goodie bags!! And an extra special thank you to Team Love Jac: Viktoria and Michael who have become part of our family over the years. Can’t wait to continue organizing events like this for the community.
It's that time of year again, the flowers are starting bloom and Mother's Day will be here before you know it!! We are happy to announce we will be hosing a Mother's Day Card Making Workshop this year! Similar to the past two years, your little one will create a personalized "hand" made card for the mom (or grandma) in their life inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe.
This year we are teaming up with the JCC and hosting the event at Mekelburg's. We are structuring our morning more like our typical classes. There will be storytime, a collaborative art project, and, of course, the Mother's Day card. We will have kid's dance music, a photo wall, and plenty of delicious food to order!
Mark your calendars for Saturday May 5th at 10am. You can register here.
Moms, you can either send your chid with dad, grandma, or a friend and get some "me time" the week before Mother's Day. Or use this as an opportunity to make art with your little one. Either way, you are guaranteed a card you will treasure forever this Mother's Day.
If you want to see photos from this event in the past, you can check out this blog post.
We've had an amazing time hosting this event for the past two years. As a mom, it makes me so happy to be a part of YOUR Mother's Day. Being a mom can sometimes feel like a thankless job, but I hope getting this card on Mother's Day helps remind you just how wonderful and amazing it is to be a mom.
We look forward to meeting you and spending the morning making art!! Don’t forget to secure your spot by registering ahead of time. If you have any questions feel free to send me an email.
Saturday May 5
293 Grand Avenue (between Greene & Clifton)
Brooklyn, NY 11238
For other things mom related...check out the review of last years event, another fun card to make with hand prints, and our favorite baby SMASHbook filled with all those memories from the first two years of our daughters life (here's a YouTube flip through video).
Hello, 2018!! Yes, yes, we know it is almost April, but we’ve been so busy producing YouTube videos for you, that we forgot to tell you about them!! Starting in January we’ve been producing weekly card-making videos and monthly planner videos!! We also plan to share our progress in "The Love Jac Scrapbook Challenge of 2018” with you, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Make Art To Mail
Make Art To Mail is our weekly how-to card making tutorial. I show you how to make a handmade card with just a few supplies and some time to sit and connect. We believe art has the power to make you happy. We hope these videos inspire you to make some today and mail some happiness to a friend.
Each video is dedicated to a person in my life who has made a positive impact. I love sharing these quick stories as a way to thank those people for making my life better. I hope hearing these stories allows you to reflect on the wonderful people in your life as well.
If you’ve been watching, thank you. If you are just hearing about this now - Great News! There are 11 videos for you to binge watch! The full breakdown is below…
Plan Your Creative Time
Each month we are sharing a planner video where we discuss all things productive and creative. If you’re like me, you don’t have a lot of time to sit around and think, “hmm…what should I do now?” I’ve found the best way for me to fit creativity into my life is to schedule it in. Plan Your Creative Time is your personal pep-talk to find that time for yourself to get creative. Each month has its own challenge to inspire and expand your creativity. Plus, I show you what I was actually able to fit in from the month prior.
In January we discussed my planner system, how to turn your to-do’s into creative opportunities, and the benefits of chunking up your time. January’s creative challenge was WORDS!
In February we discussed the benefits of knowing what actually has to get done and my obsession with stickers. If you secretly enjoy watching the show, Hoarders, this video is for you!! I share with the creativity I fit into January, which included watercoloring, my daughter’s birthday invitations, and a fun after-school craft. Inspired by Valentine’s Day, February’s creative challenge was HEARTS.
In March we discussed my love/hate relationship with the word hustle and using my monthly planner to celebrate little wins. I share some of the fun creativity that went into planning my daughter's birthday party and how a creative unique date was as good for our marriage as scheduling personal creative time for myself.
Thanks so much for watching and adding to the discussion!! Be sure to subscribe so you can be notified as soon as I post a video. Please leave a comment below the videos and I will respond to you ASAP. I’ve learned so much from you already. Can’t wait to keep the conversation going.
Now here's the Make Art To Mail Breakdown…
In this video I show you how to use markers and just one word to create a card that will make an impact as soon as your friend opens their mailbox.Supplies:
3 different colored writing utensils
This video is dedicated to my BFF Lindsay. Big shout out to all the moms out there doing everything and making it look easy, cause I know it’s not!
In this video I show you how to use magazines to make a vision-board style card that will connect with you friend!
This video is dedicated to BFF Katrina (yes I have multiple BFFs). Her eye style and design has always inspired me!! Do you have someone in your life who has always inspired you?
In this video I show you how to make the perfect card for when you can’t find the right word to say…and only an emoji will do!!
yellow card stock
red card stock
This video is dedicated to my friend Amanda. We met when we first became moms! Our mommy group will always have a place in my heart…and in the emoji world it definitely brings out the “crying with gratitude” emoji. Amanda always responds to my instagram posts with the perfect emoji!! Do you have a favorite emoji?
HEART CUT-OUT CARD
In this video I show you how to make a simple heart cut-out using a quick home-made stencil. We will use newspaper to give it that nostalgic feeling a newspaper evokes. The envelope on this card also has a peek-a-boo window that is sure to get your friend's attention.Supplies:
scrap piece of paper or a stencil
brightly colored piece of paper
envelope and packing tape
This video is dedicated to my husband Chad and our early days of dating...going to church, reading the paper, walking around Greenwich Village, and daydreaming about the future. I feel so fortunate we are living out these dreams today. I seriously didn’t know it would be THIS great!!
In this video I show you how to use two shades of ink to create an ombre effect. I matched the card and the envelope so it is all coordinated!Supplies:
two shades of ink in similar colors
your favorite stamp
This video is dedicated to my crafty soul sister Anushka! There’s nothing like a friend who shares your same interests. It’s so fun to get excited together about planners, stickers, and washi tape!! But, truthfully, it’s her friendship that means the most to me! I hope you have someone like Anushka in your life!!
In this video I show you how to create a heart envelope that is sure to make your friends smile when they open their mailbox.Supplies:
fun card stock for envelope
card stock for card
This video is dedicated to my dad! I’m totally a daddy’s little girl, even now in my 30s!! He helps me talk through any situation I’m dealing with. Do you have that one go-to person you call when you need to talk through things? My dad has this talent for listening to how I feel and then gently giving me some advice.
In this video I show you how to use a pencil eraser to stamp perfect little circles. We will make a quick heart stencil and use it to make both a filled-in heart (for the card) and an outlined heart (for the envelope).Supplies:
thick card stock
pencil with an unused eraser
This video is dedicated to my cousins Kate & Rose. Isn’t there something amazing about hanging out with family! I hope you get to spend some quality time with family this week.
RAINBOW MARKER STRIPES
In this video I show you how to simply tape markers together to create a clean design. Once you have them taped, let your creativity go and see what else you are inspired to create!
markers in rainbow color
This video is dedicated to Creative Mornings. Do you guys know Creative Mornings? If not, your life just got better!! Check them out here. Also, their podcast is so good!!! Here are two of my favorite episodes: Dallas Clayton & Tiffany Pratt. Thank you, Tina and the whole Creative Mornings' community, for fostering my creativity and introducing me to so many other creative people I have been able to connect with!
RAINBOW THANK YOU CARD
In this video I show you how to make a rainbow thank you card with a wooden stamp and my FAVORITE rainbow ink pad! Plus, I use my wash-tape supply to create a beautiful corresponding envelope!Supplies for Card:
ink pad in the colors of a rainbow
Supplies for Envelope:
washi rape in rainbow colors
This video is dedicated to Rachel Hollis!! In her words she built a multi-million dollar company and a google search bar!! I discovered her about 6 months ago and she’s been inspiring my every since. Her book Girl Wash Your Face just came out. It was her podcast Dais, that got me hooked! Her energy is contagious and her belief in her tribe is sincere. Check out her YouTube channel here. Some of my favorite videos are this one and this one! Thanks Rach for giving me the pep-talk to start this YouTube channel!!
RAINBOW OIL PASTELS
In this video I show you how to use oils pastels (aka Craypas!) to enjoy creating a simple rainbow postcard.Supplies:
water color post cards
This video is dedicated to my cousin Perego. He’s an incredibly talented artist living in Florida. For our wedding he painted us the most incredible portrait and then had all the guests add to it at the reception. If you ever have a chance to watch him perform live, please do so, you will have an incredible time. You can check out his website here.
RAINBOW CARDBOARD POST CARD
In this video my daughter Georgia and I will show you how to make a fun rainbow post card that anyone would love to get in the mail!! It was so much fun creating together. We hope this inspires you to make something with someone soon.Supplies:
bowl (with a 6 inch diameter)
markers in rainbow colors
I let Georgia dedicated this video and she chose her brother Conroy!! It was so sweet and sincere. And demonstrates exactly why I love this girl so much!!
Attention Brooklyn and New York City friends: We’ve got your back for the second year in a row!!! Mother’s Day is approaching and we don’t want you to be scrambling around Sunday morning trying to make a card for the mom in your life!!
Come to Die StammKneipe (aka DSK) the Sunday before Mother’s Day (May 7th) from 11am to 1pm and we will help your little one make the cutest card for mom!! We will provide all the supplies and inspiration, you just need to show up with your little one and enjoy an afternoon lunch at DSK.
Admission is $20 per child and includes the card, an additional piece of artwork, $8 towards food and beverage, and $2 to tip the staff!! You can secure your spot here.
Moms, use this as an excuse to get some well deserved “me time.” Send your child with their dad, grandparent, or favorite “aunt”, while you do something just for yourself. Then on actual Mother’s Day you can fully enjoy sharing the entire day with the little one(s) who made you a mom!
And in all honesty, if you’d like to come spend May 7th with you child while they make you a card, you are more than welcome to come and enjoy a crafternoon together!! Trust me, you will still cherish this card forever even if it’s not a surprise.
We had an amazing time last year hosting this event. We look forward to meeting you and spending the afternoon making art!! Don’t forget to secure your spot by registering ahead of time. If you have any questions feel free to send me an email.
Sunday May 7 // 11am – 1pm // DSK Die StammKneipe // 710 Fulton Street (at South Oxford) // Brooklyn, NY 11217
For other things mom related...check out the review of last years event, another fun card to make with hand prints, and our favorite baby SMASHbook filled with all those memories from the first two years of our daughters life (here's a YouTube flip through video)