Hello and Welcome, Welcome to WhimsyBel's Folk Art Blog!
Whimsy is sometimes defined as quaint, fanciful, or even odd. I love all of those terms. Folk art has many meanings. Some think of it as Outsider Art, some as primitive art. I like to think of it as art from the heart. And I am here to tell you that each of you has some whimsy in you and a heart that is ready to express itself in art.
I will be hosting how-to's on reaching that inner folk artist with simple, easy to make projects on my ning site in a week or so. I hope you will join me in connecting to your inner artist and learning more about yourself!
Start gathering up your copies of favorite pictures, buttons, beads, bells, small objects,keys, marbles, ribbons, magazine pictures or graphics that you like...everything about you. Go through your junk drawer, your old jewelry. Get some ModPodge or Royal Coat decoupage medium...sorry, glue won't work. Drag out your hot glue gun. Make it an adventure to find things and stuff that appeal to you, say something about you, resonate with you. Scan and print your pictures or copy them on a copy machine. Whatever works for you will work! Oh, and you need a glass bottle, or jar, or tin to decorate and a small bottle of white acrylic craft paint.
We're going to be making a Whimsy Bottle or Jar all about you! I'll post one so that you can see how easy they are to make and fasinating they are when they are finished. You will be able to do it and it will be meaningful for you...an act of self-discovery, of making art, and feeding that inner artist you may not even know is there. I have never known anyone who doesn't love theirs. I still treasure the one I made my husband for our second anniversary, and as it fades and blends, it only becomes more beautiful.
So...get ready to learn something new, something fun, something wonderful!