Irish Dancer Finger Puppets

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It’s simple:

  1. Download and print your free design that I have created for you HERE
  2. Using paper glue stick the page onto some card to reinforce
  3. Colour the dancers with paint, colouring pencils or markers, whichever you prefer
  4. Cut out the shapes, taking care to cut the holes for your fingers (little hands will need some help)
  5. And now have fun learning how to do an Irish jig or a reel!

 

Irish Dancers In Action

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Nature’s Own Mood Boards

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Images of some of the rock formations in Museo Geminero Madrid, & how they might inspire your home decor projects.

Nature is full of inspiration when it comes to colour and texture combination for decorating your home. For us city dwellers it’s important to think outside the box when it comes to finding mother nature’s stimulus.  Yes, visit your local parks and green areas, but what about the museums?

Just this week I had the pleasure of visiting the Museo Geominero Madrid, a treasure trove for any design lover. The museum houses an incredible collection of rocks, minerals and fossils, which demonstrate nature’s ability to outdo us every time when it comes to creating stunning texture and color combinations.

Whether you are interested in designing jewellery, embellishing material or furniture, or painting a room in your house, these marvels are instant mood boards that won’t leave you lacking ideas!

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Vintage Directional Signs

DIY event signs, are so much fun to make, and can have a BIG impact with little to no cost……Lets get making!

Here’s how to recreate these stunning vintage inspired pointing hand signs…..

Vintage sign DIY. Hand pointing. Wedding Sign

WHAT YOU NEED

  • This free vintage pointing hand printable
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • MDF approximately 30cm x 22cm (or A4 size)
  • Small Saw or jigsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • White or cream water-based paint
  • Wide paint brush
  • Marker or acrylic paint in your colour of choice – I like black
  • Wood approximately  15 x 50cm
  • Wood glue

HOW TO

  • Download this free vintage pointing hand printable
  • Print it onto normal A4 printing paper
  • Cut out the hand shape and using a pencil trace around it onto thin MDF
  • Use a jigsaw, or a small saw to cut out the shape, and sand the edges to make them smooth
  • Paint the wood with 2 or 3 layers of cream or white water-based paint
  • Using your hand print-off as inspiration, add the lines and details using a black marker, or black acrylic paint and a thin brush.  Tip:  If you are not confident draw the lines lightly in pencil first.
  • Use strong wood glue to stick the hand shape to a simple piece of wood that has been painted or prepared as you like
  • Use the text “This Way Folks”, also provided in the free printable , or print your own desired message using Word or a similar word-processing program- In my signs I choose to use:
    • Font: Kunstler Script
    • Size: 225
    • Bold
  • Now for the trick……… scribbling with a pencil on the reverse side of the paper, focusing on the area being the letters
  • Next, lay it on the wooden surface with the pencil-scribbled side down
  • Using a pencil carefully trace over the printed letters heavily -the pencil on the other side will transfer onto the wood leaving a faint outline of your desired text in a beautiful font!
  • Finally go over the faint letters on the wood with acrylic paint or a marker

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Bubble Flowers

As spring is in the air, we decided to take a little nature into the studio this week, and create these beautiful bubble flowers.  The children had a lots of fun blowing bubbles, and creating these eye-catching art works, which were nice gifts for the Mummys and Daddys too!

This work was created with my 5 to 7 year old students, at my weekly “English Through Art” classes in Taller Imagina, Madrid.

Contact me about teaching classes to your children, or at your workshop or centre.

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DIY Wedding: Stunning Moon & Stars Photo Booth

You may be interested in contacting me about one of the most special items that I designed for our wedding in September 2015 – our moon photo booth.

Stunning moon photo booth for wedding. Edwardian paper moon theme event, featuring original backdrop. Southeast Ireland Hire. Classy and elegant wedding decor. www.janehayescreative.com

As the wedding started to take on an Edwardian feel I began to research the era more and more.  And one of the most stunning things I came across was the use of “paper moons” in wedding photography.

I came up with the design, and my friend and neighbor Paul, a gifted carpenter cut and made the structure for me.  My uncle and I spent some very fun days together painting it, such great memories!

Stunning moon photo booth for wedding. Edwardian paper moon theme event, featuring original backdrop. Southeast Ireland Hire. Classy and elegant wedding decor. www.janehayescreative.com

Photographers in the early 1900’s used the constructions as backdrops or props for portrait photography, and especially for those of newly married couples. You can see some examples here on my Pinterest board.

Stunning moon photo booth for wedding. Edwardian paper moon theme event, featuring original backdrop. Southeast Ireland Hire. Classy and elegant wedding decor. www.janehayescreative.com

It looked stunning in the background of the venue, and made the most wonderful prop for lots of great shots of us and our guests, complete with fancy dress!  Everyone really enjoyed it, and there was a line all night for group shots!

Stunning moon photo booth for wedding. Edwardian paper moon theme event, featuring original backdrop. Southeast Ireland Hire. Classy and elegant wedding decor. www.janehayescreative.com

If you are considering having a stunning moon backdrop or photo-booth at your wedding or event Contact me for further details. It certainly is something unique.

Stunning moon photo booth for wedding. Edwardian paper moon theme event, featuring original backdrop. Southeast Ireland Hire. Classy and elegant wedding decor. www.janehayescreative.com

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