Category Archives: In The Studio

Making Magic

Making Magic

written by Hearth Member, Jaclyn Wood

The Harry Potter Hearth Dinner is approaching. Do you have your costumes ready? It’s easy to put together a house uniform, but unfortunately there is no wand shop in Harvard Square. That’s no problem for a community of makers. To make this most important magical tool all you need is a chopstick, hot glue, some paint, and a little magic 😉

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The wider end of the chopstick will become the handle of your wand. Think about how you want to build on it with hot glue. You can look at specific character’s wands for inspiration. As you apply the glue you’ll want to keep rotating the chopstick until it starts hardening to get the most even application. Once the glue is cooled but not hard you can mold it with your fingers.

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I found wax paper helpful to smooth and shape it. Mistakes can be sanded or cut off. When you are satisfied with the shape add paint to make it all look like wood. Voila! You just transformed a chopstick into your own personal wand so you can check that off your Hogwarts supply list. Join us this Sunday for our Harry Potter Hearth Dinner and show us the wands you make!

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Why I Knit My Canvasses

Why I Knit My Canvasses

-written by Miranda Aisling I knitted my first canvas in early 2011. It was my final semester in college and I was deeply entrenched in creating a series of wall-size abstract oil paintings for my senior show. The first paintings for the show were stretched on traditional canvas but as my scale grew I realizedContinue Reading

Why You Should Pay For Art

Why You Should Pay For Art

Since I started my artistic career as an undergraduate studying painting and pottery, I have worked in a variety of artistic arenas.  I’ve made my way through museums, galleries, established and new art centers; farmer markets, craft fairs, and huge arts festivals.  During this time I have discovered to different expectations from the art world: Art should beContinue Reading

Keeping Creative New Year’s Resolutions

-written by Hearth Member, Amy Beth Harrison “Any beginning is a time of special power for habit creation,” Gretchen Rubin writes in Better than Before. Although New Year’s is a rather arbitrary date, the feeling of a new beginning can help you make some changes, especially ones you deeply care about like creative goals. WhatContinue Reading

How to tell if a painting is finished

How to tell if a painting is finished

As I write this, I’m tucked in bed surrounded by eight paintings that span my artistic career up to this point.  An old college experiment that I still love, perhaps to spite the fact that my professor told me it wasn’t my strongest work.  A piece from my thesis exhibition next to a slightly strongerContinue Reading

Art as Therapy

A review of Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong written by Hearth Member, Amy Beth Harrison How therapeutic is looking at art for you? The point of Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong is that the experience could be so much better.  I wouldn’t be a visual artistContinue Reading

Creative Resilience Tools

Creative Resilience Tools

-written by Hearth Member, Amy Beth Harrison As we FINALLY move into spring here in Boston, it’s a good time to make a creative fresh start. Creative slumps are just part of the territory of being a maker, but they don’t have to define your creative practice. Here are some ideas to help you thatContinue Reading

New Year;  More Art

New Year; More Art

–written by Hearth Member Amy Beth Like many of you, being creative is important to me. So as I was forming New Year’s resolutions, I knew I wanted to do more art this year. I have designated art time each week, but I have noticed that it is often derailed by a stressful week, hiccupsContinue Reading

Learning to Destroy

Learning to Destroy

Last Friday I welcomed ten odd artists into my apartment.  They arrived haphazardly; bundled against the cold and toting food to share and art to consider.  They were all members of the Boston Critique Group whose monthly meetings I have sporadically attended since I crossed paths with the founder, Katherine Vetne, over two years ago. OverContinue Reading

The Process of Creating a Painting

The Process of Creating a Painting

For the first part of 2013 I was focusing on writing and distributing Don’t Make Art, Just Make Something.  Because of that, my painting studio was ignored.  It wasn’t until November when I realized that I got back into a painting swing and began to spend almost all of my free time working on piecesContinue Reading