Monday, September 18, 2017

DIY: Reviving an Old Nightie By Painting


    

Come and dream with me,

This opens an ocean of possibilities...

Sunday, September 10, 2017

BOOKS Declutter, Revisiting The KonMari Method, or My Artistic Passion


    

I am not sure if I am encouraging you to declutter your books, or rather to buy some more... :-) All the things you can find in my shop, are or inspired by what I read in these books, or made by me, because of a detail seen in these books, which pushed me to create a new thing, which is not a copy of course, it is
more a digestion of what I saw + what I have in my mind, and I end up
with things you won't find anywhere else. 


We can say that Cuculapraline-Frenchic is the baby of all these books mixed together combined with my own imagination.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Tutorial: STAMPING w/ Stencils & Paper Towels, Hit & Miss, Experimentation

  

Hands in the paint, really!

How not to be fascinated by paint marks on paper or even on fabric. Experimenting is something that I do daily in my Art as in my Craft. There is nothing more enjoyable than playing, the hands in the paint. But it is not very obvious to have the hands in the paints and on the camera in the same time! :-)
In this video, I am trying to convey this excitement we feel when we are trying something new, unknown, and about to succeed. Making mistakes is the best way to learn. Even as an ex-arts and crafts teacher and author of an arts & crafts book, I make mistakes every day, and it's good, because I am learning from them every day.
Conclusion: be happy to start and make mistakes, because this is will be the great beginning of your creative journey.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

How To Improvise Abstract PAGES on a Handmade Journal: Stencils, Ink Sta...

      

Who wants to have fun during a few minutes?
Improvising without thinking is not always an easy thing to do, but the aim of these pages is just to have fun and not think. Enjoy!

Colors and more Supplies used in this video:
- Daler Rowney Watercolors
- Impellist Watercolors (pearl gold)
- Color & Co Lefranc & Bourgeois Gouaches Temperas (fluo pink & more... They are made for children at school)
- Glitter Poster Paints for children (in small jars)
- Fine Acrylic Lefranc & Bourgeois (primary yellow)
- Basics Acrylic Liquitex (deep violet)
- Golden Acrylics (interference blue)
- Neo Art Watersoluble wax pastels
- Oil Pastel Sennelier (pale gold #112 & pale pink Madder Lake #77)
- Omnya Color Fine Marker (yellow)
- TDK CD-R Pen (black)
- Japanese fluo Wax Pastels (name unknown, it's written in Japanese!)
- Markal Oil Paintstik (light green)
- Gelatos Faber-Castell (passion fruit, tangerine, pistachio)
- I used some Scented Kids Paints Craft Dab on the paper towel, they act like an ink and take some time to dry which allows to transfer the colors on several layers in the same time
- Fixatif for Pastel & Charcoal Gallery, to seal the watercolors here
- Glue used: Elmer's School Glue available at Target's but any PVA glue will be fine
- The circles stencil is a Traci Bautista's creation: "Circles Circles" and the little flowers stencil is named "Gigi Stencil". You can both find them at http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com/
- The Journal was handmade with some raw handmade watercolor paper for the cover and some drawing/painting slightly thick paper for the pages. Any paper which can support some waterbased paint will be fine
- My brushes are very old and some of them have no name anymore, but any brush working for stenciling will be fine, and find a simple thin brush which would work with watercolors and any watersoluble color. The hands are great too sometimes...



Saturday, April 1, 2017

Three Days in L.A. & Venice Beach, Here Is My Paradise



  

Another Love: Venice Beach.
I have a
very strange relationship with this place. By editing this video, it
became even more obvious to me that I have a very specific reason to
have loved this particular beach since 20 years now. I must just find
what is this reason.

Saturday, March 4, 2017


Hello Cuculapraline-Frenchic's Friends,

  This month, no Artwalk planned, Ron Kane, David Strother and myself, have been a little too busy, and we prefer postponing such an event when it is a little less cold at night, and when we can fully be engaged in it.

These last days, most of my hand-decorated Notebooks are gone, yoohoo!
 

 
So, I will make more
and will post them on my Etsy shop here:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/yaelbolender

However, I am not sure if I will continue with the Marie-Antoinette theme, enough heads cut, don't you think? :-) If you have any preferences, you are welcome to let me know on Facebook here:
 https://www.facebook.com/CuculapralineFrenchic/
Leave me a message, and I will be glad to take your suggestions in consideration.

Speaking of French Revolution, my last video is a drawing Tutorial expressing some agitation I have, which could end up as a people Revolution in France. It seems that I am not the only one to be agitated! You can watch this free video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3ualF7NnSg
 


and if you are actually interested in free Arts and Crafts Videos, you can watch more of them on my YouTube channel, I am posting every week something new, I am trying to transmit all my French knowledge that I got while years of training and teaching in Paris.
https://www.youtube.com/user/YaelBolender/

For example, a finished journal page with fabric collage:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QA9Eu4UJOM

Aurevoir, thank you so much for reading me,
and we hope to see you soon,


  

Express yourself through Art!

Take advantage for my free Arts & Crafts Videos!
  • No Artwalk this month
  • More Notebooks to come
  • And more Arts & Crafts Tutorials to watch

Thursday, January 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES In The Rain & The January Nela ARTWALK Night w/ David Strother



   

In the day, in the rain, and at night under the stars and the strange lights.
David Strother is playing violin for us, mixed with the noises of the street.
https://dstroviolin.com/

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A 60's-70's Style Journal PAGE, in The Jennibellie's January Challenge, ...


    

By doing the Jennibellie’s January Challenge that you can find here:
http://journalworkshops.ning.com/group/monthly-challenge,
in this video, I am re-creating a 60’s - 70’s style page, souvenir of a great inspiring and psychedelic time!
The Jennibellie Monthly Challenge is a free group opened to anybody who wants to create something new.

How To: RECYCLING Magazine Cards Part 2, Don't Think, Just Do, Tutorial


   

When I filmed this video, and when I edited it, I had no idea that my Father, at the same time, wouldn’t be among us anymore.
I am glad and grateful to make these videos, these joyful things which

give me a lot of fun, and allow me to add a little value in this World.
Life is too short not to make the best of it.