Saturday, December 31, 2011

D.I.Y. Calendars for a New Year

January Calendar

What you'll need:
Ruler and Pencil
Assorted Paint, Brushes, and a Cup of water
The top or bottom half of a dress shirt gift box (the kind you toss after Christmas. Pull 'em out before the trash comes!)
Assorted images, stickers, magazines, wrapping paper, and more.

January Calendar "Thoughts and Treats"

Step 1: Cut the short sides of the gift box off, leaving a surface about 15 inches by 10 inches, depending on your original box. Flip to non-glossy side.

Step 2:  Measure a calendar grid on the bottom half of the calendar to your desire.

Step 3: Paint, stencil, marker, or sponge in the numbers on the calendar. Add the days of the week if you like.

Step 4: (Optional) Think of a word that comes to mind when you think of the month. Ask others for words as well. Think of these words as you browse through your assorted images.

Step 5: Express yourself! Be unapologetic for your design! Let the images you choose and the places where you choose to paint lead you. Enjoy yourself.

January Calendar

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  May the newness of the year inspire you to move forward and up!

For more calendar creations, click here.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas is for Crafting.

 Xmas Craft Table
Found Ornaments, vintage fluffies
Found Ornaments, Elf
Collected all of these great ornaments at the East Bay Depot on Monday. Below are some of the transformations that have already begun. My boyfriend's mom saw my project and donated a bag full of her holiday cookie cutters! Gearing up for a week full of crafting!
Cookie Cutter Ornament Tree_final
Cookie Cutter Ornament SequinLamb
Cookie Cutter Ornament star
More Pictures here.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

See the Lights this Xmas

Yesterday was rough. Today, I woke with unwavering pessimism.

I went outside, I interacted with people...
I calmed the fuck down.

I drew.

I listened to music.

I made a construction paper chain for this tree. 


Life is pretty good, considering.

more photos of the DeFreitas "Cal" Christmas tree here.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Best 10 minutes spent today

She says,
"When I watch TV, it's just some shows that you just... that are pretend. 
And when you explore, you get more imagination than you already had. ...when you get more imagination, it makes you want to go deeper in, so you can get more and see beautifuler things ...And it could be beautiful."

 I couldn't agree more. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Crazy. Sexy. Drippy.

Day 30 (Last day of the month!) of Art Every Day Month

This month I made a piece of art every day. The process has been so satisfying that I plan on continuing the theme of daily creation on NiGHTandRei. I plan on posting new videos as well. For the final day of the project I am posting my third edit to my most recent painting. I am starting to define the innermost image from the background bit by bit. I am excited to see where it goes next.
Stay tuned! ;)    Click here for painting update!    


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The WILD come out at NIGHT

Now that Thanksgiving is over, all everyone talks about are Christmas gifts.
This year, it's all about making gifts, since I'm still not making bank. I am thinking about either handmade cards or ornaments-- the more fun it is to make, the more special it will be.
Today I wanted to highlight some items made by me and a friend that might make nice gifts for someone special on your list. ;)

Handmade jewelry by my friend Genie Sanchez. Genie and I worked together shooting live music for a video production company in LA years ago. Since then, Genie has been photographing the Sunset Strip as ...totallylikeduh! and is currently the resident photographer for the Viper Room. Check out her gallery and visit her blog
Little Queen by Genie Sanchez
Welcome Home by Genie Sanchez

I was inspired by Dia de los Muertos this year to create some colorful earrings and bracelets. The embroidery floss design takes me back to my first experimentation with crafting: friendship bracelets. I think these earrings have personality and punch. They are perfect for a girl who is comfortable standing out. All the jewelry is sold exclusively on