A bit of everything

I mentioned this month that I’m participating in a 30 day journal challenge. I think it’s the third time I’m doing it and I find it’s a good habit to develop. This time, I’ve been working in a small art journal in which I had already prepared a myriad of pages in the previous months. So I can focus on answering the prompts for the challenge. I haven’t shared any of the pages until now. This page seemed appropriate to share on my blog so this was my daily art for yesterday.

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Today, I made a set of ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) for a swap I joined over on Instagram. They are called clean-up cards. The only rule is to use scraps from the bottom of your pile. Well, I’ve have these scraps in a box for almost 10 years so I think it counts! I love how they turned out and I hope the people who receive them in the swap enjoy them.

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I’m also sharing a few photos from my fine motor skills activity today with a class of kindergarten students. We were doing “directed drawing.” I gave them each a set of 5 sheets on which they had illustrated instructions on how to draw certain things. Most of the students did very well on their own. I had to give more instructions to some but in general, the activity was a success. I took the time to look at how the kids were holding their pencil and the majority had a correct grasp and position.

We usually work for 45 minutes and then they get 10 minutes to use what I call “manipulation objects” from a basket: squeeze balls, stress balls, cut-down pieces of pool noodles, plastic pot scrubbers, etc.They enjoy the different textures and it’s a good exercise to relax their hands after some hard work. I’ll try to take a picture of that next time. Until then, have fun!

Weekend update

The past couple of days, I’ve been debating whether to keep blogging or not because I don’t get a lot of visits and certainly not a lot of comments. But then, I asked myself, why exactly do I keep a blog? While it is nice to receive likes, comments and various feedback, that isn’t the main reason for my blogging. I blog to share my passions, my creations and a little bit about my life. Arts and crafts are my main passion in life but I do have others. Music, movies, my cats, and, actually, my job are all things I’m passionate about. For those who don’t know, I work as an educator in an elementary school. I’m not a teacher, I work before school, at lunch and after school with a group of pre-k and kindergarten students. This year, I have the added task to teach them fine motor skills twice a week. I’ve been doing a lot of research and preparing lots of material for those activities so I’ve decided that I will also share that work here amidst my own personal art. And maybe a few cat photos once in a while.

Today, though, I’m only sharing two things. A zentangle I drew yesterday and a soft toy owl I made today. The zentangle is in the shape of a leaf as I’m still being inspired by this season. The owl is actually stuffed with rice so that it can be heated in the microwave and become a hand warmer. It is stitched by hand because that is my favourite way to work with felt. I love making these little softies so I want to make more in all shapes and colours.

Anyway, thanks for visiting and I wish you a lovely week!

Arts and crafts

A very short post tonight because it’s late and I’m tired.

Yesterday, I drew a mandala on a previously painted page in one of my art journals. This journal is almost full so I’m just trying to fill it up before the end of the year. There’s probably less than 10 pages to go.

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And today, well tonight actually, I went back to an old craft of mine: a mini wreath ornament made from a wooden curtain ring. I picked seasonal colors seeing how it is officially fall now, which is my favorite season.

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That’s it for today. I’ll be back on Sunday for the new schedule. Have a good weekend!

Drawings

I’ve thought about it and starting this weekend, I’ll be changing by blogging schedule as follows: Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. For the rest of the month, I’m continuing to do mostly drawings. And I’ve already decided that for October, I’ll be doing some more 3D cards as well as ATCs and postcards. It will be a “mail art” month. And I will definitely mail some out randomly.

Now, today I’m showing you two very different drawings. One was done in the Complete This Drawing book. The other is a very simple and very quick continuous line drawing in my mini Moleskine journal. In case you can’t tell, it’s a cat… It’s a good exercise to do once in a while.

Anyway, that’s it for today. I’ll be back on Friday to finish the week and then I’ll start the new schedule. Have a nice day and thanks for visiting!

Weekend update

My personal schedule is changing this week with some dance classes on Mondays and Fridays so I might have to rethink my blogging schedule accordingly. I’ll let you know if I do. In the meantime, here are my weekend’s creations.

On Saturday, I made a greeting card for a friend of the family who just became a first-time dad. Mom had already assembled the 3D image of the dog and baby so I simply had to match papers, cut and assemble everything.

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On Sunday, I wasn’t feeling too well so I took it easy, watched a lot of old TV shows online and doodle on some leftover self-adhesive label paper to make my own stickers. I still have some of that paper so I’ll be making more stickers. I used a permanent pen so I can color them without smudging.

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Finally, tonight, after 3 hours of line dancing (yes, I line dance!) I went for a simple doodling session with a variation on scallop borders in my mini Moleskine journal.

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That’s it for today. Thanks for visiting!

 

More drawings

Hey look! I’m posting early for once! I finished work much earlier today and still had energy to create way before going to bed! Also, I found my inspiration on Pinterest and just had to do my art right away, so as not to forget or lose interest. But first, here is yesterday’s mandala, drawn on a 12 x 12 cardstock but it only measures approximately 7″ in diameter.


It was fun to work a little bigger but I want to try even bigger and bolder!

Now, today’s creation is a little doodle from postage stamps. You can find the inspiration here. I really enjoyed doing this quick doodle after gluing down the stamps. I need to look at my old stamps to see what else I can come up with!


Thanks for visiting and have a nice weekend!

Oodles of doodles

I’m very busy these days for work, preparing activities for a group of kindergarten students. It’s more work than usual because it’s a new program we’re starting this year so I have to start from scratch. And when I’m busy like that, I don’t have the time or energy to do a lot of art. So it’s doodling to the rescue! Yesterday, I did a variety of faces in my small art journal using different permanent markers. They were fun to make. Today, I went for a little floral arrangement inspired by Alisa Burke. It’s on a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock so I could work a little bigger. Next time, I might go even bigger!

Thanks for visiting!

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