29 Sep 2016
in art, art journal, education, project
Tags: charcoal, collage, drawing, fine motor skills, hand lettering, mixed media, quotes
I don’t know what titles to give my posts anymore. It’s actually becoming a problem for me. Does anyone have ideas, tips? Do they actually need titles? Should I just leave it blank? Argh! Help!
Anyway, on to the post. I’m starting by showing you what we worked on in my fine motor skills activity today: graphic practice. We traced lines and shapes as well as numbers.
Everyone did very well and was so concentrated that we barely had time to use the manipulation objects so no photo of that.
Yesterday, I had no idea what I wanted to do for my daily art. I had a pile of book pages next to my desk so I decided to cut them and glue them in my art journal (8.5″ x 11″). Some of them already had paint and I added texture with some mesh tape so a light coat of gesso was all it took to make it more uniform. And I drew the glass with a charcoal pencil, smudged parts of it for the shadows and added a bit of white paint pen for extra lights. I really love how it came out. I might actually rip the page out of the journal to frame it!
And finally today, I went for a hand-lettered quote in my “Words of Wisdom” composition book. Thanks for looking!
27 Sep 2016
in art, art journal, education, project
Tags: artist trading card, atc, daily art, fine motor skills, journaling, quotes, swap
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.
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.
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!
25 Sep 2016
in art, blog news, project
Tags: doodle, drawing, hand-sewing, hand-stitching, handmade, life, owl, sewing, softie, zentangle
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!
23 Sep 2016
in art, art journal
Tags: altered art, drawing, mandala, ornament, painted background, recycling, repurpose, reusing, wreath
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.
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.
That’s it for today. I’ll be back on Sunday for the new schedule. Have a good weekend!
21 Sep 2016
in art, project
Tags: blog schedule, complete this drawing, continuous line, doodle, drawing
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!
19 Sep 2016
Tags: borders, card, doodle, drawing, handmade, stickers
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.
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.
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.
That’s it for today. Thanks for visiting!
16 Sep 2016
in art, project
Tags: doodle, drawing, mandala, postage stamp
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!