13 Oct 2016
in art journal, education, project
Tags: abstract, acrylic paint, fine motor skills, ink, mixed media, painting, still life, watercolor
I’ve been itching to play with paints in my art journals lately. I always have at least 2 art journals going at once. Yesterday, I played in the small one (4.5″ x 6.5″) with watercolor pencils for a still-life while today, I played in the bigger one (8.5″ x 11″) with acrylics and ink for an abstract. Here are the results:
At work, for my fine motor group, we practiced our writing skills and pencil grasps by completing some drawings: adding feathers to an owl, scales to a fish, stripes to a zebra, etc. I kept telling the kids that this wasn’t to work fast but to work well as some of them were rushing through the pages. I asked a few of them to erase and restart some of their work as it was too sloppy but in general, they did well. I’m really impressed by their skills.
That’s all for today. I hope you have a nice weekend and I’ll be back on Sunday.
11 Oct 2016
in art, art journal, photography, project
Tags: cats, collage, doodle, drawing, mandala, mixed media, photography
Today, I didn’t have time to take photos during my fine motor activity but we did a few basic models of origami. The kids did really well and I hope we have time to do more before our session ends in November. I guess you’ll have to settle for my art instead! (wink wink) Anyway, yesterday being a holiday, I had time to play a little more and did just that in my art journal. Some paint, collage, more paint… and I ended up with a lollipop flower of sorts. And today, a small mandala. Drawing is really my go-to when I don’t know what to create. It’s so simple and I don’t have to think about it much.
Since I don’t have work stuff to share, I thought I’d share a couple of photos of my babies, Pearl and Diesel. Pearl is the smallest of the two, a little over 4 years old, and really cuddly. Diesel is 12 -1/2 years old and very independent most of the time. Except when I eat a muffin, then she meows until I give her a piece or four.
I love them both, they bring me so much joy.
02 Oct 2016
in art, art journal, project
Tags: artist trading card, atc, available for trade, collage, continuous line, doodle, drawing, mandala, mixed media, painted background
I had a very rough emotional weekend and I don’t feel like writing a long post today so I’ll keep it short and simple. Friday night, I drew a mandala on a pre-painted background in my art journal. It’s not my best mandala but it’s there nonetheless. Saturday was a quick continuous line drawing because it was late. And finally today, a trio of ATCs, which are available for trade if anyone’s interested.
I hope your weekend was quieter than mine!
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!
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!