To blog or not to blog

Forgive me readers for I have sinned. It’s been six months since my last blog post.  Yeah, yeah, I know, this isn’t news here. When I look back on my last 5 years or so, I realize that I often get side-tracked by life and I stop blogging for months at a time. And every single time, I feel bad about abandoning my blog. This time, I actually debated about keeping or deleting the blog. But in the end, when it came time to renew my WordPress subscription for this site, I decided to go for it and keep the … Continue reading To blog or not to blog

Tangrams

First things first… I’m having computer problems these days so this will be my last blog post until said problems are resolved but you can always see my daily art on Facebook or Instagram. Second, even though my blog title says tangrams, I’m starting with a mandala that I made yesterday. Third, here are some tangrams my students made during our fine motor activity. I printed the shapes from this website on cardstock and cut only around the square they formed. I had the students work on their scissor skills by cutting the pieces on their own. I noticed that … Continue reading Tangrams

Oodles of doodles

Today, I’m showing you a ghost zentangle that I made yesterday, inspired by this mandala. And a “double draw” or two-handed drawing, which I first encountered here. The latter was also a technique my students tried today in fine motor class, as well as the Michelangelo technique (lying on your back and drawing with your arm extended up), and the “easel” technique (standing with extended arm, the hand not touching the paper.) I noticed that a lot of kids were tempted to rest their wrist or even forearm on the paper while drawing standing and I kept telling them to … Continue reading Oodles of doodles

Experiments

I love my neighborhood, I really do, but this week, I wish it wasn’t so “photogenic.” Let me explain: there’s a movie being filmed just around the corner, a remake of Death Wish, featuring Bruce Willis. No I haven’t see Mr. Willis because when they’re filming I’m either working or in bed. There lies the problem: they are filming gun shot sequences… gun shot… late in the evening when I’m going to bed, or, like today, really early in the morning when I still have 30 minutes to sleep… Bad sleep = lack of inspiration to create. So yesterday, I … Continue reading Experiments

Doodling and geoboards

Today was my birthday but I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather. (And speaking of weather, it was unseasonably warm this afternoon.) I didn’t do much celebrating today. Dinner with the family was Saturday, and yesterday it was lunch with my coworkers. I did get a stack of birthday drawings from some students which was really sweet. And since I didn’t have any cake today, I decided to give myself a zentangle cupcake! Yesterday, I played with watercolors again to create a doodle frame and added details and letters with a paint pen. For my fine motor skills activity, … Continue reading Doodling and geoboards

Weekend update

Another busy weekend has come and gone. And here are my creations from those days: a zentangled pumpkin, a scratch-art mandala and some watercolor hand lettering. Mom and I went shopping on Saturday and found the small scratch-art notes and we just had to have them. I’ll probably bring a few at school for my students to play around but mostly, they’re for me to play with! Have a nice week! Continue reading Weekend update

Arts and cats

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 … Continue reading Arts and cats