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 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.

Weekend update

I was out of town for part of the weekend and I only brought my small Moleskines, a pen and a pencil to create so I made a Zentangle on Friday night and a mandala on Saturday. The Zentangle looks a bit like a monster to me.

Today, I didn’t have a lot of energy so I simply made a mixed media greeting card that I’m sending with ATCs for a swap.

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That’s it for today. Thanks for visiting!

Doodling and Lego patterns

Let’s start today’s post with the fine motor skills portion. We had fun playing with Legos and following patterns I had printed off of the internet. I found the alphabet here, the color towers here, and the other models here. Oddly enough, they had a harder time with the color towers than the letters or other models. And I don’t know if it was because they were more excited but this was the first time that my fine motor activity was really noisy. I might have to figure out a different way to do it with the next class.

And I finally took a photo of my manipulation objects.

Now, on to the art portion with some doodled mandalas and a hand-lettered postcard. Nothing fancy but still fun.

Have a nice weekend! And if you’re Canadian, happy Thanksgiving weekend!

Drawing and threading

One thing that always surprises me is when I create something that I deem ordinary or even sub-standard and then receive a lot of “likes” and positive comments for it on social media. Yesterday’s piece was one of those. I was tired after my work day and a 3-hours line dancing class and not very inspired. Because I had all sorts of music going through my head, I decided to draw a treble clef and embellish it with some zentangles. I thought the end result was ordinary but it seems it caught the eye of a few of my friends ad family.

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Today’s creation is also a drawing but this time, I brought the charcoal pencil. It’s more of an experiment but I’m pleased with it. If I were to redo it, I wouldn’t add the big shadow blob below the feather but what’s done is done.

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Also, today was my fine motor skill activity and we had fun with threading. I supplied a variety of threading material: large and thin shoe laces, plastic lace, pipe cleaners. I also had various beads and buttons as well as pull-tabs from soda cans. Only one of the students had a hard time threading so I helped him by tying a big wooden bead on one end of a large shoe lace and showed him how to thread with my pieces of pool noodle. Once he got it, he moved on to the big wooden beads and then smaller ones. I added new objects to the manipulation basket which they loved: puffer balls, “fart putty”, bendable figurines and more stress balls.

Thanks for visiting!

Weekend update

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!

Mixing it up

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!

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And finally today, I went for a hand-lettered quote in my “Words of Wisdom” composition book. Thanks for looking!

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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!

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