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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 blog alive. I am making no promises of regular blogging but I will definitely try to check in at least once a month. Nothing’s stopping me, now that I have a nice computer!

So anyway, what happened in the past six months? I finished my year-long project of daily art. I will share a few photos of the last ones here eventually. I continued my fine motor skills activities at school and am now doing them with the third group of kids, the pre-k class. I’m actually adapting a lot of the activities I previously did with the others so that we can do them in two sessions instead of one but these kids are really good (I’m afraid I might run out of activities!) 

What else… Those who follow me on Facebook know this already: I’m an auntie! My brother and his fiancée had a beautiful daughter a little over two months ago: Clara. We are totally in love with our little princess. I won’t share photos of her here to protect their privacy.

I haven’t created a lot of art since the beginning of this year. A few doodles. A bit of colouring in some of my books. I think that my daily art project burned me out and I needed a break but now, I’m ready to get back to art. Maybe not daily but at least weekly. I do have a couple of watercolour paintings that need to be finished soon. And now that the weather is improving, I’ll start going for walks and taking photos again.

In the meantime, I leave you with this quick charcoal drawing I did tonight. Thank you for sticking around and see you soon!

SoFy

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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.

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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 instead of cutting the middle line to separate some pieces, they all cut each shape out individually. When all the pieces were cut and the scissors put away, they got to play with their tangrams by reproducing patterns I had printed out. Some of the patterns are in different colors because they come from this website. Each student left with their own little cardstock tangram in a little bag. In order for them to redo the activity, I gave them each a piece of paper on which I had printed the two website addresses I used.

Finally, inspired by today’s activity and this pin on Pinterest, I made my very own tangram stamps from a 2″ square of carving material. Fun!

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Hopefully, I’ll be back soon on the blog… Until then, thanks for visiting!

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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 reposition their arm. Each technique had its challenges but everyone seemed to have fun.

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Weekend update

Lately, it is becoming difficult to create every single day. Not because of time but because of inspiration. See, officially, today is day 297 of my daily art project. But really, I’ve been creating daily art since November 1st of last year. That’s a lot of arts and crafts. And coming up with what to do next gets harder and harder. But I’m no quitter so you might see a lot more zentangles, mandalas and line drawings than anything else because that’s all I can come up with these days.

And on that note, here are my creations from Friday, Saturday and today.

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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 managed a quick doodle in my sketchbook and today, some quick experiments with Sharpie markers on glossy paper and with alcohol dripped over it. They are postcard-size so I might end up collaging or doodling on top…

And for my fine motor skills activity, we worked on our skills by playing a few “precision” games such as Mikado (pick-up-sticks), Jenga, dominoes (standing them upright without making them fall), and building houses of cards. The kids had fun and the activity was a bit less involved for me which was a good thing today! I only took a few photos of the houses of cards.

Anyway, thanks for visiting. Hopefully, tonight I’ll get more sleep…

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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!

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Yesterday, I played with watercolors again to create a doodle frame and added details and letters with a paint pen.

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For my fine motor skills activity, we played with geoboards. My father made me four with nails, I bought a kit of six plastic squares, and we also used cork trivets with push-pins as well as looms that used to be for elastic bracelets (remember Rainbow Looms?)

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The kids enjoyed the different ways to work and I had different types of elastics so they could see the difference in tension and texture. It was a fun activity and pretty quiet too. I had printed models for them to reproduce but they ended up free-styling it the whole time and that was fine by me (creativity galore!)

Anyway, not a bad day for a birthday…

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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!

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