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!

Art journal page

I was very hot today and I went in my studio later than usual because of the heat. I decided not to install the AC this year because I like to keep the windows open and listen to the neighborhood’s wild life.

Anyway, when I sat down to do some art, I had no idea what to do. I wanted something that wouldn’t take too long. So I picked up my art journal and a box of collage elements and got started. Well, I played for one hour until I got the result you see below.

Bunny art journal page

I had no plan while doing this page. Just playing with papers and paints.

Material used: Americana paints in Lipstick, Flamingo and Coastal Waters; Neocolor II in Yellow Green and Cobalt Blue; gesso; washi tapes; empty cardboard rolls as stamps; and of course, papers from magazines and newspaper with Collage Pauge.

Thanks for visiting and see you tomorrow.

Daily ATC in February

  

I’m having fun this month revisiting a format I hadn’t worked with in quite some time: the artist trading card (ATC). I used to participate in a lot of swaps and trades for ATCs and, later on, chunky book pages. At one point, it just became too much and I stopped. Now, I create for the joy of it and, if someone wants to trade, I’ll do it when I feel like it. I don’t want it to become an obligation or a burden like it was after a while. I want my art making to be a source of joy and even relaxation.

The techniques used for this first set are: collage, painting, drawing and stamping. If anyone is interested in trading for any of these, please let me know in the comments. 

Thanks for visiting!

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