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.
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.
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, 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?)
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…
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!
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.
That’s it for today. Thanks for visiting!
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.
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.
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!
The past couple of days, I’ve been debating whether to keep blogging or not because I don’t get a lot of visits and certainly not a lot of comments. But then, I asked myself, why exactly do I keep a blog? While it is nice to receive likes, comments and various feedback, that isn’t the main reason for my blogging. I blog to share my passions, my creations and a little bit about my life. Arts and crafts are my main passion in life but I do have others. Music, movies, my cats, and, actually, my job are all things I’m passionate about. For those who don’t know, I work as an educator in an elementary school. I’m not a teacher, I work before school, at lunch and after school with a group of pre-k and kindergarten students. This year, I have the added task to teach them fine motor skills twice a week. I’ve been doing a lot of research and preparing lots of material for those activities so I’ve decided that I will also share that work here amidst my own personal art. And maybe a few cat photos once in a while.
Today, though, I’m only sharing two things. A zentangle I drew yesterday and a soft toy owl I made today. The zentangle is in the shape of a leaf as I’m still being inspired by this season. The owl is actually stuffed with rice so that it can be heated in the microwave and become a hand warmer. It is stitched by hand because that is my favourite way to work with felt. I love making these little softies so I want to make more in all shapes and colours.
Anyway, thanks for visiting and I wish you a lovely week!