Category Archives: Art

A Day at Hoot 2017

This is the first time in probably 10 years that I have not worked in a booth at Heart of Ohio Tole Painting convention (HOOT).  For most of those years my husband and I helped Della and Company, AKA Della and Bill Wetterman and last year I shared a booth with my creative friends Amy Mogish and Wendy Young.

I was not going to come, but at the last minute decided to come and spent the day on the trade show floor.  I thought you might enjoy seeing pictures of what was happening there:

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How to Make Shrinky Dink Earrings

I want to share with you today how to make those sweet earrings that my one student Sara made out of Shrinky Dinks.   Many of the techniques are the same that we used in making other Shrinky Dink projects (See previous post here)…..but the secret to making these earring is using a Shrinket cone tool to make the dimensional floret beads.  The tool is available from Julie Haymaker Thompson.

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Living with Art – Painting on Fabric

This week for our living with art class we painted on fabric (find out more here about living with art).  As we have been doing the projects I tried to find things that my students can use.  For the fabric painting I found this messenger bag from Darice.  I thought it would be great for them to carry their art journal and painting supplies in along with the paper mache pencil case.

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We used DecoArt SoSoft fabric paints and Loew Cornell fabric brushes to do the project.  There is a nice selection of colors and I love that the paints leave your surface soft.  Did I mention that they have a lot of nice pinks and some of the paints shimmer and have glitter in them.  🙂

Since you use stiffer brushes and scrub the paint into the fabric I gave the students a piece of canvas to paint on and try some blending techniques.

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I gave them the option of painting anything they wanted on their projects, but after seeing Sara’s bag we had a flamingo thing happen.  I loved it.  Here is Sara and her mother with their bags:

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And Daniel with his bag.  He also had time to make a neon yellow D for his room.

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And here are the rest of the projects done by my younger class:

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You can see by their smiles that they all enjoyed painting their bags.  You are just seeing one side of the bags. Most were painted on 3 or 4 sides.  I like that the bags are something they can use and have a lot of painting surface.

I also love seeing the relationships developing between the girls and how their love of art is making them friends.

I encourage you to give fabric painting a try if you haven’t already.

Happy Creating

Jane

PS. Check out our other Living with Art Classes:

Living with Art – Painting on Glass

Living with Art – Painting Paper Mache

Living with Art – Shrinky Dinks Jewelry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living with Art – Painting Paper Mache

For our third week of living with art we painted paper mache.  Our first project was a pencil box for them to keep their pencils and other small supplies in.  I let them paint whatever they would like using DecoArt Americana acrylics.

Our class is 2 hours and they had a half an hour left so I gave them a second project – a small paper Mache jewelry box.

Here are pictures of my students and their projects:

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!berkley2My older kids wanted to play with stencils so these are their projects:

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I hope you are enjoying seeing all of creative fun.  I hope it inspires you to share the love of creating.

Happy Painting,

Jane

Ps.  If you would like to know more about our living with art series and the projects we already created go to the following posts:

“Living with Art” Classes

Living with Art – Art Journal

Living with Art – Painting on Glass

Living with Art – Art Journal

Previously I shared that I would be doing art classes over the summer with some young ladies (find out more here) and also my regular older students.  For the first week I planned to started with watercolors and created an art journal that they will be able to draw and paint in all summer.

You could use any watercolors or journal.  I got the Prima Classic watercolors for them.  I like that they are small and easy to travel with and they are nice happy colors.  For the journal we are using the Strathmore 90 lb. watercolor visual journal.  It is 5.5″ x 8″ so it  also easy to carry around.  I also started them with a pencil, a mister bottle, a #7 round brush and a small container of salt.

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There is something therapeutic about just touching and preparing your art supplies. To start class we unwrapped our watercolors, numbered them and painted our color reference card.

I had them draw a color wheel in the front of their book.  We painted the Red, Blue and Yellow from the colors in their paint box.  For the Orange, Purple and Green I had them mix the colors and paint them in their book.  Not because we didn’t have the colors in their set, but I wanted to show them how they can mix their colors to create new colors.

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I had them draw a square and then paint it with water and then come back and paint in the square to show them how to contain the color to an area.  We also painted a square and sprinkled it with salt so they could see the pattern the salt created as it dried.  I then let them free draw and paint in thier book.

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I had taken a class from Juliette Crane where she started all of her characters by drawing the same basic shape – a circle for the head with a rectangle that is wider at the bottom for the body.  Then, by adding different features, like arms and feet, she would create her characters.  I had the students start with this little exercise to draw a few characters and then paint them.  It gave them somewhere to start with their drawing. I then let them draw and paint whatever they wanted.

I also gave them the option of painting the covers of their journal.  To do this we lightly sanded the cover, painted with a coat of gesso, and then painted with bottle acrylics.

Here they are with their covers:

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Here is the cover that Sara my older student painted:

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Here are pictures of their favorite page:

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And these are my older students favorite page in their books:

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With my older kids I let them play with watercolor pencils and crayons, and liquid watercolors. I also enjoyed playing with the products and here is a picture of my doodles.

 

When they were done we put washi tape on the edges of the pages they created. They loved doing this.   I asked them to bring their book back each week and as they painted the pages they could add the washi tape.

A couple days after class I got a picture of my older students playing with their watercolors at the Hershey Rose Garden.  That blessed my day.

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On the first day of class when one of your students jumps out of the car and does cartwheels across your lawn to the front door, you know it is worth every minute you invest in their lives.

I encourage you to share the joy of art.

A big painting hug to you,

Jane

 

Link to products I used ( I am not compensated for suggesting these products):

Prima Classic Watercolors

Strathmore Visual 90 lb. Watercolor Journal