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Pictures to Draw From…

Not too long ago we talked about keeping a sketchbook  which is an invaluable tool for an artist to keep quick sketches of ideas, resources, and to just practice.  Another thing that I do is keep a photo reference file.  I tear out pictures from magazines, and sales catalogues that inspire me.  I organize them into folders so they are easy for me to find when inspiration strikes.

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Creative Flower Challenge

I always enjoy spending time with creative friends.  These times usually involve food and catching up with what’s going on in our lives.  Some of the things I really about being with my creative friends is sharing ideas and creative brainstorming.  My creative friends help fill my well when it is dry, they encourage, and they get/keep me excited about my art.  Sometimes we have so many ideas I think my head will explode…and I love it!

The other day I was with my creative friend Glenda Payne and she suggested each of us do a large floral canvas.  One thing lead to another and we decided to do 10 floral canvases and hold each other accountable.

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Keeping a Sketch Book

Do you keep a sketch book?  I have been keeping one for years.  When I finish one I put it on a shelf with the other finished ones and start a new one.  I take it with me almost all the time.  Even if we are going around town I have it with me.  You never know when an idea will pop in your head and you need to document it.

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Merry Christmas 2017

Well it is hard to believe Christmas is almost here again.  Normally I would be giving you a tour of my house, but I realize that my home doesn’t look much different than other years.

Yes, every year I try to bring out different trees and decorate them a little differently,  but I find I keep going back to my favorite things.  So I thought I would give you a little peak into my home, a couple of new things (or at least arranged differently) and those favorites.

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Favorite Hostess Gifts

During the holidays there are lots of little parties and events that we get invited to where we would like to take a little gift to the hostess.  To be prepared I like to keep a few of my favorite things on hand so that I am ready when I need a little gift.  These can also work great for those little gifts you need for teachers, co-workers, and personal service providers, i.e., mailman, hairdresser, or massage therapist.

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12 Days of Christmas Blessings

Do you know someone who is having a hard time this holiday season?  Maybe they are having health problems, experienced a loss, are not able to get out,  or are away from family and friends  for the holidays.  I think we all know someone who could use a little extra love this year….maybe even someone we don’t know.

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The Beginning of Designing

I was just with a group of fellow decorative painters.  We were talking about painting and creating and how they like to change colors and different elements in a project moving things around from the original pattern or even combine two different patterns.  They then said they could never design….but isn’t that the beginning of designing?

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Living with Art – Painting on Wood

This week we painted on wood and I wanted to do something that would be fun for the kids to paint.  I bought these fish from St Lawrence River Decoys.  The fish are sanded and ready to paint.  They also come with the glass eyes. My husband drilled a hole in the bottom of the fish and added the dowel and base.

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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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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.

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Living with Art – Painting on Glass

If you have been following along, you know that I have been teaching some kid classes this summer where we are painting on different surfaces and using different mediums.   (find out more here).  The first week we created an art journal with watercolors that they will be able to work on all summer.  (find out more here).

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“Living with Art” Classes

This summer I offered to have some art classes with some young ladies 8-9 years old.  They all love art and love to create.  Since they are younger, I did not want to weigh them down with drawing or painting classes.  I wanted for them to just enjoy “art”, but I also wanted them to see how art is a part of everyday life.

So each week we will be doing art on a different surface and using different products.

The different surfaces we will be painting/creating on are:

  • paper
  • glass
  • canvas
  • wood
  • fabric
  • shrink dinks (plastic)
  • paper Mache
  • food

And in the process we will be using these mediums:

  • watercolors
  • colored pencils
  • craft acrylics
  • tube acrylics
  • glass paints
  • fabric paints
  • food dyes

And we will be making things that we live with, use and give as gifts.

Each week we will be doing a different project and I will be sharing with you what we are doing.  I would love for you to be following along and creating with us and/or teaching someone else the joy of creating.

When I teach kids I have three rules:

  • There are no rules – you can paint anything you want
  • It is OK to copy –  and learn from others
  • Everyone’s work is good

I love teaching kids. They are always so happy with what they do, so each week they will be painting their own designs.  I might give some suggestions but find that they have great ideas themselves.

I know not all of us feel that confident so I will also be creating some step by step projects throughout the summer that relate to the projects we are doing and I will do them as separate posts.

I do have another class of older student that I taught drawing and painting to last year.  They will be doing the same projects, but I might be giving them a few extra things.

In this class I want my students to just enjoy creating.  I hope that they will be able to see art in the things around them. But most of all I hope to give them a foundation and confidence to enjoy art for the rest of their lives.

I hope you will join us for this artful journey this summer.

Happy Creating,

Jane

 

 

 

 

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Froggy Pins Fun-raiser

“Isn’t it funny how you can start something and it just keeps growing.  That is what happened for me with these frog pins.

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One year my chapter was having a pin exchange and I came up with the idea to make these frog pins.  I called them my Jump 4 Joy frogs, because my frogs were so happy that they wanted to jump for joy. As I thought about them I thought it would be fun to give them names.  Fun names like “Cute Carol”, “Awesome Al”, “Sweet Sarah”, etc.  Every one loved them and selected them because of their names. Continue reading Froggy Pins Fun-raiser