I'm artsy and my daughter's artsy. I'm trying to help develop her technique. I admit my formal training is limited in certain disciplines. For example: painting. My painting instruction is limited to the Joy of Painting with Bob Ross. Before you laugh, I know I can't be the only one making happy trees.
My daughter had to make a diorama of the tundra for class. So guess who decided to make it into a painting lesson?
Painted with acrylic paint in a Payless shoe box. (Yeah, we recycle/reuse/remix like that)
It took about a week to complete. I think it came out pretty well considering she doesn't paint often and I didn't help (take over) too much. I let her choose the colors and basically just defined things a bit when she went off track. For example, she picked turquoise blue for the sky. I softened it by adding the clouds by dabbing on white paint with a crumpled paper towel.
Unfortunately, my printer is refusing to print back copy so production is a bit delayed. I plan on releasing new holiday cards this month. Just need to sort out my printer issues first. I haven't printed new back copy during my break to finish grad school. And during late summer's hurricane, the printer got some water damage from a leak. I'm thinking its time to look for replacements. It is five years old and I really want a wireless printer. Any suggestions?
K & Company had a 40% off deal last week so I ordered the following:
This Best of K 12 x 12 360 Piece Paper Pad bundles some of K&Company's most popular collections all in one pad! Includes 360 sheets of coordinating patterns! Acid and lignin free.
These kind of pads can be hit or miss and they have a lot of duplicates. That being said, I like having them around for larger projects. They are also great for the random card that crosses my to-do list. K and Company is known for their vintage style products so I'm sure I'll find a lot of floral and muted patterns. Its due in my mail box tomorrow.
Not sure if I ever worked with Echo Park products before. They are a little heavier than other papers...they are a card stock. I got these for a good price at A Cherry On Top. I plan on using them for holiday cards.
Echo Park Holly Jolly 6 x 6 Paper Pads
(This collection is bright and modern.)
Echo Park Season's Greetings 6 x 6 Paper Pad
(The collection is more muted and vintage.)
DCWV 12" x 12" Stack Value Packs $9.99
30% off Scrapbooking Embellishments
30% off Scrapbooking Coordinates
30% off Stamps, Stamp Sets, and Stamp Pads
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My daughter is a budding little artist and I mentioned that she draws much better than I did at her age. (She'll be nine at the end of this month.) At her age, I was into drawing patterns with a compass and ruler.
I learned about using the compass for circles in art class and got hooked on different design patterns. I would create different color schemes and color them in with colored pencils and crayons. I did this quick compass drawing to give her an example.
I decided to use gel pens to make the colors pop but after I finished I wish I used colored pencils for a softer look.
It snowed here in NJ on Wednesday. This was storm number seven and another is on the way. Work and the kid's school were closed Thursday. Friday, the kid was under the weather and the roads were bad. Saturday, I couldn't get to class which sucks because I hate programming and need to be there as much as I can to retain it. These snowstorms are getting to me...
Ice on the front steps
Snow labyrinth in the neighborhood
Wall of snow
View out of front door Thursday morning
My neighbor's sons come out and shovel the stairs and walk.