Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Darling Polar Bear Project

My younger class tried this polar bear project to fill time after finishing up another project in class. I have seen it on-line. Very simple with darling results. It makes a nice winter project.

The blue paper was actually darker. I think dark blue would be striking too.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Christmas Tags

 I "invented" these Christmas tags this year. Any shape, cut from pizza boxes. A hook made from a hole punch with a slice cut into the bottom edge of the hole. They easily hook onto bag handles.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Angel Designs

Before Christmas, my older class worked on angel paintings on stretched canvas board. We looked at angel pictures, each student made a preliminary sketch, and we painted with acrylics for two class sessions. We talked about pigment, mixing colors, etc. and had a few technique demonstrations. 

We had ethereal and monochromatic angels, bright and inspiring angels, feathery and mellow angels. 

They did a great job and seemed to enjoy this project a lot.
This was my attempt.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Winter Piano Recital

W is the only one left taking piano at our house.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

White as Snow Ornaments

This is a very easy, simple project with great results. I had never used air dry modeling clay before, (Why? I have no idea!) It was a great medium to explore and easy to work with.
Each student got a set amount of clay. I had smooth cups and Pringles cans to use as rollers and used kitchen freezer paper to work on.

After rolling the clay out students imprinted it with evergreen snippings, plastic snowflake ornaments and/or crocheted doilies using their rollers to press them into the clay.
We used cookie cutters or the cup lip to cut out round ornaments and a straw to punch out hanging holes.
Lettering could be inscribed with toothpicks. We let the ornaments dry until the next class, then painted the edges with gold and added hanging strings.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Cardboard Christmas Ornaments

I have been having a lot of fun making cardboard Christmas ornaments. I load reference photos on my phone or device, sit in my well-lighted chair and sketch out little houses on cardboard. After I get the design figured out, I use a water based white permanent marker in extra fine tip to finish. I like pizza boxes as the right weight for this. They cut easily with a scissor.
 I went through different stages and ideas.

 At one point I got into Hobbit houses.

 There were a few gingerbread houses.

 And some barns. Lots of fun.

 A little Dr. Seuss.
My first efforts were a little clunky. They improved after  I got an extra fine tipped pen.