This past week we have thoroughly enjoyed more art fun with our
Usborne Activities 365 Things to Draw and Paint by Fiona Watt.
The art ideas in this book are pretty fool-proof, so diverting slightly from the lesson is not that risky. I tell my children to feel free to tweak the ideas in each activity.
Last week we all did “Decorated Elephants“. Each of us produced a slight variation on the art activity in the book. I love this kind of originality!
My 14-year-old daughter did “Mixing Paints” lessons with her water colors and enjoyed the art activity so much that she prepared some planks of wood and created 2 versions with acrylic paints. They came out so well! Such happy-looking poppies! She hammered picture hanging hooks to the back of each plank and has dedicated the one as a wonderful gift!
Mid-week, my youngest and I did “Patterned Park” with pastel pencils on colored sugar paper. When one works with patterns, it becomes such a relaxing, right-brain activity. I also was determined to stay away from real, representational colors and enjoyed playing with colors that ‘pop’ and contrast. Fun and simple!
This weekend my 12-year-old and I had fun working through the “Simple Faces” lesson. Here is Miss. L12’s painting. She is happy with her painting and I love the bright clear colors!
Waking from an inspirational dream, I wanted to work with masking fluid and represent one of my favorite photos in this simplified, stylized manner.
Here’s a simple tutorial:
- I used water-color paper, art masking fluid and on old, but very thin paintbrush. Masking fluid can ruin paintbrushes if it dries in the bristles, so wash the brush in warm soapy water as soon as you are done.
- After I penciled in the outlines, I painted the designs in masking fluid. This stuff is creamy white and dries to become fairly transparent and yellowish.
- With fairly wet paints I washed my background with a broad brush. The paint will not penetrate the masking design and those areas will remain white.
- Next I painted in the details and left the page to dry well.
- The next stage was such fun! I gently pulled off the masking fluid which pulls off easily in long sticky strings. You can rub it off too, It rolls into balls which you can pull off and throw away.
- Finally I added silver and black outlines. Lovely finished product and such an enjoyable activity.
Go ahead and have some art fun this week!