Travel Art Set

Since I love sketching regularly, I wanted a nice, simple watercolor art travel set.Collages4

Using a Bible Cover, I made inserts to hold my water brushes, pens, pencils and normal brushes, and another to hold my set of watercolor pencils.

I have seen dozens of Altoids tin water sets and homemade sets on Pinterest.  Someone suggested using a cheap cosmetic set.  Here’s a little tutorial of how I used a little eye-shadow set one of my daughters no longer wanted.

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  1. Clean the cosmetic holder well.
  2. Fill  with 9 watercolors. (I had to select from my set of 12 watercolors.)20150803_203436
  3. Use a toothpick to swirl the paints and fill the corners.
  4. Leave open to dry overnight.
  5. Cut a piece of highly absorbent cloth or sponge to fit in the brush space .20150805_104440
  6. Because the lid has little convex (wish it was concave) spaces (which works well to mix small amounts of paints) I added an extra mixing tray with a piece of plastic lid duct-taped to the box.  An elastic band holds it tucked under when stored.

Brush, pen and pencil holders

  1. I recycled old flexi-plastic cutting boards I had previously used cut to fit into the side fold of the Bible cover.
  2. Trace around the plastic on some black fabric.  Cut 2 for each holder.
  3. Laying the pens, pencils and brushes on the fabric, mark the spacing with a white tailors’ pencil.
  4. To sew the elastic with custom spacing,  measure each pen or brush under the elastic to fit snug before sewing the second side down.  Continue measuring each pen and brush to the end.20150805_104504
  5. To create an elastic net pocket to hold a sharpener, eraser and small sponge cloth, use a piece of netting slightly wider than the fabric width and pleat the bottom.  Cut the top elastic a few centimeters shorter than the fabric width to hold the pocket snug.  Sew the elastic onto the netting.  Sew a few catch stitches to hold the elastic to the seam allowance on each side.
  6. To join the water pencil holder together with the brush and pen holder,  use a narrow strip of velcro.  Sew this along the one side of the each of the backing fabric.20150805_104529
  7. With right sides facing together, sew the 2 fabrics around, leaving the top open to insert the plastic.
  8. Clip the corners.  Turn the fabric right sides out and push all the seams and corners firmly.  Insert the plastic, turn the top raw edges in and top stitch closed.

It works wonderfully!  It makes being spontaneously creative so much better!  Have you got your art set ready on hand?

With blessings,

Summer Art ~ Mondrian

Barb’s Summer Art plans for this week’s Sketch Tuesday covers ~

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His art is so utterly ‘simple’!  Simple black vertical and horizontal lines and red, blue and yellow blocks of color.

Even very young kids can do this!  Here is a very simple YouTube video lesson.

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But if you read the evolution of Mondrian’s art, you’ll understand how his abstraction developed.

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The Summer Art focus art piece “Broadway Boogie Woogie” is a very interesting artwork to discuss:

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  • No black lines
  • Balance of white space
  • Lines of color interspersed with color
  • Does this look like an aerial image of Broadway?
  • Do the little blocks of color remind you of the neon lights of Broadway?

So, maybe because his art is so simple, so easy to copy, it is no wonder that designers use Mondrian’s art style in countless objects, clothes and architecture!

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Maybe high schoolers could paint some sneakers, or a T-shirt, or design a piece of furniture, or decorate and fire ceramics in Mondrian-style?

Here’s our Mondrian art:

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I encourage you to join you child and do a Mondrian-inspired art work today!

Blessings,

More Klimt Art

Following Charlotte Mason’s approach, we have continued to look at and enjoy a famous artist and his works for several weeks.  This week we enjoyed more of Klimt’s amazing art.

Once again, as we did with our Klimt’s Tree of Life, I printed out outline pictures of some of his works and we sat quietly painting while we listened to music.

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Kate and I both did the same picture, but each of us followed a different approach.

Kate painted hers in dazzling acrylic colors and gold, 
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while I studied the original painting and applied similar colors with gold paint.Kilmt Art2

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Lara chose to do a Klimt picture of mother and child, and she stunned me with her beautiful technique.coloriage-klimtKilmt Art

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Simple and beautiful, isn’t it?

Art appreciation is really do-able!  Give these ideas a try!

Blessings,

 

 

Klimt’s Tree of Life

Continuing from our previous Summer Art Klimt painting,

we painted our own versions of Klimt’s

Tree of Life

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I printed out an outline picture found on Google and we both had fun painting!

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Lara painted her tree “ombre” colors.

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I painted my background in gold, typical, I felt, of Klimt’s style.

Here’s another Klimt Art project  found on Deep Space Sparkle.

Blessings,

Summer Art ~ Miro

Barb has created Summer Art plans for Sketch Tuesday covering several famous artists.

She explains on Harmony Fine Arts,

“Each week I will be posting a sketch idea based on a great piece of artwork from a famous artist. I will give you a link to look at the painting online, a link to a biography or video, and a simple idea for your family to complete and then send in for the art show.”

We joined this week’s artist ~

Miro

Barb suggested,

Create your own Miro inspired artwork by either copying the painting in this week’s lesson 

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or using the Roll a Miro activity in this pin on Pinterest: Roll a Miro


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We both enjoyed the Roll-a-Miro dice fun!  Our outlines were completely unplanned and spontaneous.  But, when Lara completed coloring her picture, she came to my table quite unimpressed,

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When I completed my coloring in, I must admit that also felt a disappointment in how it looked.  Well, at least the art process was fun!  And sometimes the end-product is nothing like we expect.

Well, I think sometimes surrealistic, abstract, or modern art is like that.  I remember similar thoughts when I stood looking at original Picasso drawings hanging in a famous art museum!  How childish!  How can this be real art?

“Be silent, you inner critic!”

Join us in these Summer Art Plans!

Blessings,

Summer Art ~ Klimt Inspiration

Barb has created Summer Art plans for Sketch Tuesday covering several famous artists.

She explains on Harmony Fine Arts,

“Each week I will be posting a sketch idea based on a great piece of artwork from a famous artist. I will give you a link to look at the painting online, a link to a biography or video, and a simple idea for your family to complete and then send in for the art show.”

We joined this week’s artist ~

Klimt

We used Barb’s website image, but I just purchased a 2nd book The Great Artists Their Lives, works and inspiration on Klimt which we used to look at several of his works.  (Parents, please note that his works include several nudes which you may encounter if you browse his art online.)  Klimt 003

For Klimt’s “Kiss” Barb suggested,

“Fill your page with doodles, patterns, and shapes like you see in this painting. You can make a sketch of a person or landscape and then use the doodles to fill in the background, the clothing, or anything else you can think of for this assignment.”

We noted several features of his art ~

  • his use of patterns,especially circles, squares and repetition.
  • long, vertical lines which curve down his paintings
  • the use of gold
  • faces and heads very realistic, while the body is two-dimensional and flat
  • his use of pointillism, very small dots of colors
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Lara’s Klimt inspired art called “Fish”

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My Klimt inspired “Cuddle”

Join us all in these Summer Art Plans!

Blessings,

Sketch Tuesday ~ Q

This week’s Sketch Tuesday theme was ~

Sketch Something Beginning with Q

Here is my 12-year-old’s sketch representing ~

“Q for Quest”

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She used a photo for reference and sketched with amazing detail and shading!  I was very impressed … and she was happily delighted with her sketch.

We join Barb of  Harmony Art Fine Arts.org who posts a new Sketch Tuesday sketch topic each week.  Will you join us this week?

Blessings,

Sketch Tuesday ~ Lake

This week’s Sketch Tuesday theme is

Sketch something at a lake

Here are our sketches ~

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Both of us looked at pictures for our inspiration.  Lara’s lake idea came from her Beatrix Potter books, while I looked for ‘Lady of the Lake’ ideas on Pinterest.  Our pictures were tiny … her teeny, tiny Peter Rabbit books are just a few centimeters big, while my image was small, just big enough to fill my smart phone screen.

Small images, but big ideas!

I encourage you and your kids to join Sketch Tuesday for Barb’s new weekly theme and slideshow.

It has motivated and inspired us to be more creative and to sketch often!

Blessings,

Sketch Tuesday ~ Upside Down

This week’s Sketch Tuesday theme is

Upside Down

Isn’t this ‘hanging upside down’ sketch just wonderful?

I noticed that Lara sketched the girl’s necklace hanging down toward her ear and I knew that she remembered exactly how her silver necklace felt when she last hung upside down!

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Sloths hang upside down … so I looked at sloths on Pinterest and discovered my latest, most favorite, cute animal in the world!  I never knew they were so adorable!

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I encourage you and your kids to join Sketch Tuesday for Barb’s new weekly theme and slideshow.

It is a gift to be creative!

Blessings,

Sketch Tuesday ~ Deli

This week’s Sketch Tuesday theme is ~

Deli

Here are our sketches ~

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We enjoy sketching and daily drawing!

I encourage you and your kids to join Sketch Tuesday for Barb’s new weekly theme and slideshow.

Sketching regularly awakens one’s creativity and artistic sensitivity!

Blessings,