Sketch Tuesday ~ Door

This week’s Sketch Tuesday theme is ~

Sketch something with a door

Here are our sketches~

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Cosy little Hobbit doors

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Lara painted our schoolroom door which is actually our art gallery! She faithfully reproduced 10 paintings!

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,

Beautiful Face Tutorial Inspiration

For our general weekly art lessons, I love to discover a new contemporary artist each month.

Studying their art, techniques, mediums and their personal artistic approaches inspires us to create too!

This week we looked at Jane Davenport and her “Beautiful Faces”

We watched her video tutorial and came away utterly inspired!

Jane Davenport video

Jane uses a face stencil to create an outline and then created a double-spread art journal page using a picture collage that she incorporated into her lady’s hair.  She uses her own range of art markers and paint pens.    She demonstrates and explains several techniques which include pencils, paints, overlaying pencil, face proportions, making an eye “sparkle” and her journaling experiences.  She made it seem to easy and creative!

Here are our “Beautiful Faces”

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Kate created her collage background with stuff from her stash of pressed flowers, pictures and a handwritten poem that she tore into bits. She was completely focused and motivated!

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Kate’s “Beautiful Face”

Lara started with a burnt paper and created a lady with flaming hair

Lara started her collage with a burnt paper and created a lady with flaming hair.  She really enjoyed creating all the flowing bright colors and layers in the hair.  Then she wrote out 2 poems that she felt expressed something of her painting.  A few splatters of paint and she was happy!

Lara's Beautiful Face

Lara’s “Beautiful Face”

I found a soap advert that inspired me.  I loved the purple color and the rose in her hair.  I layered old sewing pattern paper on my background.  I realized that the pattern paper spoke of my constant "measuring up" and trying too hard ... and it seemed perfectly natural to surrender to the Lord and find peace ...

I found a magazine picture that inspired me. I loved the purple color and the rose in the sleeping lady’s hair. I layered old sewing pattern paper on my background. I realized that the pattern paper spoke of my constant “measuring up” and trying too hard … and it seemed perfectly natural to surrender to the Lord and find peace …  wonderful how art speaks to our souls … I wrote in a scripture that come to mind and finished my painting with some lace.

Nad's "Beautiful Face"

Nad’s “Beautiful Face”

Despite living on an extremely remote farm, high up in the mountains, we are so grateful for our WiFi and our Internet connection to the world’s great artists and creative inspiration!

Why don’t you give this tutorial a try?

Blessings,

Sketch Tuesday ~ Farm

This week’s Sketch Tuesday theme is

Sketch Something on a Farm

Living on a farm, we both wanted to include several of our favorite farm animals and activities!

Bio Boost veg garden

Here are our sketches~

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Our milk cow Mandy in her stanchion happily eating, and scratching nearby, our rooster, hen and her little chick

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My sketch came out a bit like a cartoon, but I still enjoy it!

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 ~ Something you drink

Here are our sketches for this week’s Sketch Tuesday

“Something that you drink”

Miss.L 12 set up a still life of her favorite summer drink ~ sparkling granadilla juice sipped through her special twisty straw.

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by Miss.L 12

I liked her still life so much that I asked her if I may also sit and draw it …

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by Nadene

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

Blessings,

Sketching Often

My girls and I love creative activities,

and Sketch Tuesday is one weekly opportunity to sketch and create

… just for fun!

While on holiday I marveled at my 15-year-old daughter’s creativity

… on the beach ~

Dec 2014 holiday

She created some amazing mandala inspired designs on the beach almost every day.  Folk walking past were really impressed!

To quote my favorite contemporary artist Alisa Burke,

“A mandala is actually really easy to create because it is simply a series of repeating designs in a circle.”

Pop over to view her Office Statement Wall mandala.

But, back to Sketch Tuesday … and here are our recent sketches ~

Sketch something that floats

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Sketch something that sparkles

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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 ~ Construction Site

This week’s Sketch Tuesday theme is ~

Draw something you would find on a construction site

My youngest sketched and painted her favorite characters from the Lego movie!

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I loved her detailing and shading!

See you at the slide show!

Blessings,

Sketch Tuesday ~ Kitchen Drawer

Sketch Tuesday is back!

This week’s theme is ~ Sketch something from your kitchen drawer.

Because we recently had such fun with wet-on-wet water paints, I suggested we experiment with water-color & salt on our paper to create an interesting background.  We taped our page on our boards, used big sponges to wet the entire page and then painted colors which we merged and blended together.

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For fun, I suggested that we sprinkle some salt here and there and create interesting patterns and texture.  (Salt placed on wet water paints “draws” some of the color onto the grain, creating tiny areas of intense color and areas of white around it.)

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Then I showed the girls some examples of contour drawing on Pinterest.  Contour drawing is basically drawing a continuous line without lifting your pencil and following the shapes and lines of the object without looking at your paper.  Scary for some, but I wanted the art to look loose and free.

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Next, we painted the object.  Loose and free, with a little blending, drying and adding details.

Finally we outlined with black pen, adding details and shading.  (I must add that I had my “artistic crisis” when I realized that my contour drawing was completely wonky and my corkscrew was very skew!  I chatted to the girls to discuss how I could “fix” it.  We came up with some ideas, but in the end the only thing that felt “right” for me was to chop up my painting so that it clearly didn’t align perfectly.  I’m okay with my final art piece!)

Sketch Tuesday is the perfect place to try different techniques, art mediums or even copy the style of other artists.

See you at the slide show!

Blessings,

Try wet-on-wet waterpaints!

For this week’s Fine Arts Friday art lesson, I used a simple wet-on-wet waterpaint tutorial I found on YouTube.

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Miss.K14

The artist’s wet-on-wet painting technique really inspired me because he demonstrated several “new” things I hadn’t ever tried with water paints, such as ~

  • If your paper is wet, the added wet paint flows out and spreads beautifully.  You can paint large areas this way without the dried ‘edges’ showing.
  • Wet paint of different colors can be blended together seamlessly on the paper.
  • Wet paint can be ‘lifted‘ off the paper with a clean wet brush if it is too dark or the wrong color effect.
  • Once dried (he uses a hairdryer) you can paint new water and/ or new paint over the dried paints and paint over them again and again, laying down new layers of color. This helps sharpen and deepen your painting.  You can keep re-painting, drying and then adding more detail and colors.  This is especially good when doing shadows or creating depth.
  • When you want to add deep color and fine details, you can paint denser paint on dry paper or dry paint.

We set up our own little rusty cup with a (struggling little) fern and painted our own rusty cups using these new wet-on-wet paint techniques.

We used ~

  1. 300gsm water-color paper
  2. water paints (We used water paints in tubes which have the ‘proper’ color names used by professional artists.  May I suggest that it is worth investing in quality products for art and train your children to work with them correctly and carefully.  We always share our art materials and they have lasted for years!)
  3. Quality paint brushes.  (Again, see #2 and invest in good brushes!)
  4. Boards and masking tape.  Tape your paper to the board to keep your sheet of paper flat.
  5. Hair dryer.  (Use a low air speed so that you don’t blow your wet paint around on your painting.)
  6. Jars of clean water and clean cloths or tissues to clean off brushes and spills.

As a mom, the tutorial gave me the confidence to try my hand at the new wet-on-wet painting techniques while ‘helping’ and encouraging my kids with their discoveries.  We all thoroughly enjoyed our art lesson!

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Miss.L12 (She used a sponge with water to wet the large background areas)

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My rusty cup

You can find the “Watercolor demo painting a rusty jug” tutorials here on YouTube ~

Give this lesson a try!

Blessings,