figure drawing

I Was a Nekkid Model

Some of my friends during college posed for a figure drawing group. In the buff. They were paid $10/hour, which in 1992 was a lot of money- more than you could make in the school office making copies. Plus, it was something new to try that would have shocked my parents if I told them about it. The… 

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papers from Mulberry paper- great paper resource

Spotlight: Mulberry Paper

Do you hear angels sing when you are in the presence of beautiful paper? Do you lovingly stroke it and think of all the fabtastic things you could make with it – why not even wallpaper your entire house with cool papers? Yes, this is me, too. I was looking for papers to do Encaustic with… 

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DIY surprise balls for Halloween

Your Kids Need DIY Halloween Surprise Balls

Surprise! It’s a ball of streamers with little treasures tucked in here and there. And kids LOVE them. When I was a wee lass, my mom would command my dad to bring home surprise balls from FAO Shwartz when he went to NYC on business trips. She would then save them until Christmas, and my… 

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How to blog.

What I Learned From a Month off of Blogging

It was tumultuous. It was crazy and my mind was fuzzy and my eyes were picking up my blinky anxiety tics that I get when I’m overwhelmed and confused. Yes, I have blinky tics. You have permission to totally make fun of me. So I decided to give myself a sabbatical from blogging, and it… 

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Spotlight: You Can Draw

I am a raving fan of every single art activity book I come across, and immediately buy them for Fen. She has so many she can’t keep up with them, and I consider her a good indication of whether an activity book is decent or not. You know, because she has ALL OF THEM. After… 

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25 So Cool Printmaking Ideas

  Printmaking with kids is one of my very, very, top, all-time favorite things to do. Printmaking itself is rad, but when you throw kids in the mix they tend to become absolutely enthralled with the process and results. Unless you have a really bad project. Which is why I decided to troll for awesome… 

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Print Transfer Project For Kids (You’ll Want to Make One, Too!)

I remembered a technique from college, where you brushed 10+ layers of gel medium over glossy magazine pages, letting them dry in between. Then you wet the magazine page and gently rolled the paper away with your fingers to reveal the image had been transferred over to the gel medium. The result was a plasticky,… 

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How To Visit a Museum

I’m going to begin a cutey little catchy theme called, Lifewhack! I have mounds of extremely helpful knowledge to share with all of you, and I simply cannot keep it contained any longer. First up, in the wake of visiting MOMA in NY, I will educate you in the fine art of experiencing fine art…. 

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staple art project for kids

Easy Art Project: Staple Art for Kids

Sometimes, those crazy kids come up with their own cool art projects. Usually they’re pretty simple, but capture attention enough so that they spend a while – or even a few days- making lots of the project they have discovered. Enter: staple art. When Fen was 6, she had a love affair with her stapler…. 

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It came to $6.66

Fen had her BFFFFFF sleep over Friday night, and they looked so cute Saturday morning when I peeked in at them all curled up and intertwined with legs and pillows. I actually made chocolate chip pancakes for everyone, and I’m really not a pancake mom, so this was a big awesome deal for me. I… 

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blind contour drawing

Blind Contour Drawing

There is a simple yet powerful little exercise that artists of all ages can adopt to help train their eyes. It is called blind contour drawing and it’s fantastic. All you need is paper and a pencil or pen (or marker or your finger dipped in pudding- anything that makes a mark.) Directions: Look at… 

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