Starting a Mixed Media Collage

I have been working in bits and pieces on this mixed media collage background. 


 I'm trying to figure out what to put on top of the background.  Any ideas?

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Watercolor and Black Paint Art Journal Pages

Hi again!  This is my poor, neglected blog space.  I've been putting forth any extra time and effort I have into my art teaching blog.  I've revamped it, added a newsletter and a slideshow at the top. I've been adding products to my TPT shop and coming up with new resources for my blog.

I have had a little bit of time to experiment with art journaling again.  I've been using watercolors combined with stark black paint.


Journal page before watercolor lettering

Journal page with lettering added




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Flowery Collage











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Some Recent Clay Projects

Here are a few recent clay sculptures I made for fun and to show my elementary students what kinds of things.. (figures, animals, etc.) can be made from clay.  My students love seeing what I make.  Every week I hide Waldo around school and the kids have to find him.






And this is Skye from Paw Patrol.


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Published Magazine Article!

An article I wrote was published in the April issue of Arts and Activities magazine! If you want to read the digital version, here is the link: http://pubdev.ipaperus.com/ArtsandActivities/AAApril2016/?page=24

Big thanks to the editor, Maryellen, for publishing my article.  I really appreciate it!  Writing about art and teaching is a hobby of mine (as you might have guessed from reading my blog) and it’s exciting to hold an actual physical copy of my writing.

I have subscribed to Arts and Activities magazine for about 14 years now and I’m thrilled to have written an article.

Arts and Activities magazine

If you want to see more examples of student artwork, this blog post has more pictures.

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Shopkins and Candy Crush Inspired Art Journaling Sketch

For Christmas, my sister-in-law gave me the Candy Crush coloring book. I play Candy Crush frequently so I thought this gift was really cute.

  

My daughter has been coloring in it and I have been using the images to use as reference for drawing. The cute little figures in the middle are Shopkins. My daughter has been obsessed with collecting these Shopkins and we decided to draw some of them one day. If you don't know what Shopkins are, they are these little figurines of household items and foods that have cute faces on them.

  

Here is the drawing I made in my sketchbook.

To make this picture, I used Staedtler Lumicolor permanent markers for the black lines.  
To color in, I used Sakura Koi Brush Markers. They are a bit pricey, but I won an art giftcard so I splurged on myself!
  
I keep getting all these notifications of new people following my blog via Bloglovin'!  I'm not sure where everyone is coming from, but WELCOME if you are a new follower.  Leave a comment and say "hello".  

Recent Art Journal Page



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Sweet and Sassy Art Journaling



I hope you all are having a wonderful winter time so far.  Brrrr... it's really cold here now!  The wind chills are about -20 degrees.   

My New Year's goal is to create at least one artwork per month just for me!  So, that is a total of 12 artworks.  I go to a book club and they helped me come up with that goal.  It is a very attainable goal and most months I make at least one artwork anyways.  It has just been so hard to find time to do anything for ME. 


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Zebra Collage

What a Wonderful Idea Collage

Multi-Layered Art Journal Page



I hope you have a very happy holidays!  While this is not holiday themed, it is a recent art journal page.  The right side page is not quite finished.

Printable Winter Coloring Pages

Happy Winter!  I made a coloring sheet to celebrate the season.  Feel free to print and color.  If you do use this, send me a pic so I can see your finished page!

Flower Art Journal Page



Flower collage on an art journal page

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Watercolor Bird #7


A collage in my art journal



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