Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Molotow Masking Fluid Pen = Awesome!

I discovered the Molotow Masking Fluid Pen after reading about it on iHanna's blog.  I couldn't find it in too many American stores, but I did find it at Art Primo online.  This pen works just like regular masking fluid, but it comes out from a pen so it's much easier to control.

First, I drew the word "Imagine" using the masking fluid pen.  The fluid comes out blue, as you can see in the next picture.  After I drew my words, I used watercolor paint to doodle on top of the letters and around them.

Here's the final picture!  I can't wait to use the Molotow masking fluid pen more!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Scan of Fall Leaves Printable

Aren't the colors of the fall leaves breathtaking?  I scanned some of the leaves that I found on the trees here in Wisconsin.  Feel free to print these out, color designs on them with permanent or paint markers, make a collage or just draw from the pictures.  They would also look good on a bulletin board.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

An Interview with William Wegman and International Dot Day


I have TWO very cool things to share with you.

1.   I had the opportunity to talk to one of my favorite artists ON THE PHONE.  William Wegman, who is known for dressing his dogs in costumes and photographing them, was so gracious to talk to me on the phone for an interview.  I posted it on my other blog, Art is Basic.  Hop over there to listen to the recording!!


2.  You know how I shared my dot paintings in the last post?  Well, we celebrated International Dot Day at school and I made a blog post about my students' artworks, also on Art is Basic.


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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Dot Paintings

This school year is so, so busy.  And I am so exhausted.  Keeping up with 2 kids plus teaching full-time is really tiring. 

I have been going to sleep most nights around 8 or 8:30 pm.

I seriously have not made my own art in at least 3 weeks. 

International Dot Day was Sept. 15th and we celebrated in my art classroom.  I did make a couple dot painting examples that I really like and thought I would share with you here.

My students made a TON of dots and I have them posted on our school Artsonia gallery.  I will make a few photocollages to show you later.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

My Art Classroom

School started this week!  Wow, what an adjustment going back.  My feet and back are aching!  I've had to get both kids ready for daycare in the morning, since my husband is on the morning shift for a few weeks, so I've been having to wake up so early!  I've spent so much time on my art classroom this summer.  We had an addition built to our school and they built ANOTHER ART ROOM!  So exciting!  I have the old room, but now I do not have to share a room anymore, so we have so much MORE SPACE to spread out into.  I thought I would show you some of the fun parts of my room.  If you want to see more pictures in my classroom, you can visit my art teaching blog Art is Basic.  

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Colorful Watercolor Bird Painting

I managed to paint a bird this week quickly during nap time.  Birds are one of my favorite things to draw and paint.  Like flowers, they are very forgiving if they are not exact.   

Five more days until school starts!  Yesterday my little guy turned 4 months old.  Isn't he the happiest little guy?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Peek in My Art Journal

Ahh!  School is starting in less than 2 weeks!  I'm not ready for summer to be over.  We did a lot this summer and kept our days pretty full.  But, I'm not ready to leave my little guy all day.  He's so used to be with me 24/7.  Daria, on the other hand, will be totally fine at school all day.  She's starting 4k this year and she loves being around other kids all the time, so I'm sure she will enjoy having lots of kids her age to play with.  

My art classroom is looking Ah-Mazing!  I've been working on it so much and organizing & cleaning everything.  I'm so excited to have an organized year!  I will post pics when I get everything how I want it to be. 

I had a couple pages from my art journal I haven't shared yet, so I thought I'd just place them all in one big blog post.

These have so many layers, because I started the page and didn't like where it was going, so I kept covering up more and more parts.  

 This page has acrylic paint, paint markers, washi tape, white pen, homemade stickers and black pen.

This one with the little guy is in progress and I am going to add some words inside the circle.  I cut out one of the characters I drew on this page. 

 I'm planning on cutting out all those little guys and making them into new collages.

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