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Day 6 of Beginning Art Class

 

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Teddy Bear Party: https://www.thespruce.com/terrific-crafts-for-a-teddy-bear-picnic-4057042?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mobilesharebutton2

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Day 5 of Beginning Art Class

Day#5 for the Beginning class:
Surprise bug monsters: http://storiesandchildren.com/surprise-art-project-kids/
Frogs: http://oneperfectday-accessories-and-bags.blogspot.nl/2015/06/grrribbit.html
Butterflys: http://www.hellowonderful.co/post/RAINBOW-MARBLED-BUTTERFLY-PASTA-ART
Name Bugs: https://tinyartroom.wordpress.com/2015/09/16/cursive-name-bugs/

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Four Popular Art projects Your Child could Do Today: Day 4 “Savannah Animals”

Day #4 for Beginning Art Class:
Giraffes Can’t Dance: http://www.deepspacesparkle.com/giraffes-cant-dance/
Arm Giraffes: http://www.preschoolactivities.us/giraffe-craft-idea-for-kids/giraffe-handpint-craft/
Lion Manes: http://onecrayolashort.blogspot.com/2016/01/african-lions.html
Zebra Stripes: http://playcreateexplore.blogspot.com/2013/03/Zebra-print-shaving-cream-marbling.html
How to Draw an Elephant: http://artprojectsforkids.org/draw-elephant/

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Four Popular Art projects Your Child could Do Today: Day 2 “Birds of a Feather”

Welcome to Day 2!

If you missed Day 1 go HERE..

This is the series of “Art Classes” that I designed and thought someone out there would like to save some time and use.

Each class has four activities that go around a central theme. Each activity (not counting the prep time you might spend) is about 15 to 20 minutes long.

If you wanted to do all four activities at the same time, figure an hour or so.

If you wanted to do one activity a day with your child, you could spend 15 minutes doing it and then do other things. (So instead of Day 2 it would be more like Week#2)

Enjoy!

Beginning Class Day#2:
Leaf Birds: http://www.craftymorning.com/leaf-animal-crafts-to-make-for-fall/
Spring Birds: http://www.klassenkunst.com/2014/03/misch-vogelchen.html
Birds of a Color: http://preschoolwondersblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/monday-made-it-freebie.html
Ink Splat (monster birds): http://afaithfulattempt.blogspot.ie/2011/03/ink-creatures.html

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Four Popular Art projects Your Child could Do Today: Day 1 “The Desert”

I see things on Pinterest all the time and think, wouldn’t that be fun to do? But its all so random and seems like we never get to them.

So I went through a bunch of ideas and put them together under themes that seemed more managable.

This is the series of “Art Classes” that I designed and thought someone out there would like to save some time and use.

Each class has four activities that go around a central theme. Each activity (not counting the prep time you might spend) is about 15 to 20 minutes long.

If you wanted to do all four activities at the same time, figure an hour or so.

If you wanted to do one activity a day with your child, you could spend 15 minutes doing it and then do other things. (So instead of Day 1 it would be more like Week#1)

Enjoy!

Folded Snake: http://www.craftiments.com/2013/02/chinese-new-year-snake-craft.html
Sun Texture: http://www.teachingblogaddict.com/2012/05/end-of-year-art-project.html
Slinky Lizards: http://art-paper-scissors.blogspot.com/2011/02/slinky-lizard.html
Qtip Desert Animals: http://www.teachkidsart.net/watercolor-fish-with-pointillism/

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Posted in Halloween, Painting, photography

Painting a photo backdrop

Standing at the Regional Sterling Scholar awards ceremony my Senior year, I realized something:

I had not done enough “community” art.

Looking at binders of portfolios that my fellow competitors had made showed pictures of hours of hours of time spent decorating floats and painting backdrops for school plays.

I had done neither. And up until that point, I had never even thought of doing it? 

Where were my priorities?? As an accomplished Art Sterling Scholar Applicant, I felt my art career was ill-spent suddenly. I had not painted for the Drama Club in their production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, I had not stayed up all night stapling sequins onto the Homecoming float! What was I thinking?

After this realization I walked to take my seat on the stage for the awards assembly, certain that my artistic talents had been wasted in drawing and photography and my smarter-fellow-artists had known how important floats really were.

I ended up winning the entire competition–Regional Visual Arts Sterling Scholar for Sevier County–and let me tell you, there was no one more shocked than me.

So now here we are, years later when I still have had no experience at all at backdrops or float making. *sigh*

So for our Halloween party this last year, I really wanted to have a photo backdrop during the party. (Reclaim my ill-spent youth and all that) I thought of just doing some decorations OR….I could paint a backdrop!?

Crazy right?

I used one of my photo backdrop white sheets…one that was torn at the bottom anyways so no loss if it was a huge disaster. Lol…

It went pretty well?

First I did a basic outline:

Tried to figure out where things would overlap and such…

Next it was mostly a coloring project…fill in the spaces w black because this was a straight black and white….not complicated (baby steps, right?)

And finally, paint some faces on these little guys 

I painted the two-front-teeth missing one in honor of my two toothless girls 🙂

The idea of it being that you would be standing in a crowd of ghosts, get it?

Total I think this took me 3 hours to complete? Mostly in my garage, after my kids were put to bed, laying on the ground trying not to kneel on the wrong spots of the fabric 🙂

I will totally do one next year…I saved this one but who knows if it’ll keep for a year or not?

The actual photo shoot at the party left a bit to be desired (backdrop should have been higher, lighting was too harsh but hey, still cute) 

But overall, idea was great 🙂

Posted in Decorations, Painting

“Believe” Pallet Messages

These are such good messages so I decided to make my own!

I’ve seen these lots of times on Pinterest
Like this one for example:
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And I always thought they were so clever
And when my husband brought me these two pallets
I thought, okay, we are doing this!
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They are a little different than the pallets I’ve seen before
They are both smaller and rectangles
instead of the normal square ones
They were also a bit beat up
And so I thought that would be all the better
Since maybe that would add to the “rustic” quality
And I wasn’t planning on repairing them
Which is what I should do if I was going to use them for something else

Okay, so first, I’d like to tell you that I did some cool tracing trick
And there are many that you can use
Where you print papers, trace them and then paint them
And I’ve done that also
But to be honest, I just really didn’t want to spend that long
And my printer was out of paper anyways, so hey
I just did it, freehand and there you go

I painted them in black at first
Figuring that if I messed up, I could always paint it all black
And I thought of painting it a color first
But again, I kinda liked the pallet color and roughness
So I painted the letters in black first:
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Then I painted the letters in the two different colors
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Then finally I went back and put a dot-border around each letter
Using the opposite color to accent each one
It helped define the letters a bit better,
Especially if the letters tended to blended together
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Finally I sprayed them down with a clear coat finish
And I hung them up on the fence!
I put four big nails on the fence in a line
So that the beam of the fence would support them
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Personally I like the blue/yellow one better,
It’s contrasted better with the wood color
But I like them both hanging on the wall
Definitely gives the fence and the yard a bit more spunk
These are hung behind where the swing set is
So hopefully my kids will read them and remember them 🙂

Posted in Decorations, Painting

Painting the fence!!!

Why paint the fence?

Because it can’t get any uglier 🙂

I’ve always wanted to do something with it
Most people make decorations
And I have done that on other fences
But this fence is right by the pool
And I was always at a loss for what decor should go here
I don’t have a huge collection of “water” things
And so it has sat for years
Big ugly fence. 🙂
Which is fine I guess
The only reason I care is that we VERY OFTEN
Are in the pool
And VERY OFTEN take pictures of kids and parties
In the pool
With the ugly fence in the background
Many times I have looked at pictures of the pool area
And thought: I should put SOMETHING on that fence
Anything really…

So then one day my friend Karen sent me this:

Painted Deck Project

And besides LOVING her backyard garden and playhouse
(I was like, okay, we are friends now, I like her)
I read this, (as you should too haha)
And I thought, hmmmmmm……..
What an interesting idea…. why not just paint it????
My husband has a LIBRARY of paint supplies…
And I have a huge ugly fence as a canvas…..

I copied the style… kinda…
I didn’t really PLAN anything per se
I just kinda drew it on
And then painted it…and repainted it
Until I liked it
This took several block amounts of time
First a couple hours to outline it:

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Then another couple hours to just COLOR it in:

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Then the hardest part was doing the DESIGNS on each flower
This made things more complicated because I would do it
And then hate it and paint over it and redo it…
This part took the longest

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Then finally, I painted green vines to twirl around the whole thing
And kinda tie it together I guess
That way it wasn’t just random flowers there
Even though it kinda is…haha…

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These are the individual flowers before the vines:

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And finally: TA-DA!!!!!!!

A few things interesting things:

The texture of a fence is very interesting to try and paint, it’s not smooth anywhere…

Creativity seems to breed creativity…which is good you would think…until doing one task gives you an idea for 5 more…and this projects seems like it might go on forever…lol

Posted in Painting, Small Business

Why You Should Give your Painter a Break…

In honor of my namesake, here’s a Painting one for you: 🙂

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Why should you give your Painter a break?

  1. They have a life: the painter you call to paint your house is not a huge company. They are most likely their own boss and a small business.  They are not waiting around all day just to do bids, they have to do bids before/after/DURING the jobs they are already doing.  And most painters don’t charge to drive out to your house and chat for an hour.  They HOPE they get your business but if they don’t? They are out money. So when you call for a bid? That’s not the only thing they do in a day, that’s the MILLIONTH thing they do in day. And you know what else they have? A FAMILY.  They have bills, birthday parties, family dinners, kids in school and they have to go to all that also.  So when they need to reschedule? Maybe it’s not because they are so inconsiderate or unprofessional but because they are human? We aren’t the cable company that you are paying to come fix something, we get nothing to come talk to you, and true, sometimes it’s a complete waste of OUR time, not to mention yours.
  2. They have to make everything look good in the end: Painters are the last step in a long process of anywhere from 4 to 5 different trades.  All those other trades? They get to just do their thing and leave and never have to make it perfect.  Why is it not perfect? Because they know the next person down the line will be able to fix their mistakes and they are right. Carpenter’s work gets covered up by drywall or paint or lacquer.  Drywall work gets covered up by mudd and texture and paint.  Mudd is covered by paint in the end too.  The only thing that DOESN’T get covered up? The Paint.IMAG0483
  3. Your House was Never Perfect: Want to see a good example? Get a chair and take a look at the top of your interior door jambs sometime.  Go ahead. What most of you will find on the tops of your doors/closets? (especially in new homes) They aren’t finished.  Why? Because you’ll never see it and unless you know, you’ll never look or check or notice. Building a house is combining a million different factors and most of the mistakes you will never even know about. That wall? Ya, it’s not really straight. That wall? There have been patches in it but you can’t see them now. And in fact if you think about it, most of our houses are held together by nothing more than paper and mudd and some good wood supports. It looks solid and it will keep standing, but the details that make it one thing are many and until you start remodeling or renovating, you will never know the things that happened behind those nicely painted walls.
  4. New Paint doesn’t make everything new again:  Paint DOES make things look so much better. I’ve seen houses that I thought “Just tear this down, there’s not saving it” become these new amazing houses.  But it doesn’t make them new. SO many times we have jobs where the main complaint is not REALLY the paint, it’s the fact that the house is made poorly or the structure is falling apart. If you aren’t willing to FIX what is wrong, the paint can’t do the fixing.  Again, there are details wrong with your house that you don’t even know about or have not noticed until painters come and put a new color on.  Now suddenly you notice that poorly done patch, or you notice the line in your stucco wall where the wall was done in two separate passes.  The painters didn’t do this, it’s always been there and sometimes new paint can make it more obvious that there are problems.
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  5. Making one thing nice makes everything else look worse: Unfortunately it’s true. It’s pretty standard in our company to always paint walls AND baseboards and trim and we even encourage strongly that when you paint the interior, you need to paint not just the walls, but the baseboards, the doors and the door jambs. Why? Because once you paint the walls the nice new clean color, you will suddenly notice that your doors, jambs and baseboards that you thought were wonderfully clean and spotless before are suddenly DISGUSTING.  Happens every time without fail.  Once you start, it’s hard to stop 🙂 (which is good for our business but bad for the budget, right?)
  6. Your Painter did things for free on your job: You know how I know they did? Because they want their final product to look good. So if you are happy about your paint job, you got free work.  Your painters cleaned up all the small mistakes, they scrubbed and swept up everyone else’s messes: the spills from that stucco patch, the sawdust from the carpenter, the lines you messed up last time you did this job yourself, the windowsills and ceilings that were overpainted by you or your last painter, the drips and mistakes they sanded off, the drips and stains in the cement where a patch was done, the trash, the hauloff, the litter even.  If they left it clean and nice, they did it because they wanted their job to look good and if they DIDN’T? Maybe they didn’t feel like cleaning up after everyone else (who don’t care).  99% of the time, none of these things are on the bill, they are just done because we know they need to be done or you will not be happy with your paint job.
  7. Everyone thinks they can paint…but they really can’t.  A real Painter makes it look easy right? They paint and voila, it’s beautiful.  They magically have all the right tools, the right equipment and they get it done fast and easy.  In reality, it’s a constant problem solving mission.  If you don’t know your paint, if you don’t know your tools, if you don’t know what you are doing, you can mess up a job with grand flair.  And just because YOUR job turned out well, doesn’t mean there weren’t problems. 🙂 But your painters took care of it, they fixed it, they did their job.  So while it looked like they were just going on about their merry way—and maybe they really were because your job was the small minority that came off without a hitch—but really, they were fixing, they were solving as they went–they figured out your paint, your house, the texture, the lines, the overspray, the yard, the wind, the animals and even the weather that day.  And in the end, we smile and there you go, thanks for the work! 🙂

So maybe you could give your Painter a break,
he’s working hard for you in ways you don’t even realize 🙂
Oh and PS?
The best way to say thank you? 
Have their payment ready to go when they finish 🙂
(not next week when you get around to it
or when you get back from your month in the Bahamas)
Thanks!