Happy New Year! Let’s Paint Sunflowers!

Hi friends! To start 2021 off right here is a bright and happy painting lesson for you!

It’s a long one so feel free to break it up into smaller chunks. I took breaks during filming and during one break I took down and packed up the Christmas decorations. Switching gears helps give your mind a break and come up with creative solutions to artistic problems.

We will be working with mixed media. I start with watercolor crayons but if you want to use watercolor it will totally work! Dig through your stash, you might have a similar product to what I am using that you can use if you don’t have the same exact thing. Supplies come and go and honestly, you can always substitute. Don’t have paint pens? Try gel pens or acrylic paint and a dip pen or fine brush. It’s all good!

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I hope you enjoyed this bright and colorful artwork and you give it a try soon. Happy crafting!

Fun OP-Art Project for Kids!

Hey parents, this project will keep the kids busy for a while:

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You will need: A ruler, markers, a pencil and a piece of typing paper. Here is what you do, trace a shape on the typing paper using a pencil. You can trace your hand (now that’s handy!) or a dish, stencil or anything you can find, simple shapes are best though! Then use a ruler and a marker to make a line across your paper parallel to the bottom of your paper. Draw the line up to the edge of your shape but don’t draw through the shape, then draw from the other side of the shape to the other edge of the paper. You have a gap in the marker line in the middle of the shape. Draw an arched line (like a rainbow) within the shape connecting the first 2 lines you made. Now using this line as a guide fill in the paper with stripes in the same manner. This will take a while, your eyes might cross and I had to take an aspirin when I was done because my head was spinning a bit.

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But the big payoff is when you lay the paper on the table flat and look at it from a distance, it looks like the shape is raised off the paper. Cool! One of my daughters said it looked like the hand was under a blanket.

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The paper is flat but we created an illusion, a-la-peanut-better-sandwich! You are a crafty magician! Have fun with this project and til next time happy crafting!