Friday, December 5, 2014

Advent Calendar

I wanted to make my own advent calendar this year, so I searched the internet for ideas. I knew the one I made would have to be deep enough to hold little candy treats for the children.  (And since was only going to make one, it needed to have room for two treats in every door).

I also recently read a book that took place in the Netherlands, and was fascinated by the description of the houses, so I spent a lot of time looking at pictures of "Holland houses" for inspiration.  Here's a few photos of my project!

The kids are enjoying finding mini Dove chocolates, mini York peppermint patties and gold wrapped chocolate coins.  Andes candies would have worked really well too, since they're small and flat, but I couldn't find them that day.

I cut the openings in the poster board directly on top of the mat board, to help indicate where the foam board needed to be built up.  It took two layers to reach the height I wanted.  I was trying to use stuff I had around the house the day after Thanksgiving.  

After all the openings were cut and the foam board in place I painted the top with acrylic.  I added a string to the top for hanging, but they decided to lean it against the wall on a small table.  The only thing I had to go out for was the candy to fill it.  The house is about 20 inches tall and 12 wide.

Photo after day 4.  I kind of wish there were pictures behind the doors for something to look at once they open, but I wasn't prepared for that.  Maybe next time...

Monday, December 1, 2014

Dollhouse food

My daughter and I have been working on making tiny things for the dollhouse.  We bought one pack of white Sculpey clay thinking we could use it for anything and then paint it the color we needed. But later we did find it challenging to paint such little pieces!  We're pretty happy with the results.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Happy October!

It's been awhile since I posted and I, myself, wonder what I've been doing.  I've made a few things here and there in the last two months, but also I've been encouraging creativity in other people.  For four days in the end of September I worked as an "art room coordinator" for an unschooling conference.  All ages wandered through and there were plenty of supplies for them to make that special something (including a box of odds and ends from my garage that the teens were very excited to find).  So here are a few things that I painted and some from the art room.

... trying out a little tangle doodle before the conference

and admiring the white winged doves behind the house...

one of my favorite little guys in marker, and kids' work from the conference!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Summer art and science

Summer has been busy, but I've been able to spend time with my kids and nurture their creative side.  The girl has been exploring science with Steve Spangler and the boy has been diving into pool toy expression.  He and his cousin needed one more friend in the pool for a game, so they built one (I think its name is Baby). My own sketchbook has suffered, with only smaller, quicker drawings of ideas I wanted to remember, but I finally got to change the colors of the walls in our house.  Ah, the smell of fresh paint!


Color Mixing

Dollhouse canisters

Surprise visitor:  Cicada!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Mountain view

I love the changing light on the mountain and this time, rather than reaching for my camera I grabbed  pencil and paper from my kids' stash and starting sketching.  I remembered that I'm an artist.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Universe for IF

Playing around with my new water brush and sketch box, exploring the theme for Illustration Friday.   The sketch box was a gift that arrived for my birthday and I've been having fun with it, even though a bit tricky adjusting to the way the water flows through the brush.  It's a very strange thing to not have to reach for the water jar to rinse and wet a color.  It works well at the kitchen table, and at my desk.  I can't wait to try it out in the field!

Koi Water Colors Pocket Field Sketch Box by Sakura.