Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Work on Sets Continues

Well the set painting continues. We have been hard at it for the last 2 days. Here is the Mansion set and the outside garden....

The Mansion scene has a part outside in the garden so you have to imagine a cut wall here...still have to fiddle with it to make it look right.

Here is the finished sets from last time.

All the sets were supposed to be done for Wednesday but like everything we need a bit more time.....hope to be done by end of Thursday as I'm off on a field trip with Kindergarten tomorrow. Then my life should get back to normal and I can post some great Mother's Day Projects I have been putting together...Thanks for your patience and thanks to my Mom volunteers for helping me out!
see you next time

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Work in Progress

Well I'm back from a wonderful Easter break and currently working on the sets for the school's opera production in 2 weeks. The kids wrote the opera from start to finish with guidance from the Calgary Opera.

I don't have a new tutorial for you but I thought I could show you a few pictures of our work in progress.

I've spent the last 2 days sketching out the set design. ( these panels are 7' x 12' and there are four of them )

Click on the pictures to see larger.

I had some great Moms come in to help block in the color for the panels.

We will continue on with our Mansion and Garden sets. I also have to go and put in the shadows, highlights and details. It has to be completed by next Wednesday so I'll post a few more photos then.



Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Happy Easter

Well I'm off for Easter vacation to the cabin and onwards to Victoria BC.

I'm taking the laptop and plan on doing a bit of painting so you still might hear from me yet!

I hope everyone has a fantastic Easter!

Here are some of the Pysanky I did this year.

Here are some done by my daughter, Allie , age 11.
If you are new to this blog and interested in Pysanky you can find my tutorial here.
take care everyone

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Eggs and Chicks - Easter Art

Well its been a busy week so far...Easter rush! This is a picture of what Kindergarten is taking home. It went over really well in the classroom and was remarkably easy to do. I'll give you the step by step..please excuse the messy fingers but I have dyed a ton of eggs this week and I have rainbow hands....( and my husband wonders why I never want to go for a manicure..I sacrifice my hands for my art)
The dough we are using for the chicks is salt dough. The advantages of salt dough over clay is that its cheap, its fast, and if you color the dough you skip the painting step.

These chicks were made, baked, and sealed all in the same day.

Materials Required:
salt dough (flour,salt,water)
liquid tempura paint in green, yellow, and orange
whole cloves for eyes
wax paper
garlic press (buy a cheap one in the dollar store to keep for crafting)
baking sheet
sealer or modge podge (do a test on the back to make sure the sealer doesn't react to the salt in the dough...the modge podge works well)
Salt Dough Recipe
4 cups of flour
1 cup of salt
1 1/2 - 2 cups of water
Combine flour and salt. Add water to make a soft dough...if your dough is really stiff add some more water. Knead well.
1 recipe will make 10 nests.
This dough will keep indefinitely in your refrigerator. IT IS NOT MEANT TO BE EDIBLE.
You can use it for lots of different projects. Bake until hard in a 350 degree oven.

Make up your dough.

If you are going to color your dough you need to to divide it up. You need a little more than 1/2 the recipe for green, take the smaller 1/2 and take about the size of a plum to make orange, the rest will be yellow. This will color enough dough for 10 nests.
To color the dough take liquid tempura paint and knead into the dough...you have to work it a while to get the color evenly dispersed..you could also try food coloring. I was making so much I used the paint method. If your dough is getting too sticky knead in a little more flour. The color fades a bit in the oven so make your colors strong.

For each nest you will need a green lump of dough about the size of an orange, a yellow lump about the size of a plum, and a orange lump about the size of a grape.

Work on wax paper

Take your green dough and divide it into 2 balls.
Make one ball into a small bowl shape...this is the nest base.

Using the garlic press take bits from your other green ball and press them thru. Take your green strings and place along the edge of your nest.

Take your yellow lump and make 2 large balls and 2 small balls.

Put the small balls and place on top of the large ones to make your chick.

You need your whole cloves at this point. If you made the orange at Christmas you probably have some of these lying around. (good for that Easter ham as well)

Insert the cloves into the head for eyes.

Take your orange dough and make 2 beaks.
Put your chicks into the nest.

You now need to bake your nest at 350 degrees for about 2 hours. I placed mine on parchment paper on a regular cookie sheet.

After they have cooled off you can apply a coat of sealer or modge podge to get a shiny finish.

Nests waiting to go into the oven.

The second part of our Easter art was to do some eggs.
These are pastel resist. The colors are very bright.
Take a raw egg.... using oil base pastels draw some Easter designs on your egg. Bright colors work best.
Immerse in egg dye for the background color. Pat dry, don't rub as you don't want to smudge the pastel.

Here are the Pysanky done by the grade 3's. The full tutorial can be found here in an earlier post.

I think they did an absolutely awesome job!
see you next time.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Easter Egg Dioramas

Well...you know me I'm a sucker for a diorama...I love Easter Egg ones especially. I always wanted one as a child..now I make my own and so do the kids.

They are not hard to do you just need to think ahead as the paper mache takes a few days to dry.

Materials Required:

Paper mache part:

paper towels
white school glue
toilet paper roll
wax paper

Decorating Part:

acrylic paint
paint brush
thin cardboard
glue or glue gun
glitter glue
any extra embellishments from around the house

Take your balloons...just your regular round ones...and blow them up just a bit. They will be egg shaped. I found you only want them to be about 5-6 inches high.

Another good hint is don't use white ones...the white make it difficult to determine how many layers of paper mache you have done.

Mix your white glue with an equal amount of water in a recycled container.

Rip up some paper towels into strips and start paper maching. We use paper towel as it soaks up the glue mix really well (less mess) and it also gives us a white base for easier painting.

You want to put on several layers but leave some of the balloon exposed on one side. Place on wax paper and let dry. You will have to turn it to get all sides to dry...it will take a couple of days.

If you want your egg diorama to stand..like on a mantel...take a toilet paper roll and cut off a ring about 1-2 inches high.

Wrap this ring in some layers of paper mache as well.

Place on wax paper and let dry...don't attach to your egg right now.

When your egg has dried cut out the window by using scissors. Go thru the side where you left the balloon exposed.

Cut a good window shape. Now you could decorate your diorama this way......

or this way you decide.

Start painting the inside first. I'm using a sky blue as I'm setting my scene outdoors.

You can paint your ground as well.

While I'm waiting for the inside to dry I started on the outside. Decorate anyway you wish.

When the inside is dry you can add more details.

Add some glitter if you wish.

Figure out what characters you want to set in your scene. Draw them out and cut them out of thin cardboard. (a cereal box works great). Make sure to add a tab at the bottom...you will bend this back at the end and glue into your egg.

Paint, color and decorate your figures. I painted mine with acrylic, added some fine marker for details, and glued on a pompom for the tail.

I found a small basket and glued in some tiny pompoms for eggs.

I added some embellishments on the outside and then glued the rabbit and basket into place with the glue gun.
If you want them to hang poke a hole into the top and thread a ribbon thru....If you want it to stand paint your paper mached ring to match and then glue into place...check first to see where the egg sits the best before gluing.

That's it. Make a bunch...your kids will have lots of ideas...we're still working on ours...one is a house with little windows and everything.

see you next time