Thursday, February 26, 2015

Knitting Journal - a Bunch of Itty Bitty Things

So since making my very large, very labor intensive blanket, I've found that I've been drawn to very small, very instant gratification projects. Coincidence? I don't think so. :)

Hedgehog for Dene
Yarn: unidentified scratchy wool (body), Red Heart Comfort Solids (face), Sugar n' Cream (nose)
Needles: US 2, US 4Pattern: Little Oddment Hedgehog from Little Cotton Rabbits


My friend's daughter was dying for a real hedgehog for Christmas but her parents vetoed that. So I offered to make her a little (less smelly) hedgehog. I've made several of these hedgehogs (I believe this is my 5th one) and I have basically re-written the pattern and modified it until I feel like this one is just exactly how I wanted it to look.

Headphones Whale
Yarn: Cascade 220
Needles: US 2, US 3
Pattern: Knitted Headphone Whale by Brigitte Read

Made this for my son. The whale holds a pair of headphones. I don't feel like mine looks exactly like the pattern which bothers me. My tail is different from the pictures even though I followed the pattern exactly. Grrrr!
Oh well, I guess it does it's job.

Mouse for Jonece
Yarn: Cascade 220
Needles: US 4
Pattern: Toerag the Tube Mouse by Whodunnknit (FREE!!)

Now this little mouse may be my favorite toy ever. He has so much personality and is just too cute!! Great pattern! My only modification is that I added whiskers.




Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Art Journal Page 2/25/15 - Pink Neighborhood

I'm a little late getting my Valentine themed neighborhood into my Art Journal. I've had the houses done for quite some time. I just haven't had much time to work in the studio. But today was the day. And I'm rather pleased with how it came out.

For these pages, I began by squirting pink and white paint onto the pages.
I then spread the paint around with a credit card. This is a fun way to mix paint while leaving it still sort of splotchy and not too well mixed together.
After the paint had dried, I laid out all the elements where I wanted them. (The houses were all made using THIS METHOD). I then adhered them to the paper with Mod Podge.
Now that's A LOT of pink! :)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday Sketch 02/15/15

(This was a Sunday sketch. I wrote feb. 16th but it was the 15th.)

Friday, February 6, 2015

First Friday Art Class for February 2015 - 3 Types of Lettering

We always seem to do some sort of lettering in February--I guess our thoughts turn to Valentines.

For today's class I decided to do 3 different types of lettering with the girls. All three are seen in the picture above--Faux Calligraphy (as seen in the words "february 2015"), a style I haven't named yet (as seen in the words "art Class"), and Art Deco Lettering (as seen in the word "Lettering").

(TIP: We found that working with our trusty Papermate Flair pens worked MUCH better than Sharpies! Of course Micron Pens are my first choice, but a little too pricey for kids.)
We began by talking about some general tips to keep in mind when doing any lettering...
We then dove right into style #1...
Faux Calligraph was our next style. I gave the girls a handout with basic cursive letters on it with the instructions to change any letters they didn't like. It's also OK to mix uppercase and lowercase. NO RULES--that's our mantra!
(Not sure why I wrote "cursive" instead of "calligraphy". I corrected it--post production).  :)
Our last style was the Art Deco Lettering...
Everyone did an amazing job!
Everyone's lettering has its own unique personality...all are lovely and wonderful!!




See you next month!

Monday, January 12, 2015

A Knitted Owl

I have a niece that is obsessed with owls. And she just had a birthday. So of course I had to send her a knitted owl (like the ones I made for my daughter's birthday last year) with an owl tag.
Pattern: Tufty Owls
Needles: US 5
Yarn: Cascade 220 (any worsted scarp yarn will do)
Other elements: Felt, thread, paint

And the little tag (based on this owl card tutorial)

Friday, January 9, 2015

First Friday Art Class for January 2015 - Let's Draw Animals

We had our First Friday Art Class on the 2nd Friday this month because of the holidays. And this week we drew animals. Lots and lots of animals.

I began by telling the girls about how I like to draw animals. I like them to be fun, silly, and most of all cute. I can draw realistic animals...but I rarely do. To me it feels like work. And this class is all about having fun and having a relaxed atmosphere. So our animals are going to be fun, silly, and SO CUTE!!

I had the girls draw a gumdrop, a circle, some dots, a teardrop, and a heart at the top of their page. Pretty much all of our animals will start with one of these BASIC SHAPES. When drawing with kids I love to start animals with basic shapes.

After class one of these little sweethearts told me, "I love how you do art because you make it so it's not so complicated. You make it so I really feel like I can do it!"--absolutely made my day! Yes! That is the goal. I want the girls to gain confidence and to feel comfortable with their skills. This is not a stuffy, learn the rules, get out your rulers so we can measure everything art class. We are all about fun and freedom!!

I spent lots of time before class sketching out several animals I thought the girls would like. And then I sort of made a list of what shapes they started with...(here are my sketches--we didn't get to all of these animals, but we did get to most of them)
Here's the basic list:

Animals that start with a gumdrop shape- 
Whale
Racoon (the raccoon came from HERE)
Bear
Squirrel
Squid

Animals that start with a circle - 
Owl
Bunny
Pig
Elephant
Bird
Panda

Animals that start with dots or hearts or other basic shapes -
Hedgehog
Shark
Dog (the dog starts with an upside down heart, but don't even bother with this one because the girls just giggled the entire time because it looks like a bum!! They called the poor thing "Butt Dog") :)

Ok...back to the lesson...I let the girls know to start every drawing with very light pencil lines because many of the lines would later be erased as they are just guidelines to help us get the shapes where we want them. Start light and then at the end you can go over and darken the lines that are staying.

And then we dove right in. I asked the girls if they liked to know before hand what we were drawing or if they just wanted me to guide them through and they could guess along the way. The wanted to guess--so fun, adventurous, these girls!!

Here are most of the animals broken down into steps:






Here are the girls hamming it up for the camera (and drawing):
We talked a lot about how changing the size and placement of elements in the drawing can completely change the look and personality of your animal. Here are their drawing pages and I think you'll agree they each have their own wonderful personality! (Looks like I missed photographing one of them--not sure how that happened...)



It was fun today to have a very laid back, relaxed class where we all just sort of sketched and laughed and talked together. I love these darling girls!!

Next month we'll be doing lettering so we can make some gorgeous Valentine's Day cards. See you then!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Knitting Journal - Chunky Cabled Throw

I have been working on this for almost 2 months. But now it's done and I'm in love!!

Needles: US 35 (made by Havenwood Farms -- they are awesome!)
Yarn: Red Heart Comfort Solids (6 giant 16 oz. skeins)
Pattern: Super Chunky Double Cable Throw Blanket/Rug from Erin Black Designs
Finished Size: 44" x 60"


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