November 28, 2011

2 for 1 Fat Quarter Sale at

This week Spoonflower is having a 2 for 1 fat quarter sale!  Buy two fat quarters and only pay for one.  They don't have to be the same.  Here is the link to my butterfly calendar.  It printed up beautifully.

November 17, 2011

Ribbon Turkey Pins - After School Art

We made the cutest turkey pins in class this week.   I swiped this idea from a baby onesie I saw on Pinterest (my newest obsession). 

Here are the finished pins and my how-to photos...

November 12, 2011

Fun Splatter Floral Paintings - Kid's Art Class

This week we did a floral landscape using Sponges, Q-Tips and Toothbrushes.  It was MESSY but fun.   We used the paintings of artist Yvonne Coomber as our inspiration.  Here is my video tutorial for this project.

November 10, 2011

Butterfly Paintings Calendar 2012 - Please Vote!

Voting is now open for this week's Spoonflower fabric contest.  The theme for this week is a 2012 calendar tea towel (on a fat quarter). I used my butterfly paintings to make my design.  Please stop by the link below and vote if you get a minute.  Voting ends Wednesday, Nov. 16th.  Thanks!

Butterfly Painting Calendar 2012

November 1, 2011

Zentangle Pen & Ink Watercolor Paintings

We did "zentangle" pen & ink watercolor paintings today in my after school art class. The girls are all ages 7-10 and did an amazing job.


Marbled Polymer Clay Bead Bracelets

My art class made marbled polymer clay bead bracelets this week.  It was super fun and easy.  
They would make nice, inexpensive gifts.  Under $2 each.

Here are the photos of the process. 
I used 20 beads for my adult bracelets and 16 for the child size bracelets.  For the top bracelet (above) I made 12 small, thin spacer beads in black and silver and used 12 of the large beads.

Knead to soften and roll clay into 4 snakes.
Twist, fold in half, twist again, then roll into snake
Fold in half again, twist, and roll into snake.  
Repeat until desired marbling is achieved.
Be careful not to over blend or colors will become muddy.
Cut into 8-10 equal parts then roll between palms to make bead.
Use toothpick to make hole then carefully slide onto dowel.
Tent lightly with aluminum foil to ensure even baking.
Stretch tightly, holding close to beads, loop and double knot both ends together.  
Tuck ends into next bead and cut.