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Showcasing children’s artwork – 16×20-inch poster template & directions

Showcasing children's artwork - 16x20-inch poster template & directions (Photoshop)

As any parent knows, children have a way of creating lots of art work in a short amount of time, starting from the time they’re a toddler and continuing well throughout elementary school. Realistically, it’s not possible to save every work of art. But that doesn’t mean you have to get rid of it altogether. I’ve come up with a beautiful way to showcase your …

The ultimate kid arts and crafts supply list

My daughter Hannah turned 8 years old last month. For her birthday, I assembled the ultimate arts and crafts kit for her which will hopefully inspire hours of creative fun. She is always asking to use my art supplies and loves making art with me, so I thought it would be perfect if she had her own art stash she could keep in her room.

My daughter Hannah turned 8 years old last month. For her birthday, I assembled the ultimate arts and crafts kit for her which will hopefully inspire hours of creative fun. She is always asking to use my art supplies and loves making art with me, so I thought it would be perfect if she had her own art stash she could keep in her room. …

Treating myself to some creative inspiration

I decided to treat myself to some creative inspiration after a lot of thought about where I am in my creative career. I’ve felt kind of stuck recently and want to get out of that rut. Andrea Scher of Superhero Life is offering a creative bundle of e-courses and e-books by some big name artists out there. Just $97 gets you 10 courses, available instantly …

A couple more small works of art

Once again, I got up at 5:30. This time it had more to do with Ella sleeping sideways across our bed and me falling off the side. Since she’d been up sick all night, I figured it was best not to disturb her. (Ella’s never been sick, vomiting sick, until yesterday when it came on suddenly, lasted 12 hours and seems to be gone.) I …

Why I get up at 5:30 in the morning

Simply put, I get up at 5:30 in the morning because sometimes it’s the only time I have to get creative. Life is like that when you have a toddler and a rather demanding 7-year-old. I woke up at 5:15 this morning and while the house was quiet, got to play in the paint. Undivided artistic time is just something my soul needs. I’ve come …

Watercolor painting with Hannah

Yesterday, Hannah and I had the opportunity to play in the watercolors while Ella took a marathon nap! I had promised Hannah earlier in the day that we would paint if I could get her sister to go down in the afternoon. We went to Hobby Lobby in the morning and picked up some packages of watercolor paper in preparation. So, with Ella down for …

More fun shopping at Michaels

So, today I had to drive down to Grafton for Ella’s one-year photo shoot with Pics by Nic. It went great and while Ella was very stoic, Nicole managed to get a lot of great photos. It was really nice to re-connect with her. We had worked together at Aurora and were pregnant at the same time. Her little girl Aubrey is just a couple …

Restocking my art supplies

There is something very satisfying about buying new art supplies. I don’t know if it’s just the raw potential the each of them contain, or what. All I know is that new art supplies make my heart happy in a way only another artist could understand. I had a bit of free time today, so I packed up the baby and spent a good hour …

Painting with my fingers

After I received my new bed quilt from my mom, I knew I had to re-do the painting hanging above our bed, first because I didn’t really like it and second because it had pink in it and the new quilt was more in the blue/green/gray/black color scheme. So, I grabbed my trusty gray paint, a roller and painted over the canvas I’d made a …

Abstract doodling

Yesterday I took some time to play with paint and canvas and some other new pens that I’d picked up at JoAnn’s earlier in the day. There was definitely some trial and error with the spray ink that I’d bought. I found that it didn’t work that well on my book of mixed media paper, which is supposed to be okay for paints as well …