Let’s paint a beautiful watercolor version of Little red Riding Hood. I decided to film the video on location to show you how fun it can be to just whip out your paint, your brush and some paper and enjoy nature. It was a relaxing afternoon, and you can hear the birds and insects chirping and buzzing around was I work. Like a mini holiday to the forest!
I thought it would be lots of fun to make a series of small watercolor paintings on unusual medium, just to experiment and try out new things. So I took my watercolor ground and prepared metal frames to make beautiful animal portraits.
I even created some time lapse videos so I could share with you how the paintings are made and how beautiful images seem to appear out of nowhere when I start painting.
I am thinking about creating mini classes and tutorials by expanding on the time lapses, explaining you how to create a painting like it using my techniques and style. It will be detailed like my full fledged classes, but focusing on one painting or technique at the time.
Let me know in the poll if you’d like to see more mini-classes from me, and leave comments if you have a suggestion or idea!
If enough people is interested, you will see them coming in the near future 🙂 Thanks for answering!
My kids love to color with crayons. And when I mean love, I mean LOVE. We have a bucket full of any imaginable color and type, and they use them when they feel like drawing and coloring their own creations.
The problem with crayons is that as they get used up, they get stubby, and sometimes dirty, and the tips are not so usable any more and they get neglected because they do not color as they used to.
You can buy a new box, but then you end up accumulating more crayons and there’s the environmental cost of not recycling and reusing what we have.
So we decided to recycle our crayons and learn a few lessons about color mixing, doing things by yourself and being good to our planet. All in one afternoon!
First, let’s see what you need. It’s not a lot and probably you will find everything you need right at home.
List of materials.
- Used crayons (Crayola are the best!). Lots of them, the more colors the better.
- A plastic container.
- 1 Quart of hot water. (Let’s have an adult handle this please)
- 1 silicone mold for treats.
- A coloring book to try out your results.
Okay, you have everything you need? Let’s get started!
Pour the hot water into your plastic container. The water should be hot enough to peel off the paper from the crayons, but not too hot. Hot enough to take a warm bath should do the trick.
The paper will start coming off the crayons and they will be cleaner now. The idea is to get all the grime off of them so they are clean and ready for the next step.
Let the crayons dry up, and you can throw away the paper wrappings on the recycle bin.
Start breaking up the crayons into small chunks so they fit in your silicone mold. Let your kids experiment with the colors that will mix on each try and get as many combinations as you can.
You can try different colors that will mix, or maybe different hues of the same color and encourage your kids to guess what will the final colors be.
Fill the trays and try to leave as little space as possible between the colors, but don’t overfill the tray. The idea here is that when the colors melt they will mix and they should not overfill the tray.
Take your silicone mold full of crayon chunks and put it in your oven. It’s time to see the magic start as you create your rainbow crayons!
The melting process took about about 30 minutes with the oven at 250F. , but keep an eye on the oven, the colors will start to melt and as soon as you see that they are melted and filling the molds, it’s time to get them out. They have a tendency to burn if you use a very high temperature so don’t leave your oven unattended.
Let the mold cool down undisturbed so the different colors mix and harden as they get cooler. It should take an hour or so for the crayons to be ready to be taken out of the mold.
Carefully try to get one out. If it’s soft, leave it alone for a bit. Once they come out clean easily, it’s time to have fun!
The crayon chunks mix and create very interesting patterns depending on the color combinations you chose. If you use lots of small chunks, you get a rainbow effect.
If you use larger chunks, the crayons will have larger areas of color, and if you used the same hue, it will be a very nice solid color.
Time to enjoy your creations! My kids had a great time testing each one of the chunk crayons that turned up from this DIY recycled rainbow crayons!
They are perfect for kids. Their little hands have no trouble grabbing the colors, using and testing how they start changing colors as you use them. And adults love them too…. I had a blast making and using them too!!!!
And they can be stacked and used for building too!
I had lots of fun while me and my kids worked on this DIY project, it’s perfect as a summer activity, or an after school project. give it a try at your home!
I am super exited!! I will be teaching an online class on the collaborative online workshop “Ever After” this year!
“Ever After” is a mixed media art & style development course with a fairytale theme hosted by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. I will be joining Tam and 11 mixed media art teacherson this class. Together we will share beautiful fairy-tale inspired lessons with you and we will also share our hints and tips on how each one of us developed our own style and how you too can find your own unique voice as an artist! 🙂 Yay!
My chosen fairy tale for the class will be Alice in Wonderland, one of my favorite themes to explore and develop in my artistic adventures, and i will show you how the tale has inspired me to find my style and creativity while I show you the mixed media techniques I use as you watch me create a painting with Alice and her wonderland companions.
So if you want to start your summer drawing and painting fairy-tales, exploring your own personal story and style and hang out with a wonderful creative community of like-minded souls,be sure to join once registration opens! 🙂
And… I have another surprise! I can give away 1 space on Ever After to 1 lucky winner on a class giveaway!
So, what do you say? Do you want a a chance to join this amazing class with me and 12 more mixed media artists?
To enter the giveaway, you need to
- Share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter.
- Sign up to receive my newsletter.
- Leave a comment on this very blog post, letting me know why you’d love to join Ever After this year.
The winner will be announced on May 15th.
|2nd May 2017||Tamara Laporte||willowing.org/blog|
|3rd May 2017||Andrea Gomoll||andrea-gomoll.de/blog|
|4th May 2017||Danita Art||blog.danitaart.com|
|5th May 2017||Effy Wild||effywild.com|
|6th May 2017||Kara Bullock||karabullockart.com/2017/03/happily-ever-after|
|7th May 2017||Karine Bosse||kabostudio.com/blog|
|8th May 2017||Katrina Koltes||katrinakoltes.com/2017|
|9th May 2017||Marielle Stolp||mariellestolp.wordpress.com/blog|
|10th May 2017||Micki Wilde||thesecrethermit.blogspot.co.uk|
|11th May 2017||Roberta Laliberte||prairiefairydesigns.com/blog|
|12th May 2017||Sarah Trumpp||wonderstrumpet.com|
|13th May 2017||Stephen Lursen||http://stephenlursen.com/blogs/stephen-lursen-art|
|14th May 2017||Tiare Smith||tiaresmith.com|
|15th May 2017||Toni Burt||toniburt.com.au/blog|
|16th May 2017||Ivy Newport||graceandivy.wordpress.com|
Good luck, and see you in class on July 1st!