Irresistable Bugs

Pastel Resist Bugs - Kristi Lynn Studio

This fun project was inspired by an art lesson I found on the lovely blog of “That Artist Woman“.

It is called Pastel Resist Bugs and this tutorial will show you how we did our oil pastel resist in Great to Create class!  Not familiar with the term “pastel resist?”  Then you are about to learn something new!

Begin with a directed line drawing in pencil.  In other words, students follow drawing directions step by step to create the basic form of a bug.

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I recommend doing a Google search for insect coloring pages if you need some bug inspiration to get you started.

Once we have the basic bug form, the students add their own details and designs.

This is where the bugs begin to develop their own unique personality. So fun!

Next, trace over the pencil lines with a black Sharpie.

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Use oil pastels to fill in the drawing with colors and patterns.

We used many colors, but not too much green because we knew we’d be painting with green later.

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Encourage the kids to use firm pressure with the pastels! This will help the colors pop after the paint is applied.

Leave small spaces uncolored which will allow areas for the paint to settle in.

Look at those gorgeous patterns! LOVE!Pastel Resist Bugs - Kristi Lynn Studio

The bugs look super fun already and you could stop here, but then it wouldn’t be a resist project, would it?

Go ahead!  Be brave and paint over each bug in a watered down wash of green tempera paint.

We chose green for the feel of a tropical jungle, but you could use any color.

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Oh no!  We lost our bugs under all that paint!  Never fear, the oil pastels resist the paint!

Before the paint can dry, take paper towels and gently wipe or blot the excess paint from the paper, revealing the gorgeous oil pastel bugs beneath. (Even after the paint dries you can still remove some paint with a damp paper towel.)

Now the bugs are living in their lush green jungle habitats and our work is done!

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Well done, creators!  These bugs are ir-RESIST-able!

 

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Mr. Churchill Saves the Day

I saw a pin on Pinterest and I just had to paint it.

I created this  painting the very same day.  My daughter is a big  Katie Daisy fan, and this is very much inspired by her art.  Besides, this time of year I NEED FLOWERS!  I think I shall continue to paint flowers until every drop of snow has melted.

Floral Painting by Kristi Lynn Studio

I am crazy about this painting! The flowers, the colors, the texture, the style…YUM!

But those words are what really get to me. Oh, they are good. So good, and yet so very hard to live out.

Why? Because being brave with your life also means accepting failure along the way. I mean really, who likes to fail? I’d prefer guaranteed success, wouldn’t you?

The very first art class I offered for children was a complete fail. True story. I didn’t promote it well and I had a very limited target audience. Still, not a single drop of interest? OUCH! I took it pretty hard. Harder than I expected. Harder than I should have.

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A year later, I tried again. The one class I planned filled quickly and I was able to offer a second class to accommodate more. I think I cried happy tears for a whole week.

For the the next session, I offered three classes and filled 24 spots in 24 hours with five more trickling in later. Boo-yah!!! More happy tears!

But for the next three weeks? I have just 9 kids signed up for Monday and 2 kids for Wednesday! WHAAAAAT????? (in my best minion voice)

I contacted the Wednesday families and cancelled that class. Is that a failure? No, not really, but it still FEELS like failure. It’s so tempting to let my disappointment become a stumbling block.

Floral Painting by Kristi Lynn Studio

Providentially, a friend posted a quote on Facebook the same day I cancelled my class.

This quote very quickly changed my perspective as I scribbled it down in a journal:

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”  ~Churchill

Why, thank you for timely reminder, wise Mr. Churchill, you are so absolutely right.

Floral Painting by Kristi Lynn Studio

I’m totally looking forward to my smaller class. Less people means less crowd control and more connecting. Whether I have 29 kids or 9 kids, I absolutely love what I do, and what they do, and our time together. Kids are so smart and so creative. It’s just such an honor to be a part of a little artist’s life and to provide creative experiences for them to grow.

Floral Painting by Kristi Lynn Studio

So yes, cancelling class was a bummer. I could stress myself over the whys and analyze all the variables. I could take it personally and be blue. The truth is, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I’m okay with that. I 100% believe in this calling, even if I have to “fail” sometimes.

Besides, with one less class to plan, prepare, and teach, I have extra time for planning something else. Something I’m very excited about.

Something I’ll tell you about LATER!

 

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Painted Words

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I recently had coffee with a friend and she shared with me two little words that God has been whispering (and shouting) in her ear.

It seems my friend and I both wrestle with all the things that we’re told we need to do to be “successful” in the online world of writing and art.  Just this morning I was watching tutorials, trying to educate myself on SEO (search engine optimization) and strategies to promote my Etsy shop.  Yada, yada, yada……yawn.  This stuff both bores me to death and drives me to anxiety induced chocolate binges.

Today I worried. Worried about my website’s SEO. Worried about selling my art on Etsy. Worried about filling my classes. Worried about the kids being home for yet another snow day. Worried I would get nothing done.

Mixed Media Collage by Kristi Lynn Studio

Worry is fear. Worry is resistance.

Worry is me staring at the computer, searching for every answer to every question.

For me, the best way to still the wandering worrying mind is to be creative.

So, today I painted. I painted words.

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 Praying these words will sink right down into my winter weary heart … and yours.

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Last Minute Love

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Sorry, Valentine’s Day.

I really do love you, but not a single ounce of effort went into decorating with hearts and doilys and lace this year. Don’t worry! There’s still hope! Thanks to the undying enthusiasm of my youngest child, there is one Valentine’s tradition that we just cannot do without.

“Mom? When are we going to make the mailboxes? We need to make the mailboxes!”

Oh right…the mailboxes. Humm…take a Sunday afternoon nap or make the mailboxes?

Tough call, but holiday tradition must win.  I dust off my super mom cape and pull out all the stickers and scraps of pink and red I can find, calling the eager (or not so eager) participants to the basement for 10 minutes of craftiness.

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 One might call these lunch bags or paper plates, but dozens of stickers later

they become magical mailbox receptacles, delivering daily doses of love…and chocolate.

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Yes, every Valentine’s week we hang these mailboxes on our bedroom doors and wait for the magic.

It really is magic anytime siblings take the time to write little notes to each other every day for a week.

 True, this is probably motivated in large part by the daily sugar fix, but it still counts in my book.

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 What I love about this tradition is that the sweet things they say on their little handmade notes might not be said aloud on an ordinary day.  Because of these mailboxes, I’ve collected years worth of loving sentiments between my children – – handwritten evidence of their love for each other and for Mom and Dad.

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We’re making simple memories and expressing our love in important little ways.

Who cares if it’s all about the chocolate?

Deep down, we all know it’s for real.

 

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This Is The Day

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 The ninety and nine are with dreams, content,

but the hope of the world made new is the hundredth man who is grimly bent

on making those dreams come true.”

~Edgar Allan Poe

This is the day. For the past year, I have been “grimly bent’ on making this dream come true.  I open this place up to the world today with quiet confidence. There will be no fanfare, no big ta-dah’s.  Instead, there will be one giant sigh of relief and the deep down gratitude that comes from winning the hard fought fight for your dreams.

I now know more than I ever wanted to know about web design.  It has brought me to tears and frustration many times, but it has also brought me to Alysa Passage with Passage Hill Designs.  I absolutely could not have gotten here without her professional skills. As an added bonus, Alysa is a dream believer, a heart encourager, and inspiration giver.  Lucky for me, she has become a treasured friend.

I don’t really know what will come of this one little place on the great big world of the web, but I have an open and expectant heart for all the things God has planned.  Have a look around.  Make yourself at home.  Subscribe!  Leave a comment?  Do whatever you like.  Take your time.  No hurry.

I think I’m going to be here for awhile.

 

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A Cozy Scarf Wreath Tutorial

I see potential in things. Things that probably should be left on the shelf at Goodwill have a way of making their way into my shopping cart, then my car, and then my overstuffed basement storage. I’ve developed a little more self control over the years, but there is still a closet full of “potential” in my basement. I like to be prepared when the urge to hot glue something strikes. What? Don’t you ever get the urge to fire up the glue gun?

 I had this chunky old scarf from Goodwill that was just too long and bulky to hang around my neck. I kept it anyway because I loved the color and texture and it looked to be handmade. I just knew it had potential to be…something else! Hum…how about a cute and cozy winter wreath?

This is what you need to get started on your own wreath: a 14″ straw wreath,  push pins, and a very long scarf.

cozy wreath tutorialBegin by securing one end of the scarf to the wreath at a slight angle using push pins. As you can see, I did not even bother to take off the plastic wrapper. Wrap the scarf around and around. Hopefully your scarf is long enough to wrap around the whole wreath! If not, you need a longer scarf or a smaller wreath. The end of the scarf is secured on the back side with pushpins.

The options are endless as to how to accessorize your wreath. I used leftover felt, burlap, and cotton fabric to make rolled flowers. I’m not going to go into flower making details, but hopefully these pictures will help you visualize how I like to make them. You Tube has rolled fabric flower tutorials if you want more detailed instruction.

Now that you’ve got your flowers made, have fun pinning them on with push pins. Just stick the pins between the folds of fabric and they’ll hide away from sight. I started out with three large flowers, but after I hung it on my mantle, it looked a little blah next to all the greenery. Why yes, that is my arm photo bombing my own picture.

2013-12-14_0020Back to the stash closet for a green wool sweater. You could use felt for the same effect. Cut out a few leaves of varying sizes. Again, secure with pushpins.

There, that’s better.

2013-12-14_0022Christmas is long gone, but the scarf wreath still hangs above my fireplace looking all cozy and cute. I’m thinking maybe I should tuck in some hearts for Valentine’s Day and let her hang around a little while longer.

You want one too, don’t you? Well then, fire up that glue gun, raid your closets, or hit the nearest Goodwill.

Re-purpose that old scarf and re-LOVE!!!

 

 

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