I wish I knew how to make art like this!
Thursday, August 15, 2013
This was one of my favorites^
It is like shiny blue seaweed with yellowish fish and other sea creatures mixed in!
Another one of my favorites^
I love all the vibrant colors. I am all about shades that pop!
Again, the colors in this display^ really stand out.
I think another thing to notice is how the simple lines, patterns, and dots can look so wild in so many colors and sizes.
This is a picture I took^
Notice the black shapes spilling out from underneath the log.
And here is an excellent example of public art in Seattle.
I wish I knew how to make art like this!
I wish I knew how to make art like this!
Two cakes (I made two simple vanilla and chocolate cakes, 9 by 9 in. squares)strawberry/blueberry/whatever you like jam frosting or glaze
bread knife butter knife
First things first: wash your hands. Outrageously important. Once you have done that, cut the tops, bottoms, and edges off the cakes, then cut each cake into equally sized squares with a bread knife. Take one square of each flavor (you should have two) and cut them each in half the long way, so you have the top and bottom half of each square. Then, once you have decided which flavor you want on top, use the butter knife to spread a layer of jam onto your bottom flavor, then place the top flavor on top of the jam. Do that with the rest of the squares.
Now would be a good time to heat up your frosting/glaze to soften it. Put your layered square things on wire cooling racks on top of wax paper and ladle or spoon the frosting/glaze over them, allowing it to drip down the sides.
|glazed petit fours|
Wait for it to dry, then serve!
You can use frosting for the middle layer instead of jam, if you like. Also, you can decorate the tops with icing or something similar. I made a simple swirly design with store-bought edible flavorless black sparkly decorating gel that is easy to use and comes in lots of different colors at target. Sounds too good to be true, right? Anyway, I highly recommend using this product. It's your choice, though!
|me taping coins onto track^|
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Today, I finished my history notes. That would not be remarkable if you didn't see the picture above! That page actually contains real information about ancient Greeks. My teacher allows students one piece of lined paper for the history tests, and this time, I had to take notes on five lessons in my history book, plus a fake newspaper! The reason I took so many is because the questions on the test are reeeeeeeaaaaaaalllllly specific, and you have to know the details. Mom says I might be going a little overboard, though. ;) Anyway, all my friends are amazed at my outrageously small writing, and I think that when this test is over, I am going to frame this sheet and hang it on the wall!
Keep checking the blog for craft ideas when you are bored, and feel free to comment any time you like!
|This is a design that I came up with^|
|I learned this one from a youtuber titled MsChar33. Thank you, MsChar!|
A while ago, I learned how to make candle holders made out of soda cans. These make excellent gifts, and I highly recommend experimenting with your own soda cans and coming up with a unique design. However, here are some ideas to get you started. You will need...
For the pinwheel candle holder(pretty easy): For the bow candle holder(little harder):
soda can (note: some cans are made with thicker 2 soda cans
aluminum, making them harder to work with. scissors
coke, pepsi, and root beer are all fine.) hot glue gun
hammer or similar object (don't worry, there is nothing
dangerous about this.)
The pinwheel and bow designs both start the same way. For the bow, though, you will do the same exact thing to both cans. First, make sure that your can(s) is/are clean. A sticky can is no fun to work with. Also, your can should be dry. Store them upside down on top of paper towels until the insides are dry, or else you will make an outrageous mess. Next, take the soda tab off. If you have a container that you can hold them in, you might consider collecting them because I am trying to come up with a craft that will require several soda tabs. Now grab your scissors and cut through that extra thick circle of metal around the top of the can.
(That was actually the hardest part.) From there, you can easily cut the very top off of the can and recycle it.
Now make 16 vertical cuts through the round part of the can, stopping at the bottom. The easiest way to make sure your cuts are evenly spaced is to make two cuts directly across from each other, so that the round part of the can is in two parts. Then cut each of those halves in half, so that you have four cuts altogether. Cut all of your strips in half two more times, so that you have 16. Fold all of your strips down, counting them as you go. Now your can should look like a cartoonish sun. Now is the time to cut the tips off the strips, so that you have no super sharp (ouch) edges.
That was just the prep. This is where you start creating art, and it is also where the procedures for the two types of candle holders start to differ.
Take one of the strips and fold it over some of the other strips, as shown in the picture.
Do the same thing over and over, keeping your folds equally long. Once you get to the point where your folded over strips start to overlap your previous folds, just tuck the ends of the strips under those folds. Now, take your hammer and repeatedly tap the base of the can until the bottom is flat enough to hold a small candle without it tipping over.
|I used a railroad spike^ instead of a hammer. Whatever works! : )|
Take one of the strips and fold over the very end.Now curl the strip around itself and hook the fold that you made earlier onto the edge of the strip, as shown in the picture.
Do this with the rest of the strips, bending your curls outward. Then do the exact same thing with the other can, this time bending your curls inward.
Use a hot glue gun to stick the second can inside of the first can to make sure it stays.
I have not tried this yet, but you can experiment with decorating cans with things like glitter and paint, to make them truly your own. There are also other ways to make soda can art, and I encourage you to think up your own unique design. There are so many options for you to choose from!
lots and lots of chalk clean sidewalk or asphalt
spray bottle hands (lots of these)
your own creativity
The first thing to do before any drawing project is sketch out whatever you want to draw. (See my sketch at the bottom of the blog.) Inspiration can be found pretty much wherever you look. The classes at my school were told to do a garden/flower themed design because of the garden tour, a fundraiser in which people pay to tour decorated gardens near the school. However, if your job is to create a technology themed masterpiece, look around. Maybe your boring white computer mouse would look good as an outrageous rainbow creation. Anyway, once you have perfected your design, use chalk to outline your flower or computer mouse or whatever, then start filling it in with color. To avoid having your colors looking rough and, well, chalky, rub them in with your fingers and spray it with water from the spray bottle. This makes it last longer and look vibrant and beautiful. When you are done, don't forget to sign it!
It is a good idea to experiment with different materials in this project. I suggest investing in good, vibrant chalk. Yes, yes, it is more expensive, but you will be much happier with your finished creation if you buy it. Also, there are special types of paint that can be used to create art that is just like chalk, except it lasts way longer. My class used blue paint one year for chalk it up, and there was a large blue rectangle on the blacktop for about a year! But use whatever works best for you, because you are the artist!
P.S. I always love hearing (reading, actually) your feedback, so leave a comment if you liked this post!
|This is the other sixth grade class's design, by Ahmed Zaman.|
|Here is my first sketch. Chalk is so much brighter than colored pencil!|
Sunday, February 3, 2013
A while ago, I made these felt trinkets as gifts. The babushkas were for my mom(happy(late)birthday, mom!)and the dolphin pillow was for...my mom(merry(late)christmas, mom!)! Anyway, I got the idea for the babushkas from Felties by Nelly Pailloux, which has lots of outrageous little felt animal how-to's, like a squirrel, a polar bear, and a chihuahua. The dolphin pillow was all my idea, though! My mom loved both gifts, and I think that soft, home-sewed trinkets are great gifts. They can be throw pillows, ornaments, pencil toppers, and pretty much anything else you can think of! For more great craft ideas, keep checking this blog.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
For the pillow below, I just sewed together two pieces of felt and stuffed it. These hearts are great places to hide your secrets (write it on a piece of paper and tuck it into the heart) and no one will find out unless they break your heart!
|this is the heart I made yesterday.|
|my feet :)|
Hey guys, I wanted to show you an art project that I've been working on for the past few weeks. I did a book report on John Muir, America's first environmentalist, and part of the assignment was to make a pyramid out of paper with four scenes showing four different events in the person's life. The scene at the top shows John's house in Yosemite, the one on the left below that shows John and his little brother David on their roof in scotland, where they grew up. The one next to that shows John and his dog, Stickeen, on a glacier in Alaska, and the one on the bottom shows John and Teddy Roosevelt in Yosemite National park. I would like to thank Sally Medlicott (she created the doll on the right) for a lot of the craft ideas I used in this project, like the way to make the people I used. I also wrote a poem about John Muir, which you can read below. I spent an outrageous amount of time on this project, so I hope you like it! If you want more inspirational craft ideas like this one, keep checking the blog because I've got more!
The Hiker, the Dreamer
by Holly Lynch
The hiker walks through the tall swaying grasses
valleys and forests with trees.
Wherever he walks, whatever he passes,
there is but one thing he sees.
It is the wilderness, wherever he goes,
he notices things we don't care about.
He dreams about saving everything that grows
and that he will try, he has no doubt.
For he is a dreamer, there is no other word
for a person who hopes only good.
Although some think his inventions are completely absurd
others know that he's misunderstood.
However hard it is to prove that the land
is valuable, he will find the cure
For a sickness that doesn't even appreciate sand
this dreamer, his name is John Muir.
Monday, November 26, 2012
|various cards done by my friends and me|
Today I made some beautiful cards with my friends. I used watercolor pencils, and the cards turned out outrageously beautiful and vibrant. Here is what you need:
watercolor pencils sturdy or watercolor paper
regular pencils blank cards
colored or patterned paper water
ruler small paintbrushes
Lightly sketch a design in pencil onto the sturdy paper and choose the colors you are going to use. Then, color in the picture with watercolor pencils. Dip the paintbrush in water and smear it over the picture. This will give the picture a watercolor look. Let the picture dry, then pick out the paper you want to use for your frame. Cut it out, making your lines straight with a ruler. As soon as the picture is dry, glue it onto the paper and press it down. Then, glue that piece onto the card. After that, you can write whatever you want inside your beautiful card!
With watercolor pencils, the possibilities are endless! You can make cards and send them to friends and family, or just frame it and hang it on the wall! You can also add little embellishments, like glitter or lace. But remember, in art, the choice is always yours!
Monday, June 25, 2012
unfrosted vanilla cupcakes frosting
sprinkles chocolate chips
butter knife cutting board
Use the knife to cut out a shallow pool in the top of the cupcake. Fill the pool with frosting(you are free to do an outrageous amount!)and move the piece that you cut out to the cutting board. Cut it in half to make wings, and make adjustments to make each wing more like a heart instead of a half circle. Line up three or four chocolate chips in the middle of the cupcake and put the wings on either side of them. Decorate with sprinkles and enjoy!
Monday, June 4, 2012
a bit of cardboard sticks
colored pencils sharpie
Think of a board game where you have to use playing pieces, dice, and bonus pieces. Then, make a board for your game out of cardboard, colored pencils, and a sharpie. Make the pieces out of sticks cut into short cylinders. If you need to, make the playing pieces different from each other by coloring on them with markers. Then make dice by cutting sticks into various lengths. Finally, make bonus pieces that are easily distinguishable from the playing pieces and the dice.
For this game, you can do extra by making a decorated box for your game or writing an instruction manual. You could also make a collection of board games and play them with your friends and family. This would also make a nice gift. Who knows, someday you might be a famous board game maker. You can choose!
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Today, I made an inspirational collage. I really liked the way the orange stood out against the black, so I decided to do something with it! Here's what you need:
black paper bright paper
glue white crayon
Glue the bright paper in the middle of the black, and make a shape out of it. It could be a heart, a star, or an animal--anything that has to do with an inspirational message that you can think of! Write the message down on the black paper with a black crayon, and you are done!
This kind of collage looks best when it is sort of simple, so don't make your decorations stand out more than the thing in the middle does! You can make your middle object stand out even more, though, by putting glitter on it or using crayons to make it look as though beams of light are shooting from it. You create something crazy, you choose something outrageous!
Friday, April 20, 2012
friday, april 20
saturday, april 21
sunday, april 22--earth day!
Over 5 days, I made 5 earth collages. I chose to make these collages on Earth Day and the 4 days around it, and they were all made from recycled paper! Here is what you need:
recycled construction paper full sheet of paper
Just cut out the shapes and make an outrageous, random collage out of them! You could do one that isn't completely crazy, too, like the one I did on the 20th.
I can't really think of any other Ideas for this, but I can give advice: never do the same kind of collage over and over--it gets boring after a while. Also, it is your choice to enjoy doing art and be happy with it or not!