Friday, July 5, 2013

Popsicles Say Summer!!!

Popsicles are part of Summertime fun so I came up with a little "Pop"(sicle) Art for Summer Art Camp. It's fun and easy and everyone can choose what "flavor" they want their art to be!

This is a 9x12 inch canvas from Dick Blick. I cut out a tracer for the popsicle shape but older children could draw it freehand with chalk. I painted my background a Summer sky blue but, again, color is up to each artist on this project.

I added white to my background color and used it to spounce on some polka dots for fun. A little color mixing lesson is a bonus.

I chose to make my popsicle orange but it took me a while to decide
between that and banana (yellow!)

Since white paint was already out I added a little to my orange and did a little shading on my popsicle. Another easy thing to try.

Then I punched 2 holes at the top of the canvas and added a wire,
some beads and a glittery scrap of tulle ribbon.

And then, the part that makes this so fun!! I added the "popsicle sticks"!!
I used two paint sticks that my Sherwin Williams "guy" kindly gave me and hot glued them (adults have to do this part) on the back so that they stick out from behind the painted popsicle.
It looks like the real thing!
You could do this project on smaller canvases and just adjust what you use as the popsicle sticks. For instance, jumbo popsicle sticks or cutting down the paint sticks. I went with 9x12 canvas because the proportion was perfect with the paint sticks and an easy size for children to paint.

Then a coat of sparkle glaze just on the popsicle.

... and your Summertime popsicle art is ready to hang and enjoy.
You can admire your work while you have your favorite flavor of popsicle!!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

I've Been Going Gray ...

... for quite a while now! In paint and bedding, that is!!
And I'm going coral along with it. :)

This is our Master bedroom and unfortunately all of the "before" pictures I took when I started were lost when I destroyed (I mean obliterated) my iphone . The headboard was a dark, dark Mediterranean style from a set my in laws had for years. We took only the headboard. I painted it a distressed cream for the previous look we had which greatly improved it at that point. ( Excellent suggestion from my mom.)

I'm sad to say that I bought the paint and bedding last Summer but it just never happened. Then I started the new year with the overhaul of the Master Bath and have now moved on to the Master bedroom.

I loved the mirror and ombre dresser from the bathroom so much that one day I just grabbed the can of Sherwin Williams Rejuvenate - which is the most amazing coral color- and "rejuvenated" that old headboard!! It looks like a new, trendy headboard. College Girls says she is obsessed with it.
My mom made the gray polka dot and chevron pillows. The huge matlesse coral pillow came from SteinMart and was 70% off. The mermaid pillow came from World Market and was marked down as well. The gray and white lightweight comforter at the end of the bed was marked down at IKEA.
We love it. The room is far from finished but I was so anxious to see the bedding all together that I jumped the gun and dressed the bed. I still haven't hung any art or painted the book cases on the opposite wall but I will - eventually. Does it take you forever to finish a room?? I used to be quicker!

On the opposite wall is a cool bamboo planter that I found last year while scrounging around at a favorite shop near College girl's campus. I'm "shopping" the house and moving things around as I paint and I think this will be it's new home so I need a plant next!! The perfect match blanket came from IKEA and I reclaimed the pillow from College Girl's previous room.
Hopefully there will be more progress soon but I have a Mission Trip and our second VBS of the Summer to complete first before I pull out the paintbrushes again!

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