Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Care and Keeping of Topiaries

I absolutely love topiaries.
Of all kinds - the clipped boxwood ones or ivy trained on topiary forms or tuteurs.
However, topiaries are difficult to care for, keep looking lush and green... or just keep alive, for that matter.
So my secret tip for the care and keeping of topiaries is...



.... Just paint one!!
Yep, that's what I've got for you. Secret's out. Cheater topiary.

(in progress on an old piece of scrap board.)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fall Color

We had a little Art Camp yesterday and we had a great time watercoloring Fall leaves.

We used Dick Blick liquid watercolors
 and a couple of colors mixed from diluted acrylic craft paint.

Since leaf shapes are a little tricky and this is the beginning of 4 year old preschool and we haven't drawn together yet, I created a couple of leaf shape tracers to help us get started. I'm not a huge fan of tracers but I also wanted them to be successful and feel great about their first art experience of the year. Later in the year we will do this project and it will be all their work without tracers!

After they traced the outline
( tracers that you draw inside of are so much easier than tracing around the outside of a shape.) they drew the veins on the leaves.  This is where the art starts to reflect their personalities :)  Some are very evenly spaced, some drew one or two lines and others drew tons of veins on the leaf.

This is a Sharpie resist technique. The Sharpies won't run when we start watercoloring. The paper is a heavyweight but reasonably priced watercolor paper from Hobby Lobby.

We painted our Fall leaves with warm colors.

Then we painted our backgrounds with cool colors.

Aren't they gorgeous?
It's still Summer-y weather in Atlanta but we are looking ahead to a colorful fall.