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Line Design w/Shading - 4th Grade

Line Design w/Shading - 4th Grade
It's that time of year again! The Line Design project I do with 4th grade every year is turning out wonderful! I have some great artists in the 4th grade, and even some of the ones that struggle are doing well with this project. I have included the link back to the steps so you can try it yourself! Related:  ZentanglesPaper

Line Design Explained : Deluxe Edition I was asked if I could go into a bit more detail concerning the Line Design "process". I think the easiest way is with a few more pictures than my previous post on "how to". I hope this helps...and as always...if you ever have questions about anything on my blog...e-mail me at artwithmre@yahoo.com The materials you need for this project are good drawing paper(9x12...but could be done any size), Sharpie Marker, and your choice of media(see the bottom of this post for some ideas). Start with a gentle curve line across the paper. Place eight dots on the line spaced at different distances. Go dot - to - dot across the entire line. As you are going dot -to- dot, you need to "camp out" on some of the segments. The two pictures above are the WRONG way to do this. So here you see the results of the ballooning out, pinching off, and going off the edge of your paper. I thought I'd show you how different media works in this project 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

How To Make a Secret Hollow Book: The first step into making the hollow book is to select a book. Make sure this is a book your own, and not one belonging to the library, or your family. I suggest rummaging through books at yard/garage sales. Make sure it is a hardback; otherwise you will cut all the way through the other side when you are cutting out the insides.You'll also need: Elmer's white gluea container to hold glue solution (I've chosen a film canister)X-acto knife, and/or box cutter. Both if you have thembrush to apply glue solutionpencil/penruler, or other rigid straight edgeSelect a page that you want to be the first one cut out, and save that page to be cut out at the end. Mix a solution of white glue and water. Holding the remaining pages together, brush the edges with the glue solution - enough to soak in pretty well, but not too drippy. Allow this to dry, but use a spacer so the first couple pages, and the front cover don't get stuck. When dry, open the book to the first glued page. Happy hiding.

paper: pretty paper. true stories. {and scrapbooking classes with cupcakes.}: From Sketch to Scrapbook Page In what has quickly become a week about charity and scrapbook sketches for some reason, here is the page I wanted to show you yesterday afternoon, but the powers of the internets decided we needed to wait until this morning because they didn’t want to go as fast as I hoped. Just in time for the weekend though – crafty time central! To create this layout, I started with the same sketch set as a challenge for the contestants and anyone playing along with the UKScrappers Scrap Factor contest. It’s this sketch I shared yesterday. You can see the contestants pages from the sketch here. Anyone is welcome to join in the Play Along with Scrap Factor challenge at any time. And there are two posts today because the weekend giveaway goes live this evening – and goodness, it’s a good one this week! xlovesx

Japanese Notan This week, 5th graders will be considering line and shape as they create positive and negative space in a Notan-inspired collage. We'll begin by looking at some examples of the Japanese tradition as well as some more contemporary collages. Examples include symmetrical and assymetrical designs. I plan on having students prepare their base paper by applying strips of a musical score, which will show beneath their cut paper work, creating a first layer. Next they will fold their square of black paper in fourths, write the word fold by the 2 folded edges and cut out shapes along the 2 outside edges (the edges NOT folded). We will be using gluestick to do this, but Mod Podge would work well, too. A final piece, done with a black 4" square glued on white, looks like this.

Zentangle Some Zentangle Play...... I did this while watching TV a while back, in my Art journal. So relaxing. Thrifty Crafty Girl: 31 Days of Halloween - Eyes in the Bushes If you're enjoying my Halloween posts, be sure to follow with GFC or Facebook... I'm doing another 31 Days of Halloween series this year! **UPDATE: If you've read the comments for this post, you'll see that some much smarter people than I have suggested using glow sticks in the place of Christmas lights. GENIUS IDEA. If you don't have bushes, this post is irrelevant. Gather some toilet paper rolls. I printed out some eyes from clip art just for the shape. I'm mildly creeped out already. The feeling is no longer mild. I found some red cellophane bags at Walmart. Feed some Christmas lights in through the back, taping the ends and the back closed when you do. Creepy. I scattered them around the bushes for the full effect... and now I don't want to go outside. Happy haunting!

Creating Colorful book covers with Astrobrights Papers! bySusan MyersonAugust 2, 2012 With school time just around the corner, I came up with a school craft project that incorporates brightly colored paper. After all, a long school day could certainly use some sunshine! I created fun book covers using the technique called Iris Folding! The plan was to revamp the old version of the book cover. You know, the one that is made from a grocery bag? For this project I used: Several sheets of different colors of bright colored cardstock A paper grocery bagGlue StickTacky GlueScissors Begin by cutting your paper bag open as shown, and then cut off the bottom flap, so that you have one large sheet of paper. With printed side of the grocery bag up, place the book on top and fold down the top and bottom edges of the paper to match the top and bottom of the book. Fold one end of the paper and slide the front cover of the book into the open end until the edge of the cover meets your fold. Now lets create some beautiful Iris Paper Folds! Pages: 1 2 3

Artists lessons Fairy Tangles My Favorite Free Fonts and How to Download Them You asked for it, so here it is – Vol. II I got such a great response from the font list I posted last week thanking me and asking me for more. I am amazed and so happy that the tutorial I posted helped so many of you. I am no computer wiz, but I guess I have learned more than I think and took that knowledge for granted – thinking that everyone must know how to do it. I have a lot of fonts on my computer and went down the list and picked my other favorites for Vol. If you didn’t see the first post – My Favorite Free Fonts and you don’t know how to download the fonts, click here for the step-by-step photo tutorial. Tagged as: Free Downloadable Fonts, Free Fonts

For 2012: Make a Memory Jar Friday, January 4, 2013 This idea was so popular last year that I’m reposting it again! Happy New Year everyone! I always say that time goes by too fast. Of course, all the big memories are never forgotten, but it’s the little joys, the teensy things that tend to get forgotten. We keep this vintage pale blue canning jar on the kitchen counter with a stack of colorful paper and a marker. Next year, a new jar to begin again — and the best part is we can bring out past jars anytime to remember the little things that shaped our lives. A memory jar is more fun than a journal – as anyone in the family can contribute to it. Inside the jar, we also keep little silver trinkets and charms. The charms are indeed magical – and I encourage my kids to give them to a friend or stranger who could use a bit of magic. If you’d like to create a memory jar, here’s what I used: Vintage mason jar – quart size: you can find these on eBay or Etsy. You can also use scrapbook paper and cut them into 4″x4″ squares.

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