Tuesday, June 19, 2018

How To Paint a Watercolour Whale Illustration

I have been working on creating videos on how to paint. I have been doing these to coincide with a couple of art classes I have been teaching. Such a rewarding thing to do, help people realise they ARE creative. So many of us think we aren’t, and that we don’t have a creative bone in our body.

Truth is, we were all born with creativity, and as we get older we tend to not allow ourselves to get creative.  It has to be a conscious choice once we are adults. Creativity never goes away. We just need to provide ourselves with opportunities to be creative. Such an easy thing to put aside as life is busy.

Some of us sew, cook, draw, write, play music, live life. We can be creative in all areas of our life.

For me, creativity comes in the form of painting, cooking and I am constantly decorating and changing my home. It’s a wonderful outlet, and it always seems to be that I feel much better with paint on my hands.

How do YOU get creative?

Do you take TIME for yourself to be creative.

For those of you who home school, the outcomes are the same as last week. Just go back to the previous post and you will see it.

Here is the link to
HOW TO PAINT A WATERCOLOUR WHALE

Would love to hear what you think of he video.

Until next time
Mandy
❤️


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Watercolour Night Sky Painting Video

I created a video showing a technique using watercolour paints. These are so much fun to do and you really don’t need much to create them.
Video can be found
HERE

Completed piece.



Materials needed:
Watercolour paper
Large brush
Very large brush(as big as a pastry brush)
Some watercolours
Two jars of water only partially filled
One for cleaning and the other for splatting and the initial layer on the paper

I would google nebulas and look at all the images. NASA has a great site, Hubble Space Telescope  photos


HERE


You could look at some famous artist paintings of the night sky. Discuss the artworks and reflect upon the time in which they were created. Discuss aspects such as colour, light, paint style and subjects. Compare these paintings.

The most well known being Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night.
Painted in oil on canvas in 1889.




Starry Night
Painted in 1893 using oil on canvas.





And Starry Sky, Attempt
Painted by Wenzel Hablik in 1909.






I would be wary using a hair dryer with little ones, but an adult could help with this part of the process.

Outcomes covered according to the NSW Visual Arts Syllabus.
Stage 1
VAS1.1
VAS1.2
VAS1.3
VAS1.4

Stage 2
VAS2.1
VAS2.3
VAS2 4

STAGE 3
VAS 3.1
VAS3.2
VAS3.3
VAS3.4

STAGE 4
4.1
4.2
4.3
4.4
4.6
4.7
4.8
4.9
4.10

STAGE 5
5.1
5.2
5.4
5.6
5.7
5.8
5.10

You could extend this and the child could create different mediums to create night skies.
They could create 3D pieces using the techniques used.
These images look beautiful framed.


If you have liked the video please like and subscribe. That way you won’t my miss out on any new ones.

Until next time
Mandy
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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Children’s Illustrations

I thought I better update since it’s been a while...a little tangent I have to keep my sanity. I joined an online Facebook group which offers a word to inspire you each week. I have many to show since it’s been a while.
I will do a bit of a catchup later this week.
At any time if anyone wishes to purchase a painting, or print, just let me know.



















I will be linking this to paint party Friday. You can see the link to the right. Looking forward to seeing other's art...always brings a smile.to.my face.

Until next time
lots of love
Mandy
xxx

Friday, March 23, 2018

Gozleme Recipe-Budget Friendly

Hi there
Another week has flown by and it feels like time is going quicker and quicker.

It has been a busy week, as usual, and I would like to share with you just a nibble of what I have been up to.

Firstly, I will start with my art piece I did. I will link this to Paint Party Friday. The image to the right on my sidebar will take you directly to there.

This week’s prompt word was HUMOUR.

I had ideas swirling in my head and then I thought to myself, what do I think is funny@? I tend to be a fairly serious person, even though I do smile much of the time, but I don’t offer whole heartedly laugh. But what does make me laugh are animals photobombing.....so, without further ado, here is Alison Camel photobombing a very charming family in front of the pyramids.


Oh...I also did some sketches from my imagination, of the first few beast of the Harry Potter Magical Beasts And Where to Find Them...this wasn’t for precision...it was to try and develop an imagination...lol...so not perfect and Di them in not many minutes each...using a child’s set of crayons and a scrapbook...lol...





In other news, our family visited the Woolly Mammoth display at the Australian Museum. It was really sad as this little guy only got to live for a month, but it was also so incredibly interesting. If you get a chance I would say it is a must see....we were also pretty impressed with the mineral display....absolutely gobsmackingly beautiful.




And finally, my budget friendly, easy peasey recipe.



Spinach and Fetta Gozlemes
I made a double batch.
Ingredients
4 cups of self raising flour
2.5 cups of Greek yoghurt
Packet of thawed and drained frozen spinach
Greek fetta
Lemon wedges to serve

Pretty much all you do is mix the flour and yoghurt together to make a dough.
Just use your hand.
Then  cut it roughly into 8 portions.
Roll out on a floured board using a floured rolling pin until about 30 cms or so...can be a bit smaller. It will go very thin which is good. Could be smaller...maybe 25 cm or about 10 inches.
Spread the spinach on half of it, leaving about 2 cm around the edge, and then crumble some fetta on top of that.
Put a little water, using your fingers, around the edge of one half and then fold over to join. Just lightly press or you can do a little roll.
Put some oil into a large pan and over a medium heat, cook until ready. It took a few minutes for this one to be cooked on each side.
A squeeze of lemon over the top and there you have a very cheap, easy and tasty meal that all the family can enjoy.
An edit to post to show the process a bit better.


                                         



                                         
Let me know if you give it a try, and how it goes.
If you are visiting from PPF...hello....thanks for popping by to check out my art.

Ok guys
Until next time
Lots of it
Mandy
XXX

Friday, March 16, 2018

Far Out Brussel Sprout

Cleaning. Washing. Vacuuming. Mopping. Folding. Cooking. Grocery shopping. New doors. Sick dog. Vet. Washing. Hanging clothes on the line. Watering. Kid pick up. Kid drop offs. Posting. Bills. Watering gardens. Humidity. Heat. Hot. School shopping. Clothes shopping. Auslan class. Driving. Camden  show. Birthday party. Chemist. Texting. Lots of drop offs and pick ups. Lots of cleaning and washing.
Produce swapping.
Hmmm.... I am sure there is more.  I’m sure you get the idea.
I did do a little painting, x2. In two different styles. And I also went art supply shopping, and , we were very lucky and got our woollies earn and learn box of goodies.
Oh, and we finally opened the Harry Potter Cleudo...it’s a pretty good game once we got the hang off the rules.
And speaking of games...here’s is a quick run down of how to play categories..a game I played with my family when I was  little girl, and I now play with my own kids. Hope you like it.
You will find the video HERE.

Busy.

Here’s is my painting done two ways. Consensus was that the one that was cut and paste with the white background is the favoured one.




Looking forward to checking your art out...the last week was so incredibly hectic, so I am hoping to visit all of you this week.

Paint Party Friday....you will find the link on the right on my sidebar.
 Oh....and not a Brussel sprout in sight...lol
Until next time
Lots of it
Mandy
XXX

Friday, March 9, 2018

Old School Origami Click Clack Game And New Style Of Illustration

As always, a super busy week.
I will start with a new video I have posted. It’s not art related, but fun related. 
When I was a kid, my sisters and I had lots of fun that was practically free. 
One of my favourites was this Click Clack. I loved it and was almost always carrying one. 


I have created a how to make video, if you wanted to learn how to make one and play with your kids, or, you can show your kids and maybe they can make it themselves.

You can find me video HERE.

Oh....and YAY...I have 10 subscribers...thanks to those who have subscribed so far and for all the lovely positive comments you have given me. I appreciate them. 

Let me know if you give it a try...would love to hear from you.

In the art front, I have taken a totally different path as far as style goes.
I thought I’d give some collage style art a go and it turns out it look ok....so I will concentrate on that for a while...here is RAIN, with a prompt word being wet.


Hope you like it. 

Don’t forget I post lots of different things on my blog. Cooking, simple living, money saving, crafts, home schooling/learning, gardening, and all other bits and bobs. It’s a blog about family and simple living. Maybe you might want to have a little wander through it and let me know what you think.

Hello....to all of you visiting from paint party Friday.....I so love checking out all the gorgeous art created by you. 
If you want to follow along, check out the link on the right .

Until next time
Lots of it
Mandy
Xxx



Thursday, March 8, 2018

Blueberry Muffins Paleo Style

I have been rather slack lately with my posting, I guess you think, Is it worth posting if only a few people look at it every now and then. It’s a dying way to communicate I mean...with Instagram and Facebook and Twitter being so popular....anyway...just a rambling thought.

I have joined the Paleo wagon again for the moment. I always feel so much better when I am eating that way. And I must remember that it’s always good to have a standby goodie if needed..,I mean, blueberry muffins are the way to go, and they taste pretty darn amazing. I saw a recipe somewhere at some time and as usual I tweak it...

Recipe
2 cups almond meal
2 pinches bicarbonate soda
1 pinch salt

2 eggs
3 tablespoons of sweetener like maple syrup, honey or coconut syrup
1 cup tinned coconut milk
3 tablespoonsmelted coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or powder
Half cup dried blueberries or frozen ones

Pretty much just mix the dry first, then in a seperate bowl mix all the wet.
Add together and mix.
Pop into patty pans or muffin tray and cook on 180 for abut 15 to 20 minutes.
Just watch them and then they are nice and brown they are ready.

You can sprinkle coconut or almonds over the top before cooking.
let me know if you give them a try.

Until next time
Lots of it
Mandy
 xx