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Creating Wooden Ornaments

 

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Painted Ornament
Using acrylic paints and a small piece of wood that is approximately 3"x 3.5", I painted my first ornament of the 2017 season. Inspired by the sun-moon theme, the composition introduces two culturally diverse figures. With contrasting colors, the figures interact in such a way that it is difficult to appreciate both of them at the same time. The ornaments that I will create, will have ribbon attached and be available for $10 plus the cost the shipping. No two will be alike.

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Creating a Small Foam Puppet

Thanks to a wonderful video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIb16QnCz50\, I was able to find a small version of a foam puppet pattern that could be adapted for students. This pattern does not required sewing, but it does require lots of hot glue which can be dangerous. Using a single piece of foam, a single piece of felt, hot glue, and odds and ends from around my home, I created this.
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Small foam puppet

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Lady Slipper and Fairy

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Fairy and Lady Slipper
Using Artist Loft metallic, acrylic paints, this fairy and lady slipper were painted as a gift for a special Art Teacher. The paints glitter and look lovely in person. Because they were thick, I dipped the tip of my fine brush into water and mixed the water into small dabs of paint several times to improve flow. Overall, I am impressed with the shimmer of the paint and feel it complements the fairy theme. Beth Ashton  

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Drawing Fairies in Colored Pencil

Part of a lesson that I've been working on for fourth grade students is the development of a unique fairy, gnome, or elf composition that is colored using colored pencil. Before getting to this point, students examine proportions through the work of Leonardo da Vinci and a more modern proportion scale showing preteen proportions. They practice figure drawing using volunteers from the classroom as models. For my example, I created this. I first tried regular colored pencils and really struggled to add even coloring to the face. More expensive colored pencils were significantly easier to manage, but the face was overworked. I wish that I had begun coloring with the more expensive colored pencils. I haven't fully developed the rest of the fairy. Students are asked to show an element or object from nature that shows the scale of the fairy, gnome, or elf. This example shows indicates the small size of the fairy with the inclusion of an acorn. fairy, drawing, lesson, sketch, colored pencil, art, fun, 4th grade -Beth

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Screen Printing Ink on Wood

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Painted in screen printing inks over a wood panel, this illustration shows a fairy riding a goose.
In this illustration, screen printing ink was used to paint a fairy riding a goose onto a wooden panel. After lightly sanding and using pencil to sketch, the ink painted on easily with a brush. The ink flowed smoothly, and the transparent base worked well to create transparency in the fairy wings. For a simple illustration and more complicated ones too, ink on wood in terms of application, is simple and yields attractive results. In this piece, the panel seemed to indicate the drawing to me. The grain on the panel helped determine the composition.   -Beth

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Introduction to Screen Printing

This last week, I took an intensive screen printing class and thoroughly enjoyed it. We experimeted with sticky contact paper and then worked with drawing fluid and filler. Although the contact paper is only good for shorter runs with less prints due to detachment of the sticky contact paper from the silk screen during the washing process, it has some great advantages. The use of an exacto knife results in crisp lines that can be difficult to replicate with drawing fluid. For the next process, I drew a sketch and traced it by first using a washable marker on the screen and then flipped the screen with the silk side up and painted drawing fluid with a fine brush onto or in the marker outlines. The screen had been taped around the edges with duct tape to protect the frame. Once that dried, I filled the screen with orange filler and waited for it to dry. After rinsing away the drawing fluid with cold water, only the filler was left, and I printed the resulting image. Working from that print, additional screens  were created by drawing all objects of one color on each screen. On the yellow screen, I drew the beach and feet of my parrot, etc. Once all the screens had been filled and dried and the drawing fluid had been rinsed, I was ready to print. Drying was necessary between each layer but was relatively quick. A squeegee was used to pull ink down over the image at a 45 degree angle and then the ink was rinsed away in cold water. The key layer, or outline, was the last to be printed and really helped to pull the image together.
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Paradise, Beth Ashton, June 29, 2017
  To remove the filler, hot water, soda ash, a soft, plastic bristled scrub, and the jet setting on the hot water were used. My next print was created freehand onto the silk screen with drawing fluid without a drawing to trace. It was made in a similar manner but instead of creating five screens, I created two. For the color blocks, I taped off all but the desired color before each color run.
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Contemplation, Beth Ashton, June 30, 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed silk screening and will continue the process from home. -Beth Ashton  

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Explorations in Creating Art

Creating Art

  What makes Art something special? I have been exploring mediums and styles to find the answer. Ideally, Art is something that others can appreciate, and I am still trying to discover the secret. At least I was until just recently, when it struck me that my best work is produced when the subject has a special meaning for me. If my work resonate's with others, all the better. Of the images below, "The Bird" was made at the suggestion of another. "The Lady in Ink" was a doodle made on an envelope during a work class that I was attending. I have become stuck on "The Bird" and have yet to complete this painting. -Beth The Lady in Ink Lady in Ink on a Tote Bag
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The Bird
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Lady in Ink

Custom Art from a Photograph

Art is a Treasure

Art is invaluable when it has a deeper meaning or sentiment attached to it. By possessing a drawing of that special person, animal, or object, you have something to treasure for as long as you can preserve it. The value of a digital file is in its ability to be preserved in the cloud indefinitely. The trick is to save the file in multiple places in case the unthinkable should occur such as your cloud account is deleted or your computer becomes damaged. Another benefit of possessing a digital file, is the ability to share it with a wide audience. Digital art can be used in place of a profile photo where permitted or as a logo or a letter head shared with clients. Really, the uses are up to you.  At Creation Creatures llc, you can purchase a simple digital version of a hand drawn artwork from your photograph. Try it out if there's a drawing that you'd like to have made. Purchase a Custom Drawing
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