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Sunday, January 25, 2015

A Little Love

Oh My Valentines Day is around the corner.  I absolutely love Valentines Day. The day to celebrate being in love, being in love with a partner, being in love with a son or daughter, being in love with a friend or an aunt or uncle.  There is so much love to spread around. I love the idea of giving a small adorable token of the heart. I love seeing all the people walking down the street carrying flowers, balloons and hearts whether they be business men or construction workers or cheese mongers.

This year we are making stamps to then make our own Valentines and tags for Valentine gifts. 

We are using blocks of wood (2X4s cut into smaller pieces), some wonder foam pieces, scissors and glue. I cut the letters and some hearts from the wonder foam and glued them onto the wood blocks. 

Remember when printing everything is backwards so if you are writing words you may draw and cut them out in the right way but when you place them on the block check to see that the letters are backwards as well as the word is backwards.

Then it's time to stamp, stamp notecards, tags, boxes. 

You can get all kinds of shapes of paper punches from Michaels or other craft supply stores.

Happy Love!!!

Sunday, January 11, 2015


Sometimes I like to challenge myself when it comes to teaching. My strength is definitely not in creating flat works with kids. I prefer to use those flat works i.e. drawings, paintings and prints, in creating some kind of sculpture instead of them as a means to themselves. Sometimes they are used as the outside of a house by gluing the painting to a cardboard box or cut up to create a mobile. For our second week of Winter camp I really wanted to create a calendar with the kids. I dreamed of discussing the seasons with the kids and what images would represent those seasons. So after talking with Jillian, one of my fantastic teachers, I decided to go for it even though it meant coming up with 3 flat projects a day for the kids.

I needed to decide how to divide up the projects. Should we make the artworks according to seasons? I decided no. I decided that we should make the projects according to what it seemed like the kids would like to make that day. We did discuss a calendar and the seasons but I decided to let them interpret which project should go with which month. 
I wanted to start with something unexpected and fun, so we began with bubble prints. Bubble solution and tempera paint in a bowl and take a straw and blow. Once the bubbles are bursting out of the bowl, capture the bubbles onto a sheet of paper. 

The kids were the ones that thought this would be a good image for a summer month. I agreed. 

On the second day we did some water color painting. Instead of using water color paint I thought it would be fun to use tissue paper. By ripping the tissue paper and placing it on our watercolor paper and adding water to it, the dye bleeds onto the paper leaving brilliant color behind. The kids loved this as if the tissue paper was magic.

While the paintings were drying we went for a walk in the neighborhood looking for leaves to print over our paintings. The kids also picked some flowers, not quite knowing what they were going to do with them. 

After printing the leaves and discussing which month this one might represent ( some said fall because of the leaves and some said Spring because of the colors) we came up with a project for the other picked flowers.  My ideas was too smash them onto watercolor paper to make prints. We would use wax paper on top of the flowers to make sure the oils from the flowers went onto the water color paper. As we were doing that a few of the kids had another idea. 

The kids decided to use the tape to trap the flowers underneath the wax paper. The flower petals would dry in a day or two and make a fantastic collage. 

We also made winter watercolor paintings using wax resist near the end of the day. 
Phew that was a full day.

Another project we did was use nail polish to make paintings.

The kids dripped the nail polish in the bowls of water then dipped their paper into the water. This needs to be done quickly because the nails polish hardens quickly on the surface of the water.
The result is this beautiful marbleized paper. This project needed to be done outside because of the fumes.

On the last day we put the calendars together deciding which months go with which projects, writing the months and sometimes writing the numbers, but to be honest they got bored of that after a few months.


What a week packed with making collages, paintings, chalk drawings, and doing printmaking. 
It was so worth it and so rewarding watching the excitement of the children while showing their parents on that last day. This boy was telling his mom the process for each months image. 

Happy New Year!!!

Thursday, January 1, 2015


A Happy New Year indeed!!!! 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Creating

We spent a wonderful weekend celebrating the holidays by creating with families on the east side of Los Angeles at the Echo Park Craft fair. I can't think of a better way to celebrate the holidays than by creating a work that will be a part of the holiday decoration for years to come. 

There really isn't a more pleasurable experience than watching families create together.

Happy Holidays!!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Soap Making

In our Potions class we made all kinds of spells to make a loved one recover from sickness, to bring love to us, to bring a lost pet home. We gathered shells, rose petals, sand and herbs that we grew in our back outdoor space in order to create these spells. A lot of these potions came from a archaic book of spells from Gypsies from the region that once was Bohemia. 

But I also wanted the kids to create a potion that could be used today in everyday life, something more tangible but no less magical because of the power of aroma therapy. So we made soap using herbs from our garden and essential oils. It was a simple but yet completely satisfying project for the kids. 


I ordered the soap base from Bramble Berry soap supplies. I got the goat's milk soap base which has this nice soft texture and white color. We then melted the soap and added it to our mold. I just used these vintage bread tins (it's just soap so easy to clean). You an use any kind of molds or ice cube trays for the shape. The kids then chopped up herbs with a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder to add to the soap along with a few drops of essential oils. It's important the herbs are dry. Otherwise the fresh herbs will sweat off moisture into the soap and give it a wet texture. 

The kids choose from lavender, lemon verbena, mint and cinnamon. It smelled amazing in the studio with all these aromas floating around in the air. The soap hardens in a few hours which is then ready to be sliced up into bars. It so beautiful how the herbs look distributed among the soap.  

We then packaged them up in paper sandwich bags from Smart and Final, added some twine and an herb sprig from the garden and a wooden snowflake for the final touch. The kids could not wait to give them to their parents and teachers for Hanukah or Christmas. 

Happy Holidays!!!!