POP Art Middle School Style

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In my role as an art teacher I change hats from day to day.  On Monday, I wear my Middle School hat starting with 5th grade and then traveling through the day with 6th, 8th, and then finishing with 7th.   As you can imagine, it is an action packed day!

I introduce my students to many artists, past & present throughout the year.  One of my favorite projects this year was based around the Pop Art of Roy Lichtenstein.  My 6th graders looked at his work and took it apart layer by layer.  Then we recreated our own versions of Pop Art beginning with a wood board, paint, paper, foam core, and the most exciting material…Creative PaperClay®.  Visit http://creativepaperclay.blogspot.com/2018/07/pop-art-brought-to-life-with-creative.html to see the whole project and some of the amazing art that my students created!

This is sure to become a yearly favorite lesson…now all I need is someone to cut the boards for me.  Any volunteers??

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Handmade Mother’s Day Rose

With Mother’s Day approaching my crafting bug is itching.  I teach art to students K-8th grade during the day and run a polymer clay after school program in the afternoon..  My clay kids have created hands holding flowers for their moms (turned into pins and magnets).  Some of my art classes have created cards and dimensional flowers.  So of course flowers are at the forefront of my mind.

 

Check out my first blog post at http://www.creativepaperclay.blogspot.com/2018/05/mothers-day-rose.html

I love working with this medium and look forward to future projects and sharing how easy it is to use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Wall Hanger by Linda Hess

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Materials:
Creative PaperClay (www.creativepaperclay.com)
Gina’s Designs (http://www.ginasdesigns.net/Store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=18_23_25): Spiderweb Shape Set, Spooky Shape Set
Acrylic paints in colors of choice
Recollections Sparkling Embossing Powder (clear silver)
The Ultimate! glue (www.crafterspick.com)
Funwire

knitting needle
scrapbook paper

1) Paint large “Spooky” with black and green metallic acrylic. Paint craft ring with Key Lime. Paint bats with metallic black.IMG_3782
2) Paint spiderwebs with silver or grey paint IMG_3779then sprinkle with embossing powder. Heat with heat gun until embossing powder is set.IMG_3781
3) Roll 2 large balls of Creative PaperClay. One at a time press them onto “OO” in “SPOOKY”. Use the tip of paintbrush to hollow out the inside of “Os”. IMG_3788

4) Glue bats, “Spooky” and spiderwebs into place.  Cut a circle out of scrapbbok paper a bit larger than the inside of craft ring.  Glue onto back of ring.IMG_3791

5) Roll a small ball of Creative PaperClay.  Hollow it out and place on knitting needle as shown to create spider head.IMG_3784

6) Roll 2 tiny balls for eyes.  To attach, dip finger in water and rub on top of spider head.  Place eyes in place.  Roll a teeny tiny ball for the nose and press into place.  Press the tip of a paintbrush into “head” for mouth as shown.  Let dry…or place into oven and bake at 275* to quick dry.   IMG_3785Once dry, paint as desired.

7) Cut 5 wires the same length.  Bundle 4 and twist together using the 5th wire as shown.IMG_3792String spider head onto twisted wire.  Flare out “legs”.  Curl top wires around knitting needle to create a loop.  IMG_3795

8) Cut 2 more wires.  Add 1 to the top to create a hanging loop.  Add the 2nd to the spider and hang from lowest spiderweb.  IMG_3796

ENJOY!

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ColourArte Design Submission

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In my artsy world there is no better thing than gorgeous colors and bling.  Imagine my delight when I began to work with a wonderful product called Twinkling H2Os from ColourArte (http://www.colourarte.com/).  These fabulous paints combine my 2 loves: color and bling!  The paints are simple to use…a little water and a surface to cover.  Yep, that’s it!

For this post I have decided to use bits and pieces from around my studio., a destash of sorts.  The first piece I pulled was an art doll blank created from Creative Paperclay® (http://paperclay.com/).  I layered on Spiced Pumpkin, Rose gold, Sunflower, and Sapphire on Ice and then sprayed with rubbing alcohol.  I was hoping for a tie dye effect, but instead I got a softened look to the blend of colors…not what I was expecting, but quite nice.  As the alcohol evaporated and shimmer of the paints emerged and my Art Doll began to sparkle (I do love these paints!).IMG_2519

Now what to do with her??  Hmmmm, a canvas would be nice.  I found a canvas that I previously painted with Twinkling H2Os in Pretty Peridot, African Jade, Boysenberry, and Sapphire on Ice.  I also pulled a few scrap pieces of handmade paper (Thank you Arnold Grummer’s® Papermill Pro http://arnoldgrummer.com/).  The paper was layered onto the painted canvas using Crafter’s Pick™ The Ultimate! glue (my favorite). IMG_2520 I then placed the Art Doll on top…hmmm, needs a little something more….perhaps some hair?? some beading??  Something else??

Never one to shy away from excess I added a bit of beaded trim to the bottom and to the arm area (glued onto the back), IMG_2521

a piece of mesh trim on top of the handmade papers, IMG_2523

and a “crown” behind her head (a recycled ornament top, flattened)     IMG_2526

…all were glued in place.  It still needed a little something…I found some paint pens in my stash and wrote out a beautiful thought (Pinterest is a wonderful place to find all sorts of inspirational sayings!).  Another small piece of beaded trim completed the canvas and brought balance.IMG_2525

I hope you have enjoyed this project.  Fingers crossed that I will be seeing you again soon on the ColourArte designer Blog 🙂

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Thoughts of Spring

The winter cold has hit hard this year on the East Coast.  I shouldn’t complain, though.  Here in Virginia we have dodged the bulk of the snow storms burying our Northern neighbors.  Still, I find myself wishing for Spring warmth and regrowth.  It is with those thoughts that I created my latest blog post for Arnold Grummer’s design team “Wishes For Spring” .  http://arnoldgrummerpapermaking.blogspot.com/2015/02/wishes-for-spring-vase-designed-by.htmlIMG_1651

Take a peek and enjoy.  Hopefully it will pull you to the creative side of the street and we can pull Spring out of hiding together 🙂arnoldgrummer paper making

ColourArte’ Design Team submission

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Hi all!  Once again I am stretching my designer brain and trying out for a new team.  This time it is ColourArte’ (www.colourarte.com) and their line of paints & powders.  I am in LOVE with their Twinkling H2O’s, a paint that gives shimmer to any project that it is used on!  Anyone who knows me knows that Everything is Better with BLING (I see you nodding!).

Please follow the link below to view my project submission.  It is a design “squad” collaboration as I pull in Arnold Grummer’s papermaking along with the introduction of Twinkling H2O’s.  Thanks in advance for looking.

http://arnoldgrummerpapermaking.blogspot.com/2015/01/quick-easy-mixed-media-canvas-by-linda.html

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