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Skater: Drawing Shouldn’t Be Complicated

33 Dots: Skater

Another day for 33 Dots – from Meg Konovska’s idea. This is my second day of randomly placing 33 dots on a piece of paper – then trying to figure out what’s there. Today we get a colourful skater.

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Coloured pencil skater – 33 dots

Thoughts:

As I looked at this skater, I thought of myself on ice skates. I used to be able to skate pretty well. Not great but I could make it around the rink. Not now. Now I need help. Last year my daughters took me for a spin and they shot this picture. I stayed steady for the picture and then said – “grab me.”

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This year, everyone forgot their cameras. But I still went around the rink twice. It wasn’t as smooth this year – many holes from lots of use. But I felt a sense of accomplishment, just putting them on, getting to the rink, and going around with help on either side.

This girl remind me of how I need to be bold, whether in trying to skate, or attempting new things.

Her skates don’t look very steady and that’s how I feel sometimes, treading this Internet and connecting with others. I’m on shaky ground.

But God tells us again and again (over 400 times actually) to not fear.

Do NOT be afraid He says.

He will always be with us. It is God Who leads and guides us so we have NOTHING to fear.

Read John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

The colourful outfit that my girl is wearing is the creativity that’s in me. It’s in all of us. But we are fearful of not being able to do it. But if we let ourselves go and let God lead it is amazing what He can do.

Read Ephesians 2:10

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Here is the beginning of the picture. I had put the 33 dots. I forgot to take the picture with just the dots.

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Skater – 33 dots, Janis Cox

When I wrote Tadeo Turtle and wanted to illustrate my own children’s book, I didn’t think that was possible. But I did it. And it won an award in 2012 from The Word Awards.

What I believe, is that we can do anything when God is beside us.

We can learn to change our plans: our temperament; we can be kinder; we can learn to be inspirational; we can learn to draw, to write and even to skate. But we do need to ask Him and listen for His answers too.

Do you want to change? Are you tired of doing things on your own? There are two ways I hope I can help?

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Creative Saturdays – Foam Print Tadeo Part 2

Creative Saturdays – Foam Print Tadeo Part 2

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I had so much fun doing the Foam Print Tadeo I wanted to try again with the different colours on the paint tray.

Check out the materials and instructions at Foam Print Tadeo.

Here are the results:

First I loaded the paint pan with the colours in approximately where I wanted them. Remember to reverse your picture. And you could just put colours everywhere and see what turns out.

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Next I placed my foam print down on the paint. (See my other post of making a foam print for instructions).

 

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The next shot is the picture of the paint pan after I have put the foam on top of the paint.

FPT-the-paint-tray-for-FPTThis is what the stamp looks like loaded with paint.

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And here is the shot of the foam going on to the paper.

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And the final picture

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Now I was so happy that I wanted to see what a second print would look like. So I loaded the foam stamp again. The paints had mixed around a bit.

FPT-second-copy-stamp And then this is the result. More blurred and some white showing through. I like it. Now I could go and spray the pan and take another print. But I don’t have time to take the pictures. Try it.

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Don’t forget to send your children’s pictures to me for the Gallery of Children’s Pictures.

Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page curriculum is available if you ask.

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