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Porcupine: Drawing Shouldn’t be Complicated

Drawing Shouldn’t be Complicated

Try 33 Dots to Discover your creativity and God’s Word – porcupine

The other day I read Meg Konovska’s post about her method of painting with 33 dots. This fascinated me as I need more help visualizing pictures.  At first I forgot the number and painted only with 14 dots. Both my 5 year grandson and I tried it with 14. We used shiny paper and markers. It was so much fun.

Here at the 14 dot pictures.

14 dot porcupine challenge

Janis – markers. 14 dot challenge

14 dot porcupine challenge

Grandson Bryce – 14 dot challenge – bear going to school

Now he is excited to try with 33 dots.

 

Today I tried the 33 dots and immediately saw a porcupine (stylized).

porcupine

Watercolour Pencil – Janis Cox

porcupine

Watercolour Pencil – with water – Janis Cox

My thoughts:

When I think of a porcupine I think of prickly and defensive.

We can be like porcupines. We snap. We get defensive.

But porcupines are reacting to danger.

What is pushing our buttons?

God gave us the ability to change. When we see the problem, we can ask for help. When we pray and ask God for help in those situations where our emotions would rather scream, but our spirit wants to halt.

We remember the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22

“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

As we head into the busyness of Christmas, reflect on this. Breathe. Seek God. Find His love, joy, peace and hope. Try not to be a porcupine.

Blessings

Janis

Creative Saturdays – Fingerpaint Tadeo Turtle

Creative Saturdays – Fingerpaint Tadeo Turtle

FP-finished-Tadeo-Turtle-

I felt like getting into the paint today. I didn’t have any store bought fingerpaint so I went online and found many recipes. I decided to try the flour and water. I also didn’t have any food colouring left. So I did use store bought tempera paint. This type is not something you would want to put near your mouth although is says “non-toxic”.

So this fingerpaint recipe only uses flour and water – equal parts. And then food colouring.

FP-Flour-and-Water-Fingerpaint

Next add food colouring.. or store bought paints. I only use the primary colours and mix to get the other colours. So yellow, blue and red.

FP---add-colour-to-Fingerpaint

Mix around until blended.

FP--Homemade-Fingerpaint

You are ready to fingerpaint. I like to mix paint on the paper. As I add blue to the yellow I get green. I did use fingerpaint paper. I like the feel of it sliding around and it doesn’t bleed through.

FP-Tadeo-turtle---the-start

I continued to paint and mix the colours. I loved the feel of this paint. I did have to wash my hands to take the pictures.

FP-Mixing-the-paint-on-the-paper

And here is the finished master piece. Lots of fun and I will do fingerpainting again.

FP-finished-Tadeo-Turtle-
Experiment with different types of homemade finger paints. Here are some of the ones I found online.

Easie Peasie – Homemade Fingerpaint

Blog Me Mom – No Flour Fingerpaint

Momtastic – Edible Homemade Fingerpaint

Education.com – Make Homemade Fingerpaint

 

Don’t forget to send me your child’s pictures. Send them to Janis Cox and I will put them up in the Children’s Gallery.

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.

Tadeo Turtle by Janis CoxFor more craft ideas from He Cares for Us go to Crafts for Kids.I sometimes link to:

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If you want to purchase a signed copy of Tadeo Turtle click on the Paypal icon. It will direct you to the PayPal site where you can choose PayPal or a credit card.

 
 

Have You Hugged a Chicken Today?

Have You Hugged a Chicken Today?

I couldn’t resist sharing what happened when I visited a homeschooling family. I came to share Tadeo Turtle and do an art activity. However, the family shared their hearts with me – their turtle island, their chickens, their books about turtles and their wonderful smiles. We even had turtle races in the wet grass.

The morning flew by. Thanks to Kim for such an enjoyable day.

To find out more about Tadeo Turtle and how to get a copy please click on Tadeo’s picture.

Tadeo turtle

Tadeo – It’s Me!

 

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Creative Saturdays – Foam Print Tadeo Part 2

Creative Saturdays – Foam Print Tadeo Part 2

FPT-first-print

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.

FPT-the-foam-Print-Tadeo-Paint-Pan-first

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

 

FPT---Loading-paint-Foam-Print-Tadeo

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.

FPT---first-turtle-stamp

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

FPT---the-stamping-of-Tadeo-Turtle

And the final picture

FPT-first-print

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.

FPT-second-copy

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.

Tadeo Turtle by Janis Cox

For more craft ideas from He Cares for Us go to Crafts for Kids.

I link to:

We Made That

HappyandBlessedHome.com

FridayFavorites

BowDabra Blog

I Choose Joy!
Virtual Refridgerator

 

Sugar Aunts

Sharing Saturday Button

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If you want to purchase a signed copy of Tadeo Turtle click on the Paypal icon. It will direct you to the PayPal site where you can choose PayPal or a credit card.

 
 
 
 
 

CREATIVE SATURDAYS – Crayon Resist Tadeo Turtle

Creative Saturdays – Crayon Resist Tadeo Turtle

Crayon Resist Tadeo Turtle

This week I decided to go back to my own childhood and try a crayon resist. It is easy and fun.

You will need:

    • A piece of cardboard 
    • Tempera Paint (I used black but any colour would do)
    • Crayons (brightly coloured)
    • Something to etch the picture – a pen that doesn’t work is great, a bread and butter knife. I used the end of one of my watercolour brushes.

Instructions:

1. Using crayons colour all over the cardboard. You can do straight lines of colour, circles, random (this is what I did), a pattern – it doesn’t matter.

Crayon Resist - adding colour

2. Go over your picture again with the crayons to be sure you have it as filled as possible – press hard.

Crayon Resist - Colour Heavy

3. Using a large paint brush apply the paint to the whole picture.

Crayon Resist - applying black tempera

Crayon Resist - Painted in Black

4. Make sure the paint is perfectly dry. Use a hair dryer if you can’t wait. Etch your picture and watch the colours appear. Put down newspaper because when you etch it will make a mess. You can etch as much as you want. The more you clear the black the more colour will show through.

Crayon Resist Tadeo Turtle Starting to Etch Crayon Resist Tadeo Turtle

I had lots of fun making a Crayon Resist Tadeo Turtle. Try it with different pictures – Butterflies, children, family, any picture will work.

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.

Tadeo Turtle by Janis Cox

For more craft ideas from He Cares for Us go to Crafts for Kids.

I link to:

We Made That

HappyandBlessedHome.com

FridayFavorites

BowDabra Blog

I Choose Joy!
Virtual Refridgerator

 

Sugar Aunts

Sharing Saturday Button

Grab button for Money-Saving-Monday

If you want to purchase a signed copy of Tadeo Turtle click on Paypal.

A QUICK UPDATE – Children’s Gallery

A Quick Update – Children’s Gallery

I have been adding pictures to the Children’s Gallery. Please drop by for a visit.

Below are the most recent pictures sent to me of a wonderful class in Poland who used my book, Tadeo Turtle, and the accompanying crafts to enjoy a fun time.

Thanks Iwona for sending the pictures. I hope all my readers enjoy them.

Here they are.  The others can be found on the Children’s Gallery Page.

Class in Poland enjoying Tadeo Turtle activities

Molded little turtle A little turtle - just like Tadeo Great creations Turtle Crafts