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Creative Tuesdays – Little Critters

Creative Tuesdays – Little Critters


I decided to follow Michael’s prompt from Creative Tuesdays properly this time (and be a good student). Last time I took the prompt twitters to a new level as I painted a toucan.

The prompt this time is critters. Today I decided I would love to try using a thin black marker, and watercolour crayons. My little ladybugs were fun to draw and paint.

I have always loved ladybugs except when we return to our home in the spring and find flies, wasps and ladybugs dead all over the floor.

I think the research was the most interesting. I had no idea where the name “ladybug” came from.

They are known as ladybugs or lady beetles in North American and ladybirds in England and elsewhere. Ladybugs are not really bugs but beetles from the Coccinellidae family. The theory about the name is that it is from the Virgin Mary (because of their bright red colouring – the Virgin Mary is painted often wearing a red cloak).

You can find out more at:

Today I found out

Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper (Leviticus 11:22, NIV).

Has anyone ever tried eating an insect? I don’t think I have unless I digested one without knowing it.

On Sunday Stillness I wrote about ants and locusts.


What I found out about ladybugs from Michael’s prompt at Creative Tuesdays. (click to tweet)

Don’t forget to drop by to Creative Tuesdays and see all the other critters from some wonderful artists.

Creative Saturdays – Stained Glass Watercolour Tadeo Turtle

Creative Saturdays – Stained Glass Watercolour Tadeo Turtle

Played a lot tonight with a my new watercolour pencils. I showed my watercolour crayons to my grandchildren on our holiday – they loved them. Here are a few pictures.




So today I thought I would try a stained glass type of painting. I tried different ways but it really doesn’t matter how your child does the lines, as long as they get lines and spaces to colour.

First I tried with making the lines and then putting in the head, legs and tail.


Then I tried drawing the turtle and putting the lines from each of the appendages. Either way gives wonderful spaces to colour.


I painted with my watercolour pencils, and with watercolour. I liked both. I would have liked to try the watercolour crayons but ran out of time.


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.

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