Kids Art Week Lesson Two: Night Skies

Today we did the second lesson of Kids Art Week, which was to make these fun night sky paintings, using crayons as a wax resist.

I think there was a hurricane going on in Waif’s night sky:


Mine is a bit more dreamy:


We haven’t been doing as much art lately, and I think taking part in this workshop has made us both realise how much we have missed it. Here’s to including more art in our home education schedule!

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Kids Art Week Lesson One: Picasso Dogs

A few weeks back, I mentioned that we had signed up for Carla Sonheim’s free Kids Art Week class. Yesterday, we did the first lesson: Picasso Dogs. We had such fun with this that Waif (10) and I made two “dogs” each :-)

Here are Waif’s two creatures:

picasso dog #1 Rafe1

picasso dog #2 Rafe

And here are mine:

picasso dog #2 Viv

picasso dog #1 Viv

We can’t wait for the next lesson!

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Seeing Stars

Having finished piecing my magnus opus of a hexagon quilt top, I decided that I must get started straight away on another English paper pieced quilt. Well, what would I do with my hands otherwise?

This one is going to be scrappy, but in a limited range of colours. I am going with hot pink, orange and yellow.

Lately, I haven’t done much sewing in public, because my quilt had gotten too big to cart around. So this time I am going with smaller parts to make up the whole. I have made three stars so far.

The first, in the waiting room at the swimming pool, while Waif was at swimming club:


The second, on the bus on the way to meet up with an old friend:


The third, on the bus on the way home from meeting up with said old friend:


I flipping love public transport :-)

To keep me motivated making this quilt, I have decided to join in with the Monday Morning Star Count over at Life Under Quilts.

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Drum roll please…

I finally completed my hexagon patchwork quilt top!

Started in August 2010. 1541 hexagons (and 36 half hexagons). Estimate about 180 hours of sewing. Eek.

The next question is: to border or not to border???

hexagons completed july 2015

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What’s Going On?

It’s been a while, huh?! No particular reason for my neglect, other than life getting in the way :-)

Gman is still at school and Waif is still enjoying the home education life, particularly his drama group, who put on a production of “Bugsy Malone” this week. Here he is, looking very gangsta, ready for his role as the (skinniest ever) Fat Sam:


We haven’t done much art lately but I did love this drawing he did:


And I have signed us up for Carla Sonheim’s kids art class:

That should be fun!

I am continuing with my EPP hexagon quilt and will soon have a finished quilt top to show you, hopefully! I’ve also been sewing up these little lavender “ravioli” drawer sachets (the idea was from this book), which are fun to make and will make nice little impromptu gifts:

lavender ravioli

I will try and keep up the posts a bit better than I have been doing lately :-)

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Three Corners Squared

A progress shot! Just one corner left to square off then a decision to be made – how to quilt? How to finish the edges? How many more years will it take?!

hexagons three corners june 2015

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Hexagon Progress

It’s been a while since I showed you my hexagon patchwork. A sunny day, an as-yet-empty washing line, an opportunity for a photograph. Here it is:

hexagons april 2015

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Figures of Fun

Have you been watching The Big Painting Challenge? This week the artists were concentrating on painting the human form. Ten year old Waif was inspired to get out his artist’s mannequin and begin sketching:


I thought it looked like fun so I had a go too:


Next step, to try some real life figures I suppose!

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Prompt60 #3 Green

prompt 60 #3 full spread

prompt 60 #3 lhs

prompt 60 #3 rhs

This journal page is my response to Daisy Yellow’s Prompt60 #3, which was about creating a collage around the colour of green and baring in mind the principles of book page design. You can read the full information about the prompt here.

I enjoyed pulling together lots of green ephemera. In fact, I discovered that a large proportion of bits and pieces that I had saved in my collage box were green, so I guess I am drawn to the colour. The chap on the right hand page is Milarepa, an ancient Tibetan yogi and poet. He is sometimes referred to as the “Green Yogi” as it is told that, after subsisting on a diet of nothing but nettles, his skin turned green “and even the hairs on his head became bristly and green.”

After making the collage, the prompt suggested journalling some words in the margins. I feel my words may owe some explanation! I am reading Norman Fischer’s “Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong“. Lojong is a Tibetan Buddhist practice, training in generating compassion and wisdom with the help of short slogans. The first slogan is “Train in the Preliminaries”. Fischer suggests this can be interpreted in three main ways:

1. Recognising that regardless of what has happened in your life and why, it is your life and you are the only one equipped to deal with it.
2. Practice meditation. Daily if possible!
3. Follow the traditional set of reflections – I have written these around the edges of the right hand page. (The rarity and preciousness of human life; the absolute inevitability of death; the awesome and indelible power of our actions; the incapability of suffering)

One of the questions he suggests asking of yourself has really struck me and that is “Am I a force for good in the world?” and this I have written in the bottom right hand corner.

I hope this goes some way to explaining the possibly slightly unusual (and some might consider, morbid) phrases in my journal page!

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Prompt60 #2 Teeny Tiny Doodle Mandala

I need something to reignite my creative flame!

What better place to find inspiration than with the lovely Tammy over at Daisy Yellow? Tammy is putting together 60 prompts that she says will “challenge you with sparks, ideas & quotes

The first prompt was to simply start a documentation notebook. I have started my notebook with this prompt #2 which was to create a teeny tiny doodle mandala (instructions here). It was great fun!

prompt60 #2

Better still, 10 year old Waif joined me and did one too:

prompt60 #2 doodle mandala

Obviously when you are a 10 year old boy, skulls and radiation symbols figure heavily in your doodles :-)

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