Thursday, January 1, 2015

Gelli Prints

Gelli Prints...something I'd wanted to try, but hadn't gotten around to until today and I'm so glad I did.  Made a small plate by whisking 3 pouches of gelatin into a cup of boiling water which I then poured into the plastic lid of a take-out container.  I was surprised how fast the plate set was firm within 45 minutes but we let it set out overnight and printed the next morning. 

After running around the house and collecting our texture items:  string, mesh onion bag, combs, paper stencils, buttons, coins, leaves, we rolled block printing ink onto the plate and started printing. We started with block printing inks but soon got bored with the limited colors and broke out the bin of acrylic paints which worked a lot better.  

I have to say the process was addictive.  We put on some music and printed all day long.  What a fun day.  Really relaxing and there's really no wrong way of doing this.  Every print offers a new and surprising result.  Just fabulous.

Definitely going to be trying this out with kids soon. 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Holiday Wishes

Happy Holidays!  Wishing you an abundance of joy, happiness, prosperity, and good health throughout the holidays and all year long!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Reindeer for Kinders

Are you looking for an easy lesson you can do today?  I L-O-V-E these kindergarten interpretations of a guided drawing lesson found at Artventerous and the kiddies loved it two.

What is your current favorite winter time art lesson?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


U.S. Silver Medalist, Devin Logan visited our school this week and we wanted to welcome her in grand style.  Devin is a local girl.  Not only local to Vermont, but right here in Vermont.  She's a friend and a neighbor to many of our students and an inspiration to all.  We really wanted to acknowledge her accomplishment in slope style skiing and help her celebrate her win.  Her visit came together rather quickly and I had only one day to pull together something fun and festive.  We made a pile of welcome posters...and these flags which stole the show. Strung together the look adorable festooning the hall.  

 Here's a cute video to watch if you are feeling especially patriotic.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Welcome Spring

Happy first day of spring everyone.  Don't you love the fleeting days of springtime when the world bursts back into bud and bloom?  Well worth the wait, I think and a magical time to be in Vermont.  I'm celebrating by planting seeds and tending the seedlings that will become our summer garden.  Here's The Green Man that lived in the yard for a little while last summer.  White clay and buttercups, he lived on the trunk of the tree that gave us a bounty of sour cherries last year.  We made those cherries into that sensational Cherry Brandy that we shared last Christmas Eve.  If you want the recipe leave a comment and I'll hunt it down.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

How to Make a Symmetrical Image in PhotoShop....

I'm adding this to my list of cool things I can do in PhotoShop.  Here's how to do it...

1. Open your image
2. Select> All
3. Edit> Copy
4. Image>Canvas Resize> Shift focal point to left center> 200% wide> Enter
5. Edit> Paste
6  Edit> Transform> Filp Horizontal
7. Use move tool at top left tool bar to position image
8. Layer> Flatten Image

How about you?  What are your favorite photoshop tricks or tips?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


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This might take a while to complete (I rarely take a sick day), but I found my newest and best (I think) ever sub plan. Are you like me?  I rarely plan for those days when I have to be out and end up dashing around madly pulling things together last minute and being hectic when least want to.  

This image inspired me to put a sub kit together that includes a lesson plan, markers and pre-cut papers. Now I'm always prepared with a grab and go lesson.  The entire project stays in the box until 500 (or thereabouts) papers are collected and a final design is made.  

The hands look fabulous, but I think we'll change it up a bit.  Peace Sign? Dove? Butterfly? What would you do?