27 May 2020Art Blogs
27 May 2020We can provide any bespoke PPE 3D printed parts to help keep you safer during the pandemic. Most people are starting to use non surgical cloth masks to help protect themselves and others better than not using anything. While cloth masks do help greatly, providing around 10-20% of the protection of a N95 (surgical mask), there are a few simple adaptations that you can download and 3D print yourself for free online (if you have a 3D printer and know how to use one. One of the issues of a cloth mask it the gaps around the bridge of your nose. Most face masks with inbuilt wire supporting the bridge usually still have gaps. Here is an example of a simple nose bridge clip that clips into your cloth face mask to help reduce that gap. If you wear glasses it also helps to keep the mask out of the way of your glasses and helps to stop them steaming up when you breathe. Don’t like those mickey mouse ears when you wear a face masks with straps for your ears? Here is another simple solution that clips to your existing ear straps allowing you to attach your mask more comfortable around your head. Another simple item you can purchase to help you keep safe when youâre out and about is a Covid door opener keying, for when you donât have any gloves on you and you want to open a door, or even turn on a tap in the bath room etc. Simply clips onto your key ring so youâve always got it at hand.
27 May 2020With an eye for design, shoe designer and artist Mark Schwartz has transformed the way the world looks at shoes today...
For over 35 years, Mr. Schwartz has produced unique and compelling designs of shoes, considered by him to be the most artistic and important accessory in a woman’s wardrobe. His shoe designs have graced the runways of Paris, Milan and New York, as well as the pages of fashion publications such as Vogue, Elle and W Magazine.
As a young man in the early 1980’s, Mark Schwartz launched his shoe design career by assisting shoe design master Roger Vivier, and within two years Mr. Schwartz rose to become the creative director for Roger Vivier International. Mr. Schwartz aided with the design of many eclectic collections during his 7 years with the company. Roger Vivier introduced Mr. Schwartz to many of the influential players of the 1980’s New York art scene, most importantly Andy Warhol, who mentored Schwartz until his death and was the one who urged Mr. Schwartz to paint his shoe designs. Schwartz and Warhol would meet two or three times a month to exchange ideas and talk about shoes and art.Warhol was a huge influence on Mark pushing him to come up with creative ways to do paintings that included shoes and leaving a strong artistic imprint that Schwartz still uses today in all of his work.
An accomplished footwear designer and artist , Mr. Schwartz has designed shoes for Barneyâs, Bergdorf Goodman, Cleo Bottier, and Neiman Marcus. Mr. Schwartz has collaborated on design projects in the past with Balenciaga, Chanel, Gucci, and Jean Claude Jitrois, Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, Christian Lacroix, Hermes and Bill Blass, Richard Tyler, Joyce Echols and Calvin Klein. He has made shoes for Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, Julia Roberts, Sharon Stone, Julia Louis - Dreyfus , Natasha Richardson, Tina Turner, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez , Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Gianna Milani , and Wendy Williams. #markschwartzshoes,#shoeaddict,#shoelover,#sandals,#boots,#style,#nyc#stiletto,#manoloblahnik,#markschwartz,#rogervivier,#jimmychoo,#christianlouboutin,#andywarhol www.highheeledart.com
27 May 2020
I see children have fun painting pop art. The art is colorful and we can choose any topic. We have plenty of artists to choose from. Each has their own style. Andy Warhol is one of them and today we create pop art in Andy Warhol style.
We let the children choose the topic they want. We only want them to repeat the same and use different colors.
Children actually chose quite nice topics. Some wanted to paint popsicles, dress designing or even cricket bats produced by different companies.
But first letâs learn about our artist.Who is Andy Warhol?
Andy Warhol was an American illustrator who made art and ads for magazines. A commercial artist as we refer them.
Slowly he moved to paintings that were inspired by this form of art of commercial art.
He painted almost everything, from things used every day like coca-cola bottles, vacuum cleaners, soup bottles to glamour icons like Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and others.
He took inspiration from movies, advertising, pop music, comic books, and even product packaging.
How do you recognize his paintings?
- His use of vivid almost neon colors. We see the use of black because of screen printing. We see this use of black in the art of Burton Morris.
- He prints a block and then repeats, either with the same color scheme or contrast.
We see the use of the following techniques to create his art.
Silkscreen printing where the ink is passed through a mesh of silkscreen and the same image is imprinted multiple times on the canvas. Here the silkscreen acts like a stencil.
Another technique that Andy Warhol used was the blotted line technique. Here the image is copied onto a non-absorbent paper like a tracing paper and ink is run through the image. Before it dried, it was printed on the paper.Why do we learn from Andy Warhol?
- Take ordinary, everyday objects and turn them into art.
- Choose bright and bold colors over cool and dark colors.
- Repeat. Repetition creates a pattern and that in turn creates a composition.
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- Watercolour Paper
- You can use stencil brushes or sponges
- rubber stamps (for kids 3-6)
- for kids 7-12 â Tracing Papers
- Bright acrylic paint. Neon Colors are also exciting.
- Choose an image of your choice. Draw it in a piece of paper.
- We choose a cartoon character. Create your own.
- Copy the image on a tracing paper or blotting paper. I have used acetate sheets (link below) as it is a little thick and easier for kids to handle.
- Run ink on top of the lines keeping the drawn paper below it. You can use ink or acrylic paints.
- I have used black here. The consistency of the paint should not be too thick. Add retarder (link below) if needed.
- Print it on the paper before it dries. It is easier to take the sheet, place it on the acetate sheet and trace it.
- It is important to get a blurred blotted look but not too smudged.
- Repeat the process until you have multiple prints. Print at least 4 times.
- Paint it with the colors of your choice. You can use complementary colors also.
- Here I have divided the page into parts so that I can put different colors on different blocks.
- Choose bright and vivid colors and not cool and dull colors as we are painting pop art here.
- Mix enough water to make the acrylic paint transparent so that the black lines of the image can be seen through it.
- Here is the part of the finished art.
27 May 2020
If you are looking for ideas to paint Indian folk art with kids, you are in the right place. Explore folk art and tribal art from India and all around the world through step-by-step folk art lessons, tribal art projects and painting masks sessions. But first, what do these terms folk art, tribal art and mask mean?Folk Art and Tribal Art
Folk art is the art of peasants and common working people. It comes from culture and community of the people living in a region that has been practised and handed over from one generation to the other. Each region has a distinctive style of their own folk art. This art is usually self-taught and it draws inspiration from everyday life. Find these intricately designed paintings on walls, rocks, and floors of huts in villages and also on items of daily use like cloth, wood, and metal.
Tribal art, on the other hand, is the art of tribes who moved from one region to the other. They have a religious aspect to it and therefore they paint in symbolic elements like you would see in totems.Folk and Tribal Art of India
Here are folk and art forms of different states in India.
Warli Paintingâ These are beautiful scenes of rural India created in simple sketches on walls by the Warli tribes in Maharashtra and Western India. The folklore in the villages are easily drawn as triangular figures and they are painted in action doing various chores.
Bengal folk art in style of Jamini Roy â Jamini Roy loved painting large portraits of Santhals, the tribes of Bengal. His motifs and patterns typically depict the traditional Bengal folk art.
See also the Santhal folk painting of Bengal in different styles. You can distinguish Bankura, Midnapore or Kalighat folk painting styles.
Painting peacock in Indian Folk art style â Peacock is the national bird of India and have an idea of different Indian folk art styles like Madhubani, Sohrai, Kalamkari, Bheenth Chitra, Bhil and others by painting peacocks in these styles.
Bhil Art is the traditional tribal art by the Bhil tribes in western and central India, mainly Madhya Pradesh. Bhil art show images of everyday life of villagers and these images are adorned with dots in distinctive patterns.
Sohrai folk art is painted on the mud walls of houses by the Santhals of Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal. This art draws inspiration from nature and the bold colours and subjects make these paintings look attractive.
Kantha stitch style patterns to create motifs. Kantha literally means a soft, light blanket and these blankets are created out of old sarees or soft cloth stitched together with small runs. Kantha stitch is a traditional stitch from Bengal which is used to stitch these blankets.
Rangoli or floor painting is an ancient tradition of drawing floral and geometrical patterns in front of the houses in India to welcome guests. These are also known as Kolam or Kolangal or Muggulu. Learn how to make Rangoli design with dots.
Try aipan art. This is also a floor art from Uttarakhand
Madhubani folk painting is from Bihar, in the east of India. You can easily recognize a Madhubani painting by the style of hatched lines alternating with a solid colour. The main subject is usually outlined with double lines. Find Madhubani art project to learn to paint in these patterns.
Pithora painting â Paint the famous horses of the Pithora folk art. The horses are drawn in just a few steps. They look so perfect yet they are simple.
After creating horses in Bengal folk art style and Pithora art style, try painting a horse in a Kalamkari folk art style. The same horse looks so different in the three different folk art painting.
Have you tried painting Saura Art? Though many people feel that they look like the Warli paintings, it is quite unique in its style and its approach. Another tribal art which depicts village scene is the Kurumbas tribal art.Folk and Aboriginal Art from other parts of the world
Aboriginal art from Canada â Norval Morrisseau created powerful earthly images of birds, animals, tribals, leaves and flowers in the aboriginal art style. You will love painting them.
Haida art and Mexican or Mayan motifs â Haida art is the art of the Haida people, an indigenous group who lived on Northwest coast of America. Organic shapes were used to fill an object rather than geometric ones. Mayan motifs beautifully illustrate all sorts of animals, birds, fishes and other elements that formed a part of their culture.
Molas, Kuba cloth, and Hmong applique art â These are all fabric art design drawn on paper. You will learn how to make organic shapes and patterns. They are all forms of reverse applique work on fabric.
Scandinavian folk art is bright and colourful and has a distinctive style of its own. Explore the animals, the horse and bear and other elements of nature in this folk art style.
Painting roosters in the style Rooster of Barcelos, Portugal, and Polish folk art, Wycinanki.
Folk art from Australia â We visit the artist, Betty Mbitjana to know more about Australian aboriginal art. Children will learn to paint beautifully with only lines and dots and have more control over the brush.Masks
The masks were worn by people in ancient times as an object or a covering of the face designed to disguise, perform, entertain and frighten others. Masks were made either of wood, clay, cloth or metal. Here we will paint some masks from different parts of the world.
How to Make Hahoetal Masks â Hahoetal masks are masks from Korea carved from solid wood and later painted to create different characters of their famous, ritual dance dramas.
How to draw a Tiki Head â Though not a mask, these tall statues of tiki heads were carved out of wood or stone by the ancient Hawaii, New Zealand, and Easter Island.
Cheriyal Masks â Cheriyal masks are bright and colourful masks created on wood or coconut shells worn by storytellers from Telegana regions. Chhau masks are worn by Chhau dancers from the eastern part of the country.
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27 May 2020
Do you love creating textures on paper?
Acrylic paints are a great medium to create textures can be created using a number of tools. The textures are stunning and whats even better – children love to create them.
So many of my art projects we together create textures. Most of them form the backgrounds of our main painting.
Palette knives, sponges, alcohol are to name a few.
There are many interesting acrylic painting textures on paper. And the best part is, children enjoy doing these art projects.
Today we are working with plastic wrap that we normally use in the kitchen to cling wrap food.
This plastic quickly sticks to the paper and pushes the paint against the folds making uneven appearance of the paint.
You can compare this with the skin of the rhino or the elephant.
And yes, you can paint the rhino and the elephant using this technique.Art project using plastic cling wrap
We will need acrylic paints, watercolor paper and paint brushes.
For creating this texture, you would need to mix the paint with some water so that it flows fast and does not dry. You can also mix retarder so that paint does not dry.
First, we painted the paper with a base color and let it dry. Next we used a slightly darker shade of paint and painted flat on top of it.
Before this dried, we put the plastic wrap and crumpled it more.
Let it rest for sometime before you pull the plastic wrap out.
Then let it dry.
We wanted to make this a curtain with some animals peeking in. So after the color dried, we painted an area white and the children drew their own animals within that area.
Another way to use plastic wrap is to paint it on the plastic wrap and put imprints of the paints on the paper. This texture looks slightly different and it can easily look like ripples in water as you see.
Use the plastic wrap in your own way and let the children love the effect.
27 May 2020
How do we write Happy New Year 2019?
Last year we did pop art inspired by the pop artist Burton Morris. How about wedraw with the alphabets and numbers itself?
Letters and numbers have their unique shapes and these shapes can be further enhanced to create characters of our own.
Again there are multiple fonts to write letters. Letters can be fat or with angles. So with the change of fonts, the same letter can inspire children to draw new things.
How many ways can you convert these letters and words into images?Doodling with Letters and Numbers
Look at the shape of each letter of Happy New Year and think of the nearest thing that you can think of that can be made from these shapes.
You can also think on the word as a whole and combine the letters to form something meaningful. You would find lot of images created from three letter words like the cat or the cow.
The third might be a series of things happening. Together they inspire something happening. Here is an artwork created by a young boy (grade 6) in the class. You can see in this painting that the two Pâs in the word Happy are up to something together.
Whatever it is, to change these wonderful shapes into drawings of your own will be always interesting.
You can give out a paper with the words in different fonts or let the children decide the font they want to use if they are a little older.
Smaller children can easily try with monster faces with some googly eyes, hairy body and a pair or horns.
So doodle with letters and numbers this year. You can also mail me your art.
If you are looking for writing in different fonts, check our last year post on Simple Calligraphy for kids.
There is a National level competition that Google holds every year for kids. Try and participate at least once. You can get more information on this on their website Doodle 4 Google.
27 May 2020
Here are some cool tricks to get beautiful acrylic painting textures on paper.
Do you know what fascinates children in art?
To get effects on thepaper that they never have expected.
And thatâs what led me to find tools and techniques to make the acrylic painting interesting.
Since you are working with children, you might also think of adding some retarder to slow the drying process.Using Isopropyl Alcohol
Alcohol evaporates much faster than water and in the process leaves a mark around the contact areas of the alcohol with water which is mixed with the paint that has been applied on paper.
Sprinkle drops of isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol, as they sometimes call it. Use a dropper to apply and then let it rest.
You can also use a dryer to dry the paint quickly. You will love the wonderful weird effects it has on acrylic paints.Using Water
Drops of water have also a fascinating effect on paper.
Take some surface of freshly painted acrylic paint.
Sprinkle some water on the surface and let it sit for some time. Use a kitchen towel to dab the surface dry and you would see missing paints on those areas keeping the other areas bright.Using Plastic Wrap
Plastic wraps create a texture along their folds.
While the surface of the paint is wet, use a plastic wrap to cover the paper and let the fine wrinkles of the plastic wrap settle on the paint. Leave the surface undisturbed for some time. When you lift the plastic wrap, you would see an image of the wrinkled surface on the paint.Using a Newspaper
Crumble a newspaper and lightly press it on the surface of a freshly acrylic painted surface.
Some of the paint is rubbed off the surface of the paper exposing beautiful shapes.
See the shape that you get. Enhance the shape to create the object that you see.Using Vaseline
Vaseline acts as acrylic paint resistant.
So when you smear areas of the surface of paint with vaseline and paint on top of it, these areas wonât absorb any paint. So it will leave the underlying color exposed giving a beautiful abstract effect.Using Leftover Acrylic Paints
Beautiful patterns form on the surface of palettes or surfaces where the paints are mixed.
These paints can be peeled easily as acrylic paints have a plastic finish.
Attached it to the surface of paper using the paint itself or acrylic medium. Even a mod podge can be used. Children will love these colours. Use this as a base to colour more.Using Gesso
Gesso is a white paint which can help create uneven structure on a canvas or paper.
The gesso can be applied with a knife or any other tool. This uneven surface created on paper is great to work on further.Using a Cardboard
The piece of cardboard can be used to pull the paint on the surface.
Use two or three colours side by side and then use a cardboard to pull the paint on the surface. You can use an old credit card instead.
When you pull the cardboard over it, it gives a rainbow of colours in the direction that you pull.
We have used different shades of blue and green to paint the sea in acrylic.Using the Palette Knife
Palette knives have been used in different ways by artists to apply thick layers of paint on paper. This style is called the impasto painting.
It is also a nice way to try out with children.
Other ways to create textures and patterns include using stamps and stencils or even printing. We will try these methods too.
If you are interested in buying some of these art mediums online, here are the links to them.
27 May 2020
Let’s try an easy Aipan design today.
Aipan is a floor art from Uttarakhand. Though mainly a floor art, this art is also done on walls, doorstep and in the puja room.During the festive season, people decorate the floors with intricate designs. It is believed that these motifs evoke divine power which brings good fortune and wards off the evil.
Like many other floor art that we see, this art is also done by the women in the house and the form has been handed over from one generation to the next. So there is no defined way to create these patterns but there are some shapes which make it easily recognizable.
Unlike Rangoli and Kolam in South India, Aipan is free form. We do see geometrical patterns and linear designs. You can recognise this art easily with the close lines that are drawn parallel to each other to fill a space. The common Indian patterns like flowers, birds, conch shells, feet of the Goddesses that adorn aipan.
Aipan is done over the brick red floor with a white paste made out of rice flour. The way the powdered rice is used is different for different art forms. Like in Rangoli we use the rice powder itself to create the design. Alpana from Bengal uses this flour paste which is thick in consistency and it is applied with a piece of cloth. The women use their fingers to paint aipan. The consistency of the flour paste is much thin and flows easily.Art lesson from Aipan
We will need colored paper and white acrylic paint and a thin brush. See some aipan designs. There are some very common motifs that are used in Indian designs. They are the spirals, Paisleys and the swastiks. Dots form an important pattern. Thin parallel lines are drawn quite often in Aipan.
Children above 10 years should try this art.
Here you will learn
- To control a thin brush to make patterns in free hand.
- Drawing simple Indian patterns
- Filling up areas with patterns
- Drawing parallel lines and bringing symmetry to patterns
27 May 2020
Stippling brush painting is a pattern of painting created with small dots. Many artists likeGeorges Seurat has used this technique to create entire paintings. Trees and shrubs and other things which have a dotty structure can be painted using this technique to give a realistic look.
Letâs try stippling brush painting with children.
For this, you would need acrylic paints, watercolor paper or canvas and fan brushes with stiff bristles.
For having a more blended effect, we can use fan brushes with softer bristles.
As usual, we draw inspirations from an artist. Today our artist is Peter Adderley. See some of his paintings pinned in Pinterest.
Peter Adderley creates charming paintings that capture the British seaside. The sea is his source of inspiration. His subjects are playful and childlike and the paintings look deceptively simple.
Today we will paint the sea. The sea as is in his paintings is not still but has wild waves. Now here is where we will use the stippling technique.
First, paint the entire sheet with shades of blue and green in a wavy pattern.
We have used phthalo turquoise, permanent blue light, ultramarine blue and permanent green light from Camel Artists Acrylic Colour. The colors are used dry. But a lot of these paints are used so that one color merges into the other.
While the paints are still damp on paper, drops of water are allowed to fall on the paint. They sit on the paper for some time and then cleaned with a soft cloth. This gives more texture to the water.
Colour the boat and the people. The boat has also been painted using in the stippling technique and here the two colors have been merged using this technique.
After that the foams on the waves are created. The brush used is completely dry and little paint is picked up in the brush at a time. They are blended at some places by hand.
27 May 2020
We buy a lot of art materials for our children every now and then. And once we buy them we need to think about storing them properly so that we can use it for a long time. Here are some ideas what you can buy as Art Supply Storage boxes online.
All art supplies should necessarily be kept away from sunlight, preferably in a cool dark place. Some need to be stored upright while others are stored better whenkept horizontally.
Each type of medium has its own requirements and today we see what we use to keep our art supplies organized.
Here are some options that you can buy online from Amazon to store and organize kids art supplies in a small space.Crayons and Oil Pastels
Most oil-based materials need to be stored away from the sunlight. It also should necessarily be kept in a cool place. I keep them in their individual box in the cupboard. Since the pastels are sticky and easily bleeds into each other, different shades should not touch each other. You can keep similar shades in a compartmentalized box. Art bin has a variety of bins to choose from.
Buy crayons and oil pastels online, there are lots of art supplies to choose from.
Color pencils are fragile and when they fall on the floor, which they easily do because they roll off the table. When it falls it not only breaks the pencil tip but also the lead that is inside. Always keep pencils in containers. Pencils can be kept horizontally or vertically and if they are kept vertically, their tip should point upwards. if you keeping the pencils in a tinned box, see that there is a foam or a softer material which acts as a cushion for the pencils.
Markers and Sketch pens are kept usually vertical unless they are dual tip ones. Many prefer to keep them vertically with the tips facing up so that the nibs are not clogged. I usually keep them facing vertically down or horizontally. The pens should be necessarily be capped properly at all times.
It is ok to store acrylic paints horizontally but it has to be seen the cap of the paints are screwed properly. I keep them in deep plastic containers but see to it that the heavy ones are not stacked above the smaller tubes. Store acrylic paints in plastic pouches and hang the organizer around the working area.
Brushes can be kept with bristles facing upwards in old cups or glasses. It must dry flat and then kept in the vertically upright position. If you want to carry your brushes, use these folding bags around.
We should keep all our art supplies in one place. There is the stackable container where you can sort and keep your painting supplies in one place. I love the portable art supply storage solutions as we can be flexible in choosing the place we want to sit.
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