Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Blue Cactus and Florals

Yes, I am still here! I've slowed down on posting because summer is just busy and I've got to make some time for fun! Like painting drippy blue cacti 💙💙💙

Drippy Blue Cactus Painting by Elise Engh

I bought these large square frames from the thrift store about a year ago.  They had some old photograph prints in them, but they were black and white- not my style. I need color!  So I ended up priming the backing boards that came with the frames and then painted some fun cacti and flowers with acrylic paints. 

Which cactus version do you like better? 

The instagram consensus is the more realistic one and I have to agree.  But the drippy one was sooooo much fun to paint! Watered down acrylics act a lot like watercolors.

Blue Cactus Paintings- Two different Styles by Elise Engh
Art Studio with Blue Cactus Paintings: Elise Engh

The last board I attempted some blue flowers in a sort of half watercolor/ half acrylic style.  It was an adventure to play with paint that way and I learned so much, even if I don't love the final outcome.  It's all about the process!!

Blue Floral Art: Grow Creative Blog

Monday, June 5, 2017

8 Creative Art Projects to Try With Your Kids This Summer

It's the beginning of summer and that means freedom! It also means that school-aged kids are transitioning from having a full-scheduled-day to having lots of free time.  I don't know about you, but I have to make a summer fun list to keep my son busy doing things besides watching t.v.

8 Creative Art Projects for Kids: Grow Creative Blog

Our summer fun list includes fun outings, science experiments, and of course, art projects!  I have compiled a list of eight creative art projects that you can try with your kids.  These are all kid-friendly art projects that I pulled from my own blog archives.  Most of these projects are relatively inexpensive too.  As long as you've got some paper, watercolor or acrylic craft paints, recyclables, and some tape, you are good to go!

Draw shapes on paper, cover them with cool tape and cut the shapes out! This should provide at least an hours worth of entertainment and the crazier tape patterns you have, the better.

Cool Tape Art Project for Kids: Grow Creative Blog

Garbage Bots

Make use of those cans, cardboard boxes, juice lids, and milk caps.  Assemble your own garbage bots with the help of some hot glue and googly eyes!

Make garbage bots out of recyclables: Grow Creative Blog

Printing with Flowers

If you've got a nature loving kid, you are in luck! Or if you just have a kid who likes to whack things with hammers- you'll be happy with this project.  You can make prints of flowers and leaves on paper by smashing them with your fingers or a hammer.  It's so fun to experiment with all kinds of plants.

Make flower prints by smashing flowers onto paper: Grow Creative Blog

Stamping with Watercolors

Did you know that you can use paint on your rubber stamps?  You can cover them with watercolor paints or watered-down acrylics then press them to your paper.  Let the kids have fun making patterns- they'll love it!

Stamped Watercolor Paper Patterns Art Project: Grow Creative Blog

Abstract Watercolors

This project requires some rubber cement and a little bit of patience, but your kids will be amazed at the masking effect that is revealed when they pull off the dried rubber cement.  This one is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Abstract Watercolor Art Project with rubber cement: Grow Creative Blog

Straw Painting

Experiment with different ways to move and apply paint on paper.  Let your kids strengthen their lungs by blowing through straws to move wet paint in crazy patterns across the paper.  So fun!

Straw Blowing Watercolor Art Project: Grow Creative Blog

Hard and Fuzzy Friends

These projects falls more into the craft category, but I still count it as art.  Paint rocks and glue googly eyes to them.  Or glue pom poms to a popsicle stick to make some cute little furry friends!

Painted Rock Pet Kid Craft: Grow Creative Blog

Pom Pom Caterpillar Kid Craft: Grow Creative Blog

Drawing Game

I don't have a tutorial for this one, but I posted the rules for this fun game on my Instagram Feed last week.

Have your child start a drawing on a plain piece of paper.  Take turns adding different elements to the scene.  This can be a purely aesthetic work of art or it can turn out like ours did- like a crazy fun story!

Drawing Game for Kids: Grow Creative Blog

Do you have any fun art projects that you like to do with your kids? Please share in the comments!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Loose Watercolor Florals

I'm back with more flowers!  Once you get going, it's hard to stop :)

Two watercolor flower paintings by Elise Engh
Two watercolor flower paintings by Elise Engh

I've been working hard at painting loose and wet florals.  I just love that look! I don't like dry brush marks or hard lines.  It can be tricky because you have to learn how to paint precisely and quickly.  I've learned that it's easier to paint this way on a smaller scale and that the right paper helps a lot! 

These two 5x7 floral paintings are now in my Etsy Shop...... so check them out!

loose watercolor flowers painting by Elise Engh
Pink Watercolor Flowers

loose watercolor flowers painting by Elise Engh
Pink Watercolor Florals


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