Two years ago, I made this paper wreath and it has stood to test of time (as in it hasn’t faded or been crushed in storage) and each Christmas season, I am so happy to see it again. It was super easy to make, you can totally do this!
I started with a simple cardboard ring that I probably cut out of an old Amazon box. I used acid free green paper in four different hues of green. The greens go from olive to Kelly green, I think you could stick to one type of green if you wanted, but I liked the variety. I drew almond shaped leaves in pencil (if you get one right, make it into a stencil and trace the rest!) and outlined them in Sharpie. I also added a line down the center and small lines drawn close together to add the visual texture or veins of the leaf.
I cut each leaf out and was careful to keep the Sharpie outline around the border of each leaf for consistency. I gently folded them down the center line to make them more 3-D and grabbed my hot glue gun and started glueing down. I made sure not to glue perfectly flat, to give the wreath some form and 3-dimensionality. I glued my ribbon to the back and it was done. It might look nice with a red paper ribbon or maybe I could even draw some brown pinecones for my next one! I love a good DIY project.
I displayed mine in my entryway and hot glued (just the tiniest drop) it to the backside of the mirror. You could probably use a command strip or something but my hot glue gun was out, so why not.
(Here is is last year, I hung it on a window)
Like I said in a previous post, I have a love and fascination with shiny surfaces and have always enjoyed the reflective surfaces of glassware. Here are a few examples of work done in oil (star lantern) and acrylics (Pellegrino). I had a few more of these because I was doing a painting a day during my study at Boston University, but someone stole them from the painting room. I had one that I absolutely loved of mason jars filled with different items and that one was unfortunately stolen. At least I still have a couple of them!
Here are a few little leaf charcoal drawings. I like that they are small and simple.
I’ve been working on this for a couple months- I pick it up, I put it down, but I’m glad I finished it. I have a real obsession with reflective surfaces as well as anything mechanical or shiny. These lightbulbs fulfilled all of my drawing fantasies! I will definitely be drawing lightbulbs again.
This week has been busy- but productive in other ways besides my own personal artwork- and that happens. I have about 6 major items on my New Years Resolution list, and probably 5/6 are daily items- which is currently presenting a challenge. I don’t think I will ever be a “daily painter”, but for now I am glad to hold the role of “daily inspirer” to my classes of creative kids. Since I haven’t been sharing my work, ideas, or stories in art education, I am a little backlogged with things to share.
I always try to work with paint, because I do love color, but I have to say, the easiest and most relaxing medium for me to work with is straight charcoal and a white pencil. My obsession with these materials happened in college and I put the pencils away, trying to work with other mediums that are faster, but as soon as I get the charcoal in my hand, I can’t stop. I wanted to write this blog about my daily experience with oil, acrylic, and watercolor paint- but I should just start from the beginning and show you my love of charcoal. I suppose I should just show the journey of a busy person, trying to make time for something that I feel essential to my almost-everyday life.
I watched a film today, too, called Mother Nature’s Child, which is essentially about how the new generation of kids spend less than 40 minutes a week outside. It made me so grateful to grow up in a neighborhood with other children where we would spend hours and hours a week outside. I am going to try to inspire my students to spend more time outside- so an Andy Goldsworthy project is in line for the next month.