Art Swirls #3. | Hot Glue Canvas Painting

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Welcome to #3. of Art Swirls!

Today we will be doing Hot Glue Canvas Painting. 

YOU WILL NEED

  • a canvas of any size.
  • Acrylic paints.
  • a hot glue gun +extra glue sticks.
  • A semi-steady hand +good handwriting, or letter stencils.

THE INSPIRATION

 

 

I found the below lovely image on Pinterest, and decided to put my own spin on things. I will probably do one similar to the picture eventually.

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INSTRUCTIONS

STEP ONE~ FIRST DETERMINE A DESIGN AND SKETCH IT LIGHTLY ON YOUR CANVAS WITH A PENCIL. 

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IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THE ‘SHEEP’, I USED THIS MAGNET AS A STENCIL.

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STEP TWO~ NEXT, BEGIN TRACING OVER YOUR PENCIL MARKS WITH THE GLUE GUN. WATCH THE CONSISTENCY OF THE HOT GLUE AND TRY TO BE CONSISTENT IN THE AMOUNT OF GLUE ON THE CANVAS.

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GET RID OF THE ‘SPIDER STRING’S’ AS YOU GO!

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STEP THREE~ NOW CHOOSE YOUR PAINT COLORS AND BEGIN PUTTING THEM ON IN THE ORDER YOU WANT THEM. THE DESIGN IS UP TO YOU. I MADE THE SHEEP PLAIN OLD WHITE.

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STEP FOUR~ STRENGTHEN AND DEEPEN THE COATS OF PAINT AS YOU GO UNTIL SATISFIED WITH YOUR WORK. MAKE SURE THAT THE PAINT IS EVEN. ALSO MAKE SURE ALL THE HOT GLUE IS PAINTED OVER EVENLY. AND YOU’RE DONE!

 

 

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Art Swirls 2. {three inspirations}

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Welcome to Art Swirls 2. ! I am excited to do this one today because I hunted for a few drawings on Google and came up with two drawings to try freehand. I didn’t measure anything at all…just used the good ole’ eyeballs. 😉

Image 1: Chip (beauty and the beast)

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Reference photo.
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My sketchbook take. 

 

Image 2: Cala Lilly

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Reference photo.
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My sketchbook take. 

 

Image 3: Silhouettes (taken from one of Walter T. Foster’s art books.)

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Reference photos from the book.

This one had more room for creativity. I sorta’ just chose a bunch of random objects to draw, and some from memory. This is what I came out with.

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My take. Haha. I know…isn’t that face thingy goofy? And I do believe I created a rare type of bird! 🙂 

I did the drawing of Chip as a ‘promo’ art for the live action Beauty and the Beast. Anyone else hoping to ‘be their guest’ this March?

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~Emmaline

 

Art Swirls 1. {new series!}

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Guess what? Brand new series guys…

I promised a new series, right? Well…here’s another one. Basically- there will be three contributors to this series: Emma, (me) Emily (from guest post), and Ellie. The three E’s, the three musketeers 😛 . Today’s post is by Ellie and I (we’ll mostly focus on my drawing as Ellie was behind me in steps). Here’s the inspiration/prompt photo for this project.

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I think this is supposed to be a BLUE flower? 🙂

 

Step One: choose your colors. 

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I chose: lemon yellow, titanium white, cerulean blue, ultramarine, crimson red, black, and yellow ochre.

 

Step Two: start with the yellow in the background. 

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With a medium sized ‘mommy’ brush I did two areas: the normal yellow paint, and the yellow paint mixed with some white and some water. I will keep using this brush until I tell you otherwise. Tip: keep looking at the reference photo! When you do, you will see which parts of the background need to be light/dark.

 

Step Three: add water to your brush along with a drop more of white paint. The, dab the brush around the lighter area- lightening it further.

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Tip: Notice the shape of the lighter area looks sort of like a heart. You can also remove any hair from off the painting with anything sharp- just don’t dig a hole through your painting!

 

Step Four: now darken the ‘dark’ spots with the normal yellow. Then, dry it with a hairdryer. img_4152-001

 

Step Five: Now choose a circular object in the size that you want the center of your flower to be, and trace around it with a pencil. 

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Tip: make sure it’s in about the same place as mine is in the picture. Look at the reference photo first-and make sure you keep looking at it during the tutorial.

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Step Six: Now freehand two wider circles around the original circle. 

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Tip: if you want to be more precise, you can find two more objects about the size that you want them to be. Be as creative as you like- just try to stay somewhat with the reference photo.  

 

Step Seven: Freehand in the five petals.

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Tip: watch out for the curviness of the petals and for the little points at the top of each one. AND make sure you keep looking at the reference photo. 

 

Step Eight: and now you may freehand the shape/outline of the ladybug. img_4160

Tip: try drawing three dots for the circular shape of the ladybug. And also notice that the dots aren’t right on top of each other. Rather, the bottom two are a little to the right of the top two. 

 

Step Nine: the next step is to add your lighter blue with a medium angled brush. And also the normal red of the ladybug. Also add more circles around your original ones, according to what you think of the reference photo. 

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Tip: dot the brush with a teeny little bit of white to lighten the light blue even further. You can erase any mistakes with a little water on a dry brush. 

 

Step Ten: Now you can begin blending in and adding some of your dark color all over the petals.

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Tip: Look at the way the reference photo looks. Especially focus on the blending of the petals.

 

Step Eleven: the petals should look similar to what you see in my below photo. The next step is to add your dark color the the very first circle around the middle. Then add red to the circle directly below it. 

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Tip: blend the bottom of the circles together as you go.

 

Step Twelve: Now for the fun! Experiment with colors and blending in the middle of the flower. Just make sure whatever you do is well blended.

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Tip: Be creative! I added those black dots to the middle of mine and just kept on bleeding things together. I also added further detail with yellow ochre. 

 

Step Thirteen: Paint in the ladybug and it’s details. Make sure that you dry it and everything else before adding the white highlight to it. Then TA-DA! You’re done.

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Tip: You can experiment with cleaning up the background if you’d like. 

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Hope you guys enjoyed this!

Special thanks: To Ellie, for helping me hold things for the shot, and for painting with me.

~Emmaline

 

My Coat of Arms History Project

Hey guys!

I have mentioned before that I am taking a history/humanities course for high school with a group of friends. Today I am just going to spend some time sharing our most recent project with y’all. We were instructed to make a coat of arms on the theme of our family in the past, the present, and our vision for our family in the future. We are also supposed to make a paper explaining why we chose the symbols we did for the coat of arms. I will be sharing a picture of my finished coat of arms project and I’ll add a copy of the paper to explain it.

 

❤ My Coat of Arms Project Paper ❤

My Family: Past, Present, and Future

My coat of arms is based loosely on the Sauer coat of arms- and primarily on my imagination.

Past~ My crest displays my family’s past with four of the symbols shown: The Italian flag, the German flag, the lion, and the capital letter ‘F’. The Italian flag symbolizes the Figura family as having Italian roots and our immigration from Italy to the US. The German flag- the name ‘Sauer’ has German roots. The name literally means ‘a man who is a sawyer (cut wood to sell)’. 🙂 The Lion is the central item in the ‘Sauer’ family crest. The lion symbolizes royalty, valor, and strength. The lion is also known for having Biblical significance (Lion of Judah, Christ.). The letter ‘F’ is simply supposed to help to identify my family name.

Present~ Let’s start with the shield division I chose. The red cross symbolizes faith and protection. Protection can be anything from God’s constant protection of His children to a father’s protection of his children. Or parents teaching their children and protecting them from worldly influences. Quinque Solas is a latin phrase which means ‘the five solas’. While is not even close to a summary of what my family believes- it does give a foundation for justification- one of the most crucial doctrines fought for during the reformation. Cave, Cave, Deus Videt– is a latin phrase which is and was popular especially in the middle ages. It means ‘Beware, beware, God sees!’. This is a warning to all Christians and all people in general. It is especially aimed at our practical atheism. When we want to sin, we pretend in our hearts that God isn’t there- that He doesn’t see. But God will not wink at sin- thus the warning.

Future~ My vision for my family in the future can be summarized in one word: ‘triumph’. The victory over sin that Christ has won for us. Now I will explain the five remaining symbols on my crest. The color of my shield in old heraldry stood for freedom, beauty, joy, health and hope, and loyalty in love. I pray that in the future my family will be forever loyal to God and each other. The anchor is placed strategically in the center of my crest, as I wanted it’s prominence to be obvious. It symbolizes salvation, hope, and religious steadfastness. I have a vision that by God’s grace- that my family will be steadfast in their faith and not be swayed by heresy. I pray they will never lose the hope that they have as Christians. The apple is to display God’s goodness, the peace we have in Christ, and once again- salvation (seeing a pattern here? 🙂 ). Lastly- the acorn and the crown. The acorn means independence and strength. The crown is tucked under the shoulder of the lion (the lion represents Jesus Christ, as I said earlier.) to show that it belongs to Him. The crown is literally known as the ‘heavenly crown’. Other meanings include: ‘a symbol of victory’, ‘sovereignty and empire’.  To summarize that for you- “GOD RULES AND REIGNS!”.

“Saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” “

~Revelation 5:12

Soli Deo Gloria!

END OF PAPER

This was a fun project and I recommend it. It’s a lot of fun to track down history and to create your own crest. I loved it because you can technically count it for an art credit too 🙂 .

Have you ever done something like this?

Have you ever made a family tree?

What do you think of my drawings on the crest 😉 ?

~Emmaline

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Tree Drawing

This is a simple post!

A very simple drawing, too. I drew a Christmas tree for my very last art class ever. You probably know I stopped art classes. But this was my very last drawing. My art teacher’s words were: “It’s harder than it looks.”. And my friends, it actually was a LOT harder than it looks. One advantage is that most anyone could probably do it just by looking at it! But it was a lot of fun just the same. 🙂

 

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Title: “The Christmas Tree” Drawing by: Me 🙂 Media: Mixed. metallic marker,  prismacolor colored pencils, black ink pen, green and black sharpie markers.

 

So, Merry Christmas (soon!) from The Misty Mountain ;p  !

~Emmaline

Sibling Student Art| Rose

Hey!

Another quick post (taking a break from taking a break from blogging for one more post) to show you a drawing that Nathanael (my little brother) did about a month ago now.

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Title: “The Red Rose”  Artist: Nathanael Figura  Media: Crayons and black ink pen.

I think he’s a lot better than the last time when I posted one of his drawings. He’s really improved at grasping the actual shape of whatever he’s drawing. This is actually only like the second drawing I’ve done with him. I thought I would post this in honor of the fact that I won’t be attending art classes anymore–which was the main reason this blog was founded. But don’t worry, I won’t stop drawing. It’s the kind of thing where no matter how much you may want to be done–you never will. Mostly because I like it too much 🙂 .

Here’s his first drawing of a panda bear that he drew with me (for your comparison).

 

 

I think the area that he needs the most work on right now is blending. Particularly background blending. But I am also certain he gets better every time.

 

What do you think?

Do you ever hold mini ‘art classes’ with your siblings?

…Or any other kind of class for that matter?

~Emmaline