Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Playing While I Can

I am trying to spend as much time in the art room as I can these last few days before driving to the "far north" with my Mom. I am also planning to take some supplies with me, but haven't decided which ones or how much yet.

For today, I used a drawing from "Art Projects for Kids" by Kathy Barbro to make a practice drawing so that I can do another with the first grader who is getting off the bus at my house on Friday. She loves to do art and has told me that she prefers it if I have a plan when she gets here.

Here is my little elephant:

I need to come up with a way to make the tusks stand out, though. I don't want to introduce her to masking fluid yet, but maybe we will make a template in the shape of the tusks and use them to keep the area a bit more white.

I am pretty sure her picture will be much more exciting and interesting than mine and I will share it with you if she doesn't mind.

For today, I need to go into town to shop a bit for the trip north and mail off my zendalas to Janet. Oh, freebird, thank you so much for your input. I did add color (black actually) to the one spoke that was left white and I like how it looks. I looked at the first one again and decided that I like it for the flow of it. I see it as some, more, most. I don't know if I am explaining it well, but I like the way it draws my eye across from least to most.

I think I need to go get on the treadmill and then get in the shower, grab a bite and get this ole body moving. So much to do so little time.......



  1. It's a charming little drawing and I'm sure she'll love doing it. I like your idea of using templates for leaving the tusks white. It's another little trick for her to learn how to do, too. hugs, nancy

  2. Cute, cute. I am sure she will love this picture.
    I teach an eight, one hour art class at the elementary school. I introduced watercolor pencils last week and the kids love them. As well as wetting the drawing, they can wet the pencil itself or wet a brush and wipe the pencil tip to get the color. Have fun!

  3. include the tusks in your original drawing assuming she is gonna trace your picture. Then colour around the tusks leaving them with the white of the paper. hope this helps.

  4. What a little trooper! She must be a lot of fun! Do go to and To Elmers:
    Both sites offer Creative Lesson Plans for all Ages.
    Have fun.

  5. I can't wait to see what you guys come up with. Making art with little kids is the best!

  6. This is cute. She'll have fun with it. Maybe you could cut out some tusks from white thick paper to glue on afterwards. Then they should stand out. And you could say you added just a bit of collage work.

  7. I love all the wonderful colors of your intricate zentangles.

  8. This is the most adorable elephant ever! =) Watercolor pencils are fun, I hope your granddaughter will have a blast.
    Thanks Vicki for your comment ;)

  9. She'll love this! I like the idea of collaging on the tusks!

  10. What a lovely idea and art to share with your grand. Will be a winner.

  11. Vicki,
    This is darling. What a great project. I wonder if you could just outline the tusks a bit to make them stand out.
    I hope she will share hers too.