22 Ways to Combine Writing & Art to Encourage Creativity

22 Ways to Combine Writing & Art to Encourage Creativity






I recently had the privilege of helping my adult daughter edit the manuscript for her first book. Her first real, published book. A book with an agent, a publisher, a release date (April 2017), and it’s own pre-order page on Amazon. A proud parenting milestone for sure! But this book of hers has been a long time in the making. […]






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Kaleidoscope Lettering - New & Improved!

Kaleidoscope Lettering – New & Improved!






While I love creating new art projects to keep things fresh and interesting, some of the older projects are just so good, they’re worth repeating year after year…. which also gives me the chance to keep improving them! Kaleidoscope Lettering is one of those projects! It uses the concepts of bilateral (reflective) symmetry, tessellation, and positive/negative space to transform names, initials, or inspiring words into unique […]






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How to Take Great Photos of Kids' Art Using Your iPhone

How to Take Great Photos of Kids’ Art Using Your iPhone






Whether you’re a parent wanting to document your child’s artistic journey or an art teacher/blogger in need of awesome photos of your students’ projects, the best camera to use is the one you have with you! And if you’re like me, that’s the iPhone in your back pocket. With an iPhone (or other smartphone), you can take […]






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Your Child's Art: What to Save & How to Save It

Your Child’s Art: What to Save, How to Save It






Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about decluttering…. paring down all the stuff we’ve accumulated over the years and keeping only what’s truly important to us. So when one of my readers asked me what to do with the ‘mountain of artwork’ his kids were bringing home, it really struck a chord. After surveying friends, […]






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Serious Care for Your Art Room Brushes

How to Care for Your Art Room Brushes






Let’s face it, art room brushes take a beating. But don’t throw them away – rejuvenate them instead!  I used to think “The Masters” Brush Cleaner and Preserver was only for my expensive art brushes at home. Somehow the brushes in my classroom didn’t seem ‘worthy’. How crazy is that?! Now that I’ve started using […]






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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a Ceramic 'Pot of Gold'

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Ceramic ‘Pot of Gold’






Leprechauns, rainbows, and pots of gold all tell us that St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner! We made our pots of gold out of clay so they would last from year to year. While these look like little pots full of gold coins, there’s a bit o’ trickery here…. the coins are actually attached to a removable […]






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A Podcast Just for Art Teachers

A Podcast Just for Art Teachers






When I discover something new that I really love, I have to share it! Whether it’s my new YETI tumbler that keeps my tea hot (or cold) all day or my Pentel Water Brush that I’m currently having a blast with, I tell everyone. There’s just something in me that has to share good things with others. […]






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