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Dense Text Lettering

My inspiration for this project came from the wonderful book, Hand Lettering, by Marci Donley & DeAnn Singh.  The authors call this technique “Writing Between the Lines”, but I think “Dense Text” describes it better.  I tried it with my middle schoolers and the results were fantastic!  You’ll find so many applications for this fun lettering […]

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Best New Finds of 2011

2011 was a great year for finding new inspiration  and getting organized!     When I first discovered Pinterest, I felt like I had struck gold!  Pinterest is an online pin board where you can collect images you find on the web and organize them by topic for easy reference.  Your boards are shared publicly with others, […]

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Middle Eastern Inspiration

School’s out and summer has begun! I’ve just returned from two amazing weeks in the Middle East, visiting family in Jordan and exploring the marvels of this rich culture! The carved city of Petra, ancient Roman ruins and spectacular desert landscapes were just a few of the many wonders I discovered there. In this land […]

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Inspiration for a New Year

Copyright 2008, Simple Truths I love a good quote! It’s amazing how words can inspire, encourage, motivate, and even change lives. Here is one of the many quotes that has done this for me: “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” ~Robert Brault Whether […]

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Crayola – More than Just Coloring!

“Very Voracious Animal Voices” from Crayola.com Here’s another great website I discovered with Art ideas for kids…. crayola.com. Don’t be misled (as I almost was!) by the name. Crayola is more than just crayons!! Just follow the link to the Crayola home page, then click on the link “For Educators” on the left. From there […]

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Art Attack!

“3D Picasso Faces” from “Art Attack” Got some time off over the holidays? What a great opportunity to check out some kids’ art websites and get inspired with new ideas! Here’s a website that I found recently called “Art Attack”, from the creators of the award winning international television art show for children, produced in […]

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What Inspires You?

While it’s great to follow tried and true plans for a successful Art lesson, it can be fun to come up with a new project on your own, based on something that inspires you. Where do you get inspiration from? It’s different for everyone, but anything that catches your eye (from the shapes and patterns […]

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