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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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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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Grade 5 Portfolios – Collecting Words






 I LOVE kids’ books!!! I just discovered a great new book, titled “Max’s Words” by Kate Banks. While this book doesn’t have a specific art theme, it inspired me to create a portfolio project for my 5th graders based on WORDS. Kids LOVE to collect things. I learned this from personal experience, with a daughter who […]






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Valentine Card with Negative Space Resist






Use contact paper and masking tape to create a resist for a beautiful watercolor wash background! Materials: Contact paper, 4 pieces 3″ x 4″ Masking tape or painter’s tape (Lessen the tackiness by sticking the tape onto your clothes first, that way it won’t tear your paper when you remove it.) Scissors Watercolor paper, 9”x […]






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Grade 5 Portfolios – Collecting Words






I LOVE kids’ books!!! I just discovered a great new book, titled “Max’s Words” by Kate Banks. While this book doesn’t have a specific art theme, it inspired me to create a portfolio project for my 5th graders based on WORDS. Kids LOVE to collect things. I learned this from personal experience, with a daughter […]






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Alphabet Art – The Verdict is In!






two examples of first grade “Alphabet Art” It’s official…. everyone LOVES Alphabet Art! From first graders to sixth graders, the responses were all the same – this project is a hit!! A few of the youngest students had to be reminded to connect their letters, but other than that most students were able to work […]






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