“How To Draw” Give Away Winner
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Wow, thanks to all those who entered my contest! I loved reading your comments and learning that my tutorials are going to such good use. My winner was chosen with the help … Read More

Black Lines on Black Paper
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If you have ever tried to make glue drawings for chalk pastel or color stick art, but didn’t love the way the glue dried? Drawing with white glue, letting it dry, and … Read More

Deluxe Leonardo Line Art Template
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When you leave a graphic design job to start teaching art, you just might find yourself making your own project materials. And if you get a break in your busy schedule (hello summer!) … Read More

Theibaud Cake Mural
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Wayne Thiebaud is an American artist best known for his paintings of cakes in light pastel shades. I exaggerated the colors and frostings a bit in this homage, and hope it adds … Read More

Painting Flowers
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Students first “draw” the flowers with their paint brushes, and then trace the edges afterward. My other projects almost always begin with traced drawings so this backwards approach gave the students a … Read More

Pinterest Milestone: Over 50,000 Followers!
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There’s a reason why I fell in love with Pinterest as soon as I discovered it. It’s pure bliss for those who are always on the lookout to find and organize good … Read More

New “How to Draw” eBook
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Due to numerous requests to purchase this book I am now offering all of its content, including the cover art, in a condensed (18 MB) PDF e-file, for just $25. Print to … Read More

Starving Artist No More Summit
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Have you ever thought about using your talents to bring in extra income? Are you the person that all the family comes to when they have an artsy project? What if your … Read More

Mini Me Custom Valentines
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I’m a sucker for custom Valentines. They just celebrate the day in a way no store bought card ever could. MATERIALS • Black and white head shot of each student, about 2″ … Read More

Mod Podge at the CHA Show
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I made a friend at the Mod Podge booth at the the CHA Show today. I couldn’t help but share how I use their products all the time with my Sharpie art, … Read More

Craft & Hobby Association Show
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A few months ago I entered and online contest called “Creativations”. Sponsored by Michaels, it was looking for new and creative ideas, all kinds. I submitted my dry wax paper + Sharpie … Read More

“How to Draw” Book Giveaway Winner!
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Thanks so much to everyone who entered my first-ever “How to Draw” Book Contest! It seems I’ve found the perfect giveaway. I was truly overwhelmed by the 600+ comments that popped up … Read More

Still My Favorite Art Supplies
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I posted this list about three years ago, and they remain with the exception of BIC markers, which seem to have gone the wayside. Too bad, their packs had a lot of … Read More

Summertime!
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And with the stroke of the clock, and the emptying of a room, a new schedule begins. This time I get to choose more of what my days will look like, in … Read More

Podcast with Deep Space Sparkle
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I’m so excited to share my first podcast interview with Patty Palmer of Deep Space Sparkle, a long time blogger / art teacher colleague of mine. I finally had a chance to … Read More

Draw a Shop
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Here is a very simple plan for drawing a shop, which students can customize to their liking with pets, candy, clothes, toys, etc. MATERIALS Draw a Shop PDF Tutorial Drawing paper Black … Read More

Draw an Abstract Self Portrait
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Here is an adaptation of my popular Abstract Face project for older students. It still has simple features that fill the face, but allows for some personalization with hair and shoulders, etc. … Read More

Mosaic Art with Beans
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Students can make some beautiful mosaic art with beans, thanks to lots of varieties you can find at your local grocery store. The earliest examples of mosaics have been found at a … Read More

Close Up Portrait
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One way to simplify portrait drawing is to start with a large U instead of an oval. 1. Start with a square drawing paper. With a pencil, follow the steps shown in … Read More

Art Projects for Kids