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Day 14: Crayon Art

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It’s Day 14 of the Pinterest Project and I am finally making a crayon art masterpiece! Ever since first seeing these on Pinterest I have wanted to try one. They look like so much fun to make and for the most party, they turn out looking amazing. Fingers crossed that mine does too!

Supplies:

  • Canvas
  • Crayons, an assortment of colors
  • hot glue gun with plenty of glue sticks
  • blow dryer

Directions:

Before you do anything, you need to figure out what you want your crayon art to look like. Next, gather all of your materials (see the list above).

Pick out the colors of your choice and lay them out on your canvas. Glue each crayon down individually. [I painted a picture on the bottom of my canvas so I didn’t just have a canvas full of melted crayons!]

Tilt the canvas for more controlled dripping. Blast the hair dryer onto the crayons until they start melting. Let them bleed as much as you like and then you’re done!

*Note – put down newspaper before you turn on the blow dryer. The crayons will splatter!

My finished Masterpiece – A couple dancing!

Creating this was a lot of fun, but a lot of work at the end. You have to put your hairdryer on a high setting so that crayons will melt. The low setting doesn’t really do anything. If you’re like me and you want to have a picture with your crayon art then be extra careful about the melted crayons and their dripping patterns because they can get a little out of control! Good luck on your own masterpiece 🙂

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Day 5: Cherry Blossom Art using a bottle

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Today I definitely had a case of the Monday’s. I don’t know why, but the weekend goes by so quickly and Monday just drags on. I’m all for a 4 day work week and 3 day weekend…who’s with me?? In lieu of it being Monday and me not wanting to cook an extravagant meal except breakfast food (which I made turkey bacon and cheese breakfast tacos, which were amazing), I have decided to paint for today’s Pinterest Project!

Cherry Blossom Art from a Recycled Soda Bottle – At the end of March it will be exactly 100 years since the Japanese gave Washington D.C. over 3,000 Cherry Blossoms. If you have ever seen them, they are gorgeous. I’ve seen them in bloom in D.C. and when they were just starting to bloom when I was in Japan on a family trip back in 1997. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to go to down to D.C. this year for the Cherry Blossom Festival because I think they are gorgeous.

It’s actually quite easy to make this artwork. You need the following supplies:

  • Black Acrylic or Tempera Paint
  • Pink Acrylic or Tempera Paint
  • Canvas or Poster board
  • Empty plastic soda bottle (1L or 2L bottle)
  • paintbrush
  • 2 paper plates

Before I began, I painted my canvas white so that I had a base, but you do not have to do this. If you do this, make sure the white paint dries before continuing.  Squeeze a small amount of black paint onto the paper plate. Using your paint brush, paint a branch onto the canvas and don’t worry if the branches are not straight. The more curved they are, the more natural they look. After you have painted the branch, let it dry for a few minutes. Pour pink paint onto the second paper plate. Did the bottom of the plastic bottle in the paint and begin stamping buds onto the branch by pressing the bottle onto the canvas. Re-dip the bottle each time you repeat the stamp. Add as may blossoms as you want until your Cherry Blossom is finished.

My Cherry Blossom picture turned out ok. I used acrylic paint, which was a bit too thick, so I would recommend using Tempera paint instead as it will make the buds look less clumpy. Overall though, I like my painting. Once it’s dry I’ll have to figure out a place to put it!

Siskel and Ebert

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I can’t believe it’s already February 1st. The past few weeks have flown by and I have forgotten to post blogs! So, what have I been up to?? Seeing as it is awards season, I have spent my free time watching movies. No lie, Sunday alone I watched 4 movies, but only 2 of them were Oscar nods.

What I’ve seen since Christmas.

  • Midnight in Paris – Good movie, but weird which I would expect from a Woody Allen flick. Loved the 1920’s art and literature aspect of the movie.
  • Moneyball – Much better than I anticipated. I’m not that into Baseball, but it’s a good, true story and Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill both played their parts well.
  • War Horse – Amazing movie. Hands down, one of my favorite films of 2011. As an animal lover, it was hard to watch some of the scenes. Bring a kleenex because you’ll need it.
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Colin Firth and Gary Oldman are in it so of course it’s going to be awesome. Great movie and unless you pay close attention you’ll never guess who’s the spy.
  • Mission Impossible 4 – Too unrealistic. I mean overall it was a good non-stop action flick, but come on, the scene where he’s climbing up the outside of the hotel was a little too far-fetched.
  • Contraband – Really good film that kept you on the edge of your seat and definitely kept you guessing. One of those films where you never knew what was going to happen next.
  • Sherlock Holmes 2 – I thought this was a little disappointing. I liked the first one a lot better as I thought this film had a lot of dull moments.
  • We Bought a Zoo – Cute, family friendly movie. Loved the animals and the story.
  • Young Adult – Way overrated and too dark and depressing. Bad job Charlize. I’m sure there are quite a few people who enjoyed this movie, but I did not.

What I need to see:

  • My week with Marilyn – Michelle Williams got an oscar nod again this year, so I have to see this because apparently she’s an A lister now.
  • The Iron Lady – Who doesn’t love Margaret Thatcher? She is an icon for women. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this movie, but I need to see it for myself.
  • The Artist – This looks really good even though it’s a silent film. Plus I love clothes from the 1920s…everything was classic back then.
  • Hugo – I’ve heard Martin Scorsese does a great job with this film. The story I don’t quite get, but I’ll give it a shot.
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Yes it looks sad, but good. It will be interesting to see how the story unfolds.

Although they are up for Oscars, I will probably not see The Descendants as it looks too depressing and I will definitely not see Albert Nobbs. Albert Nobbs looks too weird – it’s like an Irish version of Boys don’t cry. No thanks.

Call me Siskel and you can be my Ebert.