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Easter egg painting

Posted on April 7, 2012 at 5:44 AM Comments comments ()


Painting Easter eggs

easter eggs, paaseitjes

First we find eggs, white ones are easiest to paint.
And if they have these stamps on them you can remove them with sandpaper. Then we carefully put little neat holes in them with a pin. One on each side and make them just big enough that you can blow the insides out.

a daffodil egg. nog een paaseiCertainly you can make an omelette out of them but my appetite for one disappears very quickly when I see us all blowing away.
We wash the empty eggs in soapy water and let them dry. 

To make the painting go easier you can put the eggs on a thin wooden skewer, those you use for barbecues etc.
Some of the eggs we dip in hot water with colour tablets you can buy specially for this purpose everywhere around Easter. You can also dip them in one colour and then in another colour. When the eggs have dried, we start decorating.

You can also paint straight away on a white egg. We use acrylic paint, nothing fancy and start decorating to our hearts content. In the meantime we eat little chocolate eggs, of course.  You can finish with glitter here and there and polish them with a little oil if you like them shiny. 

Happy Easter!

Bringing shine and glitter in your drawings

Posted on March 5, 2012 at 9:44 AM Comments comments ()
             Bringing shine and glitter in your drawings


engeltjes detail1

For this christmas card I filled in the top row of little dots of the dresses with a golden pen and I put a dash of golden glitterglue in each little dot of the bottom rows.

 I show you here a detail of the girls but in a photo you can not see as well  how it shines of course. Anyway, it changed a nice card into a very festive card.

Some drawings and images, like the one shown here, would look really nice too with a dash of glitter and shine.
I think of christmas- and fairy cards and anything else magical. But wherever you think a little extra highlight would look good, you can give it a try.

It is very tempting to go for it once you open the little bottles of glitter glue or start with a golden pen. I still splash with the shine and glitter too much and then, before I know it, my drawing disappears under the shine.

Better print a few copies of your drawing on heavy paper, and then try effects out on them. Remember that glue alone will leave a greasy mark, so make sure there is always glitter on the glue. And make sure you let the glue dry before you handle your drawing.



Drawing with pencils and finishing with photoshop

Posted on January 22, 2012 at 1:57 PM Comments comments ()

Finishing your drawing with a little help from photoshop

When you have made a drawing or illustration, you can scan it in your computer.
Here are some reasons why you might want to do this;


  • Your average drawing won´t be bigger that an A4 size, so it will fit nicely in your scanner.
  • As soon as you have scanned your drawing, your have a copy, or two, or three,  as many as you like. And you can send it in one click to anyone in the world!
  • When you look at your drawing on the computerscreen, you can see a lot more detail than you could ever see with your naked eye.
  • Just about every computer these days has a simple photoshop program. With this program you can get rid of smudges very easily (there where even an eraser is useless), you can brighten your drawing and make more little changes with little effort.

You don´t have to be a wizard to use photoshop to make little changes.
You can even make big changes, but very soon you will see that mostly a little change, if any, is all a drawing needs.

  CAUTION!  Don´t think you can fix a bad drawing with your computer, a computer can only  help enhance it.  So if you don´t like your drawing, better start again.
Cleaning up, opruimen
















Don´t overdo the cleaning,
leaving a few messy lines will keep it lively.

DRAWING

Posted on December 29, 2011 at 7:32 AM Comments comments ()
DRAWING

For most hobbies and occupations you need to invest money in a lot of things and often also space.


  •  For drawing you need a few things; paper and pencils. An eraser and a sharpener can come in handy too, and coloured pencils to brighten it all up.



  • You don´t need a fancy desk or office space. A kitchen table next to the window is a good place to draw. You can also draw in a train, a plane, outside, etc.      I can´t think of a place where you couldn´t draw, really..


  • Another good thing about drawing, I find, is that your hand and pencil come very close to the paper you draw on. There is less distance between you and your work as for instance when you paint. And because of that, it is easier to put things on paper the way you want it. You can work more precise as well.
 
  • The fourth very good thing about drawing is that you can use an eraser to rub lines out again.It is a bit like the undo button on your computer. Where would you be without it? Because you have an eraser at hand, you can draw with more ease. You know that you can undo any marks and make changes whenever you like.

The end result of a drawing can be just as effective as that of a painting, a sculpture,  a dress or anything else.
 Drawing is essentially used in designs, (book)illustrations,in fashion designing, in architecture, in film and in projects of all kinds, to name a few. 





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