Surprising ways to use a candle lid

There I was with some leftover paint. I’ve been reading about block printing and how to make stamps.

Sure I painted usual flowers but I wanted to stamp. With the lid in my had I had an idea. Paint the floral design and stamp. The stamp visibility depends on the how much paint you apply. Adding water makes the paint thinner and works beautifully too.

Oh and the fun doesn’t stop here. I could get some plain cream or light brown fabric and stamp along a a table runner. I could stamp on a wall? for the garden? I’d need different paint of course.

Some other ways I’ve used the lid…

The lid by the way, is a lid from a Bath and Body Works Candle. I wonder what else in my house could make a stamp? Aren’t you curious? Go create. If you discover something then tag me on instagram @hellomireya

See you tomorrow.

Happy Sunday! One of the greatest projects I’ve worked on. We worked together. My intention was for them to paint green and yellow leaves. I explained that the leaves would be placed on the tree. The students began painting with black and purple adding designs. These colors are what makes the tree more beautiful.

See you tomorrow.

Have you ever taken the time to frolic in the breeze observing every single detail? Seems like the more you observe nature, the more your condifence grows. Every element is unique in color, shape, line and space.

This quote expresses my sentiments, exactly.

All these things are an extension of myself. And I think how beautiful. how really great I am. – Alan Watts

I need to spend more time in nature.

Go to pinterest and find some picutes of pumpkins. I much rather roam a patch but these days that’s a no.

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By surprise I read this book today. I was looking for a file and noticed an error. Glad that was just a draft page. Not only am I thinking of the road trip but wow do these lessons apply to what’s happening in our lives. This is a good book. I am proud of every illustration and hand drawn word. I spent days, months working on this book. I am so glad I wrote it! I have skills.

Hope you are having a good weekend. If you got a glimpse of the roller coaster drawing that’s ok. I decided to take it down and redraw it. I lost that file.

Interested in reading the book?

A down to earth soul

I like the color so much that I had to paint circles with the leftover paint. Flowers? Yes but how? A few days later I reviewed the flowers I painted. My desktop wallpaper was an influence too. What I love most about art is there’s room for everyone. Everyone has a way, it could be collage, oil paint, fruit or fabric. When asked why, it’s always I just do. It’s an idea that takes over. Nature is art.

There’s also something in the neutral colors. I long for walks in the park with Roxy. That’s the kind of peace I want more of.

In the Creative Zone

Pumpkins have interesting textures and marks. The colors are beautiful too.

I’m taking my time blending, blotting, and mixing color. The scratch paper with an old design is fitting for these Pumpkins. I started with ideas for color and using brushes to get effects In all that, perfection shows up. I became careful,didn’t want to make a mistake. That’s when I decided to stop. There’s excitement that comes with bringing an idea to life. The best place to be is in my creative zone where none of this matters, nothing but the idea.

In a few days I’ll post the finished print. Thanks for reading. Are you a subscriber?

fall colors

Beautiful colors of fall. Just taking a simple shape and painting in the most beautiful shades of orange and brown makes me smile. My hearts are even more beautiful scanned. My camera sometimes, doesn’t give color its original vibrancy.

Dots would be good. Turn those dots into pumpkins or cats? What a great idea. I will pencil that in! Oh I I have an idea for a cultural one. I’ll do it. Not to worry you’ll see it soon! The best part is I created these colors by mixing up the primaries. What a wonderful way to learn about color!

Celebrate fall with dots

Yesterday I read this post on a book.

That led to learning about Yayoi. Everything from the title to her dots made me wonder. People, teachers probably thought she was weird and wanted her to stop. And Yayoi wasn’t sorry. Why should she be. I’ve seen this artist before but what, dots everywhere! I like to paint with dots.

Here we go.

A tree seems like a good way to start fall. Soon the leaves will be falling. The cold nights are approaching. Then comes glorious spring. Now is the time to get rid of dead weight, all that prevents us from not being sorry.

To create this tree I used tempera paint and a Bruno Munari tutorial. Begin with one trunck. The trunk divides in two and contiune knowing each proceeding branch gets thinner.

What about a Kandinsky tree?

Politics is a great motivator

Politics isn’t my topic. Sometimes that is a great motivator. Yesterday an artist posted #riseupshowupunite I woke up to kites and watercolor. That didn’t happen. Oragami paper worked great.

I’ve got the election on my mind. We all do. The last one broke my heart. I know that there’s some pessimism in this but the idea is that there are challenges in our lives. We come acroos defeat. That doesn’t mean we’ve lost. It means we have yet to win. We can’t lose hope.

Yor turn. Use construction paper. Color over copy paper. That’s a good idea. Paint. Create.