It’s always time to be creative, but with summer coming, it’s the perfect time to start planning ahead! Or at the very least, we can get inspired for some summer crafting. Whether you’re lucky enough to have the summer off or just feel like doing more with the long days, we all need a little inspiration to get started.
To start, May’s #monthlyinspiration is a “creativity” theme. All month on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, let’s look at little tidbits that might inspire us…even if it’s just something fun or beautiful. Your tastes might not be the same, so think about what inspires you to be creative!
Here are three of the posts from this month’s “creativity” theme.
An Artistic Handpainted Mini Parasol
This little parasol came from Disneyland years ago (though they may still have an artist doing these parasols). In New Orleans Square, you could find the outdoor artist who would paint a design you select and personalize the parasol with your name.
Retro Snoopy Yarn Art
This wallhanging is made entirely from long stretches of yarn. Yarn and other similar artwork were a little more prevalent in the 1970’s.
Carousel Horse Oil Pastel
This carousel horse oil pastel was a lot of fun to make. Find out more about it here, including the materials used.
Deep sea creatures are really fascinating — they range from the frightening to (in a couple cases) the really cute. There are not a lot of art pieces out there depicting them, so it seemed a fun and different project to tackle making a couple of deep sea pieces.
One was a frilled shark, one of the scarier-looking, more stereotypical and weird deep sea species. The other was just the opposite: a cute and comical flapjack octopus.
Oil Pastel? Acrylic Paint? How About Both!
It seemed a bit bland to depict deep sea creatures with regular oil pastel. Though it’s a great art medium, it just didn’t seem right for bioluminescent animals. At the same time, acrylic paint didn’t seem quite right, either. For these pieces, it seemed like it would be fun to somehow show the phosphorescence of the deep sea environment — though that’s impossible for these two species, since they don’t have any bioluminescence of their own. The solution? Using iridescent art materials with just a bit of reflective quality.
And it’s impossible to see in the photos, but the method really worked well.
Iridescent Acrylic Medium
If you’re unfamiliar with iridescent acrylic medium, it’s like any other acrylic medium that gets mixed into acrylic paint. Used at a 1:1 ratio (though you can use it however you like), it creates just a little bit of a reflective quality or sheen without actually being too sparkly. In fact, it almost makes acrylic paint look a tiny bit like oil paint.
In these pieces, black acrylic paint was mixed with iridescent medium for the deep sea background.
Iridescent Oil Pastels
Iridescent oil pastels (by Sennelier) can be a lot of fun to work with. You really can see the iridescent sheen, which turned out well with the half-iridescent acrylic background. They blend just like the other Sennelier oil pastels, being very “buttery” and soft. You can blend them with a blending stump or even paper towel.
The bodies of the animals were mainly done with the iridescent oil pastels (the eyes were regular oil pastels).
Success: Simple Deep Sea Art!
These are by no means complex pieces, like the oil pastel carousel horse, but they were fun to work on and depict animal subjects that need to be drawn and painted more…even just for fun.
Just about everyone loves cookies — and while that’s obvious with Cookie Monster (though he’s not really a “literary” character), other characters could be huge cookie fans, as well. So what cookies might our favorite characters go for when they have the munchies?
Count Dracula: Strawberry Cookies
As usual, Dracula would opt for something with a mushy or liquidy red filling, in this case, strawberry-filled cookies.
These were also the pick for Orpheus’ “Literary Holiday Food.” These Greek cookies would be Orpheus’ favorite cookie for the holidays and otherwise, hands-down.
Any sort of decadence in a cookie would be sheer ridiculousness to Mr. Scrooge — why pay any more than necessary for such a simple snack? For Scrooge, only the least expensive shortbread cookies are even worth a look.
Frodo: Oatmeal Cookies
Frodo’s favorite is bound to be something good and earthy, something easily baked in an oven in Hobbiton.
Winnie the Pooh: Animal Cookies
Technically, these are animal crackers, but Pooh doesn’t mind. They are so sweet and fun to eat that Winnie the Pooh is happy to call them his favorite “cookies” instead.
King Arthur: Chessmen Cookies (Pepperidge Farm)
With symbols harboring pieces from the timeless game, Chessmen Cookies would be the perfect snack to serve to the King of Camelot.
Dorian Gray: Macaroons
Unlike Scrooge, Dorian Gray would find a simpleton’s cookie a complete abomination! The only cookie worthwhile to consider for Dorian Gray would be the best of macaroons.
And for one of my characters, Archaeologist Anna Purgitt: Chocolate Chip Cookies
She may be an archaeologist who has traveled the world and explored exotic places, but Anna would always come back to her tried-and-true, good-old-American favorite: chocolate chip cookies.