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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Aqua Doodle

Aqua doodle is a drawing toy especially designed for preschool aged kids. A hydrochromatic ink causes color changes as your kid draw his masterpiece with a water filled pen. The drawings will stay on for several minutes and dramatically fade into mystical fun.

The Aqua Doodle set comes in a fun activity set composed of two pieces. It includes a large doodle mat which serves as the canvass of the masterpieces of your little one. It is also equipped with a magic water pen which he uses to doodle to his heart’s content.

The mat is designed with attractive borders. It also features the letters of the alphabet around its edges so children will remember their basic learning. Wide expanse of the mat will encourage the imagination and creativity of children to draw fun images, create stories, and practice their writing skills.

Once filled up with water, the magic pen leaves traces of blue which will disappear. Not to worry though because your kids will have plenty of time to admire their handiwork as the ink fades very gradually. This fun design will spark up the imagination of kids. Children love the idea of magic that is why they will get hooked with Aqua Doodle.

Because the alphabet is printed around the borders, children will also have an easier time to practice their writing. This would also make retention more effective. The excitement that this magical drawing mat sets off will move kids to spend hours doodling and writing. Eventually, repetition will make them more skillful to master the arts of letters and drawing.

Drawing images effectively hones eye-hand coordination. As they work to draw out the curves and lines of the images in their mind, their hands and eyes harmonize to produce their desired picture.

Achieve Great Art

Form is really the edges of a subject within the space that’s used; the paper or within the scene. With a clear form, even the very silhouette of that subject is clearly readable apart from anything else. Overworked forms include putting lines for form where there are no edges of shape – one example would be the human nose or ear. Too many lines indicating form can make things “busy” or complicated and draw attention away from a larger theme. Often, artists use lines for form on noses or ears where they mean to convey a contour but smart texture work would be more effective.

Texture is an important consideration once a readable form is finalized. With a strong outline of form, it’s time to deliver a sense of what the subject “feels” like. Is it a shiny surface or rough like concrete or does the form outline distant trees full of leaves; the treetops being thoughtfully formed with line, the leaves within the form being thoroughly textured to deliver a leafy feel. There are short cuts for different tools to create complicated textures without, for example, drawing every leaf or brick or pore of skin and it’s worth researching those different methods. Knowing in advance where light is coming from helps too and that final consideration flows to the Volume of a scene or subject.

Presenting Volume is everyone’s favorite past time. In school, we doodled a little and then shaded things in and graded surfaces dark to light to give the impression of depth, or Volume. It’s delightfully satisfying but often done too early in the process. Laying shadows down and considering highlights should come after we present what the surface is (its texture). Art that has been shaded before textured can appear “muddy” and overworked and most mediums don’t layer well to allow texture after volume work. Think of the leafy tree line in the previous paragraph – if all the canopies were shaded before leaves were impressed as textures, bright spots and random highlighted leaves would not appear in a convincing way. They would seem scratched in with strength over the Volume instead of the volume shading enhancing the texture. If a face had a scar texture, it’s certain that Form and Texture would occur before the light and shadow present the Volume of that feature; so work in that order: Form, Texture, Volume.

Our perception of what we see includes two very easily understood concepts that are both two good points to bear in mind when making art: Full Scale and Full Range. Our brains not only white balance what we see in reality but make believe a total blackest black and whitest white. If an all black and brightest available white exist, that art piece is said to have Full Scale: The darkest and brightest values that are possible to convey. Values of light and dark in between the darkest and lightest values makes up Range. Capturing Full Range is even difficult for the human eye. Moving from a snowy outdoors to indoors can result in ‘snow blindness.’ Our eyes and brain adjusted to receive the high values of the snow; heading inside quickly reveals just how much time it takes to adapt to the new lighting conditions but once acclimated, anyone would swear the indoors were just as Full Scale and Full Range as the outdoors. This is just untrue in the global reality of things/light. If art is of a dark cabin with a window to a snowy outdoor day strongly lit by sun, the reality is that few technologies could capture the Full Range of lighting in that scene. A piece of art is expected to display a Full Range of values and in recent years, High Dynamic Range photography has evolved to combine multiple exposure values to present the best compressed range of values in just such a situation. Without calling it HDR, artists have been doing that for centuries allowing the viewer to focus on both dark values and brighter values clearly.

Face Painting

As with full face painting, you still follow standard protocol:

– Check if the child has any rashes, open cuts, pimples (not many of these in a child, but just in case), soreness or redness of the skin. Inform parents of the child if you find any of these and do not do any face (not even cheek) paintings on them. If you see rashes in other parts of the body aside from the face and neck area, tell parents to have their child be checked for any possible allergies.

– Use water-based, FDA-approved paints. Never use acrylic or craft paints, as these are usually used on paper, wood and cloths and not really advised for skin use. Acrylics are known to have side effects such as rashes and skin allergies so it’s best to use just face paints that are approved for cosmetic use.

– Have cleaning materials with you (baby wipes, hand sanitizer, towels to drape over the child to eliminate unnecessary paint droplets, soap and water).

– You would need cleaning materials for your brushes and sponges as well, to make cleaning easier and for fast usage.

You can choose to apply (or not apply) base paint, since you are only going to do cheek art. (It is recommended to put a skin-tone color on the whole face though, for easier cleaning.)

You can do any design on the cheek. You can doodle curls and shapes as many as you want, as much as you want. Or you can try these tried-and-tested-but-simple designs for the little ones:

– Hearts.

– Spider webs.

– Flowers.

– Stars.

– A spider.

– Scars. (A perfect complement for a Halloween costume.)

– Mustache and/or beard. (If a little boy wants to be a pirate.)

– A starfish.

– Butterflies.

– Dolphins.

– Ladybugs.

– A smiley face.

– A coffee cup, complete with steam on top.

– Snake.

– Shark.

Art Desk As Versatile

When first introducing your child to a world of artistic flair, you will need to make sure your child is older and not willing to put everything in their mouth. You can start them by drawing basic shapes, squares, circles and triangles. Your young child’s attention span will be short and he may not be willing to stay, initially, for any length of time at his desk. Continue encouraging your child and before you know it, your child will look forward to this creative activity daily.

What child doesn’t like stories being told? You can encourage your child to draw and tell a story. Already seated at their art desk, you can provide a box of crayons and coloring books. Even blank paper will allow an art project to be initiated from the beginning.

As your child grows older, you can encourage him to broaden his use of pencils and crayons. There are plenty of items around the home that can be used in a creative way. From fingers, to cotton balls, to cookie makers, the list is endless. All it takes is an imagination that has no limits.

Another means to tap into your child’s creativity is to purchase books that require lines to be drawn following designated numbers. Usually a picture is created just waiting to be colored.

An art desk for your child is available in most places that sell furniture. Placing this work space where most of the family entertains will enable you to oversee your budding artist. The younger the child is the more supervision that will be needed.Your child should have a clean and safe area to practice their artistic skills.

When your child is young, you can start with the basics. An age appropriate art table with paper and crayons that are “safe to eat.” Of course, you will want your child to be past the age of putting everything in their mouths. It will take a lot of time supervising, but well worth it as creativity is explored.