Friday, December 20, 2013

Best Watercolor Painting Lessons of 2013

Here are the best watercolor lessons that I did for 2013. Sifting through my blog I looked at lessons that worked and lessons that did not and these were the one that made the cut:

Starting with my absolute favorite: Mixed Media Parrot Fish Tutorial.

This Koi Watercolor Tutorial was a suggestion from the triplets and they basically showed me how to do it.

Ice-cream Sprinkle Paintings are so easy and fun to do!

I had so much fun creating these watercolor lessons and I'm excited to work on more for next year. Xo Quaymberley

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Art Updates

I'm back from Strasbourg, and have landed right in the middle of 3rd year exams! I had a fantastic journey making experiments in the city with Play>Urban. Here are some wonderful artworks from the Koetzees, done about a month ago. It's great to be back and I'm excited to come up with some new art ideas. Quaymberley xo.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

How to draw a Bush Baby in Oil Pastel


Those huge eyes are adorable and will have the kids in your class up in giggles. Above is a oil pastel drawing by Isabel. She created the texture by pressing hard on the oil pastel and used many layers.

Before starting the lesson it is a good idea to explain what a bushbaby is and show some pictures so that student can get an idea of the size, colors and character of the little animal.

Print the template from the downloads section as use it as a reference. For this lesson let the student draw the bush baby in pencil lightly on paper. 

There are a few important aspects to the drawing that need to be pointed out. Notice that the black fur area around the eyes are square and the eyes are circles. The ears are pointy and have a thick upper outline. There is a light area between the two eyes.

Using oil pastel, start with the lighter colours and build up the fur with the cross-hatching technique. Always draw in the direction of the fur and create layers by cross-hatching another colour over the base. For example, start with grey, then use brown, then go back to grey, add in a few lines of light blue and then grey again.

It is a night time scene so be sure to keep that in mind (that's why the busy baby is out and about!). Make the background night sky by adding in stars or the moon. The sky can be coloured in using black or dark blue, then using a fingernail, scratch out the stars. With a yellow or white oil pastel, press hard in the scratched out areas and fill in the stars. The tree bark can also be coloured in brown, then texture can be scratched out and filled in with another colour oil pastel.

This lesson is always a hit, I hope you have fun with it. The follow up lesson is How to Paint a Bush Baby. xo Quaymberley

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Works in Progress

Here are some photographs of  works in progress from our last session. I'm loving where the girls are at now. They are really getting the hang of watercolor. We are still working on illustration as a series. They draw from books and then add their own ideas to the images.

I'm going to Strasbourg, France for a month to take part in Play Urban, so there will be no updates for a while. Xoxo Quaymberley :)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Book Illustration Lesson : 'The Hedgerow Circus- An Animal Story'

Here is an illustration Jeanette created from the book 'The Hedgerow Circus' by Ruth Thomson (Author) and Jolyne Knox (Illustrator). Part of the fun of drawing and painting it was telling the story out loud. Speaking about the story informs the image to a large extent. We mostly focused on working with washes of watercolor as well as paying attention to detail with pencil. If you notice the centre field, it is a yellow wash with green grass on top. She had to wait for the yellow to dry completely before applying the green watercolor. We also identified the horizon which has blue trees/foliage. We also spoke about the butterflies being large because they were quite close to us. I thought it was a very nice lesson.


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Book Illustration Lesson: The tale of Tommy Nobody

When I was a kid I loved the reading the book The Tale of Tommy Nobody, not just for the story, but for the pictures.

I designed an illustration lesson for my art class using the book and it worked out really great. The kids were able to work in a sketchy fashion.

Begin by making a copy of the picture to draw from and place it next to the drawing pad. Start sketching in pencil the basic shapes. Start filling in color with yellow watercolor. The background and the bird's chests have yellow speckles. Next, add different greens and allow the paint to bleed into the yellow for a fantastic effect. Brown is used last and students can paint a light layer, then let it dry and paint another layer afterwards. When the paint is dry, use a waterproof black marker to make the dark outlines and make the artwork pop.

Since it is a lesson where the student has to draw from someone else's image, I try to encourage him or her to add their own spin to it. It is always a better piece if it does not look exactly like the book (but close enough for the student to be happy with it).

Isabel, age 11
If you don't have the book, look for another book that has similar sketchy illustrations. Goodluck! Quaymberley <3

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Winter Arty Party 2013

Art Class Kids took part in the art and craft market, Winter Arty Party. Its great to meet other exhibitors and learn about art & craft markets. I used this as an opportunity to advertise my business, meet new potential clients, practice my art teaching skills and to meet other people in the crafting industry. We gave out business cards, flyers and had a few art lessons (at a special price!). Would I do it again? Probably, but of course I would do it differently.

What did I learn from this experience (that I wish someone told me before!)?
  • Have a support team! I would not have been able to set up without my friend Cay. I also had a fantastic support team to help supply and carry the tables/chairs/display boards. They were great especially when we first started and there were no clients!
  • Set up and plan your display a few days before. This helps you be prepared for the big event. I used this interesting read to get ready: Prepping for a school art show from Deep Space Sparkle.
  • Do not mount your display outdoors- Just because it is bright and sunny outside (dark and dingy inside), it can also get very windy and everything that has been put on display has a chance of blowing away. Go back into the dark and dingy space, add lighting and enjoy a windless area. 
  • Do not teach art outside - unless you have adequate shade. As stated before, it was a beautiful Winter day but we all got sunburned and our paintings kept flapping in the wind. Always remember to bring suncream!
  • The other exhibitors are your great allies. Talking and socializing with the other exhibitors makes everything much more easier. We spoke about how much we made, their previous experiences, exchanged business cards and swopped fliers for our displays.
  • Keep smiling, have fun and be friendly! We had a great time at our stand and when people saw this which is what drew in a lot of our clients. So don't be afraid to have fun.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Craft Tutorial: Animal Clay Tiles- Part 2

This tutorial carries on from Animal Clay Tiles Part 1.

Once the clay has dried naturally (not in direct sunlight), paint it with white primer. Leave it to dry.

Next, you may use acrylic paint to decorate your clay tiles. Use any color you like and give it atleast two coats of paint.

Alicia, age 11

I hope you have as much fun as we did making animal clay tiles! :) Quaymberley

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Mermaids & Ballerinas & the Celebrity - Mixed Media Paintings

Jeanette, age 11

Alicia, age 11

Isabel, age 11
Here are some of the best mixed media paintings my Art Class Kids made during the month of May 2013. We decided to work on figures and they chose mermaids, ballerinas and a celebrity. They used templates from various books and I think it was a really great drawing and painting exercise n mixed media. Combined, they used stickers, felt tip pens, water colors, salt, oil pastel, pencil and color pencils.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Craft Tutorial: Animal Clay Tiles- Part 1

This was a very messy but delightful lesson in clay-making. My mother demonstrated it to me and then I showed it to my weekend art class kids. It can take up to 1 hour 30 mins to complete.

Tub for water
Table knives
Rolling pin (this may or may not be useful)

1. Roll the clay into a ball. Flatten it by pressing your palms hard on it. Make sure there are no cracks, either start over or wet the clay with few drops of water and smooth it over.
2. Roll a ball of plastic in your hands and place it underneath the sheet of clay. This should create a raised section which will be the face of the animal.
4. Cut the edges of the tile with a knife (careful not to create cracks). This can be in a square shape.
3. Choose an animal's face from a template or design your own. I found a few animal faces online and create a few of my own. Simple lines work best.
5. Use a toothpick to add detail such as eyes and an outline of the face. Design a  border around entire tile. Poke a large hole towards the top. This will be used to hang the tile on the wall when it dries.

Template ideas for tiles

I really love how they turned out! Can't wait to paint them when they dry :) xo. Quaymberley
What happens next? Wait for Part 2....coming soon.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Kids Art Ice-Cream Painting Session!

Bubblegum, mint, chocolate with cream and chocolate sauce!
Caramel, butterscotch, strawberry with sprinkles!
Strawberry, chocolate, caramel with chocolate sauce!
Isabel's super sundaes!

After this Ice-cream painting tutorial I had the lesson with my art class triplets. Here's what mouth-watering ice-creams they came up with! Mmm yum! Quaymberley

Thursday, May 2, 2013

My old sketchbook

Here are some drawings from when I was a kid. My mother saved this sketchbook for me and I drew in it during the holidays. I only have 1 sketchbook of this age. That's why I always tell my clients to keep sketchbooks. I remember the star stickers were for a job well done.

I'm still trying to figue this one out. I think I'm at the shops or the arcade. Dwain is my brother. Gosh, it was such a mission to learn how to spell my name (11 letters!).

This is a drawing of Cape Town. It really does look like that. I don't know what that big brown thing is in the sea.

Looks like daddy is driving in a no car zone! This car is going so fast, it's just flying through the streets.

Here I am at the Snake Park in my funky jumpsuit. I love the drawing of my outfit, but where is my face? My shoes also match! :) Quaymberley

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Lomo Fisheye 2

I recently developed my first roll of film from my Lomography Fisheye 2 camera. I love the feel of these photos. I've never double-exposed on purpose before, but I really enjoy doing it now. The best part is after shooting a photo, I never know what it is going to look like. Have a lovely day! Quaymberley

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Painting Tutorial: How to make an Ice-cream Sprinkle Painting!

Ice-cream with sprinkles on top

This is the first art food feature... Ice-cream Sprinkle art lesson! I found it works from ages 5 and up, they all seem to enjoy this art tutorial. You will need a few A4 sheets of paper. You can start by painting a few ice-cream flavors on the paper (filling up the page because we are going to cut them out!). Paint an orange triangle with brown criss-cross lines to make the cone.

On another blank A4 page, using the brush and tapping it gently against your hand, splatter a few different colors across. This will be the background for the ice-cream.

Cut out ice-cream with sprinkle background.

When each page is dry, cut out the scoops. Cut out a cherry or a flake. Glue all the separate parts together onto the background sprinkle paper and there is a yummy ice-cream!

If you want to, splatter more paint droplets onto the final piece. Use acrylic paint applied thickly to make chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce or double thick cream.

Cut out ice-cream with sprinkle background
Now, get creative! Here are some more great ice-cream examples. There are so many different kinds of ice-creams to paint. Oh my goodness! It makes me so hungry! xoxo Quaym :p

Katelyn, age 9
Katrina, age 5

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Simple Self-Portrait in Watercolor

Jeanette, age 11

As in the Simple Self-Portrait in Pastel Tutorial, this tutorial is also very open-ended. For this lesson I only assisted students when they asked for help because I wanted to see what they would come up with on their own.

Begin by tracing the template below on to an A4 or A3 watercolor paper lightly in pencil. Templates are available in the downloads section.

Draw in a few details to the eyes, ears, mouth and nose in pencil. Watercolor pencils can be used at this point if the student has any. Set up your watercolor paints and water containers. Paint the face as desired and leave to dry. Load the brush with water and pigment and paint the background keeping the paper very wet. Sprinkle some table-salt on to the background for a beautiful effect. I give the option of outlining the portrait with a black marker pen. Xoxo Quaymberley.