My Absolute Favorite Coloring Trick in Photoshop

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In college, one of my illustration professors gave some advice that stuck with me:

“You can do anything with a really good drawing.”

That could not be more true! With an awesome drawing you could make a fantastic painting, a well-designed screen print, thorough plans for an amazing sculpture… and the list goes on and on.  There are even more possibilities to build upon a beautiful drawing after scanning it and making playful adjustments with digital tools.

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DIY: How to Draw & Color a Tree with Personality

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Trunk of an Old Yew Tree (1888) by Vincent van Gogh

All trees grow in unique directions, so if you want to draw a certain tree accurately, it is helpful to look closely at the way branches split, where the leaves or needles grow, the shape and movement of the branches, etc. Today I’m going to teach you how to draw an oak tree like the one you see below. This lesson is basic but definitely not age specific. The project can be simplified or made more complex to match any skill level.

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DIY: (Part 2) Paint a Graphic Design on the Floor

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If you have not yet seen part 1 of this tutorial, you should check it out! If you’ve already created a design you love, let’s prepare to paint your custom floor!

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DIY: (Part 1) Paint a Graphic Design on the Floor

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I have wanted to post about this for quite a while. This project is a great example of how paint can personalize and improve just about anything in your house. This post is an introduction to the design process, and you can also read part 2 to learn how we painted it.

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DIY: 5 Ways to Compose a Sketchbook that Rocks

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Creativity is something we all possess, and when we invest in it, it grows bigger and we become more capable. Working in a sketchbook is amazing because you can explore topics no one else in the world would capture in the same way. Your ideas and perspective are important!

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My Mom the Art Teacher

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I am still a young mom with so much to learn, but there are three solid things I know about self-esteem, mental health, and happy parent-child relationships:

  1. Kids blossom when they have creative outlets.
  2. Adults need stress relief and moments to help them feel like kids again.
  3. Parents and children both need quality time together.

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DIY Kids Project: Symmetrical Insect Collage

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The collage above was a team effort between my husband and daughter. You’re a great dad, Cal!

Great for teaching a lesson on symmetry, or just making something experimental and pretty with your little one, this project could also be used as an opportunity to reflect on a bit of art history. You and your child (or your students if you’re a teacher), can be inspired by the gorgeous symmetrical work of Charley Harper and the whimsical cut-outs of Henri Matisse. Google them both!

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