My head has been spinning with all that I have to do but these watercolors have a way of calming me down and relaxing me enough to go to sleep. This one is much smaller, about 4" x 6". I hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween.
Happy hearts and happy faces, Happy play in grassy places -
That was how, in ancient ages,
Children grew to kings and sages.
~Robert Louis Stevenson
This beautiful illustration is by the wonderful Brian Wildsmith, one of my favorite children's book illustrators. I am completely taken with his use of color and composition and find his work full of joy and magic. I just purchased this book, A Child's Garden of Verses, and all the illustrations are by Wildsmith. I'll share some more when I get a chance.
These fishbowl pumpkins are a fun and inexpensive way to add some Halloween atmosphere to your home! Working around the face is a little tedious so I would leave that for the adult to do but kids can get in on the rest of the action. They look best with a variety of sizes and different expressions!
any sized fishbowl - I got mine at the thrift store for $1
orange and yellow tissue paper
dish of water
Tear the yellow tissue into a variety of sizes
I thinned down the Mod Podge with a little bit of water in a dish.
Paint a smallish area of the bowl with Mod Podge and lay on the tissue then cover with more Mod Podge.
Repeat until you have covered the whole bowl in about two layers of yellow. I didn't do the bottom and don't worry if you go over the top edge, you can trim that later.
After the yellow layer has dried (maybe about 20 minutes) take a pencil and very lightly draw on the Jack-O-Lantern's face.
Tear the orange tissue into different sizes but also cut with scissors some small straight edge pieces to work around your design.
Cover the whole bowl with two layers of orange tissue.
After it has dried, trim the top edge with scissors.
Put in a candle and admire your work! As always, never leave a lit candle unattended!
If you want to hide certain areas of your room or just want to create a more haunted atmosphere then go to the fabric store and get yards and yards of scrim! It's very inexpensive and found in the decorator fabrics on those really large rolled up bolts of fabric. Don't worry about hemming or any of that stuff (the texture is very similar to cheese cloth) just cut and hang! Have fun!
Well, that was quick. Fall is usually fairly short here but this is ridiculous! All of the leaves haven't even changed color and we just had our first snow! I'm glad I have these pictures, and we may get an Indian summer yet,
but I have this photo set as my desktop just in case I need a reminder!
If you want to see the pictures larger go to my Flickr page.
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