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Thursday, 13 April 2006
Thursday Photo Challenge - Round
Topic: Thursday Photo Challenge
This week's theme for the Thursday Photo Challenge is round, ovoid,... Boy did that suit me for fitting with Easter. You will see elsewhere what we did with this in watercolor class. These are blown Easter eggs I decorated with crayon resist and dye. Caran D'Ache wax crayons are very strong colors that draw very smoothly and finely. Draw on the egg so that you have enough pigment and wax built up to resist the dye bath. The dye will go wherever the crayon is not. It's great for florals, patterns and gardens. See the little apple tree on one of the eggs? I drew that on the egg along with some ground details, then dipped the sky part into blue dye and the ground into green dye. The egg with the stripes and floral patterns was done with crayon and watercolor. The watercolor does not take as well on eggshell as dye does and sometimes it manages to stick over the crayon.
easter eggs

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 10:06 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 1 April 2007 9:44 PM EDT
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Happy Birthday!
Topic: Life
A birthday drawing on someone's birthday. I know, Passover started tonight too.
birthday cats coloring page
click image for slightly larger picture to print out for coloring

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 9:48 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 13 April 2006 9:54 PM EDT
Friday, 7 April 2006
Rabbits for Easter and a Rabbits Coloring Page
Topic: Watercolor Class

Try your hand at drawing some rabbits for Easter (or Spring). For reference you can print out my rabbits drawing inspired by Beatrix Potter. Rabbits Drawing Page or Coloring Page.

Besides writing and illustrating the Peter Rabbit books, Beatrix Potter was a sheep farmer, watercolorist, naturalist and conservationist. You can see some of her watercolors at Beatrix Potter Society.   

Find more rabbits and Spring coloring pages at Catinka's Maine and Animal Coloring Pages 

brush paintingbrush painting after Beatrix Potter brush paintingbrush painting after Takahiko Mikami
brush painting
brush painting after Ken Hultgren

This week the kids did rabbits for Easter. We used my follow-along-method. These are my demonstration paintings, imperfections and all. I paint a few strokes on a large sheet of newsprint tacked up and they match stroke-by-stroke as best they can. You can see the kids' work at my new Flickr site. Once there, click the 'kids art' set or use the keywords "kids art - rabbits" to see their rabbit paintings. View my Flickr site.

Flickr is a photography site. Since these are not photos (photos of art though) they may not let them be seen by the public. We'll have to see. Please let me know if you have trouble. And feel free to use the comment feature here, or there!

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 7:33 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 1 April 2007 10:10 PM EDT
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Thursday, 6 April 2006
Thursday Photo Challenge - Patterns
Topic: Thursday Photo Challenge

This week, (I know, I'm late posting this) for the Thursday Photo Challenge the challenge is Patterns, textures...My first thought was to photograph some of the origami objects I've made over the years from papers I've decorated. The tiny books in the back are an inch high.

Then while working on this week's project for the adult watercolor class I teach, I realized the pattern on the crocuses fit perfectly with the theme too. So, you see them first.

Origami minis

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:01 AM EDT
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Tuesday, 4 April 2006
Thomaston Fourth of July Committee Announces New Float Categories and 2006 Theme
Topic: Community

I sent out this press release the other day, since I'm involved with this committee (I organize the craft tent):

THOMASTON (April 4): The Thomaston Fourth of July Committee is busy planning the 2006 celebration. This year's parade theme is "Stars and Stripes Forever". Several new categories of float categories will inspire group participation.

There will be awards in the categories of family, merchant, neighborhood, and business/organization floats. The committee wants people to use this opportunity to express their creativity, display group spirit, entertain others, and celebrate the holiday.

The committee encourages people to start planning now for this exuberant tradition. Committee chair, Doug Erickson, says, "Show your community spirit, your patriotic spirit! Get involved and make a float this year." Contact Erickson at 596-7478 for parade guidelines and applications, or visit online at www.thomaston4thofjuly.com

I think this may also be viewed at the Village Soup for a couple weeks.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 9 April 2006 3:01 PM EDT
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