I have done jellyfish art lessons using bubble prints with rice paper and with chalk pastel and watercolor here and here. And I Loved all the results. But this may be my new favorite jelly art lesson. This was inspired by Natalie at smART Class who used gloss medium. I didn't have any so I decided to improvise with masking fluid. I sacrificed some of my crumbiest paint brushes and had my students paint over their pencil drawings. These took just a short time to dry, so they were able to paint them in the same class. While the paint was still wet, they sprinkled their watercolor oceans with salt. This always lends a magical effect that the children just love.
Once dry, I used a remover block to remove all the masking fluid and brushed all the salt away. They have a beautiful batik-like effect. A perfect summer art project!
Our Alpaca landscape illustrations were started creating colorful mountains using tempera paint sticks. I encouraged the children to add a variety of colors and patterns. Next they added watercolor wash grass and skies, choosing from day or night. These were put up to dry and I led them in a simple line drawing lesson for standing and sitting alpacas. They could add brightly colored details with markers. I showed them how to create packs for their animals to carry on their backs. I had a few children concerned for the welfare of their alpacas so it was a resounding, "Nope!"
Day 2, they added details to their landscapes and dry brushed clouds. And last, glued their alpacas to their foreground.
Here is a link to my close-up Llamas with Peruvian Textiles:
I am thrilled to announce my children's book, Somewhere Right Now, is now available for purchase on Etsy. Just click on this link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaryMakingArt Somewhere Right Now parallels the daily events of a young child (brushing teeth, going to the park, taking a bath ect..) with the activities of animals and creatures around the world at that moment. Through rhyming text and bold type, it is meant to spark a curiosity and respect for wildlife and animals in places near and far.
The collage illustrations were created using leftover painted papers made by children in my art classes. I transformed these remnants and scraps into layered collages with pens, markers, watercolor and acrylics.
I am a children's book enthusiast and have been collecting them since I was very young. (Ezra Jack Keats and Brian Wildsmith are longtime favorites). Writing and illustrating my own book was a real passion project for me. I have been so pleased to hear the positive feedback in response.