Illuminated Letters



This is a simple illuminated letter project I’m doing with my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade artists.

I had a difficult time finding plain, blank fill-in letters so I made my own in Microsoft Word.  The font is Engravers MT at font size 450.

***Be sure and like my FB page and see the young artist’s finished projects each week!

Supplies :

Ivory Card stock with Pre-printed Letters  (8.5″ x 11″)


Glue Sticks

Gold paint/ Small Brushes

Metallic gold Cardstock (8.5″ x 11″)



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Watercolor Butterflies with Crayon Resist


After looking at some pictures of butterflies and different vein patterns, my young artists created their own beautiful butterflies.  This is a great project for elementary children.  For reluctant drawers, I cut out a few stencils to use as a pattern. (FREE pattern below)

Be sure and like my FB page and see the children’s finished masterpieces  each week.

What you need:

White Cardstock

Black Cardstock (heavy weight)

Black crayons, White crayons

Watercolors, Cups, Brushes

Glue and Scissors

Butterfly patterns (optional)




Here’s the FREE butterfly pattern:
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Written instructions follow the photos, thanks for looking at this project. Happy painting!


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Zombies at the Museum

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Last Friday, the Blanton Museum had a party with some unusual visitors….

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Everywhere you looked, there was something unexpected
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The Dead Music Capital Band showed up with jazzy sounds that echoed through the galleries…

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Very lively music for a band of dead folks!
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And I couldn’t resist capturing this bloody beauty gazing at some of the red smeared art in the James Drake exhibit. I’m not really into horror and creepy stuff, but the contrast of the white and the red…well, I saw the shots in my head as soon as I saw her. Thankfully, she was a nice zombie and let me take her picture quickly before the show!

You can read more about Texas native, James Drake, and the exhibit on the Blanton web site.


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Linoleum Block Icon Print

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There’s an Icon exhibit coming up at a nearby church I’ve been visiting.  I decided to turn this drawing into a stamp.

And then, just as I was about to start, I remembered how easily the last stamp split and cracked after a few uses.

So I decided to carve it into a linoleum block. I traced the drawing *(reduced by 50%) onto the block using red transfer paper and a stylus…



Ready to carve…


I carefully carved along the lines with the second smallest cutter tip I had. My set is the standard Speedball set you find at craft stores.  I also used Speedball brayer and printing inks.


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I tried this aged parchment first, but it was too bumpy for a clear print…



The first printing was not clear, so I kept trying on different papers.

Yes, I really do my art in the kitchen, as you see here. No studio (yet).






My artist friends helped me decide which color to frame for the exhibit. I like the contrast!

Hope you’re having a good week, I’m off to the store to buy more band-aids.  ~Scarlett

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Filed under Art Stamping, Christmas Time, Drawings

Candy Corn Queen 2014


This year’s Candy Corn Queen is Celtic~

As always, I started with some sketching to work out the composition.


I decided to stylize the drawing (see below). I used ZIG pens and Copic markers to color the copy I made onto aged parchment.

This year’s Queen, while a warrior, also features small delicate butterflies with candy corn, in memory of my precious Knox.  It’s been 8 months since Knox went to heaven.  My head was always brimming with ideas when he was with me.  I began designing a queen to celebrate my favorite fall candy the year he was born. You can see the previous Queens here: 2010  2011  2012  2013.  This is the 5th Candy Corn Queen and I look forward to it every year!  Don’t forget to visit Knox’s Etsy shop if you’d like to order some cards. All proceeds go to Cockayne Syndrome research and family support.

Take a second to like my FB page and see daily sketches, works in progress, and photos of my elementary art class’s weekly art projects.

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I used George Bain’s terrific book on Celtic designs as a reference when stylizing my sketch…









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