Mother and Child Silhouettes


This is a simple art project using only colored paper, pencils, scissors, and glue.

I had students attempt to draw the silhouette of the mother and child using samples I made as a guide,

while I allowed the reluctant artists to trace patterns onto blue paper.  The students ranged from 1st-4th grade.

Here are two FREE patterns for you to use:

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I cut a few of the patterns from black cardstock for the classes to use. DSCF1108

I also made up two samples, one of each pattern, for them to use as a guide.  Look at Mattise’s Icarus for inspiration.DSCF1097 DSCF1109 DSCF1114

Here is a small sampling of finished pieces by my elementary students.  They turned out great and each one was unique! See more of the finished pieces here on my FB page.  I post weekly art projects, works in progress, and other artful endeavors on my FB page.
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Thanks for stopping by, hope you’re having a blessed holiday season.  ~Scarlett

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Madonna and Child with Dolphins


The dolphin was an early symbol in Christian art. Because dolphins swim alongside boats, they represent Christ who guides believers to heaven. More about the dolphin as a symbol for Christ can be read here.

More importantly to me, dolphins grieve and mourn their young.  The reason I chose dolphins for this painting is simply because I’m grieving and need help. I pray that God will help me back to the surface, just as dolphins help those in distress.


Light modeling paste brushed onto hair and baby’s blanket…


Lines drawn through the wet paste for texture…

Paint rubbed over dried paste on hair and baby blanket…





Add adhesive to areas where gold foil will be added and let dry…
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Gently rub gold foil (gold side up) over adhesive to add shiny gold leaf accents…

Love the hammered look of the star…


Have a blessed first week of Advent, friends. Thanks for stopping by.  ~Scarlett
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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.


Will I ever learn!?






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).






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



Easy Cardboard Reindeer

A simple pencil drawing from my sketchbook inspired these little reindeer.  I used cardboard from my recycle bin, twigs from my yard, strips of an old curtain panel, and some different glitters. They would make sweet tags for gifts or ornaments for the tree.  I clipped them onto a cord with clothespins to make a garland across my window.

The pattern is at the end of the post for your to print out if you’d like to make a herd of your own.

I covered this one with a crinkled piece of paper bag for added texture…

Champagne colored glass glitter…

Plain cardboard sprinkled with clear crystal glitter.  Looks like a cookie!

My favorite holiday glitter: Martha Stewart’s “Gold Tinsel”.



I had fun with this last one. I cut two deer patterns out of paper bag, sewed them together and stuffed it.  I added some brush bristles for eyelashes, an ear, and a tiny red berry for a nose.


Happy Holiday Season!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and don’t forget to visit Knox’s Etsy shop this season.  Proceeds from the shop go to CS research and to support children with CS and their families.

Here’s the little reindeer if you’d like to print it out and use it as a pattern,  or just for a coloring page…