Project: DIY Lego Batman Desk Organizer

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Just recycled!! Woo-hoo! As a DIY fan, I’m super happy to accomplish one. And when it’s a recycling project, I’m way much happier . It means one less junk on earth! In today’s project, I recycled ‘plastic water bottles’. Lots of empty bottles, not just in our house but in our community and everywhere! While I can’t collect everything everywhere (yet…I’m trying to figure out how and my excuse to my parents), lemme start in our own backyard.

Back to being a DIY fan, I have tons of tools occupying most of my desk (‘coz they’re all over the space). I have few buckets and they’re very useful. But they look plain and dull. Enter this idea, why not make a new organizer to house my bigger tools (paint brushes, cutter, etc) and  at the same time, a cute fixture on my desk? Currently, I’m adoring Lego Batman Movie. I haven’t seen it but these creatures are cute, of course, it’s the main lead I’m rooting for.

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How?

Initial Step:  Decide the height of the organizer. This one is at 5″, almost half the size of the bottle. Since we have Lego Batman as character, mark where his ears are with a black felt tip marker as shown in the photo.

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The following steps are easy as shown in the photo below. Mark, Cut-out and then paint.

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With white latex / acrylic paint, cover the whole body until opaque. Repeat coating when necessary or as desired.

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Once white coat is dry, sketch the character’s feature with a light pencil. Then, start coating with matte black acrylic paint. Let it dry.

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Once the first coat is dry, run few strokes of black paint to make it flatter and more black. When everything is set and dry, start completing batman’s features.

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On drawing Lego Batman:

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Finished product

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Recycling is so fun, right?! This has been the advocacy of this blog. Recycling: From junk to useful and beautiful stuff. This, for me, is the magic of art! I have lots of water bottles and everything recyclables in-stock which means more projects brewing. And there are lots of great ideas on books, people, internet and mine is no different… but being so personal! And that makes this and future projects original. hayaa! 🙂

But wait…

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Recycling: From junk to useful and beautiful stuff. This, for me, is the magic of art!

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Project with Kids: Pop-Up City

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Unbelievable but true! My with the kids almost-daily art sessions now becomes a collaboration. Woohoo! I L.O.V.E it. Working with kids, exchanging ideas, immortalizing it … such a wonderful experience, isn’t it? makeacity3

One of the artists I follow MeriCherry, created a beautiful Make Your Own City project. I absolutely adored the activity: simple and kid-friendly process. For sure the nephews will like the project. I told Yuan about the idea — but he has something else in mind. He wants it to be (and he can’t even describe it accurately, so in my translation:) 3D-ish. So I get the idea, kid. Lezdodiz!

Pop Up City

We used (and we love recycling):

  • Old file folder
  • Card board (scrap cartons)
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Glue

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On a cardboard, Yuan drew what he sees in a city like tall buildings, houses, cars, trees, even an airplane! Then I cut them out.

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Thank goodness with the creative ideas of kids. Without ’em, I would have never thought of cute projects as this. They inspire me so much. Their smiles mean a lot to me. We’ll definitely create more. Collaborate. Too legit to quit. hayaaa!

May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears. – Nelson Mandela

* This project is entirely from reused materials, which is the primary advocacy of this blog. We create with this in mind.

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Project with Kids: Cartoon Cut-outs

This activity is transpired by our previous art sesh where our little artist Andrei pitched the idea of cartoon cut-outs. Good idea, kid. *clap *clap

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In this post, I will show my nephew Yuan doing more cut-outs (he goes home from school earlier, that’s why). He borrowed Andrei’s cut-out as a template. I can truly feel this kid’s inclination to illustration. By himself, he starts tracing and he knows what to do. Although afterwards, he pushes the marker suggesting I continue the drawing (he got frustrated when he thinks his copy is not as good) but I rejected saying it’s best if he be the one to complete his artwork. Instead I gave a little guide/demonstration (showing him proper strokes and some tips on detail observation since he’s copying a model) and assured him he is doing the right way.

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The beautiful result is this:

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Wow!!! Good job, Yuan! Now, you know how to draw your favorite cartoon! I told my nephew. He was so delighted, he created more! Yeepee! 😀

Yuan’s Output:

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These were the kids’ first batch of cut-outs. Reference: Monsuno Figure named Lock.

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My model drawing is flanked my Yuan’s drawings. Reference: Optimus Prime / Transformers

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Just when I thought it’s a wrap….we are not over yet. Someone’s lucky to make it to the day’s art sesh.

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It’s Nathan!

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I did a rough sketch of Optimus Prime and he colored it with crayons. Lovely robot!!

And I almost forgot, all I did in this art sesh was to cut out. That’all. And a bit of teaching. I I discovered kids learn so fast especially when they like what they’re doing and are also independent. But not with the scissors, I never let them (for now).

Hmmm What should we do next? better ask the kids… 🙂

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. – Margaret Mead

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Project: My Heartless Valentine Shirt

Let this project give you idea on how I spent my valentine cheers. Hey, Is there a problem? Jeez, I’m married to art, yo… yeah, we’re good, I’m fine. I’m good. Really. *sobs*

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Okay, here’s the thing: This was a science project for my cousin. It’s an apron illustrating the digestive system, as you see. I was really fascinated by what I made, I was wearing it almost half a day. Then, I saw people wearing red. I’m like ‘what’s the matter?’. Oh, dude, it’s valentine’s. I think I should create something special or better yet should I wear red? (ugh, please!). When I look myself in the mirror, saw the apron, I said, “this is my valentine’s…. heartless!”. hahahaha 😛  (not to mention, kinda ‘disgusting‘, LOL)

20170213_100644-1Alright, this is the part I’d say…kidding aside, right?! Okay, kidding aside, I’m in love with life, that’s for sure! No need for man to date, my family is more than enough (here we are with the sentiments blah blah blah!) And my literal heart is with me, beating, healthy. The figurative heart… well , is married with art. Believe me, I’m good. I’m fine. *sobs*

All you need is love but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. – Charles M. Schulz

PS: yeah right, true. 🙂

 

Drawing Sesh with Kids

Here’s my story: In our family, I’m the only person ‘vocal’ about my inclination to the visual arts (I’d said ‘vocal’ ‘coz I know some in my family are talented yet they just keep it). Not only does my family hear me saying it, they see me of course. And so are my nephews. My little cute and energetic nephews see me…. and my crayons, pencils, paints, papers, arts&crafts tools etcetera. Oh yes, I love them but whenever joyful drawing sesh (session) turns to major kiddie-brawl (with my tools all over the place, yo), I kinda wished my art is a secret.

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This is peaceful for me, when they help each other.

But I would never do that, IRL, ‘coz I feel I was born to do this, and when it comes to children, dear heaven, must find ways to make it disaster-proof. In this post, I will share my and le’ nephews journey to our successful art sesh + tips to make it work, peacefully! 🙂

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Every time my nephews come to the house with smiles ear to ear, I know it’s another art sesh. Most especially when they bring books or magazines with photos of their fave character, it surely is a ‘please-draw-me-this-and-that-this-and-that-that‘ time for me!

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I never ever thought drawing these types of characters because I’m not a fan of anime and cartoon illustration. But I find myself knowing, I actually can! Thanks kids!

Way back, during my first few stints teaching the kids I tried to make it traditional. Teaching methods somewhat in school format. Ya’know like, ‘I’m the teacher, this is the lesson, listen to me’ type of instruction. However, it didn’t successfully work out (‘coz the kids wouldn’t pay attention to me, I was frustrated, they were impatient,  we couldn’t snap out of it!). I realized for several reasons: 1st. they are my nephews not students,( and I should’ve loosen up a bit & treated ’em as former). 2nd. they see me as their aunt, not their typical school teacher. 3rd. they are kids who just want to draw and not to be lectured about the history of drawing (did I just do that? arhg!). 4th. they are kids, I repeat, they are KIDS, not aged enough for my cookie-cutter art workshop.

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Thankfully, I learned my lessons and still improving. Now, our art sesh became student-centered nephew-centered sessions. It’s not what-I-want, it’s what-kids’-want / need. And we work it as a team. If the resources make it possible then we’ll work it out. If not, then we figure it out! True enough, they had fun, I had fun and WE all learn. We all are happy. ( Although, kiddie-arguments still present, it has become manageable and my patience, still intact. phew! )

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When kids enjoy, there’s no room for a kid-fight. Just make sure they have individual tools so they won’t argue over it, in case, think of a solution (e.g. one kid use crayons first then other kid next) and teach them the value of sharing and give-and-take. For sure they will listen.  Haizt!

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Working with kids 7-up is fine but what about my toddler and kindergarten nephews, eh?

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Important for me: I have to give them extra attention, supervision on the use of pencils (sharp edged tools), crayons (those they might swallow) and please keep scissors, cutters out of reach!! When it comes to drawing instruction, I just let them express what they want, usually thru scribbling and observational drawing. As well as keeping them engaged with the activity thru story telling (let ’em talk) and positive (genuine) affirmations on their works (wow! very good, nice!).

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He starts to draw and tell me what it is. 🙂

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I truly adore kids’ innocence and charm. It shows in their drawings and the story they tell. How they love the cartoon characters, the TV shows and most especially when they happily talk about families. They don’t get tired on doing something they love. They are passionate about life, no qualms, just pure fun. And they love you back unconditionally. These are the things adult can learn and relearn from children.

Here are the kids’ output:

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YEheeyyyyy!! Very good! :D. I’d say this art sesh is successful ‘coz we have achieved our objectives:

  1. Kids demonstrate their drawing/sketching and coloring skills.
  2. Appreciate art, of course!
  3. Creative thinking! yey!
  4. Kids’ output, wonderful!

This is our story:  The kids and I love art! See you on our next sesh. 🙂

Every child is an artist. – Picasso

Project: Painting with Kids

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I had a dream, I was being chased by a dragon down the hill. The dragon was monster huge and flew fast to get and eat me. T’was absolutely horrible nightmare. Thank goodness I was awaken by shrieks, cries and taunts of my nephews — 5 lil boys at that. However I was greeted with disastrous scenes they always ‘perfectly pull off’. I realized how true-to-life nightmare it is when they’re together — oh’dude, can I instead stay inside dragon’s intestines? 😛

But hey, I told ’em, lez paint!

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I like it when these kids talk and discover things together. Such as producing colors by mixing various colors. One kid was so amazed when blue and yellow mix gave him green. As if there was magic. 😀

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Oh no no no, may look like it’s easy fun with this group but h*ll noooh! There were a lot of fights over brushes, colors and canvass space in between. Oh’boy! I think my voice raised a notch. Whew! XP . But I think there’s still fun about it knowing they were friends again after 🙂

TADDAAAHHHHHH…..

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Check out this post by Meri Cherry, an art teacher, who listed reasons why we should let children paint. I follow her, she’s wonderful.

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“I’m enough of an artist to draw freely on my imagination, which I think is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Albert Einstein

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Project with Kids: DIY Toy

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Yepeeyyyy! Yezzz!! Kaboom! I have a DIY project, uh-huh! This is 2nd post for my projects category. Pardon my tone though, sort of celebratory ‘coz I hadn’t thought of brewing DIYs sooner after the 1st post (‘coz I have a current project/series). But it’s a #youneverknow moment especially when you have kids around ‘ya whose artistic inclination starts to spring, I just can’t help but work and be with them. And I certainly love it, creating things for them, above all, to have them involved in the process. #happy 🙂

DIY Kids’ Toy

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I and my nephew, Yuan, made toy dinosaur and dragon. In this post, I will show you the how-to’s for the dragon. As we go on, guaranteed, you will discover how to create the dinosaur and other animals or kid-friendly characters you’d like. So easy, a’ma use few words just photos. So lez start:

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Steps

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Personally, I dread throwing away boxes/cartons which are very much decent for arts and crafts projects. Why not recycle ’em right? All the materials in this project (except tools) are recycled and reused. 🙂

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Yuan was totally involved… aw, sweet lil artist 🙂

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Of course, I did the cutting (kiddos, unless you’re an adult, do it, but then you’re not, so let mom, dad or an able adult to cut out). Then glue the parts onto the card board box.

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Voila! Done.

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Yuan loves his new dinosaur and dragon toys. I was kidding him when he was asking for new toys prior to this, I was like “no budget for now dear, but ya’know what, I got a better idea” … and his eyes brighten because it’s another arts & crafts project.  Thank goodness, my savings were saved and more importantly, we saved some people’s “junk” and made it into something special. 🙂

**This project, I was totally inspired by MER MAG‘s DIY and MERI CHERRY‘s process art with children. They do have great arts and crafts ideas, so check them out.

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. – St. Augustine of Hippo

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