PEOPLE – Illustration Friday

August 28 2015 – Illustration Friday theme PEOPLE



With the RAIN and SUN this Summer PEOPLE have been using the umbrella whether (Weather) for the down poor of water or to keep the heat off of the PERSON. People are the only creatures that use this tool for weather conditions, it may be considered a disguise or camouflage to the birds.

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Papier-mâché with children – Bird Art

Three Session Art Class For Young Artists

SESSION ONE-Forming a bird

You’ll need;

  • a roll of toilet paper, or tissue paper
  • flour and water with bucket
  • whisk (from the kitchen)
  • two small balloons
  • stiff card paper for tail and wings
  • masking tape

Children love these materials, even adults young at heart. Be prepared to get a little messy.

First, blow up the balloons, one for the head and one for the body, colour doesn’t matter. Then mix the flour and water in a deep bucket, this allows the children to mix and blend the paste with “splashing” allowed.

Use masking tape to attach the head, body and tail together. Then dip the tissue into the paste (1 cup flour, 3 cups water) and layer onto the balloons. Children will slop it on, soaking the ground they are working on, creating outdoors with paper mache is much easier for clean up.

Let dry in a safe and dry place for a week, you may need a few objects to prop the bird up as it dries.

SESSION TWO-Paint the bird and add wings

You will need;

  • bird books for ideas and discussion
  • outdoor discussion on bird camouflage
  • acrylic paint, and iridescent clear paint
  • paint brushes, a variety of sizes
  • card paper for wings
  • tape

Children are naturals in colour mixing, they love the variety. When painting the bird discuss the nature of the subject; environment, colour and sound. Adhere wings to the bird with tape, these are simple steps the children can do on their own.

So far the children have made many decisions on their own, the display of tools and supplies offer opportunity to try new things.

SESSION THREE-Details on the bird

Be prepared with a tool box of hand tools children will recognize.


  • small hammer and one big nail
  • hand drill with large drill bit
  • feathers with thick quill
  • wire feet, make before class
  • buttons for eyes
  • clay for adding to bird body
  • glue

This is the session where you discover who enjoys three-dimensional and creative building. Drilling holes, the adult assistant will hold the hand drill and the child can turn the drill bit, putting a hole into the paper mache. With the hammer & nail, the adult holds the nail while the child taps the nail into the body creating holes for the feathers.

Wire in this case was used for antennas (young artist design), the hole in the body secures the wire and feathers, and whatever else kids find that works. Add a little glue to the end of the quill or wire so that once it dries it helps to secure the accessories.

The artist responsible for this masterpiece is four years old.

She was so pleased with the mixing and blending in the first session that she made time to make a Paper mache cake with balloons and flower pedals mixed with paste and tissue. it was lovely.

The second session went by quickly as she loved bird watching and flipping through a picture book of birds. Painting the bird was an easy and familiar process even though the whole bird wasn’t quit covered by paint. Big paint brushes will help with the full coverage of the painted bird scenario.

Third session, LOVED by all as the toolbox was slowly opened by the small hands. Discovery was the key to this lesson. The wire feet poked through the holes, once familiar with the concept, feathers and wire were added.

If you have any questions feel free to ask.

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HEART – Illustration Friday

Life with Heart


Susan Fae Art 2015

Pen & ink drawing by Susan Fae

Heart shaped leaves are energy for active birds.

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Heart – Illustration Friday

Theme this week for Illustration Friday is HEART


Susan Fae Art

The birds are made from my linocut blocks and printed onto fabric mat board. From my series “Meditative Threads” combined with my “Birds in Flight” an on going series of bird making.

“Working Together with HEART”

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“Pointy” – Illustration Friday

Illustration Friday

Pointy - Illustration Friday Susan Fae


The Belted Kingfisher needs a “pointy” bill to dive for it’s dinner.

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“Grow” Illustration Friday

Submission for Illustration Friday

Mama and her babies, Robins have their second or third brood in August. Summer babies, a growing family.

Pen & Ink and water-colour on paper.

Art by


Susan Fae Art Grow – August 7, 2015 submission

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Monday Art – handmade books & portraits

We all have a story to tell. Today was about following up with last weeks lesson on  the human body and fasteners. Handmade books and the tying of the ribbon, making a bow to keep the collection of words and objects together safely.

We first began with the accordion paper book with images of the face, expression and limbs. Starting with familiar faces with names to moods with feelings. We used a variety of lead pencils of different weight, 8B was the favorite, then onto different thickness of felt pens.

Into the garden with the accordion style book with pockets.

If you have any questions in regards to this project please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Susan Fae at the Art Tree.

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Monday Art – Working with Fasteners and the Human body

Monday Art making paper dolls from mat board and velcro

Monday Art making paper dolls from mat board and Velcro

Monday art is a day that The Art Tree sets aside to create and try something new with the materials and supplies from the Picture Frame studio.

Mat board dolls with common fasteners for home and office are the tools used in this lesson. Two arms, two legs and a torso with head made from; black mat board, white mat board and thin package board (found in men’s shirt packages) or the back of office writing tablets.

You can see that we cut the shapes out, then used black Velcro dots for the joint areas on the black paper doll and we stitched the snaps onto the thinner cardboard, and of course the “butterfly buttons” or brads for the other paper doll.

What we discovered:

The snaps took a bit longer to align for a four year old but once the sound of the snap was heard they were ready for the next snap. Putting the body parts together was a bit of a puzzle, sometimes attaching the limbs were more fun that knowing where they actually were located on the body. Like putting a leg on the shoulder joint.

The office style “butterfly buttons” or brads were like threading a needle but once the concept was understood and finding how easy the legs and arms became movable the fun began.

We worked from the floor up to the door handle for ease of understanding snap alignment and the motion of the limbs. This is when the figure became more action oriented, decorating and identifying; eyes, nose and mouth became secondary.

What I look forward to:

Once the familiarity of the attaching and movement happen with these paper dolls, I hope to hear of their adventures. Stories would be a great follow up project for these action figures.

One of the students observed that my fabric mat board doll had muscles, the threads looked like veins. Hmm, here I thought that I was swirling around with the machine keeping things together while having fun.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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From Sweaters to Picture Frames

From Sweaters to Picture Frames.

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The Cherry Thief – Children’s Book Review


The Cherry Thief by Renata Galindo

Kudos to Galindo for both story and illustrations, she does an exceptional job at making an investigation to find a thief, fun and an imaginative adventure.

Galindo’s illustrations are simple crayon drawings, primary colours only, with the exception of chef. Light yellow washes are used for some page backgrounds emphasizing some of the small details.

This style of art would be appealing to young children wanting to play along with the investigation. The scribbles and and playful dot patterns would be fun to imitate.

 Having all three of the main characters different sizes allows the pages to be utilized top to bottom.  The mysterious blue character is open to having a name given to it, I’d call it “Blog” combined words  (blue hedge hog).

The Cherry Thief, has a subtle way of offering classroom or family participation; discussion on the missing cookies or the Spring season, dog’s incredible instincts and communication between people you don’t know.

The visuals in this story are important; the hand shake with the blue guy, foot prints, body gestures (angry, confused), and personal perceptions both literally and artistically.

 I challenge you to pull out the crayolas and MAKE ART!

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