Tag Archive: art
Talented artist Sarah Richards introduces you to watercolor by showing you the beauty in the basics. Sarah’s simple yet creative approach to teaching will leave you feeling relaxed, motivated, and ready to paint! You will learn how to choose the best watercolor brush for you, why texture and weight of watercolor paper are important, and […]read more
Play dough is the perfect rainy day activity, and we love making it in our kitchen. When you make your own playdough with the best playdough recipe ever, you get way more dough for your money than when you go out and buy it. Plus, this homemade playdough is so much softer and easier to…read more
I was contacted recently by the organizers of STYLE ’17, asking if I would be interesting in attending the show April 29-30th. Since I didn’t know anything about the event, I checked out their website to see what types of artists and vendors might be there. There are some really exciting and diverse crafts being represented (check out this jewelry maker’s biology-inspired items!). And when Iread more
March and the beginning of April have been very difficult weatherwise for the sheep and the humans. We seem to be over it hopefully — yesterday it was 80 degrees. Farm chores continue everyday. The lambs are growing and soon the grass will be too. The…read more
This spring time handprint craft is perfect for celebrating Easter with kids. And the best part is that the paint is made of edible ingredients so it’s taste-safe, making this a great craft for kids of all ages. This craft idea came from our sponsor, Imperial Sugar. We followed the instructions for the Easter Chick…read more
Over the summer, I looked at a lot of broken glass. It was comforting and beautiful to see light reflect and bounce off of something considered incomplete. The summer, was also a huge healing process for myself. I felt a little broken at the time, but by the end of the summer I was a little more pieced together and shards of glass really didn’t seem like it fit this upcoming chapter.
It all started with meeting an amazing artist here at SCAD. Hannah (this girl is filled to capacity with creative energy). I’ll be talking about her in later posts fo sho. This girl’s heart is beading. I mean, she live it, dreams it, breathes it. She’ll stay up for hours till 3am beading away, not because of a deadline that’s making her stay up to these sunless hours, but because she just gets so wrapped up in the processes and love of a finished piece. We soon became friends and talked about working together. I wanted to use what she was most naturally gifted with.
Do you have a LEGO fan in your house? I have two of them! From time to time, it’s fun to enjoy LEGOs in a different way. This past weekend, we tried Lego Painting. Lego Painting is a fun, creative, and colorful art experience! Learn about textures, patterns, and colors in this kid-led art activity!…read more
My senior collection is about the interaction of light and wind and how, when connected together, they create a transcending feeling of smallness.
The inner-critic hit again.
For this collection of mine (title still pending) I’ll need to be knitting 8 hours a day and pattern drafting the rest. Next month, I’ll need to step it up to knitting 12-16 hours a day. With thousands of hours still ahead of me, and my stitches slipping, yesterday was a battle I admittedly lost. Critic, one. Esther, zero.
I’m gonna’ slow it down, lock it in. Block it, draft it, and get it done, one stitch at a time.
Step 1: Forget everything you know about crafts
This will not be your typical how-to.
Step 2: The Vision
Step 4: Execution
Make cards special with this super cool idea for an awesome Valentines Home Made Card! I like finding ways to involve kids in blessing others. Even if its something as simple as sending a birthday or thank you card to a friend, it’s nice to share the experience with them. In this tutorial we’ll show you how…read more
Happy Saturday everyone! I’m a bit late with this today. My computer isn’t recognizing my camera and I wasn’t able to get the photos I took onto my computer! I’ve been at the Farmers Market all day and just got home. These photos are taken with my ipho…read more
I watched a fantastic documentary last night about the power of making art. It is called I Remember Better When I Paint. It shows how alzheimer’s patients thrive when in the act of making art. Many experts talk on the film but what I found the most imp…read more
Renowned artist Natalie Malan expertly introduces you to the beautiful world of watercolor painting in this easy-to-follow class. Have you always wanted to give watercolor painting a try but didn’t know where to start? Well, this is your opportunity! Download Nowread more
PATTERN DETAILS Quilling is one of the most magical and underutilized crafts in the world of ‘make’. It is extremely inexpensive, easily learned, portable and the results are outstanding. Here is your chance to learn the art of modern quilling for free with this simple tutorial. Wear this necklace out with caution: You will be […]read more
Here is the link for anyone interested in my handmade pottery. The shop will be open at 8 p.m. this evening – Monday.Here are a few of my new pieces. Thanks for your support. Kristinread more
Check out these 20 Amazing Coffee Filter Crafts! Coffee filter crafts are one of my favorite types of kids art. It’s so fun to see what you can create just by digging around your kitchen cabinets! With a little imagination, you can always find something in the house to create with. Kids will also enjoy…read more
CLASS OVERVIEW Learn how to draw figures using classical techniques for rendering from live models! With Watwood’s guidance, you’ll progress from a simple block-in sketch to a gestural drawing to a polished piece with depth and dimension. Learn how to set up and light a live model, and how to use graphite pencil and simple […]read more
Let Robbie Herring show you how to create your own Dress Form using some of the amazing product from Prima! You will learn how to create the dress form and also how to make a dress for her. Imagine the possibilities!?!?! You will also need a Barbie Doll, Wire Form and Thin Packing Paper. Download Nowread more
Tuesdays I do the Northampton Farmers Market behind Thornes Marketplace. Commerce was incredibly slow in July and August but Tuesday it picked up a bit. I guess folks are back from vacation and getting back into the routine. Thank goodness because I fi…read more
These coloring pages are perfect for those who want to practice coloring faces and hair! I created these coloring pages from a pictures that I colored on Facebook Live for you to download, print, and color for yourself. I hope that these coloring pages can help you learn how to shade in faces and all of their…read more
Colored pencil amateur hour continues here at Allspice Abounds. I think the key to learning something new is to not take yourself too seriously. I’m trying to give myself the freedom to just try things and not worry about perfection (which is really hard for a perfectionist). 🙂 Below are my latest sketches, and what […]read more
It is hard to believe it is September 1st and the Labor Day Holiday is this weekend. Last week, Julia and I headed off to Newburyport to sneak a couple days of vacation in before school began again. We had a great time visiting our friends Rose Ann, Kr…read more
Brace yourselves: I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole of YouTube colored pencil tutorials. Whoa, there is SO much awesome stuff to learn about drawing and coloring with colored pencils! My innocent adult coloring book obsession has turned in a full-blown fascination with the big, bad world of art technique. Who knew there was so much to […]read more