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Kristen Rock

Kristen Rock

Kristen is an artist living in Norfolk, VA.  She is happiest with a cup of coffee in one hand and a paintbrush in the other. A sucker for a sweet sunrise and an unexpected adventure, Kristen's latest inspirations include mermaids, dream catchers, and all things nautical. 

Drawn to Nature Sketchbook

Seeing a fluffy bunny hop around, catching a glimpse of a graceful fawn, or the sudden terror of realizing there is a skunk only a few feet away from you never gets old. These magical moments are a gift and can be fun to recreate. We're surrounded by all kinds of little (or big) animals and in Drawn to Nature Sketchbook artist Holly Ward Bimba prompts us to look around and hunt for the clues.  "They're all around us," she encourages.

FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: Nature, Woodland creatures, Forest animals, Drawing animals, Illustration, Sketchbook, sketching, how to sketch

500 Kids Art Ideas

Rainy days were never a problem for me as a kid. I would use a good rainy day as an excuse to stay inside and create something fun. Construction paper, newspaper, crayons, markers, and anything else I could get my hands on became an endless possibility of potential crafts and artwork.

FILED UNDER: Art Lessons, Children / TAGGED: Children's art, Children's crafts, Summer activities, crafts, Imagination, Rainy day crafts, how to draw

Sharpie Art

There's something so satisfying about writing, drawing, or scribbling with a Sharpie marker. There's far more to the Sharpie than just writing on the side of your moving boxes. Why not use Sharpies to create art? In Sharpie Art Workshop that's exactly what author and artist Timothy Goodman has done. Below is an excerpt from the book along with some fun examples.

FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: Sharpie, Ink, Illustration, Art, Creative, Markers, Permanent Markers, how to draw, drawing

Color + Pattern

Your mission—should you choose to accept it—is to mix pattern and color!

FILED UNDER: Art Lessons / TAGGED: Color, Pattern, Design, Creative, Illustration

Learn To Draw Calligraphy Animals

calligraphy animals draw bat

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Well that might be true but when someone comes along and puts their own unique spin on something that we associate with being old fashioned, it's like a breath of fresh air.

FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: Calligraphy, Calligraphy Animals, Illustration, Ink, Art, Creative, Inventive Art, Innovative


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