Although I don't always succeed in completing an entire month, I enjoy participating in brush lettering challenges on Instagram every now and again. One of my favorite challenge creators is Olivia, aka Random Olive, partly because I like her theme choices and even more because she posts awesome video demonstrations on her Instagram feed. February proved to be an especially enjoyable month because Olive chose gemstones as her theme and, as a jewelry designer and seller, I love those gemstones!
I tried a variety of papers and inks, but in the end liked my Tombow dual tip brush markers on watercolored backgrounds the best. When I had the actual stones available, I added them to the photos as well. I used both the Canva and PicCollage apps to add photo backgrounds to some of my pieces. Here's a little slide show of my opal brush lettering project:
For now, I've just been playing along with Olive, but I think some of these brush lettered gemstones are going to find their way to my Birthstone Blooms shop soon!
Check out Random Olive and join me in her next challenge...and if you let me know that you're playing along, I'll check out your work!
One of my favorite February art lessons with my littlest students in first grade is our "Jim Dine Valentines" project.
Dine, one of the premier American artists of the mid-20th century, is still a force in the art world today at the age of 81. Although most known for his images of colorful hearts, Dine produced a much greater variety of artworks in his long career, most notably carefully rendered drawings of common objects such as hammers, pliers, and other tools, colorful paintings of kimonos and the iconic character, Pinocchio, and large sculptured hearts.
Although his friendship with Claes Oldenburg and gallery exhibitions with such artists as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol led to Jim Dine often being classified as a "pop artist", Dine did not consider himself to be a part of the Pop Art Movement. Nonetheless, his work is always a hit with my students, who love creating their own "heart art" using oil pastels and pan tempera paints! And, since I like to work along with my students, I now have my own collection of Jim Dine inspired art to share, along with a few of my favorite "love quotes".