Friday, March 18, 2016

Watercolor Washes with Salt Technique

A little while ago my sister in laws wonderful family and our family met up at my husband's parents house for a little family vacation. Since we all live in flying distance from each other, we cherish every opportunity we have to get together. Whenever there is a get together of course I always have to fit in an art project somehow. It is easy to do with both my husband's and my family, because we are all quiet the creative bunch.
While I was on vacation I just happened to bring the wonderful book, Just add Watercolor, by Helen Birch with me (you can read more about this book on my Artistically Shauna Blog HERE). A few of the gorgeous samples featured in the book inspired me to do a quick run to the closest store to my Father-In-Laws house, to pick up some watercolor paints and brushes for everyone to use. Note to self, next time bring our gazillion sets of watercolors with us on family vacations. 
Everyone had such a fun time. I taught everyone a little bit about watercolor basics, introduced them to washes in watercolor, we talked about warm and cool colors, and then we added a little magic to our paintings by sprinkling salt all over the wet paint. When the salt dried, it lifted up the pigment off of the paper, leaving a really neat textured effect.
I love how different everyone's paintings turned out. You can see close ups of the paintings below. The paintings are beautiful as is, but I told my daughters, nieces, and sister-in-law, that they could also add a drawing or a favorite quote on top of the dried washes for some extra fun. Looking at all of these pictures sure makes me miss our wonderful family. Love you guys!!!






Happy Painting!

This "Watercolor Washes with Salt Technique" first appeared on my blog, Learn and Grow Designs, on March 18, 2016. 

Monday, February 8, 2016

FREE Chinese New Year 2016 Coloring Page - Year of the Monkey

Happy Chinese New Year 2016!

I hope that you all have the most wonderful new year full of joy, peace, and happiness. Today I am excited to share with you a FREE:
 Chinese New Year 2016 - Year of the Monkey - Coloring Page
I love drawing and I love teaching my children about different holidays celebrated around the world. So a few days ago I thought to myself, "What wouldn't be more appropriate than to draw a fun Chinese New Year coloring page?" for my children. You can see a little of my drawing process below with my initial coloring page sketch drawn using pencil, and my finished coloring page that I drew using a Sharpie Marker. I love Sharpies (which is not an endorsement for Sharpie, just me sharing one of my favorite art tools)! I  I have dabbled a little with digital drawings using my Wacom Intuos Tablet, but I seem to prefer the old "pen and paper" style. However, one of my goals this year is to experiment more with my beautiful Wacom Intuos Tablet.
Chinese New Year is today, February 8, 2016, and this year just happens to be the "Year of the Monkey".
I found this book, Happy New Year! Kung-Hsi Fa-Ts'ai!, by Demi, at a library used book sale last year. Oh how I love library used book sales, but that is a different post, for a different day. Anyways, I am excited about reading this book with my daughters today. 
Here is a peak inside the book at the gorgeous, whimsical illustrations. Not only is this book illustrated beautifully, but it is also full of a lot of facts and information on Chinese New Year. Demi, the author and illustrator, does an excellent job explaining what happens before, during, and after the Chinese New Year celebration.

Time to grab your own FREE copy of my "Chinese New Year 2016 - Year of the Monkey Coloring Page":
HERE at my Learn and Grow Designs Teachers Pay Teachers Shop
HERE at my Learn and Grow Designs Teacher's Notebook Shop


While you are visiting my Learn and Grow Designs shops don't forget to check out my: "Chinese New Year: Activity, Drawing, and Fact Book" for kids (you can also find the links to my shops under my "Contact Information" at the top of my blog). It is definitely one of my best sellers!

Have a great week!

~ This Learn and Grow Designs blog post, FREE Chinese New Year 2016 Coloring Page - Year of the Monkey, was originally written on February 8, 2016.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Barefoot Books January Winter Fun Sale

My First Barefoot Books Event:

I am so excited to share my news with you that I am officially a "Barefoot Books Ambassador"! 

I have adored books ever since I was a little girl. Books were always a big part of my life growing up and they still are. I am the mother of two young children whom I have been able to pass on my love of literature to. 

As a mother, a teacher, an artist, and a book ambassador, I appreciate quality books with beautiful and unique illustrations that engage the reader. Once I discovered Barefoot Books I knew that I needed to share their amazing and unique books, and literacy themed products with everyone I knew. 

To start the year off I have an amazing sale and giveaway going on my Barefoot Books Website now. The sale last from January 29th, to January 31st (8:00 pm - PST). 

During my three day sale you can:
  • Buy 3 books and get the 4th book FREE by using the following coupon code during checkout: NEWYEAR (all capitals, no spaces).
  • Over 65+ books and gifts are 70% OFF right now during my winter sale.
  • Everyone who makes a purchase (no minimum), will be entered into a GIVEAWAY for a chance to win a FREE1,000 Sticker Mega Pack, worth $17.99.

So, go ahead,  "step inside a story" and discover a whole new world of diverse and enchanting children's literature. 

CLICK HERE to see my "January Winter Fun Event" and start shopping!

~ This Learn and Grow Designs blog post, Barefoot Books January Winter Fun Sale, was originally written on January 29, 2016.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

12 Months of the Year Activity Pack Updated and Expanded


I am very excited about my newly updated and expanded Learn and Grow Designs, “12 Months of the Year Activity Pack". After searching for a variety of quality items to teach about the “12 Months of Year” I discovered that there weren't very many options out there. So, I created this amazing 46 page learning unit to teach children the months of the year, while having fun. 

Digital Educational Materials Included in your Purchase:
* The 12 Months of the Year Coloring Page
• The 12 Months of the Year Picture Memory Game
• The 12 Months of the Year File Folder Game
• The 12 Months of the Year 3-Part Puzzles
• The 12 Months of the Year Song Chart
• The 12 Months of the Year Book in color
• The 12 Months of the Year Book in Black and White
• The 12 Months of the Year Extension Ideas
• The 12 Months of the Year Children’s Book Recommendations
* The 12 Months of the Year post
• The 12 Months of the Year Titles
* The 12 Months of the Year Cut and Paste
• The 12 Months of the Year Handwriting Tracers and Play-Doh Mats
* The 12 Months of the Year Writing Practice Pages
* I Can Name the 12 Months of the Year Practice Page
• All About My Birthday Activity Page


From Nov. 12-15th, my "12 Months of the Year Activity Pack" is 20 % OFF. Regular Price: $6.00, Sale Price $4.80.

You can purchase my "12 Months of the Year Activity Pack" in my:

Learn and Grow Designs Etsy Shop HERE
Learn and Grow Designs Teacher's Notebook Shop HERE
Learn and Grow Designs Teachers Pay Teachers Shop HERE

You can also download a free sample of my "Months of the Year Cut and Paste Activity" in my Teacher's Notebook Shop and my Teacher's Pay Teachers Shop by clicking on the "Preview File".

 Happy Learning!

This "12 Months of the Year Activity Pack Updated and Expanded" blog post first appeared on my blog, Learn and Grow Designs, on November 12, 2015.