Friday, October 7, 2016

Magical Pink Kitty

When I post finished art from my little artists I wish I had enough characters or appropriate hashtags to explain the magic that happens in an art lesson. Take for instance my Preschool Art Studio class. These kids are 3 and just barely 4 years old. This particular artist had never drawn a rectangle, triangle or circle intentionally. So we talked about the shapes, we made dots for the corners and then connected the dots to create the shapes. We combined our new knowledge of shapes to draw a cat out of those same basic shapes. The kids beam with pride! I do too! It is powerful to watch the connections happen. When we went to paint our drawings my little artist wanted a pink kitty. I gave her a dark magenta and she politely asked if she could have some white. She wanted to make a light pink kitty. PROUD TEACHER MOMENT! (We worked on color mixing in previous classes!) I often use the hashtag #bestjobever. It's because I really do have the BEST. JOB! EVER!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

You and Me Art

Doing art with your toddler/preschooler can be tricky. Especially if you care about your floors or clean surfaces. In the 'You and Me" art class I develop projects specifically to include the little artist and their adult. You get to create one-on-one with your child, make a mess (yes, even with glitter on occasion) and I do all the clean up. It's a perfect combination. We spend a lot of time doing seasonal crafts and painting in this class. This class fills up quick so be sure to reserve your space. "You and Me" is held on Monday mornings at my park studio. 9:45am-10:30am. Contact the Renton Community Center to register. (425) 430-6700

Preschool Art Studio

Pinch me! I get to work with kids and crafts FOR A LIVING! It's a dream come true, really! My Preschool Art Studio class has been a real hit. In this class my fellow artists and I explore a variety of mediums and we aren't afraid of much. This particular class has drawn a very talented crew and they are always ready to jump into the project for the week. We have worked with acrylic, clay, oil pastel and more all while thinking about composition (fancy word for where we put things) and texture (another fancy art term for adding a pattern or print). This class meets on Tuesday mornings from 9:45am-10:30am at my park studio in Renton WA. Contact the Renton Community Center to register. (425)430-6700

Saturday, January 23, 2016


It's official! Tomato-Tomato officially has a new home! It's magical, really! It's a park, an art studio, and a community space all in one! See! MAGIC! You can find my programs and events listed through the City of Renton. Here's a little peek inside

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Stitch and Sew Workshop

I have been hooked on applique the past few months. I will be sharing my love and hopefully creating more crafty followers during my Stitch and Sew workshop this February. This is for kids 8-12 but I will be offing an adult version soon too. Sign up with the City of Renton Community Center.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

8 Bit Madness!

My big 4-oh is just around the corner. I decided to host an 80s themed night at a local 8 bit arcade to celebrate. I requested my guests to dress up. I designed these quick costumes for my kids and some of their friends. After all, you can never have too many pacman ghosts, right? Super quick and easy! I even included a pattern for you to make your own too! NOTE: On the pattern I suggest felt. Use cotton with heat and bond if you plan to make the shirts washable.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Faux Batik

Not to be confused with real batik (hot wax, silk and dye) this faux batik method is really fun and great for all ages. It's a basic resist process but instead I used Elmer's Blue Gel Glue for the resist and acrylic paint for the color. We designed tote bags using this technique. Here's how we did it: I provided tote bags with some prepared art for those that did not have the inspiration to draw their own image. Put a piece of cardboard (cereal boxes work great!)inside your bag to prevent the two sides of the bag from sticking to each other. You can tape your art to the cardboard so that it stays in place while you work. Once you have your art in place trace your drawing with the Elmers Blue Gel glue. Once you have outlined your art with the gel glue be sure to let it dry. The reason for the blue glue is so that you can see your lines after it is dry. Also,the gel glue doesn't run. The glue does take time to dry. Try to resist squeezing thick amounts of glue. Remember you just need a thin layer of glue to cover those fibers so that the paint can't get to it. You can use a paint brush for the glue if you prefer. You can always use a hair dryer to speed up the drying time too. Next up, the paint! Using some basic acrylic craft paint, fill in all your areas with color. Feel free to paint right over those dry glue lines. They should do their job and resist the paint. Once your paint is dry (really dry) you will need to rinse the tote to remove the glue. Acrylic dries pretty fast but I prefer to wait 24 hours before rinsing out the glue. Rinsing out the glue will lighten your color a bit (be sure to keep that in mind when painting. Darker color and more of it is best). When you rinse the glue don't be afraid to get in there and scrub it. The glue is washable so it comes off best in warm water. When you have all the glue removed toss your bag (or garment) into the dryer for a full cycle to set the paint. You can also iron it if you prefer. Now your project is compete! This is great for parties, camps and even a quiet night in. For those still craving more, add some embroidered details to spice things up.