As a mom, I strive to teach our kids that love is what it's all about, both through my own actions and by helping them navigate this messy, sometimes confusing world. Since this message is so important, it seems almost expected that "love" would be a recurrent theme in my art.
I just created a new design I want to share with you, following this theme of love. It is a simple line drawing of a yellow pencil, writing the word "love". The yellow pencil makes me think of school days and drawing. I loved school as a child and nowadays I still find myself at school often, just not as a student but as a parent volunteer helping kids to read or accompanying them on a field trip. I guess I never grew tired of the energy in the classroom and the excitement learning can bring. Kids make me smile.
Now while this line drawing of a pencil may be appealing to school teachers and artists, hopefully many of you would like the simple, yet important message the pencil writes: love. You may find the modern and elegant lettering is just what you were looking for in planning your wedding or a special anniversary celebration. Or even as a daily reminder to allow more love into our lives, for ourselves and for others.
For this reason, I made this design available on many different types of products from apparel to stationery to household items such as mugs, plates, coasters, napkins and more. If you are planning a party, the buttons, key chains or playing cards make neat favors. You can find the entire product line at www.zazzle.com/presentsoflove* and you can click on the images below for more product information.
Thanks for checking out my new design. Please let me know if you like it by leaving a comment or sharing it by clicking the little buttons below. Thank you!
If you’re looking for a fun, yet easy Valentine’s Day project to do with the kids, here is one idea. This project may be too delicate for toddlers but works well with elementary school aged kids. It uses art supplies most of you already have laying around and the materials are cheap.
What you need:
yarn (red works well if you're doing this activity for Valentine's Day)
little container (a recycled sour cream container for example)
popsicle stick - optional
Cut a piece of string off the yarn. It needs to be long enough so you can create a shape out of it with the string overlapping. Cover an old cookie sheet or work area with a piece of aluminum foil.
Here is a close up of the heart my son made.
Let the heart ornament dry until the yarn is stiff and holds shape. Depending on the humidity and temperature in the house, this can take some time. You can speed up the process by using a blowdryer but if you don't want to spend this time, just set it aside and leave it for a couple of days. An old spatula works well to remove the ornament from the aluminum foil if it is stuck. The ornament will be a bit fragile so treat it with care! Tie a pretty ribbon to it and now it’s ready to hang!
This project is perfect for Valentine’s Day if you’re looking to make a special teacher’s gift or handmade gift for the grandparents. It also makes a wonderful craft project for Christmas, birthday or other special occasion.
If you like this project, please don't forget to leave a comment and share with friends! Thank you!
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