Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Night Light Bug

I'm getting ready to post a new free pattern on my website but am planning to archive my free patterns on my blog. This one was a successful pattern that I've had a great response from. If you liked it then it will be on this blog for a while yet and will try to get the new free pattern on as quickly as possible. I just recently purchased a Cricut and have been trying to familiarize myself with it by making cards for family and friends. My new free pattern will incorporate some of the Cricut features into the card. It has been a learning process learning to make good looking designs on my cards that don't take hours to make. I'm still in the learning process but am enjoying myself tremendously.

Night Light Bug

Christy Hartman
C. Hartman Designs

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Palette: Deco Art Americana
Spice Pink DA030
Melon DA251
Antique Rose DA156
Tomato Red DA160
Ocean Blue DA270
Navy Blue DA035
Snow White DA01
Indian Turquoise DA087
Tangerine DA228
Bright Orange DA228
Moon Yellow DA07
Black DA067
Light Buttermilk DA164
Hauser Medium Green DA132
Hauser Dark Green DA133
Olive Green DA056

Brushes: Dynasty Black Gold®
Series # 206FW: ¾”
Series # 206A: 3/8”, ½”
Series #206SL: #5/0, 20/0
Series # 206R: #1, 2, 4
Series #206WVFil: #4
Series #300 Deerfoot: ¼”
Series 206 BSS: Small Butterfly Angle Brush
Small Stencil Brush
Use the brush that best fits the area to be painted.

Load your ¾” FW brush with Snow White dip one corner of your brush into Indian Turquoise, and the other corner into Ocean Blue, take that brush directly to your piece and blend the colors using a slip slap technique directly on the card, blending your paint back and forth in a random manner. Using a stencil brush dry brush Ocean Blue around the outside of the card. Using the small angle butterfly brush load the brush with Hauser Medium Green, dip the point of the brush into Olive Green and the heel of the brush into Hauser Dark Green. Stroke the grass onto the card. Transfer the design to the card and float shade Navy Blue around the design elements.

Bug: Base the bug’s body with Spice Pink, float shade with Antique Rose, deepen with Tomato Red. Using the #4 Wave Filbert wash additional shadows into the shaded areas with Tomato Red. Float highlight with Melon and deepen the highlight with Light Buttermilk, using the #4 Wave Filbert wash additional highlights onto the body using Light Buttermilk. Base the underbelly with Melon, shade with Spice Pink, deepen with Antique Rose, and highlight with Light Buttermilk. Wash additional highlights onto the belly with Light Buttermilk using the #4 Wave Filbert.

Wings: The wings remain the color of the background, float highlight the upper portion of the wings with White and using the #4 Wave Filbert wash additional highlights onto the wing making sure to round your lines as you paint. Float shade with Navy Blue washing additional shadows onto the wing with the #4 Wave Filbert. Using a SL line the wings with White.

Nose: Base the nose with Tangerine, highlight with Moon Yellow, float shade with Bright Orange.

Tail: Base with Moon Yellow, float shade around the inner portion next to the pink tail with Bright Orange, float highlight with Light Buttermilk. Stipple with Moon Yellow, Bright Orange, and White around the outer edge of the tail.

Eyes: Base the eyes with White and the pupil with Black, dip dot the pupil with White and float a White highlight onto the pupil.

Hair: Using a SL line the hair with Tangerine, Bright Orange, and Moon Yellow.

Lettering: Transfer the lettering and base with Moon Yellow, using a SL line shade with Bright Orange, and line highlight with White.

Finishing: Line with a 01 Micron Permanent Black Marker.

© Christy Hartman


Elements and Principles of Design
Christy Hartman

Begin your color investigation with your youngest students by allowing them a controlled free exploration time mixing the color combinations that can be made using the Primary Colors. Put on some fun music, if you can find music about colors even better, read a good children’s book to the students about color, there are a wide variety of titles one of my favorites is Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh. Place the combinations of colors that you want the students to experience in front of them, I only place two primary colors in front of them at a time; otherwise they tend to want to mix all together and get muddy colors. Save that lesson for another time. As a part of this lesson introduce the color wheel so that while the students are experiencing color as they are learning about color theory. Have the students use yellow and red to mix combinations of orange and then allow them to paint using red, yellow, and orange giving the students the opportunity to free paint any picture of their choice. The next class period give them yellow and blue and allow them to experience mixing shades of green, and the final class period mix red and blue to form shades of purple. By the time that the students have completed this lesson they have begun the process of understanding the Primary Colors and have had that “aha” moment while “making” a new color and you as the teacher have had the opportunity to observe and enjoy the process.

The following year I like to repeat this lesson changing it slightly so that my students experience the concept of Primary Colors in a new and different way. Using the same idea of controlling their use of color by only allowing them to have two primary colors at a time I instruct my students to paint patterns of color by forming vertical or horizontal color patterns adding polka dots and crisscrossing line patterns to form a free flowing design on their paper. We will repeat this process three times using the various color combinations that can be formed using the Primary Colors, my students found this to be a fun and liberating activity because they could be creative and inventive in their designs. I wondered if this would become boring as we continued through the colors but it didn’t. After each class period I collected the designs and saved them for the culmination project, at the end of this color investigation I passed out their paintings and we began a lesson on collage. I had determined that we would begin building an imaginary bird by cutting the body and head out of one piece of the painted patterns that we had just completed and glued it onto a colored piece of construction paper and drew a wing shape onto the paper. We cut smaller pieces of the patterned paper out in an oval shape and glued each piece onto the wings overlapping them so that it appeared that our birds had feathers, this was a painstaking process that took one full class period to complete. The bulk of my students enjoyed the process and the project completely although some whose fine motor skills are not quite as developed struggled a bit but still enjoyed the process. Once the birds were finished we added wiggle eyes and a construction paper beak. The students were delighted with the finished product and they were a darling addition to the bulletin boards in the hallway.