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Paper Quilled Snowflakes!

Create unique and decorative designs out of paper! Paper quilling involves nothing more than rolling strips of paper and utilizing these rolls by forming different shapes, designs, and patterns. It’s a simple process that can create, what looks like, complex pieces of art! Create a snowflake, mandala, or starburst with this method!

What you need:

  • Paper Quilling Needle/Tool
  • Quilling Paper – 5mm wide and 21″ long
  • Craft Glue
  • Wax Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Pattern (download below – Print as a full 8.5×11″ sheet)
  • Ribbon

Step One: We will be starting with the inside of your snowflake. Take a strip of your quilling paper in the desired color and begin to coil it with your quilling needle by inserting the end of your paper strip in the slot located at the top of your needle. Then carefully begin to rotate the needle, wrapping your paper around it, to form a coil!

Step Two: Carefully grasp and remove your coil from the needle, being sure to not let it uncoil too much! Take your coil and set it on the top circle of the pattern. Let your coil loosen up slowly until it reaches the size of the circle on the paper. If your coil gets too big, tighten it up by pulling the end, and coiling it back around with your fingers. Once your coil is the correct size add a very small amount of glue to hold the end in place, use tweezers to help pinch the end in place!

Step Three: Now we’re going to shape your coil into a tear drop shape by pinching one side to a point. We want your tear drop to fit the outline next to the top circle on your pattern. Repeat steps 1 through 3, five more times, so you have a total of 6 tear drop shapes (shown in the last picture).

Step Four: Choose another color to create the next shape of the snowflake pattern. Coil your strip and make it the size of the center circle on the pattern, glue the end in place. Next, form your coil into an almond shape by pinching each side of the circle – making your shape line up with the almond shape on the pattern next to the center circle. Repeat 5 more times so you have a total of 6!

Step Five: Choose another color for the last shape of your snowflake pattern. This time cut your paper strip in half before making your coil – these shapes are a little smaller! Create a coil the size of the last circle on the pattern and glue the end in place. Make this into a tear drop shape that matches the smallest tear drop shape on the pattern. Repeat 11 more times for a total of 12!

Step Six: Now that we have all your pieces made it’s time to glue it all together! Place a piece of wax paper over the snowflake pattern and line your pieces up on top – it’s okay if your pieces don’t fit the pattern exactly (you can see in the second photo how mine doesn’t fit perfectly). Starting with the center of your snowflake, begin gluing your pieces together, adding a little bit of glue to the sides of your shapes that will be touching. Line up your pieces carefully and use tweezers to hold the shapes together until the glue holds!

Step Seven: Continue to glue your pieces together and building your snowflake on the wax paper, lining up the pieces on the pattern as best you can. Don’t worry if any glue gets on the wax paper – your snowflake can be easily removed from the waxed paper once the glue is dry!

Step Eight: Let your glue dry completely – at least a couple of hours or longer depending on how much glue you used. Carefully remove the wax paper from your snowflake – if you have any pieces that don’t feel stable or come apart, add more glue and use tweezers to hold in place. You can leave your snowflake as is, or add another coil at the top to add a ribbon to!

Create your own snowflake designs or make changes to the given one! You can add coils on top of your snowflake or make your snowflake larger by adding more to the outside. You can also add gems, sequence, or glitter to your finished snowflake! Hang them in your windows, on your wall, give as gifts, or use as decorations on boxes or frames!

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Student Spotlight! (November 2021)

Each month I will be spotlighting one of my students – past or present, and their artistic ventures! I work with students of all ages and abilities and you’ll get to learn a little bit about these amazing artists and their work!

Our September spotlight is on:

Elana Pavese

Hi my name is Elana, I’m 10 years old and in the 5th grade. I like playing outside, being with friends, gymnastics, camping and Legos!

“Sunset Mountains”, Mixed Media

Why did you begin to take art lessons/how did you become interested in art? “I started liking art because you can express your feelings in a way besides telling them.”

What are your favorite mediums and/or subjects for your artwork? “Painting & coloring.”

“The Walk Of The Elephant”, Watercolors

What is your favorite thing you’ve ever created and why? “My geometric shape elephant because it has all my favorite colors and is my favorite animal.”

Do you have a favorite color? “Bubble gum pink & Lavender purple.”

“A Day in Nature”, Metal Tooling

What or who inspires you to create your artwork? “My art teacher Miss Jenell, her artwork is really inspiring!”

Is there a certain style, or type, of art that you’d like to try someday? “Origami – I just love the way the shapes come out in different things.”

“Sports”, Paper Mache

How has your artwork improved/what have you done to keep improving as an artist? “Keep practicing and the art homework helps me.”

Is there an aspect of art that you don’t like and why? “It’s really messy and sometimes it doesn’t come out the way you want it.”

Do you have any advice for someone who wants to become an artist or improve their skill? “Keep practicing to get better.”


Elana is careful in her artwork, taking her time and coming up with ideas before executing them! She puts a lot of thought into her work but is open to make changes or adjustments if needed! Elana is also very dedicated to accomplish what she sets out to do and continues to work on a piece until she’s happy with it! Keep up the great work Elana!

Check out our other student spotlights here!

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Student Spotlight! (October 2021)

Each month I will be spotlighting one of my students – past or present, and their artistic ventures! I work with students of all ages and abilities and you’ll get to learn a little bit about these amazing artists and their work!

Our October spotlight is on:

Gage Smartnick

“I’m Gage and I’m 15 and in 9th grade at James M Bennett High School. I like swimming and I swim on the YMCA swim team, running, playing on the computer, and art classes. I was adopted from China and have 3 brothers and 1 sister.”

“This is a paint by number on canvas. It took me a long time to finish.”

How long have you been taking art lessons? “8 years”


Why did you begin to take art lessons/how did you become interested in art? “To get more creative.”

What’s your favorite thing about art? “I like seeing the finished product from all my hard work. “

This is my favorite art work and I won an award for it at the Ward Museum.


What are your favorite mediums and/or subjects for your artwork? “I like painting landscapes the most.”

When you’re making your art do like to listen to music or watch tv for inspiration (if so what)? “I like it to be quiet when I work on my art. At home, I usually paint in my room because it’s away from all the noise.” 

What is your favorite thing you’ve ever created and why? “The picture of Marty, my sister’s dog, that I painted her for her birthday.”

Do you have a favorite color? ” My favorite color when I was younger was green, but now I like blue.” 

“One of my walls full of my art.”

What or who inspires you to create your artwork? “Ms. Jenell”

Is there anything else about you that you’d like us to know? “I’m an uncle already.”

Do you have any advice for someone who wants to become an artist or improve their skills? “Follow your dreams and never give up.”

Gage always has a positive outlook on his art – even when his work isn’t quite going the way he’d like! Instead of getting frustrated and giving up, he takes his time and carefully continues to work on the piece until he’s able to reach his artistic goals! His perseverance and determination is inspiring! Keep on creating Gage!

Check out our other student spotlights here!

Art, Art activities, Craft, decorating, DIY, Holiday

Marble Pumpkins!

Create these fun marbled pumpkins with some simple supplies! You can use real pumpkins or foam pumpkins Use nail polish to float your colors on water and dip your pumpkin for amazing marble effects!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Small pumpkins – either foam or real! – I used foam pumpkins from the dollar store!
  • Nail polish in various colors
  • Disposable bowl or bucket filled with water
  • Protected work surface
  • Wax paper to set your pumpkins on to dry!

Step one: Gather your supplies!

Step two: Carefully drip nail polish onto the surface of your water – I found that smaller drips will float better on the surface and too much nail polish can eat at the foam pumpkins. Don’t touch the nail polish brush to the water and don’t pour the nail polish – just let it drip!

Step three: Keep dripping your nail polish until your water surface is covered – the colors will spread and fill the water surface, try not to drip too much nail polish onto the areas that have already spread, as these drips will sit on top too much and be thick globs on your pumpkin! If using a foam pumpkin, the thick globs of nail polish also eat at the foam!

Step four: Once your water surface is covered, carefully dip your pumpkin! I held on to the stem and “rolled” my pumpkin onto the surface.

Step five: If your pumpkin didn’t get completely covered, add more drips to your water and re-dip!

Step six: Set your wet pumpkin on a piece of wax paper to dry (a fan can help speed up the dry time).

Use for some fun decorations, add names with paint markers for place cards, or use as gift toppers!

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Student Spotlight! (September 2021)

Each month I will be spotlighting one of my students – past or present, and their artistic ventures! I work with students of all ages and abilities and you’ll get to learn a little bit about these amazing artists and their work!

Our September spotlight is on:

Caroline Nielson

My name is Caroline Nielson. I am 5 years old and am in Kindergarten. I have been taking art lessons with Miss Jenell for 4 months. I began taking art lessons because I really like making art. Miss Jenell inspires me to do art because she is really good at it. I like using acrylic paint for my artwork and drawing pretty things like hearts and flowers. I also enjoy reading and playing with my little brother.

Title: The Pretty Petal
Medium: Paint
I used pink to paint the petals because it’s my favorite color. 

What’s your favorite thing about art? “My favorite thing about art is drawing and coloring.”

Besides visual arts are you into any other art forms? “I take ballet lessons because I like dancing. I feel happy when I dance.”

Title: Moonlight Road, Medium: Paint

This is a painting of a road leading to a magical land in the mountains. I like the colors I used in this painting. 

What is your favorite thing you’ve ever created and why? “My favorite thing I’ve ever created is my painting, “Moonlight Road.” It is my favorite because I like to paint.”

Do you have a favorite color? “My favorite color is pink because it’s bright and pretty.”

Title: Flower the Cat
Medium: Pencil, Crayon
This picture makes me feel happy because I like drawing pink hearts. 


How has your artwork improved/what have you done to keep improving as an artist? “I’ve been taking art lessons with Miss Jenell every week. We color, draw, and paint a lot and that helps me get better.”

Caroline comes full of smiles and ready to create some art every week! She is eager to learn new art mediums and techniques and puts in a lot of concentration and focus to become better! She always has fun and is imaginative in her work as well! Keep up all the good work Caroline!

Check out our other student spotlights here!

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Sharpie Tile Coasters!

Create these fun and super easy tile coasters with a few Sharpies and some rubbing alcohol! Ceramic tiles make an inexpensive substrate to make these wonderful abstract designs on – I find tiles from our local Re-Store in all different shapes and sizes! Perfect for inexpensive & unique gifts to give!

What you need:

  • Sharpies or permanent markers
  • 91% Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Clear Coat spray – I used Rust-Oleum Gloss
  • Ceramic Tile
  • Adhesive Felt pads
  • Small paint brush

Step one: Gather all your supplies and clean your ceramic tile surface with the rubbing alcohol, you can apply it to a cotton ball or paper towel!

Step two: Make sure your tile is dry from the rubbing alcohol, then start coloring your tile with your Sharpies or permanent markers! Keep in mind your colors are going to get moved around and colors will blend together – it’s best to just create abstract designs here, don’t try to create a picture, as it will get messed up in our next few steps!

Step three: Continue to color in your tile – you can leave some areas blank if desired, however, I find that the more color the better!

Step four: Dip your rush in the rubbing alcohol and gently “dab” the alcohol on the tile – a little bit goes a long way. You will immediately see the alcohol have an effect on the color.

Step five: Continue to add rubbing alcohol, I did mine in all dabs, creating a droplet effect. You could try splattering, brush strokes, or a combination to achieve different effects!

Step six: I continued to add dabs until all of my marker lines were gone. Be careful not to add too much rubbing alcohol as it moves and spreads your colors out, making the colors lighter and allowing more of the white to show through (this is why I find the more color the better in step three).

Step seven: Let you rubbing alcohol dry completely and then spray your tile with a clear coat – I used Rust-Oleum Gloss. Start with a very light layer of clear coat as sometimes it can effect your design. Let the light layer dry and then add a second coat to finish your tile!

Step eight: Let your tile dry completely – you can tell the clear coat effected my colors, making them a bit more muted!

Step nine: Once your tile is dry flip it over and add felt pads to the corners so your tile doesn’t scratch any surfaces! I used self adhesive felt pads but you could also hot glue cut felt pieces or cork as well!

Step ten: Enjoy your coaster! Or make and give as gifts!

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Student Spotlight! (August 2021)

Each month I will be spotlighting one of my students – past or present, and their artistic ventures! I work with students of all ages and abilities and you’ll get to learn a little bit about these amazing artists and their work!

Our August spotlight is on:

Ellie Iman

“My name is Ellie, and I’m in 3rd grade. I have been taking art lessons with Ms. Jenell for about 5 years.  I love to sculpt and paint. Outside of art I like to play with Legos, and I love traveling.” 

“Just Crabby”, Acrylic Paint 
 
He was partying with his fellow crabs. 


“Bird-Tastic”, Watercolor and Pen 
 
This Blue Bird was perching on its favorite tree. 


“Patchwork Butterfly” , Mixed Media (Eric Carle inspired)
 
This was one of my favorite projects. The butterfly was having the most wonderful flight of her week. 

“A Day in the Wilderness”, Acrylic & Pastel landscape
 
This was the day the bunnies were hoping, the butterflies were flying, and everyone was having a fantastic day. 

Ellie brings her imagination into her artwork – creating stories and ideas along the way! Even though she’s open to new ideas and making changes, she also works hard to put in her best effort, and takes her time on all her artwork until she’s satisfied with the pieces! Keep on making awesome art Ellie!

Check out all our other spotlighted artists here!


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Student Spotlight! (July 2021)

Each month I will be spotlighting one of my students – past or present, and their artistic ventures! I work with students of all ages and abilities and you’ll get to learn a little bit about these amazing artists and their work!

Our July spotlight is on:

Akosinachukwa Norbert

Hi my name is Akosinachukwu Norbert, I am 5 years oldI have been taking art lessons for 6 months! I like art because I can create things. My favorite thing that I have created is my Cuckoo clock because I can make the pendulum move and make my cuckoo bird come out! I look forward to creating more with Miss Jenell and our next project is to create a musical instrument! I also look forward to seeing Tux every week!

Name: “Twitter” Medium: Paper Mache

When you’re making your art do like to listen to music or watch tv for inspiration (if so what)? “Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t!”


Ako creating his “Twitter” in paper mache!


What is your favorite thing about art? “My favorite thing about art is that I can make things that I like!”

Ako and his “mycoocoo clock” that he made!

Is there anything else about you that you’d like us to know? “I like music a LOT! I play the musical instruments; piano, acoustic guitar, drums & bongo. I am still learning how to play the acoustic guitar, I am best at the piano. My newest music that I play is All of Me.”

Name: “Ako’s Fish” Medium: Mixed media

What or who inspires you to create your artwork? “I am inspired by my mom and Miss Jenell to keep creating and look forward to making more projects!”

Why do you think art is important? – Why is it important for you? “It’s important because I can create what I like!”

Name: “Apple Tree” Medium: Acrylic Paint

Do you have a favorite color? “My favorite color is Red!” “My favorite color for my mom is Yellow, and my favorite color for Miss Jenell is blue, and my favorite color for Tux is black and White.”

Ako creating his foil embossing “


How has your artwork improved/what have you done to keep improving as an artist? “By taking art classes with Miss Jenell and mainting a weekly schedule”

Ako is always excited to create and make art! He enjoys the process of taking an idea and turning it into a finished piece. The enthusiasm and joy he brings to all of his artwork is inspiring – Keep up the good work Ako, can’t wait to see you grow as an artist!


Art, Happenings, Make, Create, & Share!, student artwork

Student Spotlight! (June 2021)

Each month I will be spotlighting one of my students – past or present, and their artistic ventures! I work with students of all ages and abilities and you’ll get to learn a little bit about these amazing artists and their work!

Our June spotlight is on:

Eden Rush

Hi my name is Eden, I’m 17 years old and I’m going into 12th grade. I’ve loved art for as long as I can remember and I’m happy to be developing my own art style. Besides art, I love horseback riding, the beach, music, and antiquing.

Name: “Louis Tomlinson” Medium: Gouache and watercolor
I found this picture of a artist that I like on Pinterest. I really liked the lighting in the photo so I painted it with a gouache set from hobby lobby.

How long have you been taking art lessons? “I have gone to art classes here and there ever since I can remember. My mom is an artist so I have also learned a lot from her. I have been taking Ms. Jenell’s classes in the art room for about two years now.”


Why did you begin to take art lessons/how did you become interested in art? “I have always loved art. I guess my mom saw that in me from a young age so she put in several art classes when I was younger. My love for horses has also helped to develop my art since horses were the only thing I drew for a while.”

Name: “Butterfly and Giraffe” Medium: Acrylic paint
This is a piece that I completed last year after Christmas. Since I had done so many art pieces as gifts for others I wanted to make one for myself, so I did.


What is your favorite thing about art? “My favorite thing about art is the uniqueness of every artwork and artist. If you tell a group of artists to draw a cow each artwork produced would be totally different.”

What are your favorite mediums and/or subjects for your artwork? “My favorite art mediums are graphite pencil, watercolor and gouache.”

Is there anything else about you that you’d like us to know? “I love the Beatles and Fleetwood Mac and a lot of my art is inspired by songs.”

Name: “The Queen of Hearts” Medium: Alcohol markers
I did this drawing in one of Ms. Jenell’s paint draw sculpt classes. We were doing a playing card theme. I’m really happy with the colors and look of this picture.

What or who inspires you to create your artwork? “Honestly something that inspires me a lot to keep making artwork is displaying the finished pieces in my room. I’ve also always been really inspired by my mom who is an amazing artist. I grew up seeing my mom’s artworks everywhere and wanting to be like her in that aspect.”

Why do you think art is important? – Why is it important for you? “For me, art is so important because it is a way of expressing yourself. If you’re mad draw about it, if you’re happy draw something happy. There are endless possibilities with what you can create.”

Name: “Strawberry Teapot” Medium: Ceramic
This is a tea pot that I completed in one of Ms. Jenell’s ceramics classes. It is the first ceramic piece that I have done. I love how it turned out.


Besides visual arts are you into any other art forms? “I love music! I often wish that I was a better singer but for now I’ve settled with learning the ukulele.”

Do you have a favorite color? “My favorite color changes pretty often but right now it is forest green.”

Name: “The Statue Graphite pencil” This is one of my favorite drawings that I’ve done. When I started it I almost gave up because it looked so rough in the beginning! I’m so glad I finished it! I also almost cut off the empty space above the people but I feel like it really adds to the completed drawing.

When you’re making your art do like to listen to music or watch tv for inspiration (if so what)? “I almost always listen to music or audio books when I’m working on an artwork.”


How has your artwork improved/what have you done to keep improving as an artist? “In the past year my ability to draw faces has improved a lot because I started drawing in a sketchbook way more often. I like to challenge myself with weekly goals depending on how busy I am.”

Eden is a talented artist who is always up for trying out new mediums and techniques. She takes on artistic challenges, and works hard with determination, to achieve what she set out to accomplish in her artwork – all while enjoying the process! Keep up the great work Eden!


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Shrinky Dink Pets!

Create your own magnet or key-chain of your furry friend on shrink film! Use a photo of your pet to trace an outline on shrink film, color you pet in, and then place your shrink film in an oven to shrink! Turn these mini pet masterpieces into a key chain or magnet! Learn more about Shrink film here!

What you’ll need:

  • A sheet of sanded shrink film (Learn how to make your own here)
  • Magnets and/or Key-chain pieces
  • Colored pencils
  • A fine point permanent marker 
  • A photo of your pet approx. 3.5”x5” or 4”x6” 
  • Scissors 
  • Hole punch & Pliers if making a key-chain
  • Oven or Craft Oven

Step one: Print a picture of your pet – a head shot will work best, with clear details & good lighting. If you don’t have a pet or picture of your pet you can use a picture from a book or magazine! The photo should be at least 3.5”x5” or similar – I wouldn’t go much smaller as it will make details more difficult!  

Step two: Place your shrink film over your pet’s photo with the rough/sanded side facing up. We will want to color on the sanded side! 

Step three: With your permanent marker trace your pet; Tracing from a photo can be tricky – we want to include some details but not EVERYTHING, especially with shrink film as our artwork will become very small and details become more condensed. Focus on outlining the main features of your pet (like the eyes, nose, coloration spots) and the main outline.  

Step four: Slide your outline off you photo to see what it looks like without your photo! Sometimes this helps us see what more we need to add! If needed, finish up any lines or details with the marker. You can also use the marker to color in any black areas (such as the pupils). *Tip: When making eyes be sure to leave a little white dot to help make them look more alive!  

Step five: Color your pet in! Use the colored pencils to add color to your pet – you can make your drawing any color you’d like or similar to your pet’s real colors! The colored pencils will look very light on the shrink film – this is okay, when we “shrink” your film the colors will become more vivid and bright!  

Step six: Be sure to color any white areas of your pet in with the white colored pencil – it’s hard to see on the shrink film before it’s shrunk but if we don’t add the white colored pencil these areas will look grey! You can also layer and blend your colored pencils to create different shades and shadows!  

Step seven: Once you have your pet colored in you can add a background or outline! 

Step eight: Cut out your pet – I like to leave a little border space around my drawing but you don’t have to do this. If you’re going to make your piece into a key-chain, make sure to leave an area where you can punch a hole!  

Step nine: If you’re making this into a key-chain or anything else that you need a hole for, use a hole punch to create your hole before baking!

Step ten:  Bake your shrink film! Place your shrink film in an oven @ 325* F for just a few minutes – You can bake it on a piece of parchment paper or tin foil on a baking sheet. You’ll notice your shrink film crinkles up and then will flatten back out as a much smaller and thicker piece of plastic. Once flat remove your shrink film & let cool. 

Step eleven: Finish your shrink film! Add your key-chain piece by connecting the jump ring to your shrink film and key-chain part with pliers. Or adhere magnets to the back of your piece to create a magnet! These could also be made into zipper pulls, ornaments, hair clips, pins, necklaces, earrings, etc.! Check out other ideas for shrink film projects here!