I’m incredibly clumsy which is one of the reasons why I really like painting acrylic on canvas. It’s durable and it’s basically Katana proof. Once I even sliced open one of my canvases (how did that even happen?) and had to stitch it up and paint over it.
Don’t worry, a fix for a dent is a lot easier. It just happened to me so I took some photos to share the repair.
I just finished painting a landscape and put it down on a table; I didn’t even see the keys that were sitting on the table. The keys left a dent in the surface of the artwork which doesn’t look good.
Take a note of that curved line because in the next picture you can’t see the dent.
If you want to use your iPad for coloring pages, the best app for it is Procreate.
There may be coloring page specific apps but with Procreate, ANY black and white drawing can become a coloring page. Coloring pages can easily be erased- or, you can color the same page multiple times without deleting your past work. You can edit the linework, too.
Even though it is aimed at professional artists and illustrators such as myself, this app is straightforward enough for children and non-tech savvy adults alike. With this tutorial, I will teach you the easy way to import coloring pages of any black and white art you can find, unlike coloring page specific apps which require you to wait for updates when you want to color a new picture.
Teach Your Child to Use This Coloring App
Say “Watch” as they sit beside you. Open the app, Go through the process of importing a coloring page. Then tap the brushes menu and the color icon to select a color. Then close the app. Now it’s the child’s turn. I have used this app with children as young as two – with younger children, I simply teach how to select a color and set them up with a blank page. My stepdaughter uses a blank page too and draws from scratch. Even better, this is foundational Photoshop, so if you have a young artist, this will prepare them for commercial application of their creative skills.
Procreate Coloring Pages Tutorial
There are really only three steps- I hold your hand through the picture tutorial so you know exactly what the menus and icons look like. Tutorials are confusing if you don’t know what I mean by Blending Menu- much better when you can see the icon for yourself.
Bannock is a bread that my mom makes. I am under the impression it was the quick bread best suited to the ingredients the government gave out. It’s like scones, and it has no egg (which I am allergic to). So if you are allergic to eggs, you’ll enjoy this too. Most Cree / Native / First Nations / Native American / Indigenous people have had this at one time or another. It also goes by the name ‘fry bread’ and sometimes is made in a frying pan. This is the one I grew up with.
My mom makes this every week and brings it to the food kitchen. They call her Bannock lady. She made it for after school snacks, and some of my friends (comment if this is you, it makes me happy) still remember eating it at our house when we lived in the same town.
It took me so long to learn how to make it. When my husband and I were visiting at Christmas two and a half years ago, she made it every morning, so this last visit I made sure to learn how to make it too, so that we could have it when we missed home. And because Jeremy kept raving about how he wanted to eat it more often.
Why are Blueberries in this Recipe?
Blueberries, small and dusty blue with kiwi-green centers, grow wild in northern Saskatchewan, where my Cree family lives, especially around Lac La Ronge. So they are a food that is totally abundant – on the reserve industrious people fill up their freezers. A blueberry bannock can also be smothered in blueberry jam (which is more like syrup filled with whole blueberries.) You can’t buy any blueberry this delicious anywhere else in the world. Maybe New Brunswick has good blueberries too, but northern Saskatchewan is still amazing. For 10 grand I suppose I could show you these wild blueberries. Otherwise you are best served by going to the farmer’s market or what have you in your area.
What can You Add to Bannock?
Pretty much anything. When I was little I liked chocolate chips, but not so much anymore. Jeremy has put in a vote for chocolate-covered açai berries; I vetoed it. Raisins, cranberries, dulce de leche … this could all work. Whatever is local and in season or in your kitchen. If it’s a berry, add flour so that your dough doesn’t get too soggy.
I recently was gifted a spirograph, which I absolutely love. I like making the circles in each pattern, and watching the pattern appear. I have been using the circle wheels until my pen ran dry. I am going to experiment with pens. I want a nice dark line that applies smoothly and doesn’t puddle or spot (when the pen leaves white spots in its wake I have to fix it in Procreate). My pen did both but for what I had, its nib fit in the Spirograph discs so I used it anyways. Mine is vintage, and from the looks of the ugly bulky colored not clear plastic modern ones, I am very lucky to have it. I guess parents don’t want toys that come with dozens of tiny push pins. I don’t blame them; Jeremy has already punctured his thumb after picking up what he thought was a small green bead off the floor.
My Super Spirograph set comes with a little cardboard surface. I lay out my paper – I like more than one layer of paper so my pen doesn’t fall in a pin hole and puncture my paper. Then I pick the larger shape and pin it to the cardboard. This is the one the circle will spiral inside or around.
Then the circular wheel, with pen shaped holes spiraled around the disc. These are where the pen goes in and turn the gear. Its a little bit of a steampunk craft, with the little gears revolving around a shape and laying down a pattern.
(edited to add: my friend Alan let me know my previous link was not working and adds, “Caveat: the device above is not recommended for small apartments or those with nervous cats…” Ha! 😀 )
Have you ever heard of the Spirograph nebula IC 418? It is so named because its patterns are complex and lovely, too.
I import the spirograph designs into my digital illustration app, ‘Procreate’ and edit away the texture of the paper. Then, I transform the drawing from pen and ink to black and white, suitable for creating custom brushes in Procreate.
Most people feel better about their painting when they know they have the right supplies. There’s just a few supplies that I think are important for an acrylic painting set up ever since my first class in university.
Many Cheap paintbrushes
Primary Colors – Red, Yellow, Blue in warm and cool shades
I usually have a Sharpie silver marker or Silver Leaf pen to add accents to my paintings.
A mechanical paper and Pilot precise V7 pen for sketching.
Canvases or a surface to paint
These colors make it possible for you to mix any color found in nature. The glazing and matte mediums are for making translucent colors – useful for skin tones and flowers. I also have a selection of neon colors for sunsets and special occasions. But these are the basic art supplies that are enough to get anyone started.
Then all you need are a few canvas or canvas boards or even just a little wood to paint on.
If you’ve ever looked at your paint palette and thought, “I love these colors,” wishing you could somehow save them just to look at, then this coffee tumbler tutorial is for you. Customize your coffee mug and people will be perpetually asking you if you’re an artist.