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Artsy, Fartsy Stuff

August 28th, 2009

Today’s free photos are themed around arts and crafts, so anyone who blogs or writes articles on art (painting, drawing, etc.) or crafts might findsome of these useful to illustrate their writing. Tubes of watercolour paints in their box. I haven’t done watercolour work for a long time, and I was never very good at it anyway. I enjoy arts of most kind, though, and dabble in a number of different art categories from time-to-time. This particular batch of paints are so old, they’ve dried out completely. They are nothing but solid chunks inside these tubes. I recently had to invest in a new set.

This image of paint scribbles with a dollar store paint brush was done to illustrate an article on getting children involved in the arts and the paint was nothing more than a couple of bottles of poster paint. It’s been used a number of times in different articles, so I guess it achieved it’s purpose, although it really isn’t much of anything. In fact, it has been downloaded almost more than any of the other images on the Arts & Crafts page of the stock photos section, with the exception of the sewing images (which seem pretty popular too.

Here’s another image that was created to illustrate an art instruction story – this one is a box of chalk pastels. These are fun to use – easily blended with fingers and it’s an easy (if messy) way to get kids involved in art. You can use them on any type paper (for kids). I tend to use them on heavily textured watercolour paper.

When I was in art class in high school, one of the exercises the teacher had us do with pastels (and later with paint) was to use our emotional response and our body’s response to music to create a piece of art that would represent how the music made us feel. We all got blind-folded grabbed a pastel in each hand and stood in front of our easels. Once the music started, we (or maybe I should say I since I really don’t know for sure what others did) let our bodies simply move our arms and hands. Harsh, strident sound made me grind my teeth, and in response I would lay down a hard long stretch with the pastel crayon; gentle, breezy, lilting tunes resulted in sweeping arches and sinuous curved stretches. It was one of the hardest classes, yet also one of the easiest and I know that’s contradictory. It was hard because we couldn’t see what we were producing, but easy because we didn’t need to think about form, or colour, or perspective. It was all emotion, and there was no right or wrong. The results were mixed, but many were interesting, and some were quite beautiful.

This last one is back to the general arts, and again things you might think that mostly kids use, but it’s not true. Two of the erasers are distinctly created for use in the arts – the gray and brown gum erasers (see the label on the brown one? “ArtGum”) are better at leaving no mess behind so they are good for erasing on art projects, while of course everyone is pretty familiar with the pink pearl erasers, which aren’t necessarily for art, but they are for pencil. Kids the world over know what these are for…adults too (cause, well, we all make mistakes sometimes, right?) The art gum erasers are also good for pencil, but can erase charcoal, as well as chalk pastel, making them handy tools for most artists.

See ya next time 🙂

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