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If you haven’t made a Diorama, it’s time you did.

Dioramas are fun to make.

Moms, Grandmas, this activity will occupy your energetic kids and grandkids for hours.

Check out this cheerful Safari Diorama made for a kids workshop I taught during Spring Break.

Safari Diorama

Safari Diorama crop

Diorama 2

To make your Safari Diorama

You will need:

  1. A shoe box (preferably  man’s shoe sized box – free from your local shoe store.)
  2. 3-4 sheets of colored paper for the background (chose from orange, red, or peach shades)
  3. White sheet of card stock paper (.95 cents a sheet – aprox. 20″ x 24″ )
  4. Damco Tempra paints (liquid non-toxic brilliant colors – ($11.95 for 6 bottles  – white, black, red, yellow, blue, green. These will last for many projects)
  5. Pencil  
  6. Pair of scissors 
  7. Glue stick  
  8. Tape
  9. Paint brushes  
  10. Container with water to clean your brushes

Supplies are available at your local art and craft supply store, House of Fine Art (HOFA)

Now you are ready to begin.

1.  Begin by gluing the orange, red, or peach paper inside your box (sides and bottom)

This will give it the feel of a hot African Safari desert.

Now, using your card stock:

2.  Draw your characters, paint them, and cut them out.

Geraffe Lion BWElephant tiger 2 onlyGiraffe lion cutoutsElephant tiger 1
3.  Draw 3 suns – large, medium and small sizes.
4.  Color, cut, and glue them together as shown below.
5.  Glue them into the background of your diorama.
Diorama 3 suns 13 suns colored3 suns together

6.  Do the same for the mountains.

3 Diorama mountain patterns 1
Diorama mountain pattern colored 1

7.  Now the tree
Diorama tree patterns
Tree colored 1
8.  Glue your tree to the foreground of your diorama.

9.  Make a stand for each of your characters.

10.  Glue the stand to the back of the character.

11.  Find a home for your character in your diorama, and glue it down.

prop up stand

12.  Add some grass…

Snip into a strip of card stock to make blades of grass.

Diorama grass pattern

13. Paint your grass using yellow, brown, orange and green hues.

14. Glue to the front of your diorama.

Safari Diorama crop

Voila… your diorama has come alive.

Have fun.

Thank you House of Fine Art

for providing the art room for us to create our dioramas.

House of Fine Art is located at #101-2485 West Railway, Abbotsford, BC  604.853.2400

Thank you Chrissy for making the appealing poster,

and Riley, for taking a photo of the finished diorama.

Diorama

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As I was working on one of my latest art pieces, I found myself smiling.

This was often followed by a soft sigh.

Why? My lightening fast mind kicked in and reminded me that it’s at these moments that my body produces significant amounts of DMAE.

That I was involuntarily producing an anti-aging hormone brought another smile to my face.

Yes, the anti-aging DMAE hormone we all long for…  at least those of us who care. Those who realize we are coming apart at the seams… somewhat.

Before I get on to the DMAE anti-aging – easy to acquire youth hormone… let me add an aside.

A big Thank you to my faithful readers… those who’ve checked in on my site during the summer/fall months.

My usual, at least once a month post, dragged out to be every other month… but I have not forgotten you.

That darn organic garden just took over…weeds and all.

Some important tasks, like blogging, were left for a another day.

Actually I loved the gardening – even the weeding.

A little piece of heaven in my otherwise whirlwind of a world. Anyone know what I’m talking about?

Well, now that ‘nother day is here.

I’ve put the garden to bed for the winter and it’s time to get back into things like blogging and painting.

What makes me smile…

“Milking Rosie”

The story behind Milking  Rosie.

As a child, I would visit my grandparents’ farm on a daily basis. I especially loved to hang around at milking time.

One aunt would often conscript me to hold the cow’s tail to keep it from swatting her in the face.  That tail had a nasty sting as I soon discovered.

Cats and their kittens came out of the barnwork, and waited patiently for a squirt of warm milk. They got pretty good at catching the stream.

Milking Rosie sketch - (oil painting to follow) Carrie ©

Etched in my memory, this experience always brings a smile to my face – the kind of smile that supposedly  immediately increases the levels of DMAE in your body. (anti-aging !!!)

Happy thoughts, laughter, giggles, anything that makes you sign and go ‘ahh.

Think on these things and your internal fountain of youth will begin to bubble and then pour.

(Check out my post on “God Gave Me Laughter” for more on what happy thoughts can do for you.)

https://nuggetsofgold.wordpress.com/2008/11/24/god-gave-me-laughter/

In my research, I discovered that anchovies, wild salmon (not farmed) and sardines contain DMAE.

Rosie, was a Jersey cow.  Jersey cows are quite beautiful, I think.

Anyone who has met a Jersey will be captivated by their eyes. Big, beautiful, soft, and gentle with thick, long and curly eye lashes. (to die for eyes)

Jersey cows produce much more cream than other cows. Rosie gave us plenty of rich cream to turn into butter.

Making butter the way we did, was the perfect arm muscle toner/builder. (another sure fire way to up your DMAE – good healthy exercise)

Today we set aside time to lift weights and count to 10 or 20. Back then we had to shake the container until we had butter. A lot longer than a count to 10 or 20.

My thought for the day – seek out those things that make you smile and make some butter.

As for me, I’m planning to have several more “smile” moments thoughout the day.

And, I think I’ll have Wild Pacific Salmon for dinner…again.

As for making the butter…perhaps tomorrow.

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Yesterday I took my art class to a friend’s farm where we sketched Plein Air.

En plein air is a French expression which simply means “in the open air”.

Down at the farm, sketching in the open air

Down at the farm, sketching in the open air

It is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/En_plein_air

Although we were sketching, not painting, we were outdoors and “in the open air’. The sketching lessons will lead us to the next step which is, painting outdoors in the open air.

Here are a couple of my sketches.

The smells of spring mixed with the smells of horse manure added to the enthusiasm and inspiration of the day.

Sketching at the Farm 1 - Carrie ©

Sketching at the Farm 1 - Carrie ©

Sketching at the Farm 2 - Carrie ©

Sketching at the Farm 2 - Carrie ©

After several hours of sketching, we were served coffee and dessert. What a treat that was.  We basked in the warm sun, up on the deck off the loft of big red barn, and talked about our masterpieces.

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