Slimy Summer Fun!

What Kid doesn’t enjoy a fresh pile of slime to play in?  On days when it feels too hot to play out in sand or make mud pies, you can still give your kids a tactile experience by making your own SLIME.  There are plenty of recipes out there.  Here are two that will help you create colorful slime for indoor fun.  One glows in the dark and has glitter.

Happy Sliming!

The first one is borax, glue and chemical free:

http://www.redtedart.com/easy-slime-recipes/   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcTzNAzHyY0  Glitter-glow-in-the-dark slime recipe

 

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Illustrator Saturday – Mike Ciccotello

One of my favorite illustrators: Mike Ciccotello.

Writing and Illustrating

Mike Ciccotello received a BFA with a concentration in painting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He has fourteen years experience in broadcast motion graphics, working at CNN and Fox Business Network. Currently, he is the Art and Design Director at Telos Corporation. His art has been featured on Liquitex.com, CNN, ClothPaperScisors.com, Artists & Makers Magazine, and Industry Magazine. He has exhibited at Johnson & Johnson Headquarters and the NY Design Center. He is an active member of SCBWICBIG, Drawn to Picture Books, and a contributing member of AllTheWonders.com.

Here’s a quick-ish breakdown of how Mike works, using ProCreate.

Rough image – First, I create a rough sketch, you can do this by drawing directly within ProCreate or you can import an image to a lower layer. Once I sketch out the basic shapes, I turn down the transparency of that layer and go into more detail on a new layer, above…

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Passing on Kindness…to Two Winners.

On July 14 on this blog, Kim Pfennigwerth and I celebrated National Give Something Away Day and promised to give something to two people who commented and shared their own experiences of giving.

Today I am happy to announce the winners.  Drum roll please…

The winner of a $15.00 gift card is Donna Taylor and the winner of the handmade cosmetic bag is Robin Newman.  Congratulations and thanks for allowing us to share something with you.

Please contact me or Kim so we can send you your gifts.

Got Crayons?

For me, there is something about a fresh box of crayons that immediately brings me back to my childhood and days spent coloring with my sister.  It was a sensory experience: the smell of new crayons is so unique and the texture of the wax as it spread color on the paper.  Pressing hard to make dark lines or accents, a light touch to shade areas.  How can such a simple invention bring so much pleasure?

When we were done with the OLD CRAYONS…my sister and I melted them down into an empty soup can and used the wax to make our own candles.  Waste not, want not.  Now there is something else you can do with those unwanted crayon stubs.

Now through AUGUST 2nd, AC Moore Arts & Crafts stores will recycle your broken and unwanted crayons. IN partnership with the Crayon Initiative, they’ll donate them to children’s hospitals and keep them out of landfills.

To learn more, visit: http://www.Parade.com/crayons     

Creating Friendships…One Bench at a Time.

One person can really make a difference.

Christian Bucks, an 11 year old fifth grader from York, PA came up with a great idea for encouraging friendships on the playground.  After seeing kids on his playground sitting alone or having no one to play with during recess, he asked his principal if they could get a Buddy Bench. A place where a child could sit down and be joined by others looking for friendship.   The principal agreed and a bench was installed on the playground.

It was an instant hit.  A lot of new friendships were being made.  The bench also helped prevent bullying. Since the installation of that first Buddy Bench, the concept has taken off and there are now more than  2,000 Buddy Benches at schools in all 50  states and in 13 countries including Russia, Australia, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia.

When asked how he felt about his idea Christian said, “I like how the idea has spread.  It’s a little thing, but little things can be big.”

To find out more about the Buddy Bench visit: http://www.buddybench.org

Book Giveaway: Evolution Revolution: Simple Lessons by Charlotte Bennardo

The third book in a wonderful series.

Writing and Illustrating

DESCRIPTION:

Jack, a common gray squirrel, has learned some of the simple machines. Taught by his human friend Collin, he’s chased construction machines from his wood, and saved his friend Rat who was captured by scientists looking for Jack. The scientists show up at Collin’s house. Worried for Jack, Collin takes Jack to an animal sanctuary, where he meets other squirrels and animals. But soon the scientists show up again. Jack, with the help of Addy, a female squirrel, and other animals, wage a last battle. For Jack it will mean he’ll go free-or be caged forever.

THE FINAL JOURNEY…

Yep, all good things come to an end, and I’m kind of sad—and glad—to see the final book in Jack’s story. It’s time for this squirrel and me to move on. Writing and Indie publishing this series has been similar to Jack’s story: learning strange new things, discovering who and…

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Opportunties: Art Giveaway and Illustration Lead

a great opportunity for Illustrator wanna-be’s as well as anyone who wants to own an awesome illustration by Mike Ciccotello.

Writing and Illustrating

Today we have a fun opportunity to win this 11”x14” archival print done by Mike Ciccotello, titled, STAR SEEKER, on cold press watercolor paper.

STAR SEEKER: You are the key to achieving your goals. No one else is going to do it for you. Find your star and make it shine.

Mike is working to promote his Instagram feed and would love your help, so all you have to do to get in the running for STAR SEEKER is to leave a comment here saying you visited Mike’s Instagram page – clicked and followed him. Of course, you will get additional points for promoting on Facebook, Twitter, reblog, or your other social media channels. You can find him on Instagram at @Ciccotello or use the above link.

Other ways to follow along with Mike’s projects:
Website: Ciccotello.com
Instagram: @ciccotello
Twitter: @ciccotello
Facebook:The Art of Mike Ciccotello

ILLUSTRATING LEAD:

The search…

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