Art Project: Acrylic on Canvas

Use an illustration to start your own creative juices flowing  in this acrylic on canvas art project.

Tacky is getting ready to eat his fish sandwich! This 🎨#artproject 🎨 from Homeschool Christian Mom FB group is Acrylic on Canvas.

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Materials: canvas, tracing paper, pencil, eraser, acrylic paints, paint brushes (narrow, medium and large), plate for paint, water and a picture from a children’s book.*

I recommend wearing an apron when using acrylics as they change from liquid to a plastic.  You can only get it out of clothing if you scrub it off right away.

  • First I painted the whole canvas white.
  • I used the tracing paper to copy the picture, scribbled with pencil on the back and then used that to transfer the picture to my canvas.
  • Use tracing paper to move the illustration from a book or screen to your canvas.
  • I added extra water to the acrylic paint for the background colors.
  • A wash of acrylic with extra water makes a soft background.
  • Then working from light colors to darker colors, I began painting.
  • YUM! This fish sandwich is delicious!
  • Project is suitable for 5th grade and up.

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*(I am not a lawyer but as I am only painting one original picture, this is not violating any copyright laws. However, I could not and will not be copying this picture multiple times to sell.)

Christmas Tips

Have you said, "No more!" to helping at Christmas time at your church because you are weary? You are building a legacy.
Do you feel like you have realistic expectations for December and the holidays? Here’s some Christmas tips for you!
I have often found myself worrying and anxious with mom-guilt: Am I doing enough? Will this be a good Christmas? What else should I be doing? Is baking 60 dozen cookies for the neighbors enough?!?
I was helping with the church Christmas play one year (which went well) but my home life was another story. I felt like a nervous wreck!
So how are you doing? I find that I have had the best holidays by following these rules for myself:
  • Keep quiet and let others talk!
  • Make sure you compliment the efforts that others have made to make the holiday special whether they traveled to get to the dinner, cooked the dinner, or contributed in some other way.
  • Do your share in helping to keep any children entertained. Moms with young children will certainly appreciate having the help: reading to children, playing with blocks, holding a baby, or even changing a diaper. Older moms will love it as well: play cards or chess, listen to the children talk about their school, projects, dance class, siblings or babysitting. Teens will want to talk about their accomplishments, hobbies and dreams, too. Most people are glad to share themselves with someone who loves and cares about them.
  • Don’t expect that people will voice their appreciation of YOU or compliment YOU.
  • Serve the needs of others.
  • Not everything will go well. Don’t have unrealistic expectations- there will be spills, someone will be late, someone may be rude, something may not taste exactly right.
  • If something doesn’t go right, move on. Don’t dwell on it.
  • Ask permission before offering opinions and advice. “I have some ideas about that. Would you be interested in hearing it?”
Be thankful for who you are with and the blessings of God has showered upon you this past year. We keep a “Blessing Book.” We have found that remembering God’s blessings at the end of every day keeps us grounded in the truth and reality of God’s care for us.
We recommend that YOU keep a blessing book too. Our goal is to write down 3 blessings per day. Some days there are lots more blessings to record!
Concentrate on the positive. I took a challenge to write down 50 Things That Make Me Happy. I thought it might be difficult but once I got started, it wasn’t! Will you take up the challenge? This might be a fun group activity to do with family this Christmas.
Bonus and MUST READ article for this year: Don’t Buy Your Children Toys This Christmas! This article talks about buying your children hours of fun instead of the usual toys. Great ideas!
Homeschool Christian Mom Elizabeth Estelle is ready to help you!

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