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Halloween Masks and Autumn Crowns

30 October 2019

Halloween Masks and Autumn Crowns

A simple fun way to make a Halloween mask or Autumnal crown is to use a long strip of thick paper sized to fit around the wearer’s head, and decorate and trim this to your fanciful and fantastical desire!

Halloween Masks and Autumn Crowns
Halloween Masks and Autumn Crowns

You can enjoy experimenting with different styles of masks, from superhero to elegant to monstrous, to animal or tribal..

Halloween Masks and Autumn Crowns
Halloween Masks and Autumn Crowns
Halloween Masks and Autumn Crowns

Useful materials:
Scissors, double sided tape, pencil, paint pens such as posca, coloured paper such as heavy sugar paper, oil pastels or crayons, inks using a brush, or artbrushes as we used, leaves – carefully choose the colours and shapes of leaves.

Halloween Masks and Autumn Crowns
Halloween Masks and Autumn Crowns
Halloween Masks and Autumn Crowns

We found inspiration and tips from the website Handmade Charlotte.

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Experiments outside with Suibokuga Japanese landscape painting with Margaret Kerr

15 October 2019

Margaret and Blair walked to the river North of Lenzie and found a sheltered peaceful spot next to a small weir, ideal for setting up for Suibokuga 水墨画 water and ink landscape painting.

Experiments outside with Suibokuga Japanese landscape painting with Margaret Kerr

We used 顔彩 gansai paint sets with fude brushes and cut bamboo takepens, and painted in sketchbooks for ease of working outside.

Experiments outside with Suibokuga Japanese landscape painting with Margaret Kerr
Experiments outside with Suibokuga Japanese landscape painting with Margaret Kerr
Experiments outside with Suibokuga Japanese landscape painting with Margaret Kerr
Experiments outside with Suibokuga Japanese landscape painting with Margaret Kerr

Coming to the activity with a meditative relaxed mind-body helped us to connect with the environment in harmony with the brushed markmaking. The sound of the frothing swirling water was relaxing to hear, and the bull that slowly appeared up the riverbank signalled time to move on.

Experiments outside with Suibokuga Japanese landscape painting with Margaret Kerr
Experiments outside with Suibokuga Japanese landscape painting with Margaret Kerr

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Graphic design geometric tasks

10 March 2017

Using art brushes (filled with ink) and Prockey and Maped pens to experiment on cartridge paper with a graphic design balance of colours and angular shapes. The ink creates a good textural contrast with the less flat more marky pens which helps with variety in the design. We have aimed for some pieces to keep the tones of the colours as similar as possible whilst looking for colour contrast (which can be a bit tricky!), others have tonal as well as colour contrast in them.

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