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Visual Journal Page 55: Bedtime Bear

A collage with a dog and sleeping zzzzs, made for my Kody Bear a German Shepard, Husky mix.

When I realized what visual journal page I was blogging about today I was equal parts heart warmed and melancholy. This visual journal page is for my Kody Bear who lived a long 13.5 years, but went on to puppy heaven two and a half years ago.

Kody Bear was sweet, snuggly *at his discretion,* so fluffy, a close talker, pushy, stubborn, and so very smart. His stubborn/intelligent combination caused a great deal of frustration in college. But he eventually settled into the perfect dog.

Loosing a dog as an adult was different than loosing a dog as a child. I was so close to my family dog growing up. He was my baby. But, by the time he headed up the white staircase to puppy heaven I was two years into college and didn’t see much of the end of his life. Kody Bear was different because I was there, I witnessed his last breath, which I am forever grateful for, but it was almost impossible to bare. I am endlessly thankful that he was sick for such a short period of time after living a very healthy 13.5 years before that. I am thankful I opted to drive home from the beach just in case this was it. Because it was and I was there for Nick and him.

But, this post isn’t just about losing Kody in the end, it was about the sweetness I witnessed those last few years. Kody was a wild pup who took a lot of discipline and training to wrangle. But, he eventually found a balance that worked for all involved parties. He loved being outside, sitting near you (but never touching), and was 100% Nick’s dog. I believed he viewed me as a bonus, but not his person.

I can’t blame Kody for that. After all, when I met Nick he and Kody were already a pair, they came as a package deal. At 19, a sophomore in college, he had inherited him from his sister. I think Nick was the only one who could handle his wild spirit. I think Kody realized he had met his match with Nick and he developed great respect and love for him as a result.

And although for 11 years of his life it was all about Nick and Kody, those last couple of years he settled into some routines with me. My favorite was every night when I would go to bed he would follow right behind. It didn’t matter who was still awake, if a party was going on, or if it was 5 pm. My bear was right behind me as we headed up the stairs together.

It’s the little things that make you realize you are bonded with someone. It’s the everyday, repetitive, tiny moments that add up to such beautiful things. The moments that Kody showed me he cared, by supporting decisions for an early bedtime or laying nearby when I was upset or simply warming myself next to the fire, I truly felt connected to him.

Today, I have another bedtime buddy named Harper. She is about 80% as fluffy, 25% of his size, and is just as wild. Despite her high energy, as soon as I hit the steps heading up to bed, she is right behind me. I like to think that she represents a piece of Kody, a piece of me, and a piece of my life right now.

Sweet dreams Kody Bear.

SUPPLIES

  • Visual journal
  • Mod Podge or Elmer’s glue
  • Book pages
  • Bleeding tissue paper
  • Sharpie
  • Packing tape
  • Laser printed image

VISUAL JOURNAL HOW TO

To create this visual journal page I started with a printed image of my bear snuggled up and snoozing. I had come up with the idea of having snoring zzzs floating around him as I began developing this visual journal page. It was easy to opt for a tape transfer, so you could see the layers of zs coming from Kody and spreading to the rest of the pages.

To create a packaging tape transfer you need a laster printed image, you can also use newspaper or inkjet but they aren’t as successful. Tape strips of packaging tape directly on top of the image. Flip the image over and rub the back with something hard, like scissor handles or a wood spoon. The burnishing process helps stick the ink to the packaging tape. Next, run the back of the image under water until the paper starts to raise up and peel away. Rub the paper off of the tape, leaving only the ink stuck to the tape.

The end result of a tape transfer is a semi-transparent image. Any white sections are completely see through and any dark sections are semi-transparent or fully opaque. Next, I set aside the tape transfer and started working on the background.

I first glued down strips of bleeding tissue paper I had set aside in my visual journal stash. In a previous project I had wet sheets of bleeding tissue paper to stain paper with color. I then set aside the used sheets to dry, which can result in tie dye looking tissue paper.

Next, I began writing the letter Z on pieces of ripped out book pages. I cut each one into a square then glued it down to the background. I filled the area I knew the trap transfer would be placed and slowly spread them out as it moved away from Kody. Once I was satisfied with the way the background looked, I glued the transfer of Kody on top.

Last but not least I wrote out my text on book pages, cut it out, and glued it to the right page.

Check out more visual journal pages with tape transfers here, here, here, and here.

CHALLENGE

Create a visual journal page about a loss in your life. Use a tape transfer to help illustrate it.

Interested in learning more about visual journaling or introducing them in your classroom? Get everything you need to teach or learn about visual journals, plus a ton of printable resources (including my tape transfer how to handout) here.

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New Teaching Resources + TPT Winter Sale

I can’t believe it is already the second month of 2020… But here we are with the first TPT sale of the new year, starting February 4th and running through February 5th. My entire store will be 25 % off; this is the lowest my products are ever marked down.

My product development always slows down as school starts to ramp up. But, I have still managed to get a number of new lessons put together between the last sale day and now. Continue reading to learn about all my new items or stop here and start shopping. Don’t forget to use the code FEBSALE at checkout for the full 25% off!

PHOTOGRAPHY RESEARCH PROJECT

After months of work I finally wrapped up the last of my photography projects to complete my second photo bundle. This assignment is second to last in the curriculum and challenges students to find and research modern photographers who inspire them. They are then tasked with capturing a photograph in the style of the photographer and pushed to test their Photoshop abilities by editing one of the photographer’s original images. Check it out here.

IMAGE TRANSFER HOW TO

The final project of the semester for photography is creating an image transfer of a photograph captured by the students. The base material can vary from wood to canvas, and it can have a huge impact on the overall feel of the final product. This project walks teachers and students through the process of successfully transferring a printed photograph to a different surface. Complete with handouts, PowerPoint, critique, and more. Check it out here.

PHOTO CURRICULUM – EVERYTHING YOU NEED

It felt amazing to wrap up my second photography curriculum. This includes everything you need to teach for an entire semester. Every handout, critique sheet, rubric, lesson plan, PowerPoint is included so you don’t have to plan a single day, other than pushing print on your computer. This includes 12 photography based projects, 11 critiques, 11 artist research assignments, a photographer research assignment, semester timeline, how to set up a Google Classroom and using Adobe Spark for assignment submission, and more. Check it out here.

TWO CURRICULUMS IN ONE

With the completion of my Photo II curriculum came the bundling of my Intro to Photography and Photo II curriculums. Now you can get both semester long curriculums for a discounted price. This includes everything you need to teach for an entire year of DSLR photography. There are 30 photography projects included in this curriculum pack. Check it out here.

BOOKBINDING PROJECT

I tested out a new bookbinding process, perfect bound sketchbook, to create an easy and beautiful sketchbook. The materials are cheap and the end product looks like a book you could purchase from a store. The project can be found here and this has also been added to my bookbinding bundle, if you want a variety of techniques to teach in your classes. The bookbinding bundle includes 7 different sketchbook projects.

BRANDING YOURSELF AND SHARING YOUR WORK

I am thrilled to finally share my Free Art Friday project with the art teaching community. I have been obsessed with the Free Art Friday movement for years; and I began incorporating free art based projects in my classroom last year. It has been a huge hit with my students and is a great way to put a spotlight on all the things we do in the art room. This is perfect for advanced level high school students or it can be adapted for middle school students. Read more about it here.

ARTIST INSPIRED PRINTABLE POSTERS

I am finally wrapping up my most recent project, an artist inspired alphabet. Each letter includes a different artist, who shares the letter in their first or last name. The posters come in two different styles and three different sizes, 26 different artists are included. You can easily print these out and display them for littles in an elementary setting or use them to spell out words in your secondary art room. Check out my first pack here.

ARTIST ALPHABET PACK #2

I just posted my second alphabet artist pack, with 26 more artists included. It was too difficult to select just 26, so it inspired me to create three different versions of my alphabet posters. The third version will be posted tonight and the three packs will be bundled soon at a discounted price. Be sure to follow my TPT store to receive updates when new products hit my shop.

Make sure you visit a Teachers Pay Teachers store between February 4th and 5th to get amazing products at a discounted price and help support other educators. Use the code FEBSALE at checkout!

Don’t forget to also check out my blog shop here. I will also be running a 25% off sale this week, use the code FEBSALE, it expires on Friday. If you want a product that you don’t see on my blog shop but is on my TPT, please reach out and I will set you up whitneywpanetta@gmail.com. Happy shopping!

Until next time I will be dreaming of my recent trip to the Bahamas to celebrate dear friends who will be tying the knot in April. Follow me on TPT, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for updates on all my art and art teacherin’. Thanks for stopping by!

TPT Cyber Monday Sale-25% off

It’s Cyber Monday on TPT and my shop blog which means it’s my absolute favorite time of year. The dropping temperatures, cozy fires, holiday shopping, smell of Christmas trees, and way too much eggnog gives me all the feels.

This time of year is also notoriously busy as I try to wrap up my semester long classes and finish up end of the semester projects in my yearlong classes. I am hopeful my students can cut up and display the me-sized laminated section of supply labels in the picture above before the year comes to a close (read more about these below). As a yearbook adviser our second deadline is on the horizon, which means I will soon be cross eyed with editing once again. As a wife and mom I have a lot of prepping to do as Christmas very quickly approaches.

Although life is busy as usual I had to take a minute to throw up a quick blog post to let you know about the cyber Monday sale that starts tomorrow, 12/2 and runs through the end of the day Tuesday, 12/3.

Although the school year has gone into full swing and my life outside of the classroom is always a hustle, I have been working hard on my TPT products. I have a bunch of new projects, bundles, and printable displays to share with you guys. Don’t forget to spoil yourself with a few TPT items this holiday season!

PINHOLE PHOTOGRAPHY

Pinhole photography has been a big theme in a number of my recent projects. I collaborated with my retired art teacher mom, Anne Ward, on a basic pinhole photography pack and an elementary through high school pack with everything you need to set up and teach pinhole.

My mom never ceased to amaze me growing up with her ideas and fearlessness for trying new things in her classroom. I remember when she began exploring pinhole photography in her classes, converting a storage closet into a temporary darkroom every spring. She ended up bringing her pinhole knowledge home over the summers by teaching classes to neighborhood kids and converting a bathroom and my Dad’s workshop into a darkroom.

I remember helping her out during summers in college. Teaching these classes helped us raise money to go on a trip to Italy and France, time that was so precious to spend one on one with my mom. Although she has retired from the classroom my mom continues to teach pinhole to neighborhood kids every summer. I was so excited to work on these packs with her so I could share her years of knowledge with you.

This basic pinhole pack gives you instructions on setting up a darkroom, building a camera, contact printer, and getting started taking and developing pictures.

This pinhole pack has everything mentioned above as well as lesson plans, worksheets, and additional projects for students to work on in elementary to high school. The lesson plan includes specifics on how to adapt everything to each grade level. You will have everything you need to get started with pinhole in your classroom.

In addition to working with my mom on pinhole I also picked the brain of my photography teacher coworker on how she implements pinhole photography in her class. I combined the resources created with my mom with Meagan’s project ideas to create a pack specific to upper middle school and high school age students.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Digital photography products have been a major theme in my TPT shop over the last year. I had the chance to work with my photographer teacher coworker, Meagan Brooker, to share her amazing lessons and resources with you. Every year her students are recognized in multiple contests for their outstanding photography. Now you have the chance to use her ideas and implement them in your classes.

If you are looking to incorporate traditional photography techniques into your class, but don’t have a darkroom set up, give cyanotypes a try. Use digitally captured and printed images to create fine art blueprints using this classic technique.

This light focused bundle pack includes two projects that cover seven different lighting techniques. From light box still lifes to light painting to using found lighting outside the classroom, this pushes students to think creatively about how they use lights to enhance their photographs.

DSLR photography selfies project

Selfies are an undeniable aspect of current photography trends. Take back the reigns of social media photography and teach students how to create artistic selfies. How can you create a selfie using a DSLR camera? Require the students to take a picture of themselves using self timers, conceptual selfies, and more. Students select three out of four topics to explore, all focused on reflecting themselves.

Start introducing Photoshop basics with this fun “magic” themed photo project, invisibility illusion. Students are tasked with combining multiple images together and cutting sections out to create the illusion of a section disappearing.

A DSLR photography lesson on making ugly subject beautiful.

My latest addition to my TPT store is my making the ugly beautiful DSLR project. Students have to take two photographs that reflect two different topics: ugly subject, beautiful composition and glorifying the everyday. Link coming for this assignment tonight, in the meantime check out my TPT store and be on the lookout for this new addition.

SUPPLY LABELS

Colorful clay themed printable supply labels.

I finally took the time to add to my art pack of supply labels and create a stand alone set for all things clay. Clay supplies are their own special category and they are hopefully included in every art classroom. These are rainbow themed, easy to print, and easy to read. Two different styles are included.

Chalkboard themed printable clay supply labels

In addition to my rainbow themed clay supply labels, I also included chalkboard themed ones. Every classroom style is different, hopefully one of these will compliment your style and help your students find supplies independently. These are also included in my bundle pack of chalkboard supply labels for visual art supplies.

ART CURRICULUMS

It was a huge check on my to do list to A: Update my current AP art curriculums to the new standards and to B: add a 3D Design section to my curriculum. You can purchase this as a stand alone curriculum if you only teach 3D Design or you can purchase it as part of my AP studio art bundle if you teach all three. This is fully updated to reflect the switch to sustained investigation and selected works. Although I have never taught AP 3D, I did take it as a student (back in the day) and I work closely with two teachers who teach it at my current school.

I also finally got around to bundling all of my painting curriculums into one mega bundle. This includes my Introduction to Painting, Painting I, Painting II, and Advanced Painting. The painting I and II curriculums can be found here and here. The Introduction to Painting curriculum is separated out from my yearlong Intro to Art curriculum and the Advanced Painting is separated out from my yearlong Advanced Art curriculum.

After a quick getaway to Hilton Head Island for Thanksgiving I am back in the swing of things preparing for the holidays and the end of the semester at school. Treat yourself to the gift of time by purchasing one of my products and saving yourself all the planning that goes into lesson prep.

Thanks for taking the time to check out this post! If you want to read more summaries of products check out past sales updates here, here, and here. Help me spread the word about amazing art resources by sharing this with others. Don’t forget to follow me on TPT to get updated on new products and instagram for an inside look at my day to day classroom activities. Also check out my blog shop for 30% off all products that are included. Thanks for stopping by!

Felt Flower How To + A Little Lady’s First Birthday

Flower themed first birthday party

November 21, 2018 approached more quickly than I could ever image. I believe I was part in denial, part consumed with my little man’s third birthday party (which we threw a week before Kennedy’s birthday), but regardless of my state of mind her big day was almost here, baby girl was almost one.

Cooper had a playground birthday party decked out in his requested Super Wings theme. For Kennedy, I wanted to keep it simple. Less theme focused, more pretty focused. After all, if I am being honest, this was a party for adults not kids. The only kids in attendance were my two sweeties plus my two adorable nieces, and these four were far outnumbered by those 30 and above.

After brainstorming ideas I decided to do a Fall color scheme with flowers as the decoration. I found an adorable headband on Etsy that I had every intention to have Kennedy wear all day, but she sported it for exactly 1.75 seconds, not even enough time for me to pull out my camera. Although the headband didn’t make an appearance on the big day, it did inspire the party decor.

Watercolor flowers for a birthday card invitation.

As is typical with me, I started to lay out my plans for the party decoration with the invitation design. I am old school, I love the mail. Whenever possible I always try to print and send out cards, invitations, and the like. Time was tight this go around, so I had to use electronic means to get her invitation in the inboxes of our family, but I still made the card part by hand, part on the computer.

Watercolor flower invitation border.

I had a solid plan in my head, I wanted to create a floral boarder, painting loose flowers, and using the colors navy, mustard, off white, and muted pink. However, When I finished the painting, I wasn’t satisfied with the end result. I uploaded it to my computer, cut out each individual flower painting, and began layering them together.

Flower themed first birthday invitation.

In the end I was very happy with the final invitation design. It was just the look I was going for, it just took a few extra steps to get there. The invitations went out, it was official. I now had to plan for her party.

Once the craziness of Cooper’s party died down (you can read about his party decor here), I had a week to pull everything together for Kennedy. Side note, if at all possible try to space out the birth of your children by more than two weeks. I had the design laid out in the invitation, now it was time to translate it into decorations.

Felt flower bouquet in navy, off white, mustard, and dusty pink.

From the minute I found that adorable, felt flower headband, I had an idea to make my own felt flowers to decorate for the party. After all this was an adult party and I wanted to make party favors that adults and kids would enjoy. I decided I would make a bouquet of felt flowers that would serve as a centerpiece and favor. Each guest got to take a flower home with them. Since this was a family only function, my hope was that this little flower would serve as a reminder of our sweet little girl to our loved ones.

SUPPLIES:

  • Felt in a variety of colors
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun/glue sticks
  • Green floral wire (similar to this)

I wanted a variety of flower styles, so I picked a range of colors, that tied in with the invitation, and tested out different ways to put the flowers together.

One of the first flowers I tried out was a rose. I started by cutting a circle out of a piece of felt, and starting in the center of the circle I cut a wiggly spiral moving to the outer edge.

How to create a rose felt flower.

I then tacked the enter of the flower down with hot glue, and carefully wrapped the spiral around the center, standing the wiggle line on end, until it created a solid flower. Next, I took the green floral wire, twisted the end to create a flat spiral at the top, and hot glued the bottom of the rose to the wire. I then cut out teardrop shape pieces from the same color felt and glued them to the wire, overlapping the bottom of the rose. This helped hide the glue and wire connection point at the base of the flower.

Felt flower dahlia.

Next, I wanted to create a more round style flower, like a Dahlia or similar. For this style I cut strips of felt, folded each strip in half, and hot glued the two ends together. I then hot glued the loops together to create a half dome top. Next, I bent the wire at the top to create a flat spiral and glued it to the base of the flower. Then, holding the flower upside down, I glued additional felt loops into place to cover where the wire attached to the flower and to complete the sphere.

Felt flower how to.

To add variety to the bouquet, I made a few flowers with multiple shades of one color. To create this peony or camellia style flower I cut different size circles from different felt colors. I then cut a slit about halfway through each circle.

Felt flower how to.

Next, I overlapped the slit and glued the two sides together. This gave the circles a three dimensional look.

Felt flower peony or camellia

I then stacked and slightly overlapped the circles until I had a full looking flower. I cut small strips of white felt and hot glued them standing on end in the center of the flower. This helped cover up the layering in the middle and provided a nice decoration in the center. I then bent the wire to a flat spiral at the top and glued it to the base of the flower. I took additional circles and hot glued them to the base of the flower to cover the wire connection point.

Felt flower peonies

My favorite flowers of the bunch were the mustard yellow camellias, they went beautifully with my East Lake sign and Kennedy’s yellow birthday shoes (we like yellow at my house).

Felt flower bouquet how to.

I loved the end result of the bouquet, and so did our guests. My sister-in-law ended up requesting her own bouquet of felt flowers as a Christmas gift that same year.

Felt flower garland how to.

Creating the felt flower bouquet wasn’t enough hot gluing for me. I was so happy with the final product I decided to create a felt flower garland to hang on our fireplace. To help hide where the flowers were glued to the string, I cut out green leaf shapes and overlapped them on the backside of the flowers. TIP: make sure you glue flowers on all sides of the string, it will twist when you hang it and you don’t want to have a backside showing.

Felt flower garland and name banner for a birthday party.

In addition to the floral garland I also cut the letters of Kennedy’s name out of white felt, mounted them on brown butcher block paper, and cut them again. I also hot glued this to twine. If you have followed along on my blogging journey you know I can’t have a party without a name banner. You can check out more tutorials on my past projects here and here.

First birthday cake

The day was a success, little girl turned one, and everyone had an amazing time. There were only a few tears the night before when I accidentally burnt Kennedy’s birthday cake. Nick had to run out, find an appropriately sized cake, which I scraped all the decor off of and added my own icing and topper. Luckily my husband can think on his feet when I am in crisis mode.

This sweet little girl is tied with two others for the best thing that has ever happened to me. Nick is more than I could ask for in a partner in this whole life thing and because of him I have my perfect little boy, perfect little girl, and perfect little family. I couldn’t ask for anything more, because I have it all.

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Visual Journal Page 41: Already on Edge

I was already on edge.

I had woken up early, showered, carefully selected my most professional outfit. I was driving on 285 en route to an interview.

It wasn’t just any interview. It was an interview at a well regarded private school that happened to be across the street from where my husband worked, we could carpool. I would have an actual budget to teach art. I would have small class sizes. I would work in a building dedicated to the fine arts. I could move on from my current job where I felt worn out, unappreciated, overworked, and like I was only a warm body available to proctor standardized test after standardized test.

A lot was weighing on this moment. I had to crush it. I couldn’t stay in my current job another year. Something needed to change.

All of these thoughts circled my head when suddenly taillights flashed ahead; the sound of crunching, and squealing tires followed. I glanced quickly to my right and miraculously in that split second the lane was open, I jumped over just in time. I had just missed being another car in a string of crushed metal.

A few seconds earlier or later and I could’ve been stuck on 285 while my interviewees awaited my arrival. I felt a wave of relief followed by the anxiety of almost being in an accident.

I was already on edge.

By the time I reached my interview my nerves had calmed, I had collected my thoughts, I was ready. I walked onto the school’s campus and was overwhelmed by how beautiful it was. I sat through five different interviews, and while intimidating, they were all so welcoming and nice. It felt like a place I could belong.

Seven years later that 285 corridor has become my commute. Hopefully I will continue to avoid accidents on my way to my beautiful campus and cushy private school job.

Supplies:

  • Visual journal,
  • Rubber cement or Mod Podge
  • Scissors
  • Watercolor
  • White paper
  • Book pages
  • Thin sharpie

How To:

To create this visual journal page I wanted to recreate the scene of the accident. As I drove past and glanced to my left I saw at least three cars had rear ended each other, but quite a few were stopped. I decided to stick with that number, after all odds are more pleasing in art.

I sketched out the crunched up cars on a separate sheet of paper and filled them in with watercolor. While the watercolor was still wet I blew it where the cars made contact to create a splatter effect. Once the first layer of watercolor dried, I add more detail and some shadows and highlights. I cut it out once it was dry.

Next, I cut out triangle shapes from two different colors of book pages. I wanted to create a graphic, loud symbol that would somewhat blend into the background. I glued the smaller triangles on top of the a larger triangles, then carefully placed them in the book. Once I was satisfied with their placement, emphasizing the cars hitting each other, I glued them down.

The watercolor cars were added next, then a few more book page triangles to the bottom. Last but not least I added the text using a thin sharpie.

Challenge:

Create a visual journal page about a stressful moment in your life. Incorporate cut up book pages somewhere in your image.

Check out more of my visual journal pages here. Interested in teaching visual journals? Check out my TPT lesson here.

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