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Review | 20 Ways to Draw a Butterfly by Trina Dalziel [video]

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20 Ways to Draw a Butterfly and 44 Other Things With Wings: A Sketchbook for Artists, Designers, and Doodlers” by Trina Dalziel is a straightforward book that shows a variety of different ways that an artist can draw a winged creature using simple ideas and shapes. 

20 Ways to Draw Butterfly Trina Daizel

Trina Dalziel guides the reader to use their basic doodling skills to create unique versions of the same object, a butterfly.This book is not a step-by-step drawing book, but instead more of a fun inspiration book.As you will see in the video, the author has shown how each person can have totally different perspective of the same object.She also points out in her introduction that one artist should not compare their work to another’s.The message of the book is that each one of us is unique, as is our perspective.

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Review | Tsukineko All Purpose Ink

I was extremely excited when I was asked to review Tsukineko All Purpose Ink. I am a painter and love doing pen & ink and ink washes. It’s always great to try out new inks to see what they can do!

This is how the Tsukineko website describes their All Purpose Ink:

Due to its blendability, washability and versatility, this quick-drying craft ink has become a favorite among fabric artists. And because it’s water-based and non-toxic, All-Purpose Ink is fun for artists of all ages. Use it on wood, paper, leather and other porous surfaces too. All-Purpose Ink must be heat set on fabric for permanence. Heat set between color applications to prevent bleeding. Or layer colors to achieve a blended ‘watercolor’ effect.

Ink Set Up

I wanted to do a monochromatic ink painting of the Savannah riverfront. I was asked to produce a piece of artwork of the riverfront, in hopes of starting a painting or drawing workshop. I felt this project would give me an ample opportunity to see exactly what these inks could do.

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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Pick and Draw Card Game

Reported by Erika Martin
I’m a sucker for card games. I also happen to be a sucker cartoon drawing. I carry a pack of playing cards in my purse that comes in very handy when we’re trying to pass the time while out and about. I took it out when we were at IHOP and waiting for our food during a busy lunch rush and the kids and I played a quick few rounds of Go Fish. I also carry a small notebook in my purse, along with pencils, erasers and a pencil sharpener. The kids know they can always dig in my purse and find something to pass the time with if they get bored and impatient. I’ve now added a new deck of cards to my purse. The Pick and Draw game.

I have two kids. Zach is 12, autistic and very creative. He loves to draw and use his imagination. He’s always drawing pictures for his sister to color. Elise is 11, and has a wall in her bedroom covered with her amazing drawings. I love that both of my kids can find hours of entertainment with simple coloring tools and paper. It’s one of those pasttimes when they actually engage with each other quite well.

Pick and Draw was created by Rich Davis, a children’s book artist, and it was created to be used in presentations to children of all ages at public libraries and schools. Rich had a vision “to see childen unlock new pathways of visual thinking to empower them, and do it in an unsuspecting fun way.” When he saw kids and parents come alive in their creativity, that’s when he knew Pick and Draw had a life of its own and wanted to get out to the world.

So, what is Pick and Draw?
Here’s what the Pick and Draw website has to say about the card game:
  • Pick and Draw is a fun, one-of-a-kind drawing game that teaches you how to make very creative cartoon faces.
  • There are 60,000 different possibilities in the game (a deck of cards – there are 9 cards each of 5 different categories: face, nose, hair, eyes and mouth).
  • The game uses mainly simple shapes everyone already knows how to do thereby giving confidence to those who try.
  • It is simple and easy to use providing endless hours of fun and learning. In five minutes or less you will know how to play.
  • It can be used by one person or by any group number.
  • It also opens up creative thinking and using the imagination.
  • This makes “success” possible providing a good kind of confidence to encourage continued learning.
  • Best of all, it’s a lot of fun!

The deck of cards includes 7 instruction cards that walk you through how to play the game.

Here’s a quick overview video showing Rich using this game in school settings.
Rich also has a really cool blog that my daughter loves keeping up with, as she’s always looking for new ways to draw and enjoys making pictures for her friends and to add to her sketchbook.
What I really found interesting about Pick and Draw was that Rich recommends this game for children on the Autism Spectrum and those with neurodevelopmental disorders. Because my son, Zach, is autistic, I was fascinated by the concept of the game. For kids with these disorders, Pick and Draw:
  • Promotes motor skills and flexible/creative thinking
  • Is engaging: both relational and simple
  • Develops decision making skills
  • Works on comparing and contrasting
  • Builds confidence
  • Is small and mobile for use anywhere
  • Is a great story telling tool
Pick and Draw is easy learn and play and you can even try it out yourself on their website.
The Pick and Draw game is only $10 for the deck and it comes in a sturdy plastic case. (I keep mine in a zip-loc baggie in my purse just for safe keeping.)
Elise and I like to play this game together and she even asks me to play it with her. We both started with the same cards for this round.

Here are the two pictures that Elise labeled (her nickname at home is “Girly”). Notice how she turned the nose one way and I turned it a different way. She made her mouth smaller and I made mine bigger. It’s amazing that you can give two people the same cards and they come up with something so different…or even a little similar but with their own personalities.

Here’s a couple videos of my kiddos using the Pick and Draw game. I even love to sit down and draw with the kids so this game isn’t just for kids. It’s for the young and the young at heart.
Here is the cartoon that Elise drew in the first video. The nose hair cracks me up and I love that she added a beauty mark after she was finished.
And here are the cards we used for Zach and Elise’s drawings in the second video.

Elise’s cartoon is on the left and Zach’s is on the right.
Here’s another fun cartoon that Elise drew using the cards in the Pick and Draw game.

Being that Zach is autistic and also has ADHD, he doesn’t have the world’s longest attention span. It’s awesome to see him sit down and actually engage in a game for a little while. I love the little giggles and noises he makes when he turns over the cards and draws. He truly finds this game funny.
While Zach can sit through one or two rounds of the game at a time (he’s getting better with his attention span – another great benefit of this game), his sister, Elise, will keep playing over and over again and when she’s done with all the cards, she wants me to shuffle them all over again and keep going. When she found out there were 60,000 different possibilities in the game, she said she wants to do every single one of them! This game was a life saver on a recent road trip we took to Niagara Falls at the end of April. We had a 7 hour drive home and my daughter was getting bored, so I pulled out the deck of cards and she took out her sketch pad and colored pencils and the next hour went by SO fast and SO fun! You should have heard the giggles and laughter coming from the back seat of the car. Well, the front seat, too, since David (my hubby) and I were laughing at every cartoon Elise drew.
  • Only $10 for the deck of cards – inexpensive gift for teachers, friends, doctors offices, families, kids, Sunday School teachers, etc.
  • Comes in a sturdy plastic case
  • 7 step-by-step instruction cards included in the game
  • Coated heavy-weight cards that will stand up to lots of use
  • 60,000 different possibilities of cartoon drawings in one deck of cards
  • Great game for kids and adults of all ages
  • Wonderful tool to use with kids on the autistic spectrum and with neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Fun way to engage socially and use imagination and creativity
  • HOURS of endless fun
  • Everyone wins in this game! No losers!
  • This isn’t really a con, but the only thing I would love to see is additional sets of cards that can bought with even more facial options. I’m hoping that with the “Game 1” printed on the top card of the deck, it means that Rich Davis will be putting more Pick and Draw games out with new options.
I honestly couldn’t find another con but that one. This game has a permanent place in my purse and goes with us everywhere. If only I could teach my dogs and cats how to play when the kids are in school! With summer vacation coming up, I seem to be the “neighborhood mom” and every kids on the street ends up in my yard. When they get bored, this is going to be the perfect game to pull out for them. I’m also looking forward to using this game with a table full of adults. Good times!

The creator of Pick and Draw is giving one lucky reader a game of their very own. To enter simply answer any of the questions below in the Comments section of this article on our website. One comment per person, please.

What games does your family play? Would this be something your kids would love too?

Winners are chosen at random. Contest closes Sunday, June 12th at 6pm CST. Good Luck!
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