Art Lab, Episode 13


Welcome back to Art Lab! Today I’m going to show you how to make some fun marbled art inspired by some this gorgeous art prompt!

Technique: Marbling

Art Prompt:

Ooooohhhh! Marbled/swirled paint.:


Wow. Aren’t those marbled canvases just stunning? I’m going to show you how to create your own mini marbled masterpiece using just acrylic paint and a toothpick! (I’m afraid they won’t look quite the same as the canvases above, but… XD 😉 )

Step 1:

Spread a layer of paint on your paper (heavy paper such as cardstock works best). Make your layer nice and “juicy” but not too thick.


Step 2: Pour or drip a little bit of different colored paint onto your base paint. Here I added a drop of purple and pink-purple (which was already kind of marbled together in my palette).


Step 3: This is the fun part! Drag your toothpick through the paint to marble it. It works best if you drag through the paint without scraping the paper underneath. I chose to drag from the center point out which made a beautiful starburst pattern!


Here are a few other marbling suggestions:

Start with four different colors:


Go wild with your toothpick! Swirl it, drag it, move it up and down and side to side…


Make a swirly pattern by drawing a spiral with your toothpick:


Isn’t this neat? I put a drop of white down, then purple, then white again, and dragged the white outwards to make a star-ish shape. Then I dropped some white and purple spots around. Beautiful!


You can even make marbled hearts:

Start with a few drops of paint close together on a contrasting color…


Then drag your toothpick through the drops vertically: (Sorry, this example didn’t turn out too well, but trust me, it looks really neat when it works! 😛 The top two hearts are what they’re supposed to look like.)


If you swirl the paint in your palette before dropping it onto your paper, you can get more blended designs:


Or you can simply drop paint onto paint:




The paint may take a while to dry since it’s pretty thick. When it’s completely dry you can hang up your canvas/sign your art, or make a “sampler” ATC of your experiments!


I especially love how this turned out. 🙂



What do you think? Have you marbled with paint before? I love seeing how each piece turns out – they’re so different but so beautiful.


Art Lab, Episode 11: Colorful Cacti

(I pretty much just copied and pasted this from the Art Lab blog. 😉 )

Hello, dear readers! I’m back with Episode 11 of Art Lab. Today I’m going to show you how to concoct some colorful cacti. (That was fun to write.)

This is the gorgeous inspiration I found:



I’m going to use a canvas and acrylic paint for the first piece of art.

Begin by painting the background of your picture. I scooped up both white and blue paint on my brush to make a more textured background.

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Now you need to populate your desert. Here are some ideas for cactus shapes: (And yes, I am aware that these cacti look rather sickly. Maybe their desert was extra dry this year or something. XD

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Paint your cacti the same way as the background – blending together different colors of wet paint onto the canvas.

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And finally, embellish your plants! Add dots, dashes, and beautiful blooms. Ta-daa!

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I also made these ATCs:

I had fun painting the flowers with the one on the left. So pretty! The one on the right was inspired by an actual cactus we have that looks kind of like that.


I hope you enjoyed today’s prompt. If you were inspired to make art from this post, we’d love to see it! Get the details on how to send in art on our Art Gallery page.


Drawings and Such

Hey, guys! We’re going on vacation tomorrow! We’ll bring the computer along but I’m not going to write posts, though I might schedule some before I go. 🙂

Anyways, I really like drawing, so I thought I’d show you some of my recent art.

First some ATCs…

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“Crazy Quilt”  I made this by gluing on magazine strips, then “sewing” it with white gel pen.
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“Sleeping Fox” Isn’t he so cute? I like how the marker texturing turned out – I don’t know if you can see it on his body, but I added extra dashes over the first layer of marker. 
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“Little Robin Redbreast Sings a Tune” I got this idea from a cute watercolor bird I saw on Pinterest.
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“Bird Puddles” Ha ha, that sounds kind of gruesome. 😛 XD I basically painted watercolor splotches and drew little birdies on top.

This weird tree drawing idea I also found on Pinterest. I modified their tutorial a little bit. 🙂

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And last but not least, my favorite of all of these! A drawing of eyes. (Also from Pinterest. XD ) I’ve drawn from this tutorial before and they turned out really good!

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Which drawing was your favorite?


P. S. We almost couldn’t use our camper for the trip. An axle broke this morning, and Dad couldn’t seem to find a replacement. At breakfast Dad prayed for wisdom about our trip, and before he even finished the phone started ringing. The guy calling had an axle for sale! It was really amazing – kind of a mini-miracle! Thank you, God!!