Making time for yourself during the holidays
This time of year can seem crazy busy for many. Preparing for a family holiday, often involving entertaining significant numbers and/or travel, can become a blur of manic activity. Combine this with finishing up of work projects before the end of the year, and it isn’t surprising that so many folks hit the Christmas season frazzled and potentially full of cold.
To help you make a little time for yourself, or (if I really can’t persuade you to take a bit of time out) as an entertainment for young artists to keep them calm ahead of Santa’s visit, I’ve a little gift for you.
A Free Festive Outline for you
Print him out and use your coloured pencils, paints and/or collage scraps and glue stick to bring him to life.
Christmas Colour Scheme Ideas
If you struggle with colour schemes have a look at this blog post from Creative Market. It gives you 8 different combinations to try.
Consideration of tonal values can make a big difference to your colouring in (and other art work). A light tonal value next to a dark tonal value will create a striking visual contrast. Two similar tonal values together will be more subtle. If you are not sure, a black and white photo of the colours will turn them in to tonal values and you can then compare them.
The above said, I’m pretty sure that as children we didn’t sweat over these types of things (although we did learn pretty quickly what we liked and didn’t through trial and error). And let’s face it. Children are masters of colouring in so maybe throw design caution to the wind, embrace your hidden five year old and just do it!
Get your Stitch on
If textiles are more your thing, then the outline would work really well as a basis for some stitchery.
Again, print out the outline and then transfer it to a piece of fabric. I’ve done a blog post previously with methods to do this if you are unsure.
Once you’ve the main lines on, how about some embellishment? A bit of applique would work really well. Sequins, beads, ribbons…. lots of exciting things to try.
Coloured pencils and watercolour paints also work well on cotton fabrics and add another method of providing interest to a stitched piece.
Happy Christmas and New Year
I hope you have fun creating your own version of the kitty bauble. I’d love to see what you do with it (if you are on Instagram please post and tag me (@nickybarfoot)).
So for those of you who do celebrate at this time of year, I wish you a wonderful time. And for everyone, I look forward to connecting with you again in 2020.