Using Kid Art Instruction

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Fairies Watercolor

I like to use children’s art instruction books to explore art. I find the actual instructions are often much better than in books for adults. On the flip side, the emphasis is on creating something specific. Beginners, like everyone, suffer from “blank sheet paralyzation”, so while the specificity may limit creativity initially, there is no reason why one can’t take the technical instruction from the lesson and create fabulous art, like my painting above. I felt great joy creating that piece, and it makes me smile every time I look at it.

Points & Pleats

Points & Pleats
Points from The Cutting Line Designs

I made this way back in 2010. The pattern has been reissued as Point of View.

The instructions in Louise Cuttings patterns are excellent. The only issue that I had was that the pattern was way oversized. I took both sides in by 2 inches; that’s 8 inches out of the circumference, and that left plenty of ease.