3 Techniques to Try with Tempera Paint

3 techniques you should try with your next tempera paint project

When it comes to painting techniques, most of us think about using watercolor paints. There is just so much you can do with these watery paints: resist, wet-on-wet, salting, etc. But if you use liquid tempera paint for most of your art projects, you may not know that these paints can transform into extraordinary textures. Here are my 3 favorite techniques to use with liquid tempera paint: DOUBLE-LOADING This is my absolute favorite tempera paint … Read More →

Art Tip Video: Using Markers in the Art Room

My best marker tips for the art room including the paper I use and how to get kids to color thoroughly.

Using markers in the art room is by far one of the easiest mediums to prep for. I love how easy it is to set out trays then put them back into my marker drawer in less than a few minutes. No washing or sorting required.  But sometimes an art project colored with markers can look, well…you know…messy. Teaching kids how to color with markers has been a one of my goals this … Read More →

Holiday Gifts for the Young Artist

Deep Space Sparkle's collection of holiday gift reccommendations for the young artist

Wondering what to give your art-loving niece? Or son who loves to draw? A walk down any craft aisle will yields lots of wonderful art activity packs. All are good choices as there is nothing a child loves more than to open up a box and seeing hundreds of pencils, pastels and crayons. Although, sometimes these art packs aren’t the best quality. What I love about customizing art gifts is that … Read More →

To Spray or Not To Spray…


Chalk pastels are one of my most favorite products to use. They are so easy to prep: just haul from a drawer or cupboard and place on the tables. No one can argue with that! I think using chalk as a medium is frightening for some because of the dust and the difficulties little kids have with applying the chalk in a neat manner. Truth is, it’s very hard to … Read More →

Teaching Art at Home Part III: Art Supplies


The third in my series, Teaching Art at Home. Click here for Part I and Part II I’m going to tackle one of the most basic problems with teaching art when you are a non-artist: Art Supplies. I remember when I first began teaching, I was asked to teach 7 grade levels and had one week to order art supplies and develop an art curriculum. Do you know what gave … Read More →

Teaching Art at Home: Part II The Set-Up


This is my second installation in the series, Teaching Art at Home. Click here to read Part 1 and here for Part III I remember when my children were young and I set up an outdoor art studio: rolls of newsprint, tubs of paint, texture tools, etc. I dreamed of my children creating, painting, exploring and then running off to Michaels to frame the resulting masterpieces. Um, not what happened. The … Read More →

Teaching Art at Home: Part I


Over the years, I have received many emails from home-schooling parents wondering how to incorporate my art lessons into their home-school curriculum. The questions range from which art supplies to use to how to adapt a lesson for different ages. I don’t have any experience as a home-school parent so I have always been reluctant to offer advice. But I got thinking and asking (thanks to my DSS Facebook group!) … Read More →

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I teach art to 400 school children in Goleta, California. My art library contains hundreds of free art lesson ideas. My shop has art lesson plans, videos and resources to help you teach art to kids. It's a whole lot easier with Deep Space Sparkle.

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