Art plus Sunshine equals Summer Fun

Summer is here!

The season’s days are numbered, so don’t let them go to waste! There are plenty of ways to enjoy the Great Outdoors, but what can be more fun than outdoor art projects?

Outdoor art is great for kids (a great way to avoid a messy house) but the following projects can be fun for adults too. Grab some snacks, and maybe an old blanket to relax on, and head to the yard or the nearest park to enjoy these fun summer pastimes!

Make a mural.

Rummage the hall closet for an old white sheet, or pick up something heavier at a fabric store. Rig up a clothesline and hang the sheet or fabric with clothespins. Voila! You've got yourself a canvas. Get some acrylic paints, or if everyone in the party is old enough, spray paint works wonderfully as well. Next, release your inner Picasso.

You can also try a different variation of this same project using a clear plastic shower curtain. Regular acrylic paint works best for this one. The transparency of the material gives the art a stained glass look, great for later hanging in front of a window or any place the light can shine behind it.


Build a fort.

This is a great project if you’re needing a use for old empty cardboard boxes. You could recycle them, or you could make a yard fort instead. Assemble them any way you like, making cuts for windows and doors. Get some paint and decorate the day away.



Paint the sidewalk.

This can be really fun and you can even make the paint yourself. All you need is vinegar and baking soda and you have yourself some Fizzing Sidewalk Paint. While also non-toxic, it gives the art something more than two dimensions.



Some say art is for the birds. 

Find a recipe online for making home-cooked birdseed. (You’ll need something to make the seeds stick together.) You can make different shapes with the bird food using cookie cutters, and then string them up with ribbon. Hang them on a tree and you’ll be sure to make some avian friends.

Set it in stone. 

Immortalize your kids’ favorite toys and trinkets (or maybe some of your own childhood treasures) with this cool art project. Pick up some Easy Mold Silicone Putty and use a spoon to spread it in a tin, about a quarter of an inch thick. Press the object(s) into the surface and let it dry overnight. Then punch holes in the tin and string with ribbon or yarn to hang the display.


Tie dye.

Collect some old white T-shirts, ones that are 100% cotton tend to work best. You can buy a tie dye kit at most craft stores. You will need some buckets, but everything else will be provided in the kit.


Papier-maché sculptures.

There are different recipes to use for making papier-maché. You may need a type of glue, or just flour and water. And of course, some newspapers. You can get creative with all sorts of sculptures or masks. Plaster Cloth Rolls also work very well. If you get really into it, you can even try making your own piñata, a great activity for a summer birthday celebration.

When it comes to making art outdoors, the options are endless! Simple sketching, finger painting, and chalk drawings are great for outside. Or just put some paper on a table and let loose with some paints. It might get a little messy, but that’s just par for the course.

What are your creative plans for this summer? How will you have some artsy fun in the sun? Tell us all about it in the comments below!


Emergency Convention Kit - We got it

I forgot to bring that!!! Avoid the panic of the last minute... Jerry's Has Your Back!

To avoid the panic of the last minute OMG-I-FORGOT-TO-BRING-THAT syndrome at HeroesCon! Jerrysartarama.com remembers the forgetful at HeroesCon!

For those that need it Karalyn/Mama Hat is bringing an "OMG-I-FORGOT-TO-BRING-THAT-EMERGENCY-CONVENTION-KIT!"

We will be at Table AA-311 for HeroesCon 2013 in Charlotte NC dispensing hope and comfort.



  • Duct tape
  • Packing Tape
  • Scissors
  • Box Cutters
  • Zip Ties
  • Phillips and Flathead Screwdrivers
  • Sewing Kit
  • Rubber Bands
  • Paper Clips
  • Blank Price Stickers
  • Glue Stick, Super-Glue Gel
  • TUMS, Aspirin
  • Tylenol
  • Bactine
  • Bandaids
  • Cold Pack
  • Tape Measure
  • Silver, Bronze, Gold and Black Sharpies
  • Pliers
  • Wire Snips
  • Needle-Nose Pliers
  • Scotch Tape A Lint Roller
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Hot Melt Glue Gun
  • and a Partridge in a Pear Tree!

While at the convention if you forget... at least remember to go see Jerry's Artarama/Staff and Karalyn (AKA Momma Hat)


We will be at Table AA-311 dispensing hope and comfort. :-)

See you at HeroesCon 2013 in Charlotte NC




HeroesCon Convention June 7-9 2013 Charlotte NC

Jerry's Artarama will see you at HeroesCon 2013 in Charlotte NC


Going to HeroesCon in Charlotte this year? We hope to see you there! In addition to this being the 31st anniversary for HeroesCon, it will be twice the size of any previous year. (floor space will be larger than 4 football fields.... Wow that is huge!)

Attending HeroesCon 2013 are many of the greats like:

  • Jim Steranko
  • Neal Adams
  • Adam Hughes
  • Bernie Wrightson
  • Mark Brooks
  • Brian Stelfreeze
  • Jamal Igle
  • Amanda Conner
  • Jimmy Palmiotti
  • Frank Cho

and many more ! For the full line up of guests head on over to heroes online - Click Here

Jerry's Artarama along with Karalyn Johnson will be at Table AA311 in Artist Alley giving away free samples and major art supplies along with great prizes from Jerry's Artarama, Prismacolor and Artograph and egift certificates to shop online at JerrysArtarama.com


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3rd Annual Drink and Draw at the Hilton Friday Night June 6th

Kicking off Friday Night from 7pm-11pm at the Hilton Center City Bar and Patio will be the 3rd Annual Drink & Draw to support Team Cul de Sac. Team Cul De Sac raises money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

Loyal HeroesCon veterans know the annual QuickDraw Contest is a great way to put your artistic talents to the test! A HeroesCon tradition, the QuickDraw is an artist competition for 3 different age groups where you get a #2 pencils and Bristol board, and you have 20 minutes of your feverish inspiration.  A qualified Art Instructor then judges the results and in turn, gives the winners some fabulous prizes.  It’s a win-win and it’s open to any and all who want to try their hand at creating some HeroesCon original art!

Drink and Draw:

Jerry's Artarama along with Prismacolor and Artograph are stepping in to sweeten the prize-winners’ pot this year. We are proud to support HeroesCon and team Cul de Sac with more than $6,000 worth of prizes to give away like an Artograph Prism Projector and Protector Bag, JerrysArtarama.com egift certificates and $1000's in product samples, Prismacolor Premiere Colored Pencil Sets and Double Brush Tip Marker Sets. First place prize is worth in excess of $1600.

Prizes will also be awarded to participants of our Drink and Draw on Friday night, June 6 at the Hilton! Drink and Draw submissions will be judged by a panel of some of our favorite Artist Alley Pros, and prizes will be awarded at our show on Saturday!

Along with great prizes and and a great time, Jerry's Artarama will be providing FREE pedi cab service between the Westin Hotel and Hilton Hotel from 7pm-11pm, so get off your feet and beat the heat!


Karla Marsh, Event organizer of HeroesCon 2013 has this to say..."We would also like to thank Artograph, Jerry’s Artarama, and Prismacolor for helping to supply our 2013 Live Art Stage, where artists will be crafting their pieces for the HeroesCon Annual Art Auction. The Art Auction will be held on Saturday June 7, from 8PM – until in the Providence Ballroom at the Westin Charlotte"

Read more at www.heroesonline.com/blog



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We are excited to attend and support HeroesCon and we want to thank Shelton Drum, Karla Marsh and the entire HeroesCon team along with Karalyn Johnson (AKA Momma Hat) for organizing all the awesomeness to come.


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