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




Oil Painter Alexey Steele in Jerry's Artist Spotlight


Artist Alexey Steele uses Raphael canvas for his "novo-realistic" masterpiece - "The Dawn"

Alexey Steele, born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1967, began his art training at an early age in the studio of his father, the renowned Russian painter, Leonid Steele. He furthered his professional education at the prestigious Surikov Art Institute of the Soviet Academy of Arts in Moscow under internationally acclaimed artist Illia Glazunov. In 1990, Steele moved to Los Angeles where he continues to paint large-scale figurative works, commissioned portraits, and plein air landscapes.

"The Dawn" is a culmination of 15 years in my artistic search. It is my most significant work to date both stylistically and personally.

It is a product of a long quest for finding the most powerful and convincing way of expressing the type of imagery that affects our imagination deeply and expresses truth about our current condition. It is a look at our reality and the unseen forces behind it.

It is a visual statement and product of my thinking on visual language and social purpose of art today, which we call "NOVOREALISM" and which is capable of adequately reflecting our world in turmoil.

This expressive language is based on an inseparable unity of the classical ideal and form with realist color that reflects our modern sensibility, making ART an experiential and emphatic act of contemplating contemporary reality.

The work is conceived as an epic saga spanning the wide range of visual themes that affect senses. The magic, majesty and the promise of a fleeting moment just before sun breaks through a dark horizon and the world is filled with the glow of ever expanding and imminently rising Light. The modern day Madonna invokes the sanctity of motherhood and of a blissful paradise, an island of love, in midst of a dark infinite expanse where forces much beyond our control fight threats we do not see. We don't know what they are, but feel their presence.

The status quo of the world is crumbling all around us, yet the force of life is inextinguishable and the mystery of a new life holds the future in its hands, in fact being more powerful than all forces of the world.

The unveiling of the work at the World of Art Showcase in 2012 coincided with the last days of the Mayan Calendar which are seen not as a particular moment or an event, but as a perfect symbol signifying the vastly transformative nature of our times.

The world will go on, and it is up to us to chart its future course, but for this to happen we need a revolution of an inspired and elevated consciousness... as we greet "The Dawn"

— Alexey Steele


For this stunning work, Alexey used a custom canvas stretched with Raphael Oil Primed Linen. To learn more about Alexey Steele's amazing and epic art, visit his website at www.highartforever.com.

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