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Updated: Sep 3

If you were one of those parents who couldn't stop taking pictures of your little ones, especially if you have an "only" like we do, you will understand how you ran through film (remember those days?) in a jiffy. My husband

worked shifts so his off-time was precious.

We planned two or three weeks in a block of time to travel both the U.S. and provinces of Canada.

Our daughter logged 41 states with us,

and 6 provinces by the time she was 9 yrs. old. The camera got a real workout.


The early 1990s. Ah, yes. This was the

behemoth of a video camcorder that we

lugged from place to place. I think it weighed more than our daughter.



Enter a different time: our phones and iPads take pictures/videos, text, and occasionally you make or answer calls.

What's next? The genius of photography continues.


About five years ago I started watercolor paintings in earnest, learned to edit on Adobe Photoshop Elements, started sales of my artwork on various online shops, and ventured into the world of YouTube where I tried my hand at making videos while I painted. Believe me, I have definitely improved with every video. My blogging buddies at BTC Supporter Group have given me great advice. (To find out more about this #blogging group click

the BTC logo link on the sidebar).

It takes some patience to build an audience, but I have seen recent encouragement with my subscriber numbers growing all the time.



This post will have FOUR of my most popular video selections. I especially like time-lapse videos, so these are quite short. I post the length for each one in the text. (Keep in mind that I have only been doing this 4 months). Be nice.


I did a little art lesson during an Art Festival in Fredericksburg Virginia last fall. I knew a lot of children would be visiting the street art, and this was what I showed them how to do. Real easy, and I was able to do enough of them to give out some finished samples. Their faces lit up. Gosh, I love teaching. 29 sec.







The Sakura Koi Field kit to the right is similar to the watercolor set that you frequently see in my videos. A link to this item on Amazon is a commission to me as an Amazon Affiliate. There is no extra cost to you if you purchase.






There are some days that I just feel like wheeling a paintbrush and a pen, and just having fun. This is the result: 39 sec.



In 2019 I decided to paint every state bird and flower in alphabetical order. At present, I have ten more states. This next video is Oregon's bird (meadowlark) and plant (grapes). You can tell that I have improved my video prowess (I think). 59 sec.




Lastly, another state: South Carolina bird (wren) and flower (yellow jesssamine). I was able to add a Title Card and get the music more in sync with the video. One of my favorite videos, so far. - 2 min. 31 sec.





I don't intend to invest in a fancy video camera. For the time being, I am satisfied with using my iPhone. The software and editor offerings are amazing (see offerings from Amazon below) and there are so many to choose from that I want to stay with the one that I am using until I find what special effects, or techniques I want to employ in my videos. I still have a lot to learn.





Thanks for visiting and taking time to view my videos. There is so much more for me to learn, but I love to find new ways of adding to my knowledge level.

If you want to drop a suggestion in the comments, I would love that.







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Updated: Aug 25

I was an elementary art teacher for many years, teaching at levels Kindergarten through 6th grade at several school systems. Together with another teacher in the field, we wrote the founding curriculum for a large school district in Farmington, Maine. It was a wonderful experience because who doesn't love the kids who take out a box of crayons and says, "let me see what I can do today." My job was glorious because of those children. I taught in three county schools and saw around 1000 students/week. I followed them through sixth grade and could proudly call each by name.


This post will be a collection of art supplies that are available at Amazon (links) and your local art supply stores. Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Clicking the links below and making purchase of any of these products will be an Amazon commission for me but will have no cost to you.


Let's start with CRAYONS:

"It's the rare baby boomer who doesn't remember one like it — the first box with the built-in sharpener." Crayons take us back in time with their look, scent, and feel. A Crayola box of 64 colors is a fond memory as captured by this article, The Colors of Childhood (Smithsonian Magazine)




The benefits of coloring:

  • fine and gross motor strength

  • use of tools

  • sensory processing

  • creativity

  • task completion

  • color identification

  • color matching

Children learn to explore their coordination as they move the crayon with their hand (sometimes, both hands).

They also learn that they can vary the amount of pressure and color "light" or "dark".


Eye-hand Coordination is important, and through use of this writing tool the child discovers that the physical movement of their hands make a difference in small or large spaces.



I could go on and on. We can talk color recognition, color matching, creativity and self-confidence. Crayons are not only a nostalgic memory in the brains of we, adults; they are the heart and soul of children exploring on paper.



To watch an Art Lesson on using crayons to create a scratch art picture, click here:

Scratch Art on YouTube video.










Let's shift to drawing. Drawing isn't just an art. Drawing is not an innate gift; it's a way to communicate: Think caveman. What parent hasn't kept a drawing by their child in grade school that is super simple, yet says so much. This was done by our daughter who was around 7 yrs old. The figure is pretty sophisticated, but the perspective is clear and typical: "the sky is UP there, the grass is down there, and LIFE is in the middle." (I'm an artist so I'll leave the psychological thinking to others).


What has definitely changed since my days of teaching is that the visual stimulus involves a world-access to images. What kid now doesn't have a tablet or stylus to set his sights on what he wants to draw or paint, use clay, or yarn, or cloth, or chalk....the world is their oyster. When people see my artwork they ooh and ahh, and then they say, "I can't draw a straight line." I would laugh, but as I have grown older I realized that EVERYONE can draw; a straight line, or a crooked line, or lines and shapes, and colors. Yes, we each have gifts and it sometimes takes time to discover those "gifts" but when we do...my, oh my, how the world is changed.



It's an easy check of the internet to find art lessons by the dozens. YouTube has a separate channel called, YouTube Kids where you can find plenty of art lessons with a quick search.

I recently loaded one of my favorite art lessons to my YouTube channel which has gotten good reviews from my neighbor's kids, and I posted it on another blog post: Chalk Lesson


Bottom line is that I could name a hundred supplies for you to put into your child's hand, and just let their imagination go. A lot of things are around your own home. If you have some watercolors or even food coloring, a straw, and a piece of paper? Just blowing that paint around the paper will keep that child busy for the joy of unexpected shapes that she creates.



Clay in a child's hand is amazing. The tactile feed of that substance has made my students squeal with delight. [Read my story about this from a chapter about Rick Hoyt in the book: One Letter at a Time by Dick and Rick Hoyt with Todd Civin. "He Moulded the Clay" by Annie Mason]


There are so MANY art supplies that will thrill a child. Yes, digital art is an modern techniqe but there is nothing like having something in your hand that translates to a beautiful work to enjoy. You never know what inspiration, creativity, excitement, and joy you can watch when your toddler comes to you with his "masterpiece." And, it is.

Here is a source for you: 8 Great Online Art Classes for Kids


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You will notice a coloring book in the items above. I colored when I was young and it never "squashed my creativity". It's also helping a lot of adults relax, so there's that.

See: Barnes&Noble list of Coloring Books for Adults, Children & Teens


Thanks for letting me share this with you. I hope that this gives you a broad look at how art can fill our lives with beauty and joy. It's what I do as anniespalette



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Updated: Aug 21

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It's the place I uploaded my artwork to a shop called, Society6 I am a watercolor artist and discovered that many artists showcase their work on these POD shops I learned how to upload scanned images and slowly built an audience who recognized my art and purchased products. Yes, initially it was family and friends, I make a percentage of profit from the sales at Society6, but I do not have to manufacture the products and that is worth the headache of selling my artwork online. Society6 does this for me. I'm proud to have designer skills like: asset sizes, I'm self-taught on Adobe Photoshop for editing, and using links to post the products on social media. (Amazon product link below)



My Society6 store has been open since 2015. My sales have been consistent, and have increased in number each year. I have learned a lot about marketing, as well as making myself known on various platforms.


Society6 has an amazing following, and even though the profit is not grand, I essentially upload the scanned artwork and sit back, continue to paint, and do it all over again. The customers are mostly unknown to me but those who have told me that they made a purchase have been happy with their products. The quality seems excellent and has a satisfaction guarantee. I currently have 295 designs and I am still excited every time I see another sale. That's not why I paint but it's a nice perk.





The next POD shop that I joined as a "designer" is Redbubble which has a very similar platform to Society6. Since I already had so many scanned watercolors, it is a pretty standard process to just upload the pictures from my files and they are now in another shop for sale. Redbubble has a threshold $ amount before they pay the artists (S6 does not) so I do have to wait until sales have met that threshold. Both Society6 and Redbubble have a wait period (30 days) for the customer to keep their purchase and be satisfied. Then, the artist gets their payment.


The sales are coming more frequently with my Redbubble store Visit the store and choose to shop by products, or explore by designs.






Lastly, I have added Zazzle to my POD shops. I hesitated because "was I putting too much on my plate?" Perhaps, but I had the watercolor art at this point, and again I only needed to post them to the store. What my Zazzle store has, that the other sites do not, is the the ability for the artist to "customize" or "personalize" a product. The purchaser can click a product, such as a greeting card, or a business card, and add their information to that item. This proved a bit tricky for me, but I am slowly adding this feature to the products on this site.


Zazzle is also a site that gives the artist a percentage of profit. As a promotional designer I can set my margin, but I still have to wait until I have met a threshold before a payment is made.



If you have the wish to take up watercolor painting, just do it. There are lots of resources for the budding artist, like these books from Amazon. (As an associate I receive a commission from your purchase at no cost to you)





As an artist it is rewarding to see that my artwork has a purpose. There are times that it is disconcerting to see my work on a rug (that people are going to walk across) or on socks (that my artwork doesn't particular suit in this product). My art is traditional, and my audience is 75% female, according to the analytics. Most gravitate to my floral pieces and soft watercolor images. All in all, the marketing software has exploded in the last number of years. Tailwind is an amazing scheduler, Pinterest is the go-to sharing platform, on the forefront of visibility, and my fairly new BLOG is something I never thought of, and now it is where I am focused, making this a conduit for sharing my art. Thanks to those of you who keep me happy, and it's an honor to share my art with YOU.


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