Welcome to our Create at Home series that has been created for you to find inspiration and tap into your own creativity. These videos demonstrate the creative process, using different mediums, and are accompanied by valuable tips and resources. We hope you enjoy these videos created by the talented staff of Cedar Mill & Bethany Community Libraries.
Each week a new video will be released on our YouTube Channel at 11am on Sundays. New videos and related resources will be added to this page once they are released. You can find more info about the Create at Home series and other online events on our calendar.
Drawing with Sarah
Any art materials can be used to make the drawings in these videos. I use a “grease pencil” (also known as a “china” marker) in one video; crayons are the most obvious substitute. I use colored pencils in another video. Either drawing can be made with anything from pencil to paint.
Backyard Bouquets with Jennifer
Follow Jennifer as she creates unique flower arrangements with common flowers and foliage, including weeds, found in a garden or yard.
Explore further with books on bouquets and flower arrangement in our catalog. Oregon Metro provides an excellent guide to native plants in the Willamette Valley.
Mandala Coloring Tutorial + Speedpaint
It’s important to sit back and relax, and what better way to do that than color? You don’t have to be an artist or make anything fancy; it’s just fun to do! Join in for a follow-along tutorial, and stick around for relaxing coloring afterwards.
The website also has a lot of other designs you can print out and enjoy from home. This mandala looks like a rosette called echiveria lilacina or a plant known as “Hens and Chicks” that’s easy to grow. There’s a particular flower called an Aeonium Cyclops that is a great source of inspiration for color.
Discover more of David Fesilyan’s Royalty free music at https://www.fesliyanstudios.com
Outer Ring: Graph’it alcohol marker. Cobalt 7175, Tombow ABT PRO alcohol, Blues: P555, P476, & P452, Purples. P679 & P36
This is a quick digital doodle done in ClipStudio Paint with a Wacom Cintiq tablet. Krita, a free digital painting software, has comparable features to ClipStudio Paint; Aggie.io, a free online drawing site, has the same basic features without requiring a download. Cedar Mill Library has a Wacom Intuos tablet available for check out: although not as fancy as the Cintiq model, Intuos tablets are still industry standard for graphic artists. Or a regular mouse will work, with care.
Explore digital doodling further with these resources:
ClipStudio Paint: https://www.clipstudio.net/en/
- New York Times offers a step by step guide to drawing: How to Draw in Six Steps
- Illustoria provides access to their archives of drawing and other creative activities for kids to do own their own or with an adult: Illustoria activities archives
- Want to create a daily practice of drawing or learn from professionals, check out this list of online lessons from famous illustrators by Fast Company, including local illustrator Carson Ellis. The list also features a few authors/illustrators offering read alongs.
- Microsoft offers an array of free digital art apps, including Zen Coloring Book for Adults