If you're a tween and you've found 12:34, you're looking for something a little different than what many kid craft sites have to offer; toilet paper roll crafts might not seem as cool as they once did and perhaps you're looking to try your hand at something with a little more style. At 12:34, we hope to bridge the gap between projects for little kids and projects geared towards teenagers and adults. We try our hand at art, crafting, stamping - if we think it's cool - we'll try it. Thanks for dropping by! N&K

Monday, July 10, 2017

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Character Study 4: The Princess and the Pea

This was a little departure from the usual character study as I attempted to create a scene and a character. The scene must reinforce the character and help identify who they are. Of course we know that the in this story the princess couldn't sleep because there was a single pea in her mattress, which made a miserable night for a princesses tender sensibilities.

The mattresses were formed by pulling various colors of paint across the page using old and used gift cards. They work great and it provided a bit of an artsy vibe to the page.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

YouTube Spotlight - Doodle Art with Christy Tomlinson

Christy Tomlinson at the Scarlet Lime is a delightful teacher and we think her work is FABULOUS inspiration for tween artists and older artist alike. This particular video is inspired by Alisa Burke and a piece of art she created for her home.

Kia might just be Christy's BIGGEST fan ever. I enrolled her in the SHE art workshop and every day she checks the Scarlet Lime channel on YouTube hungry for more videos. Instead of working on canvas, she opened up her latest art journal and just went to town right there in her journal. I LOVE how it turned out. A good black marker that won't run when wet and some watercolor paint or crayons will really be all you need for this one!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Character Study 2&3: Wendy and Little Red Riding Hood

Two more character studies to share and many waiting in the wings! We've been going gangbusters on the character study portraits. Really having fun with them. It's lovely to give yourself some parameters and then really just let go and have fun.

The usual supplies were used for these pages: Gesso'd background, Neocolour II watercolor crayons, white acrylic and graphite. The occasional addition of black pen, but other than that we're keeping this super simple by using our favorite supplies.

I love Wendy's body position, very proper but with bright eyes that are ready for any adventure. Little Red Riding Hood...well, they won't all be winners! Haha! Have fun!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Character Study 1 - There was a little girl...

One of my favorite little poems when I was a kidlet was by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

There was a little girl,
Who had a little curl,
Right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good
She was very good indeed,
But when she was bad
She was horrid!

I always felt a kinship with this little girl and imagined what the curl in the middle of her forehead looked like. Because I imagined I was this girl, of course she had brown hair! But her hair and eye color could be any shade you wish! Just don't forget the curl!

Products used: Gesso'd background, Neocolor II watersoluable crayons from Caran D'ache(skin, hair, background), white acrylic paint, Zig Vellum Writer in black (will write on almost anything - journaling and some eye work), brown acrylic paint (hair), 2B graphite pencil

Project: Character Study

A summer project that has begun in the little green house is filling an entire art journal with fairy tale, nursery rhyme and other favorite characters from books and poems we have enjoyed. We love drawing faces and this is a fun way to turn that love into a fun summer assignment.

The fun thing about faces, especially for a tween girl, is coloring them. It's like doing oodles of makeovers but instead of makeup you get to use paint, crayons, pencils and markers. It's surprising how similiar they are! I wisp of paint under an eye takes the same technique and skill that is required for applying eyeliner under a real eye!

If your passion isn't drawing faces...a project like this could also be drawing a book of flowers, doing a daily still life sketch, painting with a different color of paint on each page, or even turning a scribble into a colorful abstract. The point is to do something you love and study all the ways that you can explore that topic or technique.

Try to keep your workbook/journal under 30 pages long and get going!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Flying Lesson: Shout it out

Here's a small little project for all you amazing tweens out there in the big world. We know that so much in your life is changing, and growing and somethings are even ending plus you are bursting with feelings, frustrations and emotions that are completely new to you! Flying Lessons are a fun little feature that we hope will get you journaling and expressing these ideas and feelings in a positive, tangible way.

Flying Lessons are questions that only you can answer. There are no answers in the back of the book that you can flip to and find the right response and that is because there is no right or wrong answer there is only your truth in the moment you answered it.

So the question is: What do you want to shout from the rooftop? What do want the world to know about you? Firstly, you do have something to say and share with the world, you might not know what it is yet and even when you think you do, it might change. It's all okay! Your answer may be your truth for a lifetime or for just a moment. This lesson is about discovering something worth saying and something that is real, and honest about who we are right now. I believe we each have something unique to offer the world, and often the only person holding us back from doing it is us!

Just like our little cartoon girl in the picture, we're going to imagine that's us standing on that rooftop and it's our moment to shout out what's in our heart. It can be a declaration about who we are, a promise we want to make to ourselves, something we're angry about right this very minutes, something that freaks us out (like standing on a cartoon roof, and then drawing something we want to share with that cartoon world), a word, a hope, a declaration of who you want to be...anything, there is no limit!

Okay...then what?

Now, you can respond in a number of ways...
  1. Create an art journal page. Use a sketchbook, or simply a piece of paper to respond and create an original piece of art that reflects your answer. Combine collage, journaling, art, stickers, paper, paint, pencils, whatever medium or mediums you desire.
  2. Tech Savvy girls might want to create a digital answer using your favorite design program. You can also blog your answer!
  3. Journal your answer in your very own diary. The good old fashion way of pen to paper, classic and timeless.
  4. Set up a photo that answers the question. You might love staging, composition and photography and you can totally use this medium to take part in Flying Lessons.
I hope you're seeing that it's not about how you answer the question...it's only about answering it in a way that is true to who you are.