Episode 49

Hello, dears!

Welcome back to another episode of The Art Lab! It’s a bit late because I kind of got the posting schedule confused but ANYWAY, here we go! Today I’m going to show you how to draw cute, summery popsicles inspired by some popsicle stamps Megan bought at the post office the other day. Here’s our art inspiration for this post:


And here’s what you’ll need to re-create it:

  • Some sort of paper to draw on (I used an ATC)
  • watercolor crayons (you can also use watercolor colored pencils or just plain watercolors)
  • a pencil
  • brown colored pencil (optional)
  • a normal or white gel pen (optional)

Ahem. We are now ready to start the tutorial.

  1. Sketch out three popsicle shapes + corresponding popsicle sticks on your paper. The shape is up to you, but I like making ones with a flat base that taper slightly up to a rounded oval or square top. If you want, draw a bite taken out of one of them. popsicles forever (2)
  2. Sketch in some details on your popsicles. There are SO many options for this, so have fun and be creative! I mainly did varying degrees and sizes of squiggles to separate the different colors (I mean flavors) later.popsicles forever (3)
  3. I penciled in the popsicles darker than they should have been so you guys could see them. If your sketch is like mine, erase it for the most part until it’s barely visible. You don’t want to see pencil lines under the paint later on. Next, choose a limited color scheme of colors that go well together and won’t make brown if they get mixed. I chose a summery palette of warm colors + white.popsicles forever (4)
  4. Loosely color in your sketches with your crayons (or whatever you’re using). Cover the space, but don’t worry about getting it perfect. For the middle popsicle, I got an ombre effect by blending gradually less and less coral with more and more white.popsicles forever (5)
  5. Now the fun part: add water and watch the magic! If you want to blend colors, I suggest starting with the lighter colors and blending into the darker. If you do the opposite, the lighter color might disappear under the more dominant darker one.popsicles forever (6)
  6. Draw two parallel lines in the center of the popsicle, about the same distance apart as the popsicle stick is wide. (This is the bump where the popsicle stick is inside the ice.) Use a darker color (I used red), and blend it out with water to soften the shadows.popsicles forever (7)
  7. Next we’ll add shadows to the popsicle sticks. When you’re drawing from a reference, it helps to think in terms of simple shapes. If you look at the stamps, the shadows on the sticks are basically brown triangles. So make brown triangles! You can also faintly outline the whole stick in brown. You can certainly use your watercolors for this part, but I used a brown colored pencil for more precision. popsicles forever (9)
  8. Finally, add some details with a white gel pen. I added squiggles to the first, shiny highlights to the second, and cute sprinkles to the third, but you can add whatever you want.popsicles forever (10)

Ta-daa! Step back and try to admire your work of art without eating it. It doesn’t taste as good as it looks, trust me.

popsicles forever 10

If you make art inspired by this post, we’d love to see it! Send us a picture at theartlabblog@gmail.com and we’ll add it to our gallery on The Art Lab website.

What do you think of this art idea? Did you get the new popsicle stamps? And what is your favorite popsicle flavor?



Episode 6

Wow, it’s already the sixth episode of Art Lab! Today I made a sunny, breezy, dandelion envelope.

I used these two pieces of art as inspiration. Aren’t they so pretty? Unfortunately, the links to the original websites didn’t work (or in the case of the last one, it was an Etsy piece that had already been sold.) 😦 Argh! It’s so annoying when that happens. Anyway…

dandelion pic 1

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Episode 3

Welcome to the third episode of ArtLab!

Today I will be showing you an ATC I made inspired by my longings for summer… But I also used an inspiration from Pinterest…


I used the brown popsicle for my ATC today…


The main thing I used today was watercolor pencils (but you could also use watercolor paints or regular color pencils). I also used oil pastels and a fine-point Sharpie.

It was simple, but I think it turned out great😀. I loved using the watercolor pencils, ’cause I loved how I could smear it with a wet paper towel so easily. Do you see how the brown went outside the lines a little bit? I actually love that look!

Now that I think about it–it would be cute if I had cut little pieces of colorful card stock for the sprinkles instead of using oil pastels!


Two weeks ago, when I was making my envelope (for the first ArtLab), I felt like the envelope wasn’t good, because it wasn’t perfect. I wanted to quit, just because I didn’t think the flags were perfect. But then I realized–nothing is perfect. The small imperfections are usually what makes the homemade card extra special.

And let me tell you, the ATC I made this week was just the same. I felt like it wasn’t good enough to show you guys. The sprinkles didn’t stand out enough. Or the pop wasn’t a perfect size. But then again–mom inspired me. She got me back to the table, and I finished my ATC.

So if you’re feeling that your art or something you’re working on isn’t perfect, remember nothing ever is. And I’m glad, because the imperfections are what makes the world a more interesting place. Heck, each one of us is a huge imperfection, but God calls us “friend!” And He chose us even though we are full of imperfections. “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

Do you ever get discouraged with a creative project you’re working on? What do you do to inspire yourself to finish it?


“I have called you friends… You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last .” John 15:15-16