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Spark Paint Through Life DIY Gardening

Ceramic Fanatics

Handmade and Successful

Can what you love be your life?

Gardening The City Farmer...6 Rotate Your Crops!...10 Gardening Careers...11

A Gem of a Job...20 Live Your Dream...24 Discover Austin’s Gems...25


Pottery The Power of Clay Hands...12 On the Road to Pottery...16 Step by Step Pottery...17

A Painter’s Perspective...26 Living in Color...30 How Color Affects Mood...31


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The Crafty Crew Jasmine Jasmine does synchronized swimming in her free time, as well as practices violin. She likes to make jewelry for her friends, and loves to eat mint Oreo ice cream while doing so. She dislikes asparagus and egotisical maniacs, and she’s neutral about listening to music.


Natalie loves to do crafts. She sews, bakes and does random things with what she finds around the house, and has done so since she was little. She loves eating birthday cake and cookie dough ice cream late at night. She is very sarcastic and wants to live in Wisconsin when she is older. She loves to listen to loud music, to read and often does both at the same time.

Teo Teo likes to draw, work with ceramics and do origami. He loves to read and he loves Latin, so it’s fitting that in the future he wants to print a Latin textbook. Teo is part Italian, Czech, Chilean and American. He is very goofy, so usually when he thinks his earbuds are plugged in, they really aren’t.


Sally loves all kinds of artsy related things such as painting, knitting, making jewelry, baking and reading. In her free time, she likes to read books and watch movies. She especially loves making and eating cheesecake. She likes doing volunteer work and loves nature. She’s done sports such as basketball, swimming, tennis, gymnastics, ice skating, soccer and dance, but now she only does swimming and tennis.

Letter from the Editors

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Educating teenage readers on crafting, and making what they enjoy into a career.

Dear Reader, As the Editors of Spark, we worked hard. We wrote the articles, did the research, edited the photos, and everything inbetween. We basically built this magazine from the ground up (and look, we still have hair!). Its amazing how much we did, considering Esmeralda was sitting next to our group... We spent hours upon hours of typing, talking, and working for this magazine. There were decisions to make before every move we made. Everything from ‘what size font should this number be’ to ‘what should we name our magazine’ was questioned and solved. Changes were made as problem after problem was created and dealt with. We applied our new-found knowledge as best we could, and tried to make these articles as informing, entertaining, and as professional as possible. We succeeded in making this crafting magazine, while still being able to laugh, smile, and enjoy writing it (Thanks Esme...). If you enjoy reading and doing the activities in this magazine as much as we enjoyed writing it, then sorry we wasted your time. If you enjoyed it more than we did writing it, then you just made one heck of a memory. Thank you for reading. Sincerely, The Crafty Crew Jasmine, Teo, Natalie and Sally

Cover Model: Sesha McMinn

Photo Credits: Cover-Jasmine S. Table of Contents- Jasmine S. Biograpies-Jasmine S. Letter from the Editors-Jasmine S.

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The City Farmer

by Teo R.

Local man finds his happiness farming in the urban jungle

photo by Teo R.

When Adam Levine was young, he knew he liked the outdoors. What he didn’t know is that years later, he would make a career out of it. “It’s very gratifying, but it is tough,” he said. “It’s a tough job. It isn’t even full time for me, and at the same time, it’s full time for me. It takes a lot of time and effort. There’s a lot of time it takes outside of the time you think you’re going to be working.” Before heading off to his second job at a restaurant, Levine (no relation to the Maroon 5 leader) has to water his plants and greenhouse and check on the chickens. That’s not a lot for him, but once he turns the water on, he has to stay and make sure there isn’t a pipe burst. “There’s a lot of little details that you don’t think about,” he said. “If I didn’t live here, it would be extremely tough for me. You have to be there all the time.” Six years ago, Levine started farming for his friend in Wimberley. Along with everyone else, he handled daily chores from ordering seeds, to germinating and growing the plants, to selling the produce at the farmer’s markets. At only 25, he started a career out of farming. “I didn’t really expect to be farming,” he said. “A friend of mine, working out on a farm in Wimberley, thought about me

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Above: Artichoke is a drought tolerant plant which grows well in Central Texas. Behind this artichoke is the large creek next to Rain Lily Farm. Opposite: A view looking back onto Rain Lily Farm, Where Adam Levine works and lives.

photo by Teo R.

Above: The greenhouse of Rain Lily Farm is where new seedlings germinate and grow before being planted into the main farm.

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photo by Teo R.

photo by Teo R.

Springdale Farm (above left) and Boggy Creek Farm (above right) are both urban farms within walking distance to Rain Lily Farm.

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Urban Roots Booth at the SFC Farmer’s Market, downtown Saturdays, 9 a.m to 1 p.m.

Spark | 9 because she knew that I liked to work outside, and I could handle the weather,” he said. “I didn’t expect to be farming, and I didn’t expect to be farming six years later.” Throughout his career, he’s learned not just about farming but also about life. “It’s all not going to work out every time. You can make so many plans, and it’s almost guaranteed that they’re not all going to come through. It’s one of those things that you can’t get too upset by one failure, because you’re going to have a lot of successes. Because so much of it is out of your hands, you can try so hard but there’s only so much you can do. If I had known that not everything is going to work out, then I wouldn’t have gotten so frustrated.” Levine said. Among his frustrations is the extreme climate. “One major factor, which is the absolute biggest factor, is weather in Texas, especially Central Texas,” he said. “I mean just like this week. It’s been cold, it’s been hot. We may have some rain, we may never see another drop of rain.” Since around 2010, the drought in Texas has been so severe it has killed livestock. Urban farmers like him now have to learn and use new methods to manage this extreme weather. “Being that we’ve been

in a drought, you have to be very strict with the water that you have. Sometimes you have to go to the bare minimum of what you can use,” he said. “Also, learning to grow more drought tolerant plants really helps. So does learning to not push it too far into the summer. There are crops that grow in the late summer, but is photo by Teo R. it going to be worth it for me to focus so much of my attention, time and money towards something that’s not going to make up for it financially?” Despite the drought and the more than 100 days with over 100 degree weather in 2012, Levine still enjoys his work. “It’s great,” he said. “I’ve gotten more out photo by Teo R. of this than I have any other job in my life.” Top: Chickens are raised at Rain Lily Farm. Above: Cabbages Growing at Rain Lily Farm.

Where are the Farmers? Boggy Creek Farm: 3414 Lyons Road, Austin Hausbar Farm 3300 Govalle Ave, Austin Rain Lily Farm 914 Shady Lane, Austin Springdale Farm 755 Springdale Road, Austin

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otate your Crops!

Crops need to be rotated to retain essential nutrients in the soil and limit pest populations. If the same family of plants is kept in the same plot year after year, the amount of pests and disease will grow. If the crops rotate, the pests won’t survive. The same type of plant takes the same types of nutrients in the soil, whereas different plants following one another will take and place different nutrients in the soil.

The Families Legumes + Pod Lima Beans*

*These are only common examples of beans; all types of beans are legumes

Runner Beans* String Beans*

Kidney Beans* Lentils

Brassicas Kales


Okra Peas




Onions Chives

Radishes Turnips

Bulb Onions Welsh Onions

Bok Choy Broccoli











Celeriac Beets


Potatoes Images are under public domain, Courtesy of: J.J. Harrison Internet User: “FoeNyx” RambergMediaImages David Monniaux

by Teo R. uk/vegetable/crop-rotation/ crop-family-group.php Encyclopedia of Gardening

Gardening Careers

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Professional Gardener

Avg. Salary: $28,000

Professional gardeners generally only need a high school education. They can have a landscape technician degree if they choose. They must be able to do physical labor and be motivated to garden for other people constantly.

Landscape Architect

Avg. Salary: $71,100

Landscape architects need a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture. This often takes five years. The must pass the Landscape Architecture Registration Examination, as well, to get a license.

photo by Teo R.

photo by Teo R.



Usually trained with hands-on programs, and not college degrees. They have a very varied salaries and incomes year-to-year because of the variables they cannot control, like weather, price, and climate.

Nursery Manager

Avg. Salary: $42, 096

Courtesy of Liz West

A horticulture or botany degree is very helpful for having this career, but only a high school degree is needed. The job varies from only running the business management of the nursery to running all parts, depending on the nursery’s size.

photo by Teo R.

by Teo R.


Power of

Clay Hands by Sally J.

photo by Sally J.

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photo by Sally J. Ready-to-paint cups displayed on a shelf at Firepit Ceramics.

Emily Brown originally thought she would do freelance of artwork. Furthermore, she likes knowing that the pottery photography after graduating, but she took a different path. she made serves a purpose and functional in daily life. Brown She took pottery as an elective during college, the first time she agrees making pottery gives her a meditative feeling. ever did anything with clay, and was hooked. After graduating, Pottery is made into plates, mugs, cups, bowls and pots she built a studio and devoted herself which are used in daily life, but to pottery. one probably wouldn’t think that Pottery and ceramics are often pottery could be made into jewelry. “I started doing clay just as one of used interchangeably but according However, it’s possible. Brown spent my electives and I got hooked.” to Brown, “all pottery is ceramics, four years on developing, creating, -Emily Brown but not all ceramics is pottery. and perfecting her jewelry line. But Usually, when people say ceramics, before jewelry is created, inspiration that’s where you pour a porcelain comes first. slip into a mold and pop it out of the “I noticed that some of the mold to paint it.” textured fragments of my pieces were really nice and thought There’s so many other kinds of art forms, so why choose they would look nice as casual jewelry,” she said. pottery? Brown said that she likes the physicalness of it and at It seems as if jewelry made from pottery might weigh a lot, the same time, becomes sort of ritualistic for her than any kind but it doesn’t.

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photo by Sally J.

photo by Sally J.

A shelf with pottery made by Emily Brown outside her booth at the Zilker Garden Festival.

“When people pick the jewelry up,” Brown said, “people usually comment on how light it is.” Pottery takes lots of effort and hard work goes into creating one piece. Brown explained the steps it takes to make pottery, which helps understand why a piece takes a minimum of time of two weeks. “I never am doing just one thing at a time because first, you throw it or slab make it and then you have to let it sit out for a day or two before you do the next step,” Brown said. “After that, it has to dry for about a week before it gets fired the first time, and after it gets fired the first time, it’s not fired all the way to the fullest temperature, but enough so that it’ll be durable then you glaze it. Then you fire it again. So from beginning to end, the minimum time is two weeks to have a piece finished and sometimes longer. If it’s a bigger piece, it’ll have to

dry for a long time because if you put something in the kiln before it’s completely dry, when water reaches its steam point at 212 degrees, it’ll explode.” All pottery has a unique quality in their own way by the colors, shapes and other embellishments, but the inspiration from the creator

A painted elephant on a shelf at Firepit Ceramics.

for stoneware,” Brown said. “I make all my glazes, and the colors for the glazes come from minerals. Most of the greens and blues come from the minerals such as routeals and cobalts. I did a lot of testing to make all my glazes.” By making her own glazes, and from her ideas, Brown creates pottery that no one else can replicate. This assures that no one else can “If you’re passionate take the credit about it, just go for it.” of the idea of the pottery and stands -Emily Brown out from any other pottery pieces. This is important comes first. The imagination to people with careers in the travels through into the arts because sometimes it’s pottery to create something hard to make a living. For teens, high school is a that is specifically theirs. For Brown, her ideas, colors and place for exploring what they form are inspired by function may want do as a career. There and nature. Her inspiration are many classes available that from function and nature may help in the pottery area. Regarding classes in high influences the colors used in school that’ll help in the her pottery. “There’s a limited palette pottery area, she said, “Unless

your school has a clay class, not really. It is a very unique medium and requires lots of hands on experience.” Brown took some classes at the art school at Laguna Gloria, and if people want to learn pottery, that is one place to go. Laguna Gloria offers classes for all ages. For beginners or anyone wanting to learn pottery, there are many resources available. One resource is on Brown’s website. If you visit the ‘how it’s made’ page on littleepottery. com, you can see videos or scroll down for a text and picture explanation. If teens want to sell their own pottery, the internet is available. is a website that people all over the world use to sell what they’ve made and in return, people buy it. There are a variety of categories such as kitchen, crafts, wood and more! The alternative to using the internet is setting up a

What’s in Glaze? Glaze is a type of glass that sticks onto the surface of pottery and other ceramic pieces. It coats and colors the pottery.

photo by Sanctu Various glaze colors being made in bowls.

photo by Denby Replacement Service

booth. Teens could set up a booth at farmers markets to sell their work. To set up a booth, a small fee is required. It’s important that teens love what they do. For teens wanting to pursue a career in pottery or in the arts, Brown gives some advice. “It’s hard at first.” Brown said. “I mean, I did not make

enough money for the first several years, so if you have some sort of support network where you can have some help and be able to try it or do it while doing another job, then that’s great. I found that when I really got good enough was when I quit my other job and spent all my time doing pottery, so if you’re passionate about it, just go for it.”

photo by Sally J. Pottery made by Emily Brown in her booth at the Zilker Garden Festival.

The five components that make up glaze are glassformers, refractories, fluxes, modifiers and colorants. Glassformers become the glass for the pottery. The material used for glassformers is silica, and it is the base material. When silica is heated at more than 3100 degrees fahrenheit, it melts and forms glass. Silica are found in flint, quartz crystals, sand, feldspar and other minerals. Refractories are stiffening agents that help glaze to stick on the surfaces without dripping down when melted. Refractories consist of alumina, aluminum oxide. Fluxes are used to lower the melting point of silica to a temperature of 1472 degrees fahrenheit to 2404 degrees fahrenheit so it is usable in kilns. Some fluxes used are iron, zinc, sodium, lead and more. Colorants gives the color to the glazes. Most of the colorants are metalic oxides such as iron oxide. Modifiers give the pottery’s surface an effect of transparency and opacity. An example of a recipe for glaze might look like this: Hawaiian Blue • Gertsley Borate-80% • Synthetic Bone Ash-20% • Copper Carbonate-5% • Cobalt Carbonate-2.5% • Tin Oxide-1.3% Sources:

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Cafe Monet

by Sally J.

photo by Impact Deals

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There are a series of steps that are needed to create pottery. Below, there are ingredients and steps that are used.





Pottery Wheel



Kiln 3


Center the clay onto the pottery wheel

Brush and Glaze

Fire the clay in the kiln

Shape the clay



Glaze the pottery with any color

Done! 6

Fire the glazed pottery in the kiln

Art Credits: artwork by Nemo artwork by Mike


Take it out of the kiln, and now its done for use!

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A GEM Local jewelry artists turn passion into profit.

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photo by Sally J. Mercy Raines displays her jewelry.

Jewelry artists like Mona These people make their Prater make it their job to career enjoyable. Jewelry artdiscover ideas where they are ist Elena Rojo enjoys making least expected. jewelry, “because I like to wear “Ideas come from a variety it,” she said. “I like making it of places,” Mona Prater, own- because I can be creative, reer of Third Coast Art Glass, use things, old things, watch said. “I do little glass faces, parts, old keys, old jewelry. and a lot of [The jewelry] them have has a little bit watch parts of history be“Ideas come from a connected to hind it.” variety of places.” them. I was She exsitting and plained where -Mona Prater watching an her ideas old ‘Star Trek’ stem from. and saw the “I sometimes borgs ... with dream about the faces with the metal . it,” she said “I might have a That’s where that idea came pile of things on the table and from. Sometimes I’m sitting I think ‘Oooo, what if I arand cruising the Internet, and ranged it this way?’ and someI’ll see something that strikes times I’ll see something in a my fancy.” magazine or in a movie ... so

there’s a lot of different ways.” Other artists like Geneviéve Holland who runs Holland Art & Design agree. Holland says that her ideas originate from, “what I learned in art school and look[ing] around. My mind never stops. I’m very creative.” Owner of Jewelrybee Designs, Leslie Lloyd, draws her inspiration from nature. “I get my ideas from just looking around basically,”

she said. “I buy magazines, jewelry making magazines. I search Etsy. I search different peoples websites...I get ideas from others, and try and make [the ideas] my own without copying.” Holland has used jewelry making to help her realize a lifelong dream. “I wanted to paint all my life,” she explained. “I remember being in kindergarten and loving it because

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photo by Sally J. Elena Rojo displays earrings for sale.

there was art. I always wanted metal. I get to be out with to paint. When I went to col- the public, you know, it’s just lege, I took art school but I something I want to do. I’ve knew I couldn’t make a living never thought of doing anyout of it so I went into teach- thing else. I’ve done other ing and got a degree but I things, but doing this as a continued to paint all my life. business is really the best job.” Eventually, I decided to go on Some artists started makmy own. I started with only ing jewelry when they were art but I needed to balance very young, while others that, so I added jewelry. And picked it up on the side. I love both.” Rojo said, “I came from an Pattie Tim Jannarone who artistic family, so I’ve always is the owner, designer and drawn or done something, so bead consultant for Second I guess I started making jewWind Creations enjoys the elry probably 13 or 14 years choices. ago.” “I enHol“I started with only art but joy it ... l a n d I needed to balance that, so s t a r t e d mainly I added jewelry. And I love w i t h ‘cause both.” I’m makpainting, ing my but later -Genevieve Holland own livadded ing dojewelr y ing what as a supI like to do,” she said. “I like plement. it because I get to choose the Jannarone started when stones. I get to choose what she was really young. beads I want to use. I see if “I been doing some sort of I want to use silver or plain art since I was gosh, 8 years

old,” she said. “I started with crocheting and stuff like that.” Prater and Lloyd both picked up jewelry making to supplement their income. “I’m a painter by training,” Prater said, ”but it’s hard to make a living as a painter, so I started making jewelry because thats easy to sell, and then once I did that, I got bored with just jewelry and expanded and did all the other types of glass.” “I was a hairdresser and I wanted to supplement my income, so I just started making jewelry,” Lloyd said. “I just sat down and started putting stuff together.” Although not a requirement, many artists choose to

take classes or go to school. Those who didn’t often wish they did. “Take some classes,” Rojo advised, “or look at magazines, to see what the latest style is or make up something yourself don’t matter if no one else is doing it, anything like it. I actually had a lady ... [ask] if I would be willing to show her how to make some [jewelry], so I did. Now she makes jewelry.” Jannarone started by exposing herself to the beads. “I started in a bead shop learning how to do everything, learning all the stones, learning everything,” Jannarone said. “Then I also went to school for silversmithing.”

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photo by Sally J. Geneviéve Holland arranges her necklaces for display.

Prater, who got her mas- think our education is sadly ters degree at the University lacking. We teach people to of Kentucky, said, “running do something, but we don’t your own business, I don’t care really teach them how to if you’re make a an artist living at or a chiit. I think “We teach people to do ropractor, everybody something, but we don’t running thats goreally teach them how to your own ing to be make a living at it.” business an indeis tough, pendent -Mona Prater and I worker of

some kind needs to be taught

how to run a business.”

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Live Your Dream Christy Klug, a local entreprenuer, lives her dream by creating jewelery for a living at Christy Klug Studios. She gives advice on how to make living your dream your reality.

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Talk to people who are doing what they want to do If there’s someone in the field that you want to get into, or trade shows, go visit them, go see what people are doing, see how they display their work. Just talk to them. The more information the better!

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Be true to yourself. Figure out where you fit in your field. Figure out who your customer is.

Remember — It takes a long have to be committed. Sell your product at open-air markets and shows. Build your reputation until you have enough clients.


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Ask yourself, in a perfect world, what would you want to do? Start from there. Figure out what you can do profitably with that.

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Congratulations on opening your business! Periodically reevaluate your goals for your business. Make sure that you leave time to stay involved with the parts you enjoy in your business.

Discover Austin’s Gems

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Interested in finding unique local jewelry? Follow this map and explore Austin’s open air markets with handmade jewelry.

For more hints and clues go to...

North Great Hills Farmers Market Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 10000 Research Blvd.

Central 23rd Street Renaissance Artists’ Market Everyday 8 a.m.-dusk Guadalupe Street and W. 23rd Street

Southwest Oak Hill Marketplace Saturdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 6300 Highway 71

South SoCo Outdoor Market Saturdays 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 1610-A South Congress Ave.

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Leah Harris believes makeup is a form of Art.

Photo courtesy of Leah Harris

An Artist’s Perspective by Natalie R

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Photo courtesy of Leah Harris These girls are ready for a wedding thanks to Leah Harris’ art skills.

Leah Harris is an artist, but not the kind you might expect. When most people say ‘artist’, they think of painting, sculptures and sketches. But what about makeup? As a makeup artist, Harris transforms people into a totally new person. With just a few brush strokes she is able to create the blends and shades that make up a palette of colors for every occasion. “[Makeup] is a form of painting as well,” she said, “but the face is my canvas.” Harris was a painter before she was a makeup artist.

Color is crucial and fun part of her lifestyle. In art, color is an important quality. A piece of art can be conveyed in a totally different way depending on the colors and values. “I’m fascinated with color. I’m fascinated with the contrast of color, one color next to another, how it makes it stand out, how you can put certain colors t o g e t h e r, you can create the illusion that it fades into each other because they’re that close, the color families, I guess. I just, I love color.”

“The face is my canvas.”

-Leah Harris

Harris has wanted to be a makeup artist since she was six years old. “I love [being a makeup artist],” she said. “I’m also a hairstylist, and my favorite thing to do is color on peoPhoto courtesy of Leah Harris ple’s hair. Like blending colors, and just figuring out how Leah Harris does the to create certain things that makeup for this photo pop, through color. So I think, shoot. mainly just that, in itself, and also the love for just the body and how just through the art and the facial structure, and form can make one person’s just us as feature look human c om p l e t e l y beings. I different. just think Instead of that we’re them havreally ining to go and terestget plastic ing, how surgery, or a unique facelift, you we all are, can create

“I just, I love color.”

-Leah Harris

28| Spark that same look with art.” As a makeup artist, she does all kinds of makeup and uses all kinds of techniques. “A lot of model portfolio work, a lot of fantasy stuff, I do weddings, pretty much anything,” she said. “A lot of times the client will come in and will want a certain look, whether it’s dramatic, whether its natural, depending on what the event is, or what they’re doing, they’ll want a certain look, and so in order to create that there’s different techniques and different steps to make that happen.” When she has that brush, or brushes, in her hand she’s got a lot of different things going through her mind. “Usually I’m thinking about the person’s face, the shape of their nose, their eyes -are their eyes close, are they far apart? What do I need to do to make their eyelid look

“They’ll want a certian look, and so in order to create that there’s different techniques and different steps to make that happen.” -Leah Harris lower than one, what do I need to do make it even, using the artistry part of it, because you can create the illusion that something is there or looks a certain way, that is not there. If their eyes are almond-shaped, or slanted, different cultures, different ethnic backgrounds have different face shapes and eye shapes generally. So you have to know how to do the different techniques to create certain looks.” “It’s basically thinking

Photo courtesy of Leah Harris Leah Harris is working on a client.

about the clients needs, and making that happen through the art form,” Harris said. Being an artist takes a lot of paitence whether people realize it or not.

Photo courtesy of Leah Harris This bride is ready to walk down the asile thanks to Leah Harris.

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Living in Color

There are many different types of paint used throughout the art world, but four types of paint are most commonly known and used; Acrylic, Tempera, Watercolor and Oil.


Acrylic Paint

is permanent. It only takes about 15 minutes to dry, so it drys fairly fast. The colors are hard to mix, and they darken when they are drying.

Photo Courtesy: Ludjia


Tempera Paint is not permanent. It is made with egg yolks and

can come in powder form.

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is one of the hardest types of paint to master. It is difficult to cover up a mistake and intricate details can be destroyed by one measly drop of water. It is translucent, and is great for layering. Since it is water-based, it is easy to clean up, making it a great tool for kids to paint with. When it is drying, watercolor drys lighter than when wet.


Oil Paint

is made of mostly pigment. It takes longer to dry (weeks), but when it is drying, the colors do not darken, but over time do fade. The colors are also easy to mix.

Photo Courtesy: Kathea Pinto

by Natalie R.


How Color Affects Mood

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Did you know that the colors around you have a psychological effect on you? Seeing various colors can trigger different feelings.

Red is usually associated with alarm and things such as fire trucks, sirens and fire. Because of that, when one sees the color red their heart rate speeds up. The color red also represents passion, ‘stop’ and danger.


inspires action and signifies energy. It lets someone stand out while not being the center of attention, and is often confident and friendly.

Yellow can put people to ease. It radiates warmth and excitement. Green is a symbol of Mother Earth. It reminds people to be green and save

the planet.


is a calming color and is most commonly associated with the ocean or the sky. It also can be the color of trust and dependablity.


can give off the air of comfort, and is often catagorized as feminine. It can also come across as artificial.


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