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Artterro Artist Profile: Leo

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

leo with dragonMeet Leo, a friend of Artterro and one of our expert product testers. Leo is twelve years old, and he shared some of his thoughts on art with us.

What’s your favorite kind of art to create?

I really like drawing people and expressions, and also things that don’t actually exist.  I like making up characters and telling stories about them, like if I draw a frowny face on someone, I’ll have a whole story made up about it.

How do you decide what to draw?

I just draw whatever I’m interested in that moment.  Let’s say I’m bored and reading a book, like Garfield.  Maybe I’ll draw Garfield.  Or maybe I’ll think of something completely different, like Morgan Freeman.  It’s whatever pops into my head.  I also use an iPad to look up ideas on Google Images.

ron weasley drawingWhat are your favorite art tools and paper?

I like Koi makers, they can get into small spaces.  You can go over the same area more than once and really layer it.  Unlike regular markers where it would look bad if you did that.  I like using mixed-media paper.  Thin paper gets wet and breaks easily.  I also have a mini sketchbook I use to plan projects, design new characters, brainstorm character names, test markers out, etc.  I also use different kinds of pencils.  Some of my drawings are only pencils, so I need different kinds to make different shades.  I have a huge box to store all my supplies.  I also use practice books with images that I can try to copy.  And I have a light board, so I can trace things over and over again until I can draw it myself without the light board.

Have you always liked art?

No, I started liking art when I took an art camp called Swashbuckling Superheroes.  It was half fencing lessons and half illustration.  There was a professional artist there teaching, and he taught me a bunch of techniques.

Do you ever get frustrated with your work?

Yes, half the time I end up tearing it up and throwing it away, and I waste a lot of paper.  I do get angry.  I should probably erase and start over.  But instead I throw it out.  Every one of the drawings I finish usually takes two or three mess-ups.  The dragon took me a week or two, because I had to go slow.


Has your style changed a lot over time?

Not really.  If you look at my 3rd grade notebooks, I did lots of head portraits, and that’s still my favorite thing.  But now I can also do full-body portraits.  I recently made some kung fu panda drawings for my kung fu teacher.  They were full-body drawings, and took a couple days.   I start with a stick figure and then add more and more mass to it, erase the middle, add clothing and face, then shading, coloring and inking.

What’s your favorite Artterro kit?

Needle felting, because it’s the closest to drawing.  And I like poking stuff.  I think it’s really cool how the wool sticks to the canvas.  I really like the new packaging.  I’d definitely buy it more now, because I like the shinier colors.

Family Artist Profile

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Family with art journal kits

This week, we interviewed a whole family of amazing artists.  Heidi, Adrian, Isaiah, Kimana and Declan are friends of Artterro and they also modeled in our recent photo shoot.  They are Madison-based homeschoolers with a cat named Topaz, and we chatted together about family art projects, kittens and creativity.

Art Journal

Declan’s Favorite Things

Color: red

Food: cheese

Animal: kittens

Thing to do: chemistry projects, like mixing things up  (His mom Heidi notes: “Declan once made barbecue sauce by accident. And it was good!)

What is your favorite kind of art project?

I like marble art.  And the image projector (Heidi explained: “This was a project where we drew an image and used a plastic film to create a reflection that seemed to float in the air.”

Kimana’s Favorite Things

Color: blue

Food: pizza

School Subject: math

Outside activity: soccer

Animal: kitten

What is your favorite kind of art project?


What supplies do you like to use?

Pencils and colored pencils.

How do you decide what to draw?

I’m not sure.  My imagination.  I like to draw abstract shapes and designs.

Have you always liked art?


Has your style changed a lot over time?

When I was little I only drew circles and people.  I learned how to draw other things by looking at other people’s drawings.

What kind of art technique would you like to try in the future?


What’s your favorite Artterro Kit?


Mailbox made from an Artterro box

Kimana's mailbox made from an Artterro box

Isaiah’s Interview

What is your favorite kind of art project to work on?

I like graffiti-style art.

What supplies do you like to use?

I have these paint markers that are pretty cool.

Have you always liked art?

Yes, pretty much.  (Heidi: “He’s been drawing since he was 2)  Yeah, I started scribbling when I was two.  I used to draw lots of whales and sharks.

What’s your favorite Artterro Kit?

The Art Journal Kit.

Heidi’s Interview

What kind of art do you enjoy?

Currently I’m really into mixed-media.  I use a mixture of pen, colored pencil, paper, beads, etc.  Artterro kits actually kind of helped me get into that, because I had all these extra materials from your kits, so I decided to put them together.

What do you like about mixed-media art?

I like that you can add layer after layer with whatever you want, and just keep working on it until you decide it’s done.

Are there any art techniques you’re interested in learning in the future?

We’ve been dabbling with needle felting, and I’d really like to learn more about it.

Art art material caddy made from an Artterro box

Art material caddy made by Heidi with an Artterro box

Thank you Heidi, Isaiah, Kimana and Declan!  You inspire all of us here at Artterro with your creativity and passion for art!

Artterro Artist Profile: Zane

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Meet Zane, a friend of Artterro and one of our expert product testers. Zane is nine years old, and he shared some of his thoughts on art with us.

an artist at work

What are your favorite kinds of art projects to work on?

Needle felting.

What’s your least favorite?

Hard to say, I like them all.

Tell me about drawing.  How do you decide what you want to draw?

I look up pictures on the internet.

What kind of drawing tools and paper do you like to use?

Pens and markers.

Have you always liked art?


What do you like about it?

It’s fun.

Do you ever get frustrated with your projects?


What do you do when that happens?

I quit the project.

Has your style changed a lot over time?


What were your drawings like as a little kid?

Stick people.

What are they like now?


What’s your favorite Artterro kit?

Needle felt.


Because poking the needle is fun.

What kind of art techniques would you like to try in the future?

Paint a masterpiece.

Here are some of Zane’s recently needle-felted works of art.  Pretty amazing color and technique!  Thanks, Zane!

zane's needle felted bow & arrow

Guest Post: How to Create Comic Book Characters

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Please welcome our guest blogger, Leo!  He is 12 years old and a great friend of the whole Artterro team.  He’s also one of our expert product testers. Leo came in for an artist profile interview recently, and also took some time to write a guest post for us about one of his favorite kinds of art: comic book characters!

how to make a superhero

Leo with one of his comic book characters

How I create characters:

1. Backstory

The backstory helps me figure out what the demeanor of the new character will be.  It will also help to find the right outfit,  decide on the people in her/his life, and also if he is a bad or good guy.

2. The outfit

If you are an illustrator then finding the right outfit is really important, or if it is already designed, how to portray it. Do you need to use bright colors, dark colors, is there a story behind the color?  It’s all important.

3. Skills

Find the characters skills/ powers; this is what really makes a hero or supervillain—

their actions.

4. Name

Next you find a catchy name that fits the character’s personality.

5. Plot

Next you should make a story about your character.  How did they get their skill/ power, etc.?  Pretty much make a story.

6 . Draw

Draw your character.

Rough sketch of character's physique

7. Illustrate

Put your character in a comic.

A comic book character

Guest Post: Sasha’s Amazing Art Dolls

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Please welcome our guest blogger, Sasha!  She is 9 years old and a great friend of the whole Artterro team.  She’s also one of our expert product testers. She came in for an artist profile interview last week.  Although she’s very busy with many activities and interests, like gymnastics and jewelry-making, she loves to make time for art!  Today she’ll share some thoughts on her creative process, and how to keep going even when you’re frustrated with a project.

I remember when I was four, I made an art doll, and I thought it was the best thing I had ever made.  I shouted out to my mom, “Look, look!”  She came over and said it was fantastic.

Five years later (last month), I actually completed the best art I’ve ever made.  I shouted, “OMG mom, look now!”  She came over and agreed it was the best thing I had ever done.

I actually hadn’t completed it when I showed it to my mom–it was faceless. Boy, you don’t know how much I hate drawing faces!  They are so hard.  When I told my mom how much I hated the faces. she helped a little, but we couldn’t get it right.  A couple of weeks later I tried it again, and guess what?  NOT RIGHT!

A couple weeks later, tried again, and I got it!  I found a picture of a face on the internet and used it as a guide.  I drew it in pencil, and my mom went over the faces with marker.  I said, “boy, those faces are the hardest parts!”

So I could finally say that it was complete, and it was really awesome.  I was so happy.

Now I can put it in a frame and admire it whenever I go into my room.

Artterro Artist Profile: Sasha

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Meet Sasha, a friend of Artterro and one of our expert product testers. She came in for an artist profile interview, and also wrote a guest post for us, which will be up next week.  Sasha is nine years old, and although she’s very busy with many activities and interests, she loves to make time for art!

Sasha’s Favorite Things

Colors: Light pink and green

Foods: Ice cream and marshmallows

School subject: Problem-solving

Outside activity: Doing back flips

Animal: PUPPIES!

What are your favorite art projects to work on?

Drawing, painting, bracelet making, Art Dolls Kit and Creativity Kit.

Tell me about drawing.  How do you decide what to draw?

Well, usually I get inspired by something, then I want to draw it, and I think of my own way of drawing it.

What do you like about our Creativity Kit and Art Dolls Kit?

Creativity is cool because you get the most freedom.  Art Dolls remind me of friendship.

Have you always liked art?

Yes, but it can sometimes be frustrating, because sometimes I mess up.

What do you do when that happens?

I usually ask my mom for help or do something else for a while.

Describe your fantasy art party!

I would be in Paris with all my besties, eating jello, cake and candy, painting, drawing and doing Artterro kits.  Also we would make marshmallow art.

What’s that?

You use mini marshmallows and toothpicks to build sculptures and castles, and then you eat them!

Thank you, Sasha!  I can’t wait to read your guest post next week!

Artterro Artist Profile: Shari

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Meet Shari, Artterro’s new Shipping & Production Manager! Along with keeping our warehouse organized and running smoothly, Shari is also an accomplished crafter with her own Etsy shop.  She has been helping us make some beautiful new product samples to display on our packaging, marketing materials and social media pages.

Shari crafting with decoupage

Q: What’s your art background?  How long have you been crafting?

A: I am pretty sure I started crafting as soon as I was born, haha.  Art, and creating/crafting has been a part of my life as long as I can remember.  I took as many art classes as I could in school, including summer school.  I have always made presents for friends and family members.  I have always saved materials that would otherwise be thrown out to make new things with — what I save has just changed over the years.  I had an Illustration minor in college, but I feel like my everyday experiences have taught me more than I ever learned in a classroom.

Q: How do you incorporate art in your daily life?

A: I see everything as a material or tool that can be used to make something else.  I am constantly coming up with new ideas, even if I know I’ll never get to all of them.  I have an etsy shop and vendor at craft shows, so I am usually testing out new ideas, making products to sell, checking out all the cool things (online and in shops and galleries around town) that other people have made, or selling the final product.  I also like bartering with my friends who craft!  And in October 2013, I joined Artterro, so crafting is actually a part of my work!  This is something I am very excited about.

Q: What was it like making samples with our kits?

A: The kits are generally geared towards kids, but I think they are also a good product for crafty adults to buy.  It was harder for me to see the materials with a child’s eye, as in, I wanted everything to match and look perfect.  But kids just want to incorporate every style and color, and for it to be fun.  Sometimes I wish I could just go back to that and stop worrying about what goes where and why.  But I did still have a good time with it, and think that I came up with some cool samples.   It’s no paint-by-number, and allows you to really use your imagination.

Q: What is your favorite handmade gift to give away?

A: I really like giving away the tiny, origami, paper crane earrings that I make.  I fold the cranes out of a 1 inch by 1 inch square of paper, set them on sterling silver findings, and coat them for durability.  They are very delicate (yet sturdy), and everyone is always amazed I could fold something that small with my fingers.  They are very unique, so I am generally not afraid that they already have something like it.

Q: Describe your perfect craft night.

A: Having friends over for dinner, drinking wine, and crafting in my cozy living room.  Then taking a break to blow frozen bubbles!  And did I mention wine?  This totally happened a couple weeks ago.  I often craft by myself, and I love getting together to do it with friends.