By VisArts Intern Kate Colver
Take your drab textiles out back to the patio and transform them into something new. Experiment with different dip-dye techniques, such as the ombré trend that continues to pop up in the fashion, ho
me décor and art realms! The soft, watercolor lines of dip-dye bring a piece of the beach inside your home. Grab a bucket and some old fashioned RIT dye and make the clothesline more colorful!
2. Sidewalk chalk
The range of possibilities for creating with sidewalk chalk expands far beyond hopscotch. Return to the kids’ medium of choice and play with chalk! Pepper the pubic sidewalks with some art to liven up your street, or make your blacktop driveway a little bit livelier. Experiment with various fonts and write out a greeting to guests to enjoy as they arrive for the cookout.
3. Photograph your city
Create a photo journal of Richmond from the perspective of your own eyes! Take a walking tour to capture your favorite rooftop views, sidewalk trees, restaurant signs and cups of coffee. Boast your hometown pride and post the photos to an Instagram account or blog, or you can keep it old school and compile a flipbook journal so that when winter rears its ugly head, you can recount the warm summer days spent strolling RVA.
4. Create a sunprint
Grab some flowers from the garden or leaves from the trees and press them into a negative-image sunprint! Though this project requires special supplies, the results prove well worth the seek-and-find for proper materials.
Supplies: sunpaper, garden clippings, and sunshine.
5. Simply paint!
Take the easel outside and enjoy the sunshine with traditional open-air painting. The view from the kitchen window may not be a Greek hillside or an overlook of the French Riviera, but the ins and outs of your yard can certainly inspire great art all the while. The colors of your palate will guide you as the backyard becomes a muse, your very own “Monet’s garden” so to speak. Sit a music player on the windowsill to keep you company and just dabble with nature painting. Who knows? Perhaps the fresh air will incite your greatest creativity yet!