Get Ready for August 2016

Get Ready for August 2016

Even when the afternoons are too hot for outdoor work, you can still make the most of the time with research and planning. Spend some time studying business, marketing, nutrition, animal health, and more. Consider new ways to direct market your beef. Find out how reproduction and animal health are related. Discover 96 horse breeds of North America. Build a sustainable business. Learn what kobe … Continue reading Get Ready for August 2016

Get Ready for June 2016

Get Ready for June 2016

June is just around the corner. Take some time to sharpen your knowledge of farming, music, crafts, and history. Find out how glyphosate-resistant crops work. Brush up on your mandolin technique. Teach your kids how to knit on those rainy days. Discover the story of the Stetson hat. Make a strawberry shortcake. Collect five things every beginning charcoal artist needs. Consider what caused the Dust … Continue reading Get Ready for June 2016

5 Homemade Gifts from the Farm

5 Homemade Gifts From the Farm

There’s nothing like a homemade gift to warm someone’s heart at Christmas.  The time and love put into a handcrafted present make it special. If you enjoy country living, you have an excellent opportunity to make and grow gifts that will touch others.  Need some inspiration?  Consider these ideas: Heirloom seeds.  If you raise and save seeds from heirloom plants, why not share that favorite … Continue reading 5 Homemade Gifts From the Farm

General's Pastel Chalk Pencils

General’s Pastel Chalk Pencils

When working with pastels, precision can be difficult to achieve.  Fortunately, pastel pencils make it easier. Pastel pencils have several applications, but there are two situations in which they particularly come in handy: Laying out an initial sketch to fill in with soft pastels. Bringing out details to finish a piece of artwork. The advantage of using a pastel pencil versus a corner or edge … Continue reading General’s Pastel Chalk Pencils

Homemade Cards

Homemade Cards

Looking for a way to say it just right to that special friend or loved one?  Don’t buy a card—make one! Both adults and young people can enjoy making their own greeting cards, and Homemade Cards by Charlene Kennell offers great tips and inspirations: How to find useful but inexpensive supplies. How to use the elements of card design to advantage. How to add special … Continue reading Homemade Cards

Erasers

Erasers

We love erasers. Perhaps it’s because we have discovered that erasers are for more than just erasing.  They are also great for bringing out highlights and toning down excessively dark areas in drawings. Different erasers are good for different jobs.  Over time, we have come to the conclusion that, well, you just can’t have too many erasers. Here are some of our favorites: Pink Pearl: … Continue reading Erasers

5 Things Every Beginning Charcoal Artist Needs

5 Things Every Beginning Charcoal Artist Needs

Charcoal is a wonderful way to make lifelike sketches of the world around you. Particularly if you enjoy drawing animals, this medium can deliver a boldness and realism like no other. If you are new to charcoal drawing, there are a few supplies that you will need. Fortunately, they do not have to be elaborate. Here is a basic shopping list to get you off … Continue reading 5 Things Every Beginning Charcoal Artist Needs

The Seal of Kansas

The Seal of Kansas

When Kansas was accepted into the Union, the state constitution declared that a seal would be necessary. Governor Charles Robinson brought this requirement to public attention on March 30, 1861. Committees in both the State House and the State Senate were appointed to draw up a design. But for several months, nothing could be decided. What would the seal look like? Different designs were proposed, … Continue reading The Seal of Kansas

The Art of Drawing & Painting Horses

The Art of Drawing and Painting Horses

Horses are a favorite subject when it comes to art.  Both amateurs and professionals love to capture the graceful motions and varying personalities of these beautiful animals. If you want to take your drawing and painting skills to the next level, you may find The Art of Drawing & Painting Horses from Walter Foster useful.  This book explores a variety of media: Pencil. Watercolor. Oil. … Continue reading The Art of Drawing and Painting Horses

The Wonderful Art of Drawing Horses

The Wonderful Art of Drawing Horses

Children love drawing horses! Here’s a book that can guide them through the process in a fun way. The Wonderful Art of Drawing Horses by Barry Stebbing starts with the basics: Shading. Mixing colors. Using shapes to make drawing easier. Then on to a number of discussions on drawing different breeds, markings, gaits, and poses. Interesting activities liven up the lessons. The intermediate section of the … Continue reading The Wonderful Art of Drawing Horses