Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cute & Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft

Cute & Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog

I've been making art with kids non-stop for the past few weeks in my studio here in Jersey City and this craft in particular I thought came out pretty cute - so I wanted to share with you how to make it at home. Pinterest offers many variations of this idea, but I enjoyed using the cardboard tube instead of a paper cup, etc. like many of the other examples show online.

Cute & Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog

This craft is great for toddlers and preschoolers - as adults can help with the tricky part - and the kids just get to do the decorating.

You will need:
paper plates, assorted cut paper, glue, a hole puncher, scissors, string, pom poms, pipe cleaners, cute animal stickers, markers and an empty cardboard roll - a stapler or hot glue

Punch a hole at the top of a paper plate and feed through some string as shown above.



Cute & Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog

Have the kiddos add a pattern to their balloon by gluing cut paper, tissue paper and pom poms.

Cute & Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog

Cut an empty toilet paper roll or paper towel roll into sections for the 'basket' of the hot air balloon. (This part - an adult definitely has to do!) Afterwards, tie two pipe cleaners to the cardboard basket as shown to form the balloon strings.
Cute & Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog

Kids will enjoy decorating the balloon baskets with markers and stickers. Animals stickers work great as the tiny passengers for the balloon ;)

Attach the basket and strings to the plate balloon with a few staples or hot glue if you have it handy.

Cute & Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog

Ta-da! My preschool morning class did a lovely job of decorating - I especially like the round circle of pom poms featured on the left.

Bonus - add some balloon coloring pages to the table as a treat after the craft is over!


Cute & Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Apple Tree Wall Mural

Apple Tree Wall Mural by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

When we moved into our studio apartment this March, the previous tenant left a plaster wall that she built herself. I was grateful to have the separation, but had no idea how to really integrate it into our home. The plaster was crumbling off of it, and my husband David suggested patching it with some putty we originally bought for the bathroom.

Apple Tree Wall Mural by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Luckily my little touch up job worked, but we were left with an ugly line of puffy plaster in the middle of the wall (which unfortunately you can't see here)...

Apple Tree Wall Mural by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

That's when David had the brilliant idea of drawing a tree on the wall to cover the line!

Apple Tree Wall Mural by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

That's when my wheels started turning ;) I wanted something very simple, Scandinavian and child friendly - so this is what I came up with!

Apple Tree Wall Mural by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Iggie taking a nap under an apple tree ;) 

Apple Tree Wall Mural by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

My sister-in-law has a few apple trees in her yard in Austria, and we would often lay under them and enjoy the beautiful apples, moss, and the occasional green worm trying to eat a meal.

Apple Tree Wall Mural by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

If you are a family or school in the Jersey City, Hoboken or NYC area that could use a little wall art to spruce up your space, let me know - and I'll see what I can whip up for you!


Apple Tree Wall Mural | Linzer Lane Blog

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Kids Art is the Best Art

Private Art Classes with Lady Lucas | Jersey City, Hoboken, NYC | Linzer Lane Blog
Beautiful artwork by on of my students - Animal Portrait assignment.
This month I've been in full swing mode teaching private art classes to kiddos in Jersey City and Hoboken. I'm really blown away by what they are capable of - and how they don't overthink anything and they just create. It's really fun to watch.

Private Art Classes with Lady Lucas | Jersey City, Hoboken, NYC | Linzer Lane Blog
Here's the example I made up for the kids this week. I also brought a bunch or Richard Scarry books as inspiration..
Private Art Classes with Lady Lucas | Jersey City, Hoboken, NYC | Linzer Lane Blog

Private Art Classes with Lady Lucas | Jersey City, Hoboken, NYC | Linzer Lane Blog

I love the tiger this talented young artist painted - it really has a Richard Scarry flavor to it!


Private Art Classes with Lady Lucas | Jersey City, Hoboken, NYC | Linzer Lane Blog

Earlier this summer we made watercolor wreaths and I LOVE this one so much!

Private Art Classes with Lady Lucas | Jersey City, Hoboken, NYC | Linzer Lane Blog

Private Art Classes with Lady Lucas | Jersey City, Hoboken, NYC | Linzer Lane Blog

 Tomorrow's class is going to be all about the ice cream. I hope the kids like it!

 If you are a parent in Jersey City, Hoboken or lower Manhattan that would like to sign up for one on one or private group art classes with me, get in touch today. I'd love to talk further about how I can bring more creativity into your child's life! 


Private Art Classes with Lady Lucas | Jersey City, Hoboken, NYC | Linzer Lane Blog
Super cute jellyfish done using potato stamping.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Linzer Lane's Whimsy City Collection

New Whimsy City Collection featuring Jersey City, New York City, Hoboken by artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
Iggie as a New Yorker ;)
I have really enjoyed creating some new watercolor artwork during the last few weeks. While walking to the train in Hoboken after teaching last week - I realized it would be even cooler to combine lots of different watercolor elements into landscape illustrations depicting cities I've lived and worked in or traveled to - thus the new 'Whimsy City Collection'.

I'm starting with Jersey City and New York City - but I'd also like to create a works of art for Hoboken, Lancaster, PA and Miami. All cities that I know quite well and love.


New Whimsy City Collection featuring Jersey City, New York City, Hoboken by artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
Putting some ideas together while sitting in Newport, Jersey City
Of course the common thread in each piece will be special appearances by my alpine Linzer Lane Characters: Iggie, Zinnie & ZoĆ«. As you can see, I had fun turning Iggie into a fashionable New Yorker above :)

New Whimsy City Collection featuring Jersey City, New York City, Hoboken by artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
Newport Light House

New Whimsy City Collection featuring Jersey City, New York City, Hoboken by artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
Zoe as the Statue of Liberty!

New Whimsy City Collection featuring Jersey City, New York City, Hoboken by artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
The fountain in Van Vorst Park, Jersey City

New Whimsy City Collection featuring Jersey City, New York City, Hoboken by artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
NYC art lovers will recognize this building!

New Whimsy City Collection featuring Jersey City, New York City, Hoboken by artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
An ode to my family's grocery and lunch business from the 1930's in Jersey City- but modernized with a food truck theme. My mom has been telling me stories about Victoria's Lunch since I was a little girl.
I plan to finish my Jersey City cityscape first - and it will feature some of my favorite elements of the city. One entire half of my family is from Jersey City (my mom was born here and her parents as well) so it's great fun sticking in some references to them and their past businesses and endeavors.

Stay Tuned!

xo Lady Lucas


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

It's the Little Things...

It's the Little Things | Dollhouse Makeover Update | Linzer Lane Blog

Well, my dollhouse makeover is almost complete - but I'm not ready to reveal the whole thing just yet! In the meantime, I wanted to share with you some little touches that make the whole thing come together, like this bold fruit assortment that adds some color to the Orangery.

It's the Little Things | Dollhouse Makeover Update | Linzer Lane Blog

In the kitchen I have my summer foods on display like a watermelon, ears of corn and a gallon of fudge swirl ice cream. The tub of ice cream is one of my favorite items ever!

It's the Little Things | Dollhouse Makeover Update | Linzer Lane Blog

The pink sewing machine finally has a spot on Zoe's craft table. For the 'how to' on how to make your own check out: Drab to Fab: Mini Sewing Machine Tutorial

It's the Little Things | Dollhouse Makeover Update | Linzer Lane Blog
I refinished a rusty frame with acrylic lavender paint, then added a cute cat doodle inside to compliment the hall stairs. The tiny mouse I used on the staircase used to be available in the miniature aisle of A.C. Moore. Not sure if they still have one, but everyone seems to have a fairy garden aisle these days!


PS - Check out this new mini wall art collection exclusively intended for dollhouse kids rooms & nurseries on Etsy:

It's the Little Things | Dollhouse Makeover Update | Linzer Lane Blog



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy Summer!

Happy Summer Stop Motion Animated Video from Linzer Lane Blog

Happy Summer from Linzer Lane!


I hope you can view the cute little message above from your favorite hedgehog, tabby cat and bunny.

If not, you can watch Lemonade Break on YouTube.

Hope everyone is having a great June!


Happy Summer Stop Motion Animated Video from Linzer Lane Blog

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

New Watercolor Collection

New Watercolor Collection by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

I've been starting a new practice of creating artwork before 'computer work' and 'teaching work' every day. I know it sounds like a no-brainer for an artist - but this is new for me!
New Watercolor Collection by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
 All of my new work is inspired by my Linzer Lane characters. Of course I can visualize Zoe as a sassy fashionista - and Zinnie as a calm and happy gardener.
New Watercolor Collection by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
I was inspired this month after visiting New York City gift and card stores, to create something new, colorful and fresh. All of these designs are available as 'print on demand' items and I hope to add them to my greeting card range too.
New Watercolor Collection by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog


Is there a certain subject you'd love to see me paint? Comment below! I'm happy to give it a go during my next painting session...