Sugar Skull and Bulldog template downloads

Celebrate Day of the Dead with a colorful Sugar Skull

Sugar Skull by Samantha Dellinger

Sugar Skull by Samantha Dellinger

Click-to-download-bulldog

Sugar Skull bulldog by Samantha Dellinger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Click on links below for the Sugar Skull templates. They will print out on standard letter-sized paper.

Click to download Skull Template

Click to download Bulldog Template

The mexican holiday Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos is a three-day holiday that starts at midnight on Oct. 31, and ends Nov. 2 it’s a celebratory event for lost loved-ones.

The holiday is celebrated mostly in Mexico, but has grown in popularity around the world.

One of the iconic visuals of the holiday is Sugar Skull art. They are sometimes referred to as Candy Skulls because the skulls were originally made out of candy and sugar and given as gifts.

Sugar Skulls are very colorful. They usually are decorated with flowers and swirls in an asymmetrical pattern.

For more information on the holiday click here.

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English bulldog on vintage posters

I have two strong passions: art and bulldogs.

Combine the two and I’m in bully artist heaven.

Recently, I was researching art for another project in the Library of Congress web site.

Because I’m a nut, I decided to type in bulldog and I came across some really cool photos of English bulldogs.

I also came across some posters that had bulldogs on them.

Poster showing a bulldog wearing a Marine helmet, chasing a dachshund wearing a German helmet. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress

Poster showing a bulldog wearing a Marine helmet, chasing a dachshund wearing a German helmet. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress


If my bulldog’s eyes started glowing red, I’d probably run too.

Poster showing a bulldog, and faces of men wearing a variety of military hats. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress.

Poster showing a bulldog, and faces of men wearing a variety of military hats. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress.

The above print is available online to buy on Amazon.

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Acrylic painting of an English bulldog

I love my English bulldog, Diesel.

Ask anyone and they will tell you that I’m obsessed with him. And they would be right.

Not only do I love to love Diesel I also have a fondness toward all things bulldogs.

I recently completed a 4-by-4 foot acrylic painting of my English bulldog.

It took me some time to figure out what medium I was going to use for my painting. I was deciding between acrylics and oils.

I like the idea of oils slow drying time so I could take my time with blending, but sometimes oils can take months and even years to completely dry. Also, the cleanup is more complicated.

I chose acrylics because I found I could use a drying retardent so the paint would stay wet longer. I also learned of a brand called Golden Open Acrylics that stay wet longer. And they really did stay wet longer, some parts of my painting were still wet from the day before. This helped me blend colors in my painting.

Below is step-by-step of my painting.

Painting a thin layer of colors.

Painting a thin layer of colors.


I did a very light pencil sketch on the canvas. The canvas I bought was pre gessoed, so I didn’t have to prime it. Priming is a must. If you don’t you will waste a lot of paint because it will be absorbed by the canvas. The canvas was originally $90, but I had a 50% off coupon that cut the price in half. The hardest part was transporting the canvas. It barely squeezed into the back of my SUV.

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Toilet paper roll wall art

I love looking at Pinterest for creative ideas.

My latest craft for the York Daily Record/Sunday News was inspired by a craft I saw on Pinterest repurposing empty rolls of toilet paper and paper towels.

Mirror art created by Samantha Dellinger. Photo by  Jason Plotkin — Daily Record/Sunday News

Mirror art created by Samantha Dellinger. Photo by Jason Plotkin — Daily Record/Sunday News

WHAT YOU NEED
Toilet paper or paper towel rolls
Craft glue
Hot glue gun
Scissors
Spray paint
Round mirror
Round wood panel about an inch
bigger than the mirror
Clothes pins or paper clips
3M Command picture hanging strips.
Newspaper

INSTRUCTIONS
This craft involves spray paint. Set up your work area outside or in a well-ventilated area. Spread out newspapers to protect the area from the spray paint.

Flatten tube cut into strips.

Flatten tube cut into strips.


Step 1: Flatten empty toilet paper tubes by pressing down on them with your hand.
Turning toilet paper rolls into wall art.
Step 2: Cut the flattened tube into 3/4-inch strips. The strips will resemble a leaf shape when opened up. I had cut about 15 to 20 tubes so I would have plenty of shapes to work with.
Step 3: Attach two 3M Command picture hanging strips to backside of round wooden panel. Leave protective paper on the strip side that will go against wall until you’re ready to hang the finished piece.
Step 4: Place mirror in center of wood panel, but do not attach it.
Step 5: Place the tube strips around the mirror to begin creating your design. I chose a snowflake shape. Any shape will work, s have fun and be creative.
Glue strips and use clothespins to hold together while glue dries

Glue strips and use clothespins to hold together while glue dries


Step 6: Add a dot of glue to one end of the strip, and press it against another end of a strip. Use clothespins or paperclips to hold together the strips while the glue dries. Attach four strips together to form a circular shape. Repeat as many times as you need to for your design.
Step 7: Finish assembling the entire design around the mirror.
Step 8: Remove the mirror.
Step 9: In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the entire shape. Let dry.
Step 10: Apply a second coat of paint if needed. Let dry.
Step 11: Attach mirror to round panel with 3M Command picture hanging strips.
Step 12: Use hot glue gun to attach the final toilet paper roll design to your mirror.
Step 13: Hang your finished wall art.

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‘Annabelle': Toys that scared us as kids

My love of ‪#‎horror‬ movies comes from watching them when I was young. Yeah, my parents let me see horror classics like Cujo, Poltergeist and Friday 13th movies to name a few.

Now, that I’m older I still love the genre. And with the release of ‪#‎Annabelle‬ last week I designed a FlipSidePA.com page about what toys scared us when we were a child.

I actually had a clown that sat in a rocking chair in my room, just like in the movie Poltergiest. To this day I hate clowns!

Flipside Weekend page design by Samantha Dellinger.

Flipside Weekend page design by Samantha Dellinger.

Read what York Daily Record/Sunday News Facebook fans had to say what scared them as kids by clicking here.

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English bulldog riding dirt bike

Ok, so I was messing around with Adobe Illustrator and I drew an English bulldog.

I got my cartoon inspiration from a photo taken by Jason Plotkin.

I also used a free program called Juxtapose to compare the two visuals.


Illustration by Samantha Dellinger

Illustration by Samantha Dellinger

Sketch by Samantha Dellinger

Sketch by Samantha Dellinger


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Halloween hidden picture finder

It’s that time of year again when I create my Halloween hidden picture finder.

This year I drew a group of trick-or-treaters for my illustration.

The hidden elements are the letters that spell out the phrase HAPPY HALLOWEEN.

I started with a rough sketch for my illustration.

Pencil sketch by Samantha Dellinger

Pencil sketch by Samantha Dellinger

I don’t always draw a pencil sketch, sometimes I start drawing straight in an art program such as Adobe Illustrator.

The pencil sketch helps me establish a base for my illustration.

I then place the pencil sketch on a layer in Adobe Illustrator. I set the layer to Template.

Then I add a layer above the Template layer. And that is were I start drawing my illustration.

Beginning illustration drawn in Adobe Illustrator by Samantha Dellinger

Beginning illustration drawn in Adobe Illustrator by Samantha Dellinger

In the above picture I am starting to draw in my basic shapes in Adobe Illustrator.

The finished illustration will publish on Sunday, Oct. 26 in the York Daily Record/Sunday News print edition.

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My illustration of Ellie and Edmond will be in their 2015 calendar

I entered an art contest a month ago to be in Ellie and Edmond’s 2015 calendar.

The money raised from the sale of the calendar goes to help orphan elephants.

This is my illustration I drew in Adobe Illustrator.

Ellie and Edmond illustration by Samantha Dellinger.

Ellie and Edmond illustration by Samantha Dellinger.

Check out all the winners of the art contest here.

ABOUT ELLIE AND EDMOND
They are an Elephant and a Horse who are best friends, adventurers, explorers and educators! They love animals and love to learn about them and they love to share what they learn with their friends!

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Illustration for a Jimmy Buffett concert at Hersheypark

I like when I get the chance to draw a fun brightly colored illustration.

The Jimmy Buffett concert at Hersheypark this weekend was just that opportunity.

My Editor Brad Jennings brought over a rough sketch of what he had in mind for the illustration that was to go with his trivia quiz about Jimmy Buffett. To take the quiz online click here.

Rough sketch by Editor, Brad Jennings.

Rough sketch by Editor, Brad Jennings.

I then redrew his rough sketch, because his sketch looked like a 4-year-old drew it.

Sketch by Samantha Dellinger

Sketch by Samantha Dellinger

I then used my sketch to draw the final illustration in Adobe Illustrator.

Illustration by Samantha Dellinger

Illustration by Samantha Dellinger

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Halloween hidden picture finders of the past

It may still be July but this is the time of the year I start thinking about what I’m going to draw for my Halloween hidden picture finder.

Here’s a look at my past ones.

Artist trivia: The hidden picture finders for 2008 and 2011 have a bulldog in them.

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