The Eagle Gazette
Further into the year we go
All around me there is orange, red and yellow
Lazy leaves falling from trees
Leaving a colorful landscape for our eyes to see.
By; Cali Andahl
A How-to Tutorial for Watercolors
Are you bored and wondering what to do? Well, you're in luck. Today I will teach you how to use watercolors and some basic tips. Watercolors are very simple and there are no mistakes! Unlike normal paint it blends easily and is very forgiving. Let's do it!
The first thing you will need will be supplies. Of course you will need paper. You can do printer paper, but it will be worth it if you get watercolor paper so that way the paper won’t wrinkle. The best brush for this is a thick brush. This will be the best option because it will cover a lot more space on the page, and the paint won’t go on like how crayons do and leave white gaps. It is also versatile; you can use different techniques to get thin or thick lines. As for the paint I have not noticed a difference from one brand to another.
Two of the easiest watercolor projects are ocean and sunrise/sunset paintings. Today I will make an ocean scene and you can do this too. For the sky you can make it as dark as you want. Push down on the paint brush to flatten it and cover more area. The sky will cover at least one third of the page. If you make the color too light, add more color and paint over it. Oops! Did it get too dark? Wet your brush with water and go over the dark spot. Fixed! Keep going lighter and lighter for the next one third of the page. (Almost til it’s white.) This will create a gradient. Don’t worry about going all the way to the edge, the raw edge is a fun effect to use. When you are done you can add white paint for the clouds if you would like. I use acrylic paint for this part because I like the effect. Here you can use the tip of the brush. Make the center white, then go lighter and lighter as you make it bigger.
When you are done with the sky, you are going to do the ocean. Make the ocean darker than the sky is. Leave some of the paint lighter and some darker than others to add tone to the water. When that is done you can add waves by using white paint and you can put it anywhere you would like. Again one third of the page. Lastly, for the sand, do a light brown.
Well, there you are! You have painted an ocean scene. Now you can have fun making watercolor art of any kind. Just remember, there are no mistakes in watercolors. Have fun making your art piece and let your imagination flow.
By Adrien Wood
Fluffy Puffy Eagles: A Tutorial on How to Make Puff Ball Eagles
Crafting can be a creative way to pass the time. It also is a way to be creative and productive. Here is a fun project that will inspire your creativity and have school spirit! The Mountain Oaks mascot is the eagle. Do you want to make your own eagle?
The materials you will need for your fluffy puffy eagles are...
Glue gun with glue
White and brown yarn
Orange and brown felt.
The first step to make your fluffy puffy eagle is to wrap the white yarn around your first three fingers until you have a thick layer of white yarn around your fingers. Cut the yarn and tie it. ( for head, see in pic below )
The second step, you do the same thing with the brown yarn ( for the body ). Next you glue your (with hot or liquid glue) eyes and beak on to the fluffy white head of the eagle. To make the beak you cut a triangle out of the orange felt.
The third step, you glue on the head to the body and glue the wings on the body. To make the wings you cut them out of the brown felt. (see in pic below).
Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
This is an easy but delicious recipe perfect for Fall and Winter.
The pumpkin cookies with the cream cheese filling gives off
a satisfying and enjoyable taste in your mouth. I highly reco-
mend this recipe to anyone who enjoys pumpkin flavored desserts.
Ingredients for Cookies:
½ cup butter, softened
1 ¼ cups sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
1 cup pumpkin
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 T. mossases
2 cups all-purpose baking flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. ground cardamom
¼ tsp. ground cloves
¼ tsp. salt (only if using unsalted butter otherwise omit)
Ingredients for Filling:
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
6 T. butter, softened
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 ½ cups of powdered sugar
Directions for Cookies:
preheat oven to 350 F.
Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add eggs and beat well. Add pumpkin, vanilla extract, and molasses: beat until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and spices. Add pumpkin mixture and stir well. Using a teaspoon-size cookie scoop (or a heaping teaspoon), drop onto greased or parchment-lined cookie sheets.
Bake for 12 minutes, until the cookie springs back to the touch, or a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Directions for Filling:
Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually mix in powdered sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Generously frost the flat side of the cookie with filling, then top it off with the flat side of the other one to make a “sandwich”. Repeat with remaining cookies and filling.
By Marilyn Malagon
Book Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid WRECKING BALL
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Wrecking Ball is the 14th book in The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. It was written by Jeff Kinney. At the beginning, Greg (the main character) and his family get an inheritance of money from one of their family members and are going to use it for home improvements. But the idea does not go as planned. There is toxic mold in the walls and there are many other problems. Their neighbors become unhappy with the Heffleys (Greg’s family).
At one point Greg’s dad shows him how to snake a drain and that makes Greg nervous. The reason he got nervous was because when he was young he overheard his parents talking about the grout between the tiles in one of their bathrooms, but since Greg was little he didn’t understand. He thought that the grout was a scary monster. The grout is one of the funniest parts in the book. This is a great book and I give it a 5-star rating. My favorite book in the series is Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Meltdown.
Personal maturity level: Everyone 10+
Created by Amulet Books
Written by Tammus Johnson-McCartney
Will We Ever See Fall Weather?
This week's weather should cool off a bit so we will have some cooler fall weather for a few days and hopefully, it will stay for a while. We’ll have mostly sunny days and Sunday will be partly cloudy with nice temperatures.
It's getting colder so get into storage and unpack those winter clothes. Chillier mornings, cooler days, colder nights, as were getting closer to winter.
By Kayli DeVusser
Photo Credit: MSN Weather