More Famous Women in history! Illustration Fun!

I’ve had a heap of fun creating this little illustrated series on my Instagram account @whimsicalillustration – finished up yesterday with my last lady in the series the Spartan Queen Gorga! Thought it would be fun it share with you these last six famous historical gals!

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Spartan Queen Gorga

Women were usually omitted from any Greek historian’s work (they were not “worth” mentioning) but amazingly enough Gorga is not only mentioned but also even quoted! This means she must have been truly notable and impossible to ignore. There are no descriptions or art depictions of her so she is completely concocted from my imagination. (Image background is an ancient Greek statue.)

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Irish Pirate Queen – Grace O Malley

The Irish Pirate Queen – Grace O Malley! This is a pretty fascinating 16th c lady! Her story is long so to sum it up here would be too much but if you get a chance you should definitely go read about her!

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Author L.M. Montgomery

Had to be a little patriotic… 😁🇨🇦 Chose to draw one of Canada’s most beloved authors, L.M. Montgomery. Ever heard of ‘Anne of Green Gables’? This is the author! Her novels and characters were a memorable part of my childhood.

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Margaret Fuller

Margaret Fuller, journalist and critic during the 1800s. She was an advocate for women’s rights (especially for jobs and education). She also encouraged many other reforms in society, including prison reform and the emancipation of slaves in the United States. Impressive and ambitious objectives for a lady of her day!

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Nefertiti

The funny thing about this beautiful queen is that she is better known and remembered than her pharaoh husband. They ruled together during ancient Eygpt’s most prosperous period. Considered to be heretics because they revamped the Eygptian religion down to the worship of only one god. After her husband’s death there is some possibility that she ruled as pharaoh herself too for a short time.

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Mary Cassatt

I could pick a dozen artists out of history that I admire but Mary Cassatt (1844 – 1926) is by far my favourite.
She lived an extraordinary life for a woman of her time. The affluence and mobility of her family provided her with the ability to chose her destiny more freely. At an early age she set out to become more than the typical “lady painter”, she wanted equality and she pursued an art career in the world of men. She was born in the US and lived most of her adult life in France where she became connected with the Impressionists and also many other famous artists of the day. It is admirable that Cassatt pursued a career in a vocation dominated by men but even more admirable that she did not do so in a typical fashion. She stepped outside of the popular subject matter and art styles of the day and chose to reflect and celebrate the domestic lives of women using new impressionistic art techniques.

Can You Help Felix?

Hi Friends 🙂

We have a special Christmas “Spot The Differences” activity page for the kids!
Can you help Felix spot the differences? There are 10 in total 🙂

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD: FELIX DIFFERENCESFELIX DIFFERENCES  CLICK HERE FOR THE ANSWERS: FELIX ANSWER KEY

Hope you are all enjoying the winter season so far.
Appreciate the beauty and cherish the time with family!
Until next time,

Whimsical Team

FUN WITH RULERS

The following little activity is great for children learning measurements and how to use a ruler. It’s also a fun mini art project. Follow the photos to learn how 🙂

MATERIALS
To start you will need a piece of paper, pencil, ruler, and markers or pencil crayons.IMG_7653 

STEP 1
With your pencil and ruler make two lines that connect; one vertical and one horizontal.IMG_7655 

STEP 2
With your pencil, make a small mark every centimetre along the lines you’ve drawn.
You can use your ruler to help 🙂IMG_7656

STEP 3
At each point you’ve marked on the paper begin numbering.
I measured out 17cm. So I should have 17 marks on my paper.
Examples in the following 2 pictures.IMG_7660IMG_7662 

STEP 4
Using your ruler, begin drawing a line between the matching numbers.
Example: 1 to 1, 2 to 2, and so on. You should begin to see the pattern.IMG_7663 

After connecting all the matching numbers you should end up with something like this.
You can even fill in the spaces with different colours to create a cool effect.IMG_7664

I’ve created a template if you’re out and about and your kids want something to do.
(Don’t forget your rulers) 😉 DOWNLOAD HERE: RULER DESIGNRULER DESIGN

Hope you all have an excellent start to the Winter Season!
Keep warm 🙂

Can You Spot the Differences?

Hi Friends,

Here’s a free printable “Spot the Differences” activity page.

Hope you enjoy!

DOWNLOAD ACTIVITY PAGE HERE: MOUSE DIFFERENCES
DOWNLOAD ANSWER KEY HERE: ANSWER KEY
MOUSE DIFFERENCES

Don’t forget to check out our other FREE activity pages!

Halloween Connect The Dots

Here’s a couple of free printable connect the dots pages.
Enjoy! And have an excellent week 🙂

FREE DOWNLOAD: BAT CONNECTBatCTD

FREE DOWNLOAD: PUMPKIN & GHOST CONNECTPUMPGHOSTCTD

Also check out our other ACTIVITY PAGES!

Autumn Theme “Memory” Playing Cards

The game Concentration/Memory was one of my favourites growing up. Nothing better then a good brain teaser. 😉 I wanted to be able to share this fun skill testing game with you all. So I made a small deck of Autumn themed playing cards.

All you need to do is save the pdf files below; find some stock card (preferably 100lb) paper to print out the pages on; and cut along the dotted lines to have your very own deck of Memory playing cards.

DOWNLOAD: FALL MEMORY PAGE 1
Print

DOWNLOAD: FALL MEMORY PAGE 2
Print

Here’s a little info about the game for those of you who have yet to play,
or need a quick recap.

Players
1 to 6 players.

Goal
To collect the most pairs of cards.

Setup
Shuffle the cards and lay them on the table,
face down, in a pattern (e.g. 4 cards x 6 cards).

Gameplay
The youngest player goes first. Play then proceeds clockwise.

On each turn, a player turns over two cards (one at a time) and keeps them if they match.
If they successfully match a pair, then that player also gets to take another turn.

When a player turns over two cards that do not match, those cards are turned face down again and it becomes the next player’s turn.

When all the pairs have been found, the player with the most cards wins.

I hope you all enjoy the playing cards!
Wishing you all a very fun and beautiful fall season.

Oceans of Love,

Hayden