Cotton-balls from God

Cloud photos, cloud types diagram, & companion art project

Cotton-balls from God

If holiday anticipation is getting to be too much how about a reprieve from all that holiday preparation!

I saw these awesome clouds in the sky yesterday and it prompted me to learn a little bit about cloud types.  I found this nice site about clouds promoting a book called The Cloud Collector’s Handbook.  What a cool hobby – collect clouds – they don’t cost money OR take up any space!  They have a really great image of a sky showing all the cloud types, illustrating their shapes and elevations, see below!

Cloud Types (The Cloud Appreciation Society); click on image to go to their site!

My clouds appear to be an Altocumulus – cool!  To me they look like cotton-balls arranged by God.  Here are a couple more pictures of different areas of the same amazing sky.  It doesn’t appear that the Cupola Crows are home to enjoy there superior view of the sky.

Altocumulus

Striped Clouds

Watercolor and wax-resistance painting

Sky (watercolor and wax on card-stock)

In the spirit of learn-by-doing, how about a small art project to reinforce your new cloud knowledge!

What you need…

  • Watercolors
  • Card-stock
  • White and gray crayons and/or clear candle wax

Instructions…

  1. Draw cloud shapes with white crayon or candle wax (I found candle wax had a little better resistance than the crayon); don’t forget to try different cloud shapes!  Also add gray crayon for the Nimbostratus (rain) clouds!
  2. Mix up lots of watery blue sky color and paint over your clouds – it’s like magic!  You can also try some dramatic sunset colors for the sky – yellow and red or pink.  And that’s it!

Tips

  • If your light source is in front of you it will be easier to see where you are drawing your clouds.
  • Press firmly when drawing the cloud for optimal resistance to the paint

For more on Weather Check-out Pragmatic Mom’s The Science of Weather post.  It is comprehensive but also very easy to understand!

This post is linked up at Living at the Whiteheads Zoo‘s Weather Blog Hop.  Check it out for lots of great weather related activity links!

Ann

I'm a practical mom inspired by nature & I enjoy sharing ideas that encourage kids' innate curiosity & creativity. Interested in subscribing? Check out the blue box at the top of my sidebar. I'm also a wannabe author/illustrator & product designer by day. Let's connect! doodlesandjots@hotmail.com. If you purchase through my Amazon links I get a small commission at no additional cost to you (thanks for supporting Doodles and Jots)! And remember to always credit your source here & elsewhere on the internet.

9 comments

  1. A beautiful photograph! And another great project!

    I’m not sure this happened this way for you, but this post reminds of me of the days where a project or idea just sort of falls into my lap. Out of the sky, in this case. :)

    • Cool, thanks! sometimes I see clouds and they are so exaggerated that I think – if you painted them that want people would think you made them up!

    • Thanks- visually beautiful and effective info design on that cloud diagram – wish I created it! Enjoyed your weather post – learned some interesting things! Wish I was in fifth grade again – well maybe not!

  2. ALWAYS SO INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE BUT BEST OF ALL YOU ALWAYS REMIND US OF THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE LIKE ENJOYING AND COLLECTING CLOUDS

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