Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Craft with Old Dvds

Old CDs or DVDs are the perfect size and material to turn into a plate for monoprints with little kids. I added a bit of acrylic paint to tempera so that the consistency was a bit thicker. Using a sponge brush, I coated the CD and made lines in the paint with a Q-Tip. I turned the CD over onto the white paper and made the print. If one print was too faint or I didn't like it, I simply printed on top of it.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Block Printing with Teens

I generally post about art projects for young children, but I've having fun lately cutting out rubber stamps and I realized that they would be a fun project for teens. There are some simple directions here. The stamps are great to use for stationery or to print gift wrap.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Paper Sculptures

I'm currently teaching an art class focusing on 3D art. This exercise with paper is a good way to show children how sculptural pieces can be viewed from many angles.
Begin with an 8 1/2 by 11" sheet of card stock. Fold in half. Cut lines from the bottom arching up toward the fold, stopping about 1/2 inch from fold. Add interest by punching holes. Open the paper and add stamps or other decoration. Fold again. Alternate between folding the strips in opposite decorations.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Folded Paper Fans

I created this piece with a group of toddlers for a fundraising auction at the school where I teach. The children did the messy stamping part (outlined in my previous post) and I had the tedious task of folding and gluing the fans. The framed piece is an 11 x 14" shadow box.
I would suggest using paper that is easy to fold back and forth. It's a little tricky keeping everything neat. I used a lightweight card stock, but something lighter would be easier to fold. Once folded, I ran a trickle of white glue along the edge of the length and held it in place to dry with the pictured clip.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Make Stamps from Corks

Someone recently gave me a rather large bag of wine corks with the thought that I would use them in art projects. They have turned out to be rather handy to use for making stamps. I had a scrap piece of craft foam with the sticky peel-off backing. I cut some simple designs out and stuck them to the end of the cork. I added acrylic paint to damp sponges to use as my "ink pads".

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Print a Valentine

Valentine's Day will be here before we know it! An easy way to make a card is to cut out some bubble wrap in the shape of a heart. Use a brayer, foam roller or a brush to spread a layer of paint or printing ink onto the bubble wrap. Turn the bubble wrap over onto a white card and gently press the back. Voila! I used acrylic paint since I had it on hand, but a good quality tempera that is not too runny would also work.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Collograph Flower

I made these collograph prints with very young children. The one pictured is my example. They started with a piece of craft foam and scissors. I explained that they should try cutting out different shapes: some small, some slightly bigger, and to try and use some straight cuts and some curved or wiggley cuts. They didn't need to worry about it looking like an object that could be recognized. One little girl did opt to cut out a flower and a little boy did a house. We used white glue to attach the craft foam to a piece of corrugated cardboard and we let out printing plates dry until the next class.


For printing we just used tempera paint and little foam rollers that can usually be purchased in the home improvement section of the Dollar Store. I encouraged them to print many images on one sheet of paper.