Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Prints with Markers

This is an easy printmaking project that requires very few supplies. You will need some inexpensive water-soluble markers (I picked up mine at the Dollar Store), a pen or pencil for drawing the design, white paper, and some sheets of scratch-foam. The scratch-foam will be your printing plate and can be ordered from an art supply store. I have read posts online that suggest using Styrofoam trays from the supermarket, but I find that it is difficult to impress the trays with a nice clean line.

 

Begin with a square of the scratch-foam, maybe a 3x3". Design your piece so that you are working out from one of the corners. Think of your "plate" as one quarter of a flower. You will be printing your piece four times so that your final design will be a 6x6" square. Make sure that when you press your pen into the scratch-foam you are leaving an impression that can be felt easily. Color in the different areas of your design with the markers. Lightly dampen the paper with a wet sponge. Turn your scratch-foam over onto the damp paper and rub the back with a wooden spoon. repeat the coloring and printing three more times.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Windsocks Painted with Watercolor

There are many good tutorials online about painting windsocks, so my purpose is just to share a couple insights that I discovered when making them with about forty pre-schoolers. My first realization was that the paper on the windsocks that I purchased could withstand a lot of very wet paint. For the windsock pictured I used very bright liquid watercolors. I also attached my ribbon hangers BEFORE the children did the painting. The windsocks come with a strip of card stock that is glued along the mouth of the fish. I simply looped the ribbon underneath the card stock and glued them at the same time. This saved me from gluing all the ribbon hangers at the end.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

House Pop-Up Card Instructions

I created this template so that I could make pop-up house cards with a group of children. You could make your own or sign up at the right for my newsletter by 6/21/18 and I will send you mine! My template has a line drawing of the front of the house for the children to color. The back is blank so that they can use their own imaginations and make up their own.
You will need: one sheet of computer paper for the card and another to print the house, colored pencils, scissors, and a glue stick.

 

Print template. Color in house. Cut around the front and back of house. Fold paper in half along the roof line. Fold the grass, front and back, towards you. Fold your card paper in half. Apply glue stick to back of grass. Glue house to inside of card. One side of the grass goes along the left side of the card (right along center fold), the other side of the grass goes along the center fold, but is glued to the right side of the card. Play around with it before you glue.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Easy Paper Flowers

This is a simple paper flower bouquet for you to do with your children. Start with an 8 1/2 x 11" sheet of green card stock and make cuts to resemble blades of grass in the photo. We used a flower punch and scrapbooking paper that was printed on both sides. Markers were used to color in the centers. With glue stick attach the flowers to the stems, leaving a few blank on one end, the blanks will become leaves.
Roll the paper up, starting with the flowers so that they will be in the middle. You can secure that paper with a paper clip or tape. Place in vase and bend leaves down.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Decorate Goodie Bags

Why buy special gift bags when you can decorate them with your kids? Brown paper lunch bags are cheap, only $2.50 for 100! I used acrylic paint and a wide sponge brush. I dipped the top edge in the paint and gently pressed to make the delicate lines. I made 80 today and it was actually quite relaxing. They covered my kitchen floor.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Make a Mother's Day Pendant

I've blogged about making these necklaces before, but with Mother's Day around the corner it seemed like a good time to re-introduce this easy project. I was given the task of making Mother's Day gifts at school with the Kindergarteners. I picked up a packet of washers at Home Depot and a selection of inexpensive nail polsih in eye-popping colors. Thank goodness that nail polish is no longer confined to shades of reds and pinks. Be warned that you should work in a well ventilated area as it seems that the cheaper the polish, the more intense are the fumes. The polish is quite simply blobbed onto the washer and the magic begins to happen. Work on a sheet of foil or a piece of plastic as the polish may run as layers are added. Mine took a couple days to dry completely.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Kimonos with Kids

Save your scraps of pretty patterned paper (or create some of your own decorative papers) to make these little dolls. I used scrapbooking paper, origami paper, and some that I created by stamping or simple brushwork. I made these with groups of pre-schoolers who are studying about Japanese culture. They seem to work best with patterns that almost clash.

 

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