Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My Guest Post on Whip Up


Want to learn about making paper? Read my guest post on Whip Up.
Thanks for the invite Kathreen!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Oodles of Doodles Easter Basket





Template may be purchased HERE. This is a fun little springtime project to make with your child or for your child. I started with a square of board that is used to mount photos, but poster board would work just as well. I divided my square into nine small squares and used markers to doodle the flower pattern. I flipped it over and drew in the yellow stripes, cut out another piece for the handle and also decorated that piece. I cut along the green lines that are indicated in my diagram below and used a bone folder to score along the dashed line. Holes were punched in the small blue circles so that paper fasteners or brads can join the sides and the handle. I used a little white glue to secure the sides. Add a little bunny mask to your basket here.
A template may be purchased here. Featured on The Crafty Crow!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

How to Make Buttons with Polymer Clay





Polymer clay is available is such luscious colors. I chose to blend three different colors to make my buttons.
1. Knead the clay to make it easier to work with.
2. Roll it out with a rolling pin.
3. Use a bottle cap or tube of lipstick to cut out shapes.
4. Press an actual button into the clay as a template to see where the holes should go.
5. Form the holes with a tooth pick.
6. Bake your buttons following the directions on the package.

That's it! Have fun.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Upcycled Assemblages

These assemblages are a great way to use up odds and ends plus the colored sand that is used for the background makes the objects stand out. The corrugated cardboard is free for the taking at your supermarket and is particularly handy since it is sturdy yet lightweight in case you want to hang your finished piece using just masking tape. I pour the colored sand into salt shakers that I originally bought at a Dollar Store. The children enjoy this last step of adding the background. Beware, though, and have them shake the sand directly over a garbage can. When I demonstrate I give them the example of adding a little salt to your French fries, but they invariably POUR instead of gently shaking.

Here are the steps:

I gathered buttons, wooden spools, old keys (my local hardware store will often donate keys), small tiles from a backsplash, wing nuts and tiny clothes pins. The possibilities are endless.

A frame is added with a marker and a wide brush is used to add a thick layer of white glue.

Arrange the objects in the glue and gently shake the colored sand onto the background before that glue dries.
This project is a good lesson in conveying the meaning of background and foreground.