The Best White Pens for Black Paper

The best white pens for drawing and writing

Writing and drawing with white pens on black paper is a fun way to add some pizzaz to a drawing practice. In our traditional black on white world of mark-making we're accustomed to putting dark marks on white paper, and perhaps it's the tonal reversal that's compelling and unique about white on black drawings. However, finding a good white pen that will show up on black paper … [Read more...]

Phonebook Art: A Painting Meditation

Lovely idea for relaxation through art! Paint on phonebook pages. They're free, plentiful, and free you up to experiment.

"When there are thoughts, it is distraction: when there are no thoughts, it is meditation." -Ramana Maharshi When I was cleaning out my studio last week I came across a few phonebooks. I occasionally use them as scrap paper or throwaway sheets for printmaking, and decided that my 4-year old and I could have some fun painting on them. We cleared some room on the … [Read more...]

Art Tips and Tricks: Paint Brush Deal

Art Tips and Tricks: Amazing Deal for Detail Paintbrushes (plus, the source of these brushes may surprise you)

This is the first of a new TinkerLab Video series called Art Tips and Tricks. In this episode I share my favorite deal for detailed paintbrushes - you won't believe how inexpensive these are and what they were originally intended for! Art Tips and Tricks I've been sharing art tips and tricks on my blog for some time, such as 24 Ideas for Cleaning up Art Messes with Children … [Read more...]

The Best YouTube Channels to Follow for Creative Kids Activities

What an Inspiring List! 8 YouTube Channels to Follow for Creative Kids Ideas and Activities | TinkerLab

As you might know, I recently launched a new YouTube channel for TinkerLab: TinkerLab®TV. The idea behind this channel is to share videos that celebrate hands-on making that encourage creative and critical thinking skills. On my channel, you'll find project ideas that focus on the intersection of art, science, and technology, interviews, answers to your burning creative … [Read more...]

How to Paint Terracotta Pots with Kids

How to paint a planter with kids

Hand Paint Terracotta Pots Today I'm sharing how to hand paint a terra cotta flower pots with kids. While the project seems somewhat straightforward, I'll share my favorite tips for choosing paint that will stick well and how to set up the work table for success. When we were in Los Angeles last week, my mom came up with a fun project that included planting succulents in … [Read more...]