How to Make Natural Dye for Painting and Eggs

How to make natural dyes from beets, red cabbage, turmeric, blueberries, and annatto seeds.

  Today I'm sharing my favorite recipes for making homemade DIY all-natural dye for painting and egg decorating. While these dyes take a bit more time than their store-bought cousins, they are easy to make and definitely worth a try. While I have nothing against store-bought egg dye, we've been making our own egg dyes for a few years and there are a few benefits … [Read more...]

Pi Day 2015 | Pi Day Art Project

This fun and easy Pi Day Art Activity will get your creativity flowing, and it's a fun way to build enthusiasm around Pi Day | TinkerLab.com

Did you know that this is a special year for Pi? What is Pi? Pi is the sixteen letter of the Greek alphabet, and it's also a symbol used to describe the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, meaning that pi equals the circumference divided by the diameter (π = c/d). The interesting this about pi is that mathematicians who have been working on this number … [Read more...]

Mason Jar Shadow Drawing Prompt

Mason Jar Solar Light Drawing Prompt

After we made a Mason Jar Solar Light, we noticed that our non-frosted mason jar lantern created a loopy, squiggly, and sharp pattern of shadows when illuminated on the table. To turn this into an art activity, we added a few supplies (a piece of paper and pencil) and played around with this fun and creative shadow drawing prompt. Care to join us? Drawing Prompt: … [Read more...]

Art for Kids | DIY Stamps

Homemade stamps with everyday materials | TinkerLab.com

DIY Stamps and art supplies, oh, how I love you! Making our own art supplies has done wonders for helping my kids develop their resourceful muscle. As a result of turning corks into stamps and chopsticks into painting tools, I'm constantly catching my girls rescuing cardboard from the recycling bin and saying things like, "let's turn this into art!" In that spirit, I … [Read more...]

Rubber Cement Watercolor Resist Painting Technique

Rubber Cement Watercolor Resist Painting Technique, perfect for art journaling and sketchbooks

The thought of rubber cement always takes me back to the 6th grade. The smell! I'm not sure that schools offer rubber cement to kids anymore (kudos to them if that's the case), but us adults can still try this favorite watercolor resist technique in a well-ventilated area. If you art journal or if you're keeping a sketchbook, the rubber cement watercolor resist art … [Read more...]

Drawing Ideas: One Minute Drawings

One minute drawings collage text

I'm always looking for drawing ideas and have a fun creativity prompt to share with you today. My family tested this out on Day 8 of the first TinkerSketch sketchbook challenge, but I didn't take time to share the results of the process. This drawing prompt invites you to draw as much as you can in one minute! My 4-year old and I spend a lot of time at our art studio … [Read more...]

Cling Film Art Experiment

The Cling Film Art Experiment with Jewels | TinkerLab.com

I'm having the BEST time with this month's TinkerSketch Challenge. How about you? This Cling Film Art Experiment ties in with the Day 4 prompt to "Squirt Paint." These TinkerSketch prompts can be interpreted in any number of ways. For example, you could draw a tube of paint, squirt paint on paper, squeeze paint on your hands and then finger paint. So many … [Read more...]

The Artful Year, a New Book by Jean Van’t Hul

The Artful Year Book by Jean Van't Hul | A Book Review by TinkerLab.com

One of my VERY FAVORITE people in the world is Jean Van't Hul who writes the popular kids' arts and crafts blog, The Artful Parent. Her blog is chock full of inspiration, and if you're not already following her, you might want to go ahead and do that now! Today I'm thrilled to help Jean kick off the Blog Tour for her newest book, The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons and … [Read more...]

Clear Tape Image Transfer Technique

Super easy clear tape transfer technique | TinkerLab.com

This is a useful and entertaining technique for turning photocopies into transparent images, which you can then layer into collage art. It's been ages since I've done this, and I'm excited to share it with you as part of the TinkerSketch Challenge that's happening this month. If you don't know about it, I'd encourage you to check it out!   The prompt for day … [Read more...]