Clear Tape Image Transfer Technique

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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...]

Art Tips: The Bits and Pieces Box

Art Tips: The bits and pieces box

Today's art tip is brought to us by one of my very favorite creative mom bloggers, Ali Wright. This trick is so easy to put in motion -- and the payoff can be big. After reading it I'd bet that you won't look at scraps of paper quite the same way again. As Ali puts it, this is a" frugal way to supply the kids with interesting, varied and free materials." Hi, I'm Ali. I am a … [Read more...]

Paint with glue, and how to make your own colored glue

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My 2-year old is going through the phase of wanting to squeeze all the life out of any tube of paint, toothpaste, or glue that crosses her path. Have you had, or do you have, a child in that phase as well? I remember this phase well. When my older daughter hit it, I made up a big batch of flour + water paint so that she could squeeze all she wanted. It was an economical … [Read more...]

Winter Craft Collage Invitation

Kids Winter Craft: Winter Collage

How do you feel about holiday activities? I love it all...the tree trimming, wreath making, cookie decorating, Santa sighting, and latke cooking. Yes, it's only December 7, and we've already done it all! But I've learned that I can only take it in small doses before I need to bury my head in a pillow. And then I learned this week that my kids feel the same way. When … [Read more...]

Snowflake Collage Activity for Kids

snowflake collage activity for kids

Are you looking for a meaningful process-oriented art project to do with the kids this winter? I have an answer for you with this snowflake collage activity for kids. Have you made snowflakes with your child? Once you get started, making snowflakes can be completely addicting. Last year, when my older daughter was three, we made PILES of snowflakes and this year she … [Read more...]

Tape Art

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We are a tape-loving house. You? Tape art with colorful tape, clear tape, paper tape: young children will enjoy using tape in this process-based design activity that encourages fine motor skills, compositional choices, creative thinking, and more. Have you seen this colorful paper tape at Target? It's from the Kid Made Modern line and you can find it in the art supply … [Read more...]

Washi Tape and Found Paper Collage

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                        “Above all, we are coming to understand that the arts incarnate the creativity of a free people. When the creative impulse cannot flourish, when it cannot freely select its methods and objects, when it is deprived of spontaneity, then society severs”   ~ John F. Kennedy Do you set up open-ended prompts or invitations for art-making? Making art, and … [Read more...]

Explore Modern Artists: Paint like Jasper Johns

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Today on Explore Modern Artists, we're taking a close look at the work of American Artist Jasper Johns. For the art historians out there, Jasper Johns is technically a contemporary artist, but the piece that my four-year old and I looked at falls into the time-frame of modern art. I spent years working in modern and contemporary art museums, but love this kind of art … [Read more...]

How to Press a Flower

how to press a flower

Do you have a bounty of flowers in your garden? Have you ever wanted to press a flower, but weren't sure where to start? Pressing flowers just requires a little bit of patience for the flowers to actually dry, but the process is quite simple and doesn't require a lot of fancy equipment. Start by collecting some flowers. Big thick flowers like roses are hard to … [Read more...]