Hanging Fabric Collage

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While my daughter could spend all day at the park, she's not so interested in hanging out in our garden these days. I'm wrapping my head around the dilemma of spending too much time inside, and have a few theories and solutions brewing, one of which is to take our art projects outside! Materials Paper to nail to fence or wall Scraps of fabric Glue Jar + Glue Fat … [Read more...]

Bubble Print Lunch Bag

Bubble Print Lunch Bag

We made prints from some bubble wrap I rescued from a recent package. It was one of those projects that came together quickly -- I can't remember why exactly, but I didn't have my camera ready. The good news is that I collected lots of good material on this topic...scroll to the bottom for tutorials and inspiration. But this is really about what we did AFTER making the … [Read more...]

Creative Challenge #5: Plastic Bottles

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Make something with Plastic Bottles In honor of Earth Day, I'd like to raise a little awareness toward the enormous amounts of plastic bottles used around the world, coupled with some thoughts on recycling and upcycling those bottles into creative products. My family is hooked on bubbly water, and while the number of bottles we go through each week is staggering, each of … [Read more...]

Glittery Collage with Acrylic Gloss Medium

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Have you used gloss medium before? It's a clear acrylic paint that is great for sealing two-dimensional projects. I was cleaning out the laundry room and came across an old bottle of acrylic gloss medium and varnish. Have you ever used this stuff? It's awesome! It's essentially glue wrapped up in a paint bottle, and so easy to apply with a paintbrush. And when it dries it … [Read more...]

Growing Big Ideas

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"Ideas aren’t self-contained things; they’re more like ecologies and networks. They travel in clusters." -Kevin Kelly, Futurist and Author of What Technology Wants We had a big pile of CD cases, just waiting to be repurposed into...something! BioColors paints are known for their plasticity (they don't crack like tempera), and I thought it we could have some fun squeezing … [Read more...]

Recycled Sculpture

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How to make a recycled Sculpture with kids What you see here is one of the most successful art projects that's hit our household thus far. And it was free! What was the allure? Working on a large scale Low heat Glue Gun. Piles of imagination-building materials Collecting objects Autonomy with decision-making A novel project. Supplies for Recycled … [Read more...]