Negative Leaf Impressions

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It's been unseasonably warm around here -- check out the flip flops and dress! And the Easter Basket there...well, would you believe it's for collecting Fall leaves? We don't have a lot of Fall color yet, but enough leaf beauties have hit the pavement that we ventured out for some Leaf Pickin'. N picked up all of her favorites. She was only limited by the amount of space … [Read more...]

Fabric Stamping and Painting

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Despite our vast apron collection, one of my daughter's favorite dresses was splattered with blue paint stains. I tried to casually brush it off (no pun intended), but she was keenly aware of those stains and wouldn't wear it. So we came up with a plan to cover the little blue dots with fabric paint, and it worked! I lined the dress with a piece of foam core (cardboard would … [Read more...]

Tin Painting for El Dia de Los Muertos

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The Mexican folk art of tin painting is eye candy for little kids, such a fun medium to play with, and it's perfect for El Dia de Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead, November 1 & 2). I used to lead this activity when I taught art in Los Angeles elementary schools, and I've seen 100's of children get sucked right into it, inevitably asking for more. I was curious to see if … [Read more...]

Experiment: Make Fake Snow

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How to Make Fake Snow We've been making fake snow, which is equally fun for kids like mine who celebrate winter under a sea of palm trees or those who are house-bound by piles of real winter snow. Note: This post contains Amazon links for your convenience. Supplies sodium polyacrylate, or fake snow liquid Watercolors plastic pipette low-walled clear … [Read more...]

Painting on Wood Panel

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There's something about how the layers of paint sit on top of the wood that I find so appealing. I had to pick up two wood panels for a baby shower gift and my three year old asked if she could paint on some too. She chose three small panels, one as a housewarming gift for her uncle and the other two for herself. She also asked if she could have some new acrylic paint, … [Read more...]

Pop-up Paper Zoo

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I love collaborating with my three-year old, so I was thrilled when she came up with this idea for me to draw animal shapes for her to color in. We don't have coloring books in our house (aside from a mandala coloring book suggested by Jen at Paint Cut Paste), so maybe this fed some deep seated need to color in the lines? When I drew the outline of the first animal I wasn't … [Read more...]

Straw-blown Watercolor Painting

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Oh, how I love an art project with unexpected results. We took your usual watercolor painting activity and added some straws to create this loopy, drippy beautiful mess. The fun was in trying to control the flow of paint with the droppers and straws, which was near impossible, but totally worth a try. Note: This post contains affiliate links for your … [Read more...]

Spiral Watercolor Streamer

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I love it when we make things that make our house feel like a party, which might explain why buntings drip off the wall of my kids' room, paper crowns peek out of our cabinets, we have four pink balloons in the bathroom, and we celebrate birthdays months before they actually happen just so we can blow out candles. My baby turns one next week, and we've been singing her Happy … [Read more...]

Cork Sculpture

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Ever since I was a child I've had a thing for repurposing found materials. Neither of my parents were mad upcyclers, but I think I can trace this passion to an after-school class that was led by a parent-artist. This mom was (still is) AWESOME! -- she died her hair, plastered her house (walls, ceilings, etc) with sequin-studded art, and encouraged us to create imaginary worlds … [Read more...]

Sculpting with Claytoons

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Most days I feel like I have the best job in the world (and this is especially true after my morning coffee). While I've chosen to be SAHM, there's still a busy worker bee inside of me who has trouble not working, and I consequently have trouble saying no to exciting opportunities that coincide with my creative values. Squeezing work into the small cracks of free time isn't … [Read more...]