Abstract Recycled Prints

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Back between my careers as a movie costumer and middle school art teacher, I was once a printmaker. Anyone else have a circuitous career path like that? In any case, I have an enormous passion for making all sorts of prints. While my daughter and I have made handprints galore, we've printed from sink mats, and stamps are a staple of our art table, this was her first foray into … [Read more...]

Spring Sink Mat Prints

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I spend a lot of time at the hardware store. And last week I spotted this flower mat -- the Blumz Sink Mat! -- I love that exclamation point! -- It's an exciting sink mat! -- and it looked like something that could be fun to print with! In honor of Spring's inevitable arrival (yes, it WILL get warmer) and St. Patty's Day (I married a "Doorley", after all), we used green … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Heart Prints

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"A life without love is like a year without summer." - Swedish proverb Now that our light-up snowman and twinkly lights have finally come down (yes, we're those people!), we've been talking up Valentine's Day and all things hearts. While I see it as a holiday full of commercial hype and overpriced flowers, I'm reminded that for children it can be full of play and joy … [Read more...]

Bubble Paint Recipe

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The bubble recipe I used in yesterday's post didn't live up to my expectations, so I went back to the drawing board (paint and soap laboratory?) and came up with something that creates big, rewarding bubbles that are easy to pull prints off of. While this worked for me, feel free to experiment with your own ratios and solutions. And if you come up with something good, please … [Read more...]

Printed Upcycled Circle Scarf

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I have a stockpile of t-shirts that no longer have a purpose, just waiting to be upcycled into other things. After leafing through Todd Oldham's Kid Made Modern, I got just the inspiration I needed to pull this activity off. The set-up was a bit involved, but not too crazy. The fabric we used in this project came from a 2nd hand XX-large never-before-worn t-shirt that I picked … [Read more...]