Posts Tagged ‘ art ’

Gorgeous DIY Book Covers

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Image of Houses Seamless Pattern via Shutterstock

Now that back-to-school season is on the horizon, it is time to think about all of the ways kids can make their upcoming school year as bright and fun as possible.  Covering text books with whimsical, charming, or even funny patterns can turn your kids’ backpacks into mini art galleries.  This kind of personalization can help older kids feel more connected to their school experience.

I found the above seamless, repeating house pattern on Shutterstock, and I instantly felt like my eyes could hang out in this colorful neighborhood for days!   Seamless patterns are perfect for book covers because you don’t have to worry about centering images –  it is like wallpaper for your books!

Mustaches, because they are all the rage right now:

Image of Art Deco Mustache Seamless Pattern via Shutterstock

And, hot air balloons — to remind us of grand possibilities:

Image of Retro Hot Air Balloon via Shutterstock

Visit here and here for two fabulous DIY book covering tutorials.

Searching for your favorite images can lead to hours of fun! A nice rainy afternoon activity, perhaps?



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Beach Art

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

As you head off for your summer vacations, this is just a little reminder to make art with the shells, sand, seaweed stones, and other bits and bobs that you find a the beach.  Line them up on the sand, make collages, organize by color, and build sculptures.

Don’t forget to take photographs so you can remember all of the beauty that surrounded you!



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Collage with Kids: Making Mountains

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

In need of a creative way to pass some time with your children?  Make mountains! This is an easy project that will have children dreamily crafting a mountainous skyline where imaginary friends romp and play.

Simple How To:

1. Using watercolors, paint a sky on the entire sheet of watercolor paper.

2. While sky dries, gather scrap paper

3. Cut scrap paper into mountain top shapes.

4. Glue shapes to the bottom of the paper to create a mountain range.  Continue to build up the mountains until the range is complete.

5. Hang and admire.



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Messy Backyard Fun Art Projects

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Here are a few more outtakes from the craft development we did for FamilyFun‘s Messy Backyard Art feature. Aren’t the swirly colors gorgeous?  We had so much fun playing with this project.  Did I mention that my children labeled me “best mom in the world” after they were knee deep in messy projects for the month of May? They did and I didn’t argue.

This one was particularly messy and especially fun! It involved a giant ice block on a hot summer day, so it was also refreshing.

Today, it rains and rains.  Maybe some indoor process-based art?





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A Response to the Idea of “Ugly” Crafts

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Liesl over at The Homeschooling Den recently posted about the “ugly” crafts that get made in her house and the way in which they often aren’t deemed photo-worthy and, therefore, rarely make their way to her blog. It was so nice to see photographs of  her child’s milk jug monster and puffer fish!  How refreshing!  Her post made me think about my own children’s and student’s meandering crafty ways, where so much of it is more about the process than the end result. In these moments they become captivated with exploring and experimenting with materials, and it is so nice to have a record of this kind of creativity.

This sort of discussion can serve as a reminder that the beauty of an art project is determined by the child’s experience — was it fun?  exciting? boring?  Did the child get the hang of a new craft skill?  Is he/she proud of the result?  Did she/he discover happy mistakes along the way?

In an effort to pay respect to the random, free-form, process-based art that takes place in my home and classroom, I’d like to share a few of these kinds of art moments with you:

Leah experiments with embroidery

The children make numbers out of fabric and paper scraps.

Wooden spools are painted and stacked. Random fun!

The children experiment with dot markers (bingo markers)

Do you tend to photograph these kind of art moments?

Thanks for starting the conversation, Liesl!


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