Posts Tagged ‘ art ’

Messy Backyard Art

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

As a contributor to FamilyFun magazine, part of my job is bringing super fun projects home for my children to try out. I’m a lucky duck (and, so are my kids!).   Right now, I’m working on a Messy Backyard Art feature where the gooey, gloppy, sticky, runny stuff rules. Needless to say, my children are thrilled.

These are some photographs from yesterday’s project:  dribbly paint art with bright colors and lots of mess!  Perfect for a summery hot afternoon.  Oh, and YES!, my two wore their pajamas.

Cheers,

Emily

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Art Investigation with Kids: Mixing paint colors!

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

If your kid is craving creativity, but your feeling uninspired, don’t underestimate the power of experimentation.  Get out some paper plates.  Pour a few circles of different colored acrylic paints and encourage kids to mix, blend, stir, and swirl.  Don’t forget to include white because it offers a fabulous way to subtly change colors.

Not only will your little artist have fun, she will also learn so much about the building blocks of color.

In the end, they might even discover their favorite shade of blue.

Have fun!

Emily

 

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Make :: Spring Wall Hangings

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

We had a few heart fluttery, bright, warm days and now my family has bird songs, rabbits, sprouts, flowers, ferns, and bees on our minds.  You too?  Why not decorate your walls and door and door knobs with signs of spring?  This way, even if March delivers some cloudy and cold days, you can remind yourselves of the lush springtime happenings that are just around the corner.

You can make ramp up the project by asking children to research the scientific names of the flowers that grow in your yard  (or, the names of flowers that they want to grow in the yard).

We like to use cereal box board for the canvas.  It provides a nice muted background, which encourages colors to pop and sing.  The images are cut from magazines, catalogs, and old paintings that were headed for the recycle bin.

We like to hang these cheery signs around our home to welcome the prospect of spring.  A tulip sign on a bathroom door or a sprig of yellow Forsythia sign above the bed feels so heartwarming.  It makes us smile.

xo e

 

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5 Bright Spots

Friday, March 1st, 2013

1. The sun is setting at 6:ish these days, which makes me a bit dreamy about green things popping out of the soil. Jackie’s Spring Flower Pot Mini Muffins aren’t green, but they are a fun way to start thinking about spring.

2. Look at this mini-bell jar woodland terrarium.  Cute, cute, cute! Children can create their own spring habitat in preparation for the real deal!

3. This punchy Paper Plate Wall Art project is a lovely way for children to add color to their walls!

4. Alicia’s Miss Maggie Rabbit softie kit is just about the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen.  So sweet!  And her dress fabric is so springy!  (Do you sense a pattern?)

5. Jessica’s origami arrow magnets and tacks are brilliant!

Happy Friday!

Emily

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Vacation Fun :: mixed media collage

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

 

For many families, this is vacation week, which means different things for different families.  It can translate to trips to the slopes and flights to warm oceans or it might mean slow days at home with crafts, toys, and movies.   If you happen to be home and are still in your pajamas (ahem!), why not take the opportunity to encourage your children to get creative?!

Pieces of scrap wood are perfect blank canvases for mixed media collages.  If you happen to have a few hanging around, sand the edges a bit, and place them on the table.  Break out your markers, watercolor paints, paper, magazines, buttons, and other bits and bobbles like tiny pasta, beans, and sea shells, etc.  You’ll want to offer some brushes,  a little bowl of glue, and a cup of water (for the watercolors).  Ask children to consider painting or drawing on the wood before they begin gluing.

I love this project because the layering of colors and textures is captivating and so satisfying!

xo emily

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