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Inspired :: unintentional art

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Sometimes the most beautiful art is unintentional.  I like to search for gorgeous colors, shapes, and patterns in the scraps and outer edges of my work — places where art wasn’t intended.  Pay attention to scraps, blotting towels, and brush rinsing jars; search for interesting colors and curious shapes in your mistakes.   The blue blob on the paper towel looks like it could become a hedgehog, right?  Encourage children to pay attention to full process of making art!

My student and I decided that this is the color of an early morning summer sky.

xo emily

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5 Bright Spots

Friday, February 1st, 2013

1. Make your own Printing Stamps with Vicki. Printing is near and dear to my heart, and  Vicki’s project is just wonderful.

2. Jessica’s Wall of Paper Hearts installation.  Oh my!

3.  And, this Tree Heart Installation!

4. Make a Paper Flower Tree to brighten up your home.

5. A striped Watercolor Heart to give to someone you love.

 

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Inspired

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Here in Massachusetts, we are deep into our cold New England winter.  Except for today’s predicted high of 55 degrees(!), our outside world has been frozen and icy.

No matter where you are in the country or the world, join me today as I find inspiration in photographs from the opposite season.  Ask your children to help search for photographs from 6 or 7 months ago and use the images to inspire creativity.  Draw, paint, or collage.  Write a poem or a list.  Describe an imaginary adventure in that other season.

I’m remembering flowers, green grass, balmy nights, swaying branches, warm sun on my shoulders, naps on picnic tables.

What do you remember?

xo emily

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5 Bright Spots

Friday, January 25th, 2013

1. When I saw Blair’s charming Doodle Pendants on her blog the other day, I was instantly smitten.  I love DIY jewelry and I love doodling, so this one made me smile.  It is a perfect project for the kid who loves to doodle in the margins of his notebook, yes? Or, as a group project at a birthday party?  Or, as a gift for a family member or friend? (Or, as a gift to yourself?) Yes, yes, yes!

2. These paper tea cups are super fancy and fun!  Download the free template and have the sweetest little pretend tea party.

3. Mmmmm. As you begin to think about Valentine’s Day treats, consider Jessica’s Sticky Dippy: Chocolate Marshmallow Pretzel Rods.

4. These Topographical Paper Sculptures are a wonderful way for children to experiment with color, shape, and three dimensional art! Plus, I think they’d look really cool displayed in a bedroom. via The Crafty Crow

5. For all of us living in a frigid part of the world, Roselee’s super easy fleece cuffs tutorial is a brilliant way to keep the cold out of your child’s sleeves.  Check it!

Happy weekending to you and yours!

xo emily

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Inspired :: Join the 52 Weeks Project!

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

My dear friend Emily at Tea & Laundry has embarked on a magnificent and inspiring 52 Weeks Project adventure.  Starting on the first week of January, she has chosen to do one creative project each week for all of 2013,  and she’ll document each one on her blog and on her instagram account.  Emily’s photographs are always so beautiful and she has an eye for whimsy and charm, so I am so excited to follow along.

The above photograph is from her 52 Weeks Project :: Week 2 post where she made lots of little magnets using her instagram photos.  So sweet!  And, so nice for little hands to play with.

Let’s follow along together, shall we?

xo emily

 

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