Posts Tagged ‘ color ’

Sidewalk Chalk Art. Just Add Water.

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Pick a warm summer afternoon,  break out the sidewalk chalk and offer your kids a bucket of water as well.  When the chalk mixes with water, the chalky pastels turn to rich, deep pigmented colors.  The color transformation is truly addictive.

If your children are interested, encourage them to use their feet and hands to mix and blend colors.

Make prints!

Or, hearts

And, when the art project winds down, let them run through the sprinkler to clean off.

Summer fun at its best!

Cheers,

Emily

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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!

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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5 Bright Spots: Fun Flower Crafts

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

It is May and (for most of us) vibrant flowers are in full bloom.  For those of you with snow on the ground today, your flowers are coming soon, soon, soon!  Here is a sweet little round-up of beautiful flower crafts that are perfect for decorating and gifting!

1. willowday offers a tutorial for a gorgeous, simple, peony inspired Felt Flower Necklace.

2. Make punchy floral fabric covered terracotta pots with Christine!

3. Visit the Purl Bee where Molly offers a tutorial for making Felt Anemone Flower Magnets. Aren’t her color choices gorgeous?

4. This Paint Chip Hyacinth tutorial provides a creative way to use up all the extra paint chip samples you’ve collected.

5. Make bright and beautiful Paper Ranunculus Flowers with Sarah (free template included!).

Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers.

Happy Friday!

-emily

 

 

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Bookshelf :: a spring favorite

Friday, April 5th, 2013

The Story of The Root Children by Sibylle von Olfers is one of our favorite seasonal books to read at the beginning of spring.  It tells a short tale of the root children who live under the earth waiting for spring to arrive so that they can decorate the earth with their colors and spirits. My two love to imagine the tiny root children busily preparing for the green shoots and warm days ahead.  If your library doesn’t own a copy, you might want to suggest that they do!

We’re off to warm our cheeks in the sunshine.

Happy Friday!

xo emily

 

 

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