Posts Tagged ‘ paint ’

Make it :: Cupcake Invitations!

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

These simple, handmade birthday invitations are a nice way to involve your child in preparing for her or his big day.  With just a few easy steps, they are fuss free and super satisfying.

1. Paint a brown paper bag with a mixture of acrylic paints.

2. After the painted paper is dry, have child(ren) cut out cupcake tops.

3. Cut cupcake bottoms out of a brown paper bag.

4. Glue tops and bottoms onto card stock cards.

5. Stamp the age of the birthday kid onto the cupcake bottoms.

Hoorah!

xo emily

 

 

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Make it :: Spring Drawing

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Happy first day of spring, my friends.  For those of you lucky to be surrounded by actual green shoots popping out of the earth, feel free to use them as your inspiration for this project.  The ground outside of my home is frosty and covered in snow, so I am going to use past spring photographs (see below) as my inspiration.

This project asks that you use your non-dominant hand to capture a bit of spring spirit.  On the back of some cereal box, place an art pen in your non-dominant hand and draw from a photograph or actual outside inspiration.  Try to keep your pen down the whole time and encourage yourself to draw what you see — not what you think you see.

Once your drawing is complete, fill it in with watercolor, colored pencil or a wash of acrylic paint.

Trim your drawings and make a gallery display of your family’s mini spring showcase.

Happy day!

xo emily

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Make it :: Bird Garland

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Here in New England, we’re still kind of in the thick of it — another blanket of snow will come this evening and the mornings are still deeply cold.  But, spring is surely on its way and I like to hang a cheery bird and sun garland in my kitchen to remind myself of the light and tweets that will soon fill our days.

How To:

1. Put out a tarp and have children paint the inside of brown paper bags.

2. Set it outside in the sun to dry. (Or inside by the heater)

3. Cut the painted bag into bird and sun shapes.

4. Use a sewing machine (or yarn and a hole punch) to string the birds and suns into a garland.

5. Hang and smile.

xo 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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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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