Mixed Media Salt Dough Nests

We made mixed media nests several weeks ago and my girls REALLY enjoyed making them.  It was a perfect nature prompt for the spring season. My oldest kept saying how much fun she was having. Some of my projects are big flops with her so this was an art win!! This art invitation is a […]

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Upcycled Flower Garden

Spring, my favorite season, is finally here in my neck of the woods and I am loving the warmer days and sunshine. We’ve been gearing up for spring with our Paper Plate Nature Collages, Painted Feathers, and Mixed Media Rainbow Art. Now, Easter is around the corner and I have teamed up with a group of creative ladies […]

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Free Egg Template For Your Favorite Art Process

It’s our Spring Break over here and we have enjoyed a nice little “Staycation” and just taking it easy. I was looking forward to staying home and not being on a schedule but I knew there would be times that would get a little hairy and my girls would need something to keep them busy. […]

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Floating Chalk Prints

Have you ever tried Floating Chalk Prints? If not, you are missing out! I am late to the game on this process and fell in love when I first saw these beautiful prints by Arielle from Art Camp. We gave it a try the other day and we were amazed at the results. So beautiful […]

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Rubber Cement Easter Eggs

We love resist methods when painting such as the classic oil pastel and watercolor method. One of our favorites is Watercolor Resist with Rubber Cement so we used this process to make some really cool eggs for Easter. All you need are a few simple materials. See the steps and video below for the easy directions. You will need: […]

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Process Art: Using Feathers for Art Making

We love making art on unusual or unconventional surfaces. Have you seen our Coffee Filter Butterflies or our plastic Milk Jug Faces? We also love using unconventional materials to use as a tool for art making! Want to know what I mean? See below how our feathers transformed from one process to another. Using a unique material to […]

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Mixed Media Rainbow Art Inspired By Children’s Literature

Children’s literature is a great source of inspiration for many of our projects. Check out our latest Art/Lit project below and then see some more book based art ideas at the end of this post. This post contains affiliate links. Our Mixed Media Rainbow Art inspired by the book, How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow by […]

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Paper Plate Nature Collages: a simple invitation using wilting flowers

Have some leftover Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or “I’m Sorry” flowers? Use the wilting petals to make some lovely collages or mandalas on a simple paper plate. A paper plate changes things up a bit and makes the invitation a little more interesting than your conventional art surface. To make your Paper Plate Collages, only […]

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Top 25 Nature and Earth Day Books for Children

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! That is our jam. We love nature and get crafty with recyclables as much as possible…that’s why we are The Art Garden! I wanted to share with you this resource of nature and Earth Day related books that we love and use with many of our projects. We own about half of […]

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Valentine Sensory Bin

Do your little/big ones like sensory bins? Mine LOVE them! We have done a variety including our Spring Sensory Bin, Farm Corn and Straw Bin, and our Birdseed Sensory Bin… and even my big 6 1/2 year loves them. Each time I introduce a new style of bin they immediately flock to it and spend […]

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