Creativity

Printing Roses with Celery

Printmaking was always a favorite art process of mine dating back to college and then later when teaching. Printing is a fun process for children to engage in because of the surprise aspect of lifting the object to see what remains. It is also a bonus to be able to make the same design over and… Continue reading Printing Roses with Celery

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Creativity

Blowing Paint

The girls had fun experimenting with straws to blow paint the other day. This process is an easy activity that is very exciting for children. They love seeing their paint splatter across the paper! This technique can be used to create a variety of outcomes such as branches, trees, hair, or just an abstract design.… Continue reading Blowing Paint

Creativity · Cultures

Yarn Paintings

Happy Cinco de Mayo! In addition to the guacamole and margaritas we will be making later, we decided to make some yarn art inspired by the Huichol Yarn Paintings. You can read a little about the history of them here and here. Basically, yarn is used for the entire "painting" to create an image or design. I did… Continue reading Yarn Paintings

Creativity · Nature

Nature Has the Best Art Materials!

This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for your support! Arbor Day was a few days ago and although we didn't get around to planting a tree we did plant some vegetables in our garden beds! We also read one of our favorite books, Tap The Magic Tree, and did a little tree branch painting activity.… Continue reading Nature Has the Best Art Materials!

Creativity

Create Beautiful Texture Using This Watercolor Technique

Watercolor round 2! I showed my girls several different techniques to do with watercolor the other day and they all turned out beautiful! I wrote about this one and wanted to share another one with you that we did. This technique uses salt to create beautiful effects and it is a must try when using watercolors. It… Continue reading Create Beautiful Texture Using This Watercolor Technique

Creativity

Try This Easy Watercolor Resist

Oil and water don't mix, right? That is the premise of doing a resist painting using watercolor and oil pastels. When you draw with an oily substance and paint over it, the liquid will resist the oil and soak into the paper around it. The results are beautiful and children of all ages love it.… Continue reading Try This Easy Watercolor Resist

Literature

10 Awesome Art Books For Inspiring Creativity

When I used to teach Elementary art, I incorporated books into my lessons for almost every project. Not only did it help tie in content but the children could be inspired and motivated to be creative by listening to the words and looking at the illustrations.  Now that I am a mother, reading to my children… Continue reading 10 Awesome Art Books For Inspiring Creativity

Creativity · Nature

10 Earth Day Activities and Crafts

I love nature about as much as I love art and the two work perfectly together. In celebration of Earth Day, I created a resource of 10 activities and crafts that use nature as a material, inspiration, or reuses items that would otherwise go to a landfill. Here they are: Milk Carton Fairy Houses from stlMotherhood. These… Continue reading 10 Earth Day Activities and Crafts

Creativity · Nature

Nature Shadow Boxes

It looks like we are already into summer here in Alabama with our high 80's we have been having and 90 degrees coming up this week. We have short springs here so we enjoyed this project on one of our cool afternoons a few weeks ago when we still had some spring foliage with some… Continue reading Nature Shadow Boxes