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

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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

Creativity

Mixed Media Easter Egg Craft

I thought I'd post this even though Easter is about to officially end in a couple of hours. My girls love mixed media projects that involve painting, cutting, gluing, stamping, and experimenting with a variety of materials. They especially love projects where they have free reign to use the materials any way they please. We… Continue reading Mixed Media Easter Egg Craft

Creativity

4 Easy Ways To Decorate Easter Eggs

So we have chickens. Seven of them to be exact. We have an abundance of eggs at all times and they are primarily brown, tan, and olive green. Have you ever dyed Easter eggs using brown eggs? When I first tried it I decided I was never going back to using white eggs. The rich,… Continue reading 4 Easy Ways To Decorate Easter Eggs

Creativity

Printing with plastic eggs

Hello and welcome to my first official post of The Art Garden! I'm starting this blog to share tips and fun ideas for your family to be creative. With Easter right around the corner I thought it was fitting to start with a simple printing idea for all ages. This involves using plastic eggs and… Continue reading Printing with plastic eggs