Art Inspired by the Book, Where Oliver Fits

Children’s books has always been one of my favorite sources of inspiration for art projects and was a big part of my art curriculum when I used to teach. This post contains affiliate links. We recently picked up the book, Where Oliver Fits by Cale Atkinson, from our local library and I fell in love […]

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Monochromatic Collage: Green Study

This simple collage project was made using cardboard, scrap papers, and miscellaneous recycled materials in a green monochromatic color scheme. MONOCHROMATIC– of or having one color; of, relating to, or having tones of one color in addition to the groundhue This post contains affiliate links. Materials: Canvas panel or stiff piece of cardboard Cardboard scraps or pieces cut into various shapes Paper scraps such as book pages or green patterned papers Misc. recyclable materials […]

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Milk Jug Faces

Create some fun masks or mythical creatures using a mix of recycled and various decorative items. These milk jugs are a perfect canvas for some 3-dimensional creativity! This post contains affiliate links. Supplies: Spray primer will help the paint adhere and not flake off. I use this a lot for plastic (and some cardboard projects) so […]

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Upcycled Owls: Using Recycled Materials for Crafts

When I first started teaching art, I found very quickly that art budgets can be slim and teachers must get very creative and thrifty. Now that I am a stay-at-home-mom, it is still necessary for me to be frugal and cut costs where I can. A run to the craft store for one project can […]

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CREATE! Our Letter Project

We’ve been in our new house for a little over a year now and one of the things I was most excited about when we moved in was our garage. Really?? Yep…our house has a detached garage with a large space that the girls and I have designated as our art area. Our old house […]

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Painting Shells: A Fun Activity Using A FREE Natural Material!

The girls and I went on a beach trip last month with my mother and one of their favorite things to do was to search for seashells. Over the course of several days that we were there, we had several bags full to bring home! When we had a rainy day back at home, these […]

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Dad’s will love this EASY gift idea made by little hands

Schools don’t always have large amounts of funds for the art department so teachers sometimes have to get creative with cheap or free materials. One of the things about being a former art teacher is that I’m always looking at unusual items to be used for potential art projects and saving things that would otherwise […]

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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 […]

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