The days are long right now and many of us are struggling to keep our kids entertained and safe during this uncertain time. I typically spend summer days with my kids at the pool, zoo, art museum, library, splash pad, parks, etc…but now we have been mostly hunkered down at home. The pandemic has certainly […]
Out of watercolor or don’t have it in the budget for the coveted liquid watercolor? No problem. I have a few methods below for making your own watercolor on the cheap! We LOVE watercolor projects but LIQUID watercolor is really superb for creating vibrant art and for using with a variety of fun processes. Some […]
This post contains affiliate links. This spider art is a perfect project for little ones during the Halloween season and only requires a few simple materials. Read the book, The Very Busy Spider, by Eric Carle for a literacy connection then follow the easy steps below! Materials: Old book pages (second hand stores or yard […]
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. […]
One of my favorite art processes is using watercolor and coarse salt. The results are magical! I have done this method with my girls at home and knew my students at school would be amazed as well. We used our beautiful textured papers to make a Mountain Landscape. Our steps and supplies can be found […]
I love unconventional art surfaces, ones that are not your typical white paper or canvas. I came upon this one unexpectedly. I was on an art mission, one day, and started digging around my kitchen for some regular white coffee filters for a watercolor activity I wanted to try. Our new coffee maker takes the […]
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We did a Valentine’s Day guest post for Creative QT, a wonderful company with great products. Their mission is to encourage parents and families to make time together and to create products that enrich families’ lives through imaginative, creative play and play based learning. Head on over to their site to get the tutorial on how to […]
We recently acquired a large quantity of doilies and miscellaneous craft materials from a sweet family friend of mine, Jane, who blogs at janelazenbyart.com. She knows the girls and I stay busy with art projects and thought of us as she was de-cluttering and going through things she was holding on to. I was so excited […]
We revisited paint blowing that we did the other day for our next activity. Using straws to direct the paint is a great way to make branches and trees so we made a fingerprint tree with this technique. Children’s fingerprint art is always a win with parents and grandparents so this would be a fun gift idea! Try […]
We love painting with watercolor because of how versatile it is. There are so many fun techniques that produce different results. One of those techniques is moving the paint around on the paper by blowing into straws. This process is an easy activity that is very exciting for children. They love seeing their paint splatter […]
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 […]
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. […]
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