The Artful Parent http://artfulparent.com Kids Art & Family Creativity Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:34:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Art in Action with Kids Art Videos http://artfulparent.com/2015/06/art-in-action-with-kids-art-videos.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/06/art-in-action-with-kids-art-videos.html#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:31:53 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=22489 Hello, my friends! You may have noticed that I’ve dipped my toes into video lately. After years of wanting to make art videos but being scared of the format (it must be too hard, etc), I was finally convinced by my friend Ana of Babble Dabble Do to give it a try. Her science and...

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Kids Art Videos on The Artful Parent YouTube Channel

Hello, my friends!

You may have noticed that I’ve dipped my toes into video lately.

After years of wanting to make art videos but being scared of the format (it must be too hard, etc), I was finally convinced by my friend Ana of Babble Dabble Do to give it a try. Her science and arts videos are so lovely.

So, I finally made one! And then another. And another.

I’m hooked!

There’s definitely a learning curve to video and I’m still very much on it, but I’m having a blast.

And I just love how video captures art in action.

I like photographs and blog posts and will continue to do those as well, of course, but some art activities are so much better captured or demonstrated by video that I’m going to be using it more and more on The Artful Parent.

I hope you’ll hop on over to see some of the videos I’ve created so far…

And subscribe to my YouTube channel!

If you have any comments or feedback for me, or just an idea for a video, please let me know in the comments below.

Thank you!

P.S. If you’re into kids art videos (or other kids’ activities), Rachelle from Tinkerlab put together a list of good YouTube channels to check out.

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11 Ways to Have a Creative Summer with Kids http://artfulparent.com/2015/06/11-ways-to-have-a-creative-summer-with-kids.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/06/11-ways-to-have-a-creative-summer-with-kids.html#respond Sun, 28 Jun 2015 18:50:46 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=22799 Now that summer vacation is fully under way, there’s more time for art projects, open-ended play, experimenting, and games. There’s more time for creativity. I shared many of these ways to have a more creative summer in my ARTletter a few weeks back then realized that I wanted to add a bit more and share it on the...

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11 Ways to Have a More Creative Summer with Kids

Now that summer vacation is fully under way, there’s more time for art projects, open-ended play, experimenting, and games.

There’s more time for creativity.

I shared many of these ways to have a more creative summer in my ARTletter a few weeks back then realized that I wanted to add a bit more and share it on the blog as well.

So here goes…

11 Ways to Have a Creative Summer with Kids

Kids and Boredom Quote

1.  Don’t over schedule. In fact, let the kids get bored sometimes.

“I think it’s necessary to let kids get bored once in a while—that’s how they learn to be creative.” – Kim Raver

Favorite Summer Art Projects for Kids

2. Try some new-to-you art activities.

Experimenting with Art Materials and Art Techniques

3. Experiment with different materials, techniques, imagery, etc, as you revisit favorite art activities. Ask “what if” questions then follow through to see what happens.

Land Art and Nature Crafts for Kids

4. Get outside and use nature as your inspiration.

Art Games for Kids

5. Play art games.

Melted Crayon Rock Art for Kids

6. Have an artful lemonade stand. Spend as much time and creativity in building and decorating the stand and making the signs as making the lemonade. Sell art, too, if you like. Or melted crayon rocks.

Creative Play for Kids

7. Encourage open-ended play.

How to Talk to Kids About Their Art

8. Be mindful of how you talk to kids about their art

The Art of Strewing

9. Experiment with the art of strewing.

Kids Art Space

10. Move your kids’ art space closer to the heart of the family action, if appropriate.

Ocean Crafts for Kids

11. Turn the beach vacation into an opportunity for creativity.

Here’s wishing you a creative summer!

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Sewing Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags http://artfulparent.com/2015/06/sewing-bucket-bags-and-drawstring-bags.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/06/sewing-bucket-bags-and-drawstring-bags.html#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:36:48 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=22802 I’ve been sewing, in some way or another, since childhood. And while I wouldn’t call myself an expert, I enjoy sewing useful yet unique items for our home and family. When planning our current beach trip, I thought it would be helpful to have a few bags for carrying things. And so I decided to use one of...

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How to Sew Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags

I’ve been sewing, in some way or another, since childhood. And while I wouldn’t call myself an expert, I enjoy sewing useful yet unique items for our home and family.

When planning our current beach trip, I thought it would be helpful to have a few bags for carrying things. And so I decided to use one of the free Craftsy mini classes on bag-making to whip up some drawstring bags and bucket bags.

Note :: This post is sponsored by Craftsy; all opinions expressed are my own.

Choosing fabrics for sewing bags

I selected some fabrics from my stash, cut them according to the instructions…

Sewing drawstring bags

…and sewed up some lined drawstring bags.

Sewing drawstring bags

I even got out the iron (which I keep only for sewing projects)!

Sewing drawstring bags

I like how the bags turned out but you could also simplify the design and use a single fabric depending on the look you’re going for or how quickly you want to be able to make it.

Sewing drawstring bags

We used one of the drawstring bags to hold the tiles for a game of Quirkle (which might very well become it’s permanent function).

Sewing drawstring bags

The other is holding fairies and princesses for this photo but has since been called into action to hold swimsuits for our beach trip.

Sewing Bucket Bags

After I finished the two drawstring bags, I sewed up a couple of bucket bags as well.

Sewing Bucket Bags

They were surprisingly easy…

Sewing Bucket Bags

I love how they turned out!

I skipped the outside pockets that the pattern called for, both for simplicity’s sake and because I didn’t feel like I needed them.

Sewing Bucket Bags

Of course, the kids claimed ALL of the bags as soon as they saw them, so they were used more for games and toys than toiletries and undies on the trip.

However, both say they want to sew their own bags as well.

Maia, at 9, is an accomplished sewist with a stuffed animal and clothes under her belt, so I know she’ll be able to tackle the bucket bag with just a bit of guidance.

Daphne, at 5, has done a little hand sewing but that’s all. We’ll be making her bag together, likely with her on my lap for at least part of it.

Sewing Bucket Bags

If you’d like to sew a cute bag or three, I recommend this free mini class on Craftsy.

Bag Making Basics - Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags

Bag Making Basics :: Drawstring Bag and Bucket Bag

By Kristin Link

Click here to sign up for the free mini class and learn how to make your own bags.

Note :: As with all Craftsy classes, you can take the class at your own pace now or later.

Disclaimer :: This post is sponsored by Craftsy; all opinions expressed are my own.

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Action Art for Kids http://artfulparent.com/2015/06/action-art-for-kids.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/06/action-art-for-kids.html#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:42:41 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=22717 “Action art! Art in Action! This is the best of childhood, right here—a combination of two things kids really love to do: MOVE and CREATE. MaryAnn’s art books have guided us for years now and this one with Barbara Zaborowski is truly inspiring. I’m so excited about these active art ideas!” I wrote that blurb...

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Action Art for Kids

“Action art! Art in Action! This is the best of childhood, right here—a combination of two things kids really love to do: MOVE and CREATE. MaryAnn’s art books have guided us for years now and this one with Barbara Zaborowski is truly inspiring. I’m so excited about these active art ideas!”

This post contains affiliate links.I wrote that blurb for MaryAnn Kohl’s brand new kids’ art book that she wrote with Barbara Zaborowski.

Action Art BookAction Art: Hands-On Active Art Adventures

Many of you know how beloved and influential MaryAnn Kohl and her books are to me. She played an important role in my life and artful parenting long before I met her or interviewed her on The Artful Parent (and again and again)

Kids Art Quote

The first art activities I ever did with kids came from her books. Her positive approach, encouraging attitude, and excitement about kids art are infectious.

“Process art is vital to child development.” – MaryAnn F. Kohl

Barbara Zaborowski may not be as widely known in the kids’ art field, but she is the one we would all want as our children’s preschool teacher. Someone who is enthusiastic, who embraces experimentation, and who is not afraid of a little mess in the name of fun and learning.

(If you’d like to know more about her approach to kids’ art and early childhood education, you can read my interview with Barbara here.)

Enough about the authors, though. Let’s dive into some action art!

Kids Art Supplies

This book is bursting at the seams with fun action art ideas for kids. Everything from art hockey and pounding paint to snap painting and dancing blottos. And most use art materials you already have at home.

These action art ideas would be super fun for kids, whether at home or in a school or camp setting, with a single kid, an art playdate with a friend, or as a group party activity.

Action Art for Kids Quote

Why action art?

“We all know that children prefer to be active, and action art incorporates the child’s need for activity with the always important need for creativity. The art experiences are based on the philosophy that children will learn from the process of creating, and that the finished product is the result of that process, not the goal.” ~ from the Action Art book introduction

Action Art Book for Parents and Teachers

What’s in the Action Art Book?

Chapter 1 :: Smacking, squeezing, tapping

Chapter 2 :: Rolling, spinning, swinging

Chapter 3 :: Blowing, exploding, smooshing

Chapter 4 :: Toys, tools, utensils

Chapter 5 :: Up, down, all around

Drill Painting with Kids

Drill Painting :: An Action Art Activity

Oh my goodness! My kids had SO much fun with this electric drill painting activity!

Drill Painting with Kids

I inserted a paint brush in our electric drill, where the drill bit normally goes, and the kids went to town, dipping the brush in paint then squeezing the drill handle and painting with the rotating paint brush.

As with all the art activities in Action Art, this one included variations and more ideas to explore, which we definitely will.

“Repeat art activities often to build skills, techniques, and confidence.”

Action Art BookReady to do some action art with your kids?

I highly recommend this book to parents, teachers, caregivers, and camps. And definitely anyone who is considering throwing an art party. :)

Action Art: Hands-On Active Art Adventures by MaryAnn F. Kohl and Barbara Zaborowski is available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Bright Ring Publishing, among other places.

You can also ask your local independent bookstore or library to order a copy if they don’t have it already.

Have fun!

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Clay Leaf Prints and Pendants http://artfulparent.com/2015/06/clay-leaf-prints.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/06/clay-leaf-prints.html#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:06:19 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=22686 We love making leaf prints, whether on fabric, paper, clay, or even plaster of paris. The process is so satisfying and the results capture the natural beauty of leaves. We started making clay leaf prints using air dry clay recently after seeing the idea in Cathy James’ new book, The Garden Classroom. The process is much...

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Clay Leaf Print Pendants

We love making leaf prints, whether on fabric, paper, clay, or even plaster of paris. The process is so satisfying and the results capture the natural beauty of leaves.

We started making clay leaf prints using air dry clay recently after seeing the idea in Cathy James’ new book, The Garden Classroom. The process is much the same as the nature prints in sculpey we used to make quite a bit, but the material is more kid-friendly and easier to work with.

Here’s how we made these beautiful prints…

(I’ll include a video tutorial at the bottom of the post.)

Air Dry Clay for clay leaf prints

Clay Leaf Prints and Pendants

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  • Small leaves and ferns
  • Air dry clay*
  • Wax paper, parchment paper, or a plastic placemat/tray
  • Drinking straws
  • String or elastic thread
  • Watercolor paint (optional)
  • Beads (optional)

*A note about the clay :: We used Crayola air dry clay and thought it worked well for this project. We’ve tried Sculpt-It air dry clay before as well and it worked okay, but not as well. Homemade air dry clay would be worth a try as well. As would regular potter’s clay.

Making Clay Leaf Prints with Air Dry Clay

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Lay a small leaf on the wax paper, vein side up.

2. Pinch off a small piece of air dry clay (maybe a tablespoon or two) and roll into a ball between your hands.

3. Set the clay ball on the leaf, then press down with the palm of your hand to flatten it.

Making Clay Leaf Prints with Air Dry Clay

4. Carefully lift the clay disk, turn it over, and peel away the leaf.

Add a hole at the top of your clay leaf print with a straw

5. (Optional) If you’d like to hang your leaf print, poke a hole at the top of your disk with a drinking straw.

Making Clay Leaf Prints with Air Dry Clay

6. Repeat process with additional leaves and clay balls.

Making Clay Leaf Prints with Air Dry Clay

7. Let dry thoroughly. This may take two to three days.

Here’s the video tutorial of the process ::

Painting Clay Leaf Prints with Watercolors

8. If desired, paint the clay leaf print with watercolors. Here’ are Maia’s leaf prints above.

Painted Clay Leaf Prints

And mine.

Daphne's Clay Leaf Prints

And Daphne’s. All quite different.

Color clay leaf prints with colored pencil

You can also decorate them with colored pencils.

Add cord to clay leaf prints to make pendants and ornaments

9. Thread string through the hole and tie to form a loop for ornaments or a pendant. Add beads if desired. You can also string several clay disks together into a garland.

Make clay leaf print ornaments

Wouldn’t these make nice gifts?

Clay Leaf Print Pendants with Beaded Cord

Maia made these two pendants for friends. And Daphne gifted one of hers as well.

Clay Leaf Print Ornaments

I made a series of ornaments.

Note :: If you make your leaf prints without holes, they can be decorations, part of a seasonal nature table, given as gifts, or used for pretend play (ours were used as pretend cookies quite a bit for a while).

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Easy Wood Sculptures for Kids http://artfulparent.com/2015/06/easy-wood-sculptures-for-kids.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/06/easy-wood-sculptures-for-kids.html#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 09:38:34 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=22588 We love buying ourselves a box o’ wood bits—something we’ve done a few times over the years—and turning them into wood sculptures, toys, and 3-D collages. This time Daphne and Emily (ages 5 and 6) made wood sculptures and Maia (age 9) create dolls/people. If your kids are into wood, working 3-D, or if they haven’t...

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How to Make Simple Wood Sculptures with Kids

This post contains affiliate links.We love buying ourselves a box o’ wood bits—something we’ve done a few times over the years—and turning them into wood sculptures, toys, and 3-D collages.

This time Daphne and Emily (ages 5 and 6) made wood sculptures and Maia (age 9) create dolls/people.

If your kids are into wood, working 3-D, or if they haven’t done something like this yet, give this a try.

Here are some simple instructions and tips…

Easy Wood Sculptures with Kids

Easy Wood Sculptures for Kids

MATERIALS

  • Wood pieces*
  • Wood glue (best) or white school glue (okay)
  • Sturdy cardboard, matboard,  or a flat wood piece for a base
  • Paint (optional)
  • Sharpie markers (optional)

Wood bits for wood sculptures

*A note about wood :: We bought this box of wood bits from Discount School Supply (and the wood shapes included are always different) but you can cut your own wood pieces or ask a woodworker for wood scraps.

*A note about paint :: We used Activity paint this time but have done this in the past with liquid watercolors and with acrylic paint.

INSTRUCTIONS

Easy Wood Sculptures with Kids

1. Glue wood pieces to the base as desired. Let dry.

Painting the Wood Sculptures

2.  Paint. Let dry.

3. Add detail with Sharpies if desired. Dots, stripes, faces, abstract designs, anything that suits your fancy.

The kids can take this wood sculpture idea any direction they like, by the way.

How to Make Simple Wood People Sculptures with Kids

Maia created a number of small wooden figurines or dolls from the wood pieces.

How to Make Easy Wood Sculptures with Kids

Daphne towered as many wood bits as she could into a vertical sculpture.

Kids painted wood sculpture

And Emily created more of a horizontal sculpture piece.

Making wood sculptures with kids

More Wood Sculptures for Kids

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Oil Pastel Painting with Kids http://artfulparent.com/2015/06/oil-pastel-painting-with-kids.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/06/oil-pastel-painting-with-kids.html#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 15:16:06 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=22642 We have a new favorite art technique that we owe to a friend I’ve never met who lives on the other side of the world (in Australia). I first learned about this oil pastels + oil art from Kate’s post on Picklebums. When she said it was their favorite kids art activity, I knew we...

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Oil Pastel Painting with Kids

We have a new favorite art technique that we owe to a friend I’ve never met who lives on the other side of the world (in Australia).

I first learned about this oil pastels + oil art from Kate’s post on Picklebums. When she said it was their favorite kids art activity, I knew we had to give it a try.

Painting with Oil Pastels and Oil

We did.

Painting with Oil Pastels and Oil

Then we did again.

Oil Pastel Painting

And again.

Then we tried a variation. And another. And another.

We’re hooked.

Oil Pastel Painting with Kids - Finished Artworks

Here’s the how-to for this oil pastel art technique plus our variations…

Oil Pastel Painting with Kids

This post contains affiliate links.MATERIALS

  • Sturdy paper
  • Oil pastels (we used both the regular Crayola oil pastels and the creamier Portfolio oil pastels this time)
  • Vegetable oil or baby oil
  • Q-tips / cotton swabs

For the optional variations ::

Drawing with Oil Pastels

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Draw with the oil pastels on paper.

Oil Pastel Painting with Oil

2. Dip a Q-tip in oil then rub over the oil pastel drawing.

Oil Pastel Painting with Oil

Watch as the oil pastel blends, spreads, and becomes more paint-like with the addition of oil and friction.

Tip :: Use a different Q-tip for different colors. OR experiment with color mixing.

Oil Pastel Painting with Oil

You can also draw really lightly with the oil pastels, as I did here with the side of a broken oil pastel, and then use the oil to blend it into a more cohesive band of color.

That’s all for the basic technique!

Oil Pastel Painting Variations

Watercolor Wash over Oil Pastel Painting

1. Try some watercolor resist by painting with watercolors over your finished oil pastel painting.

Oil Pastel Painting Technique with Watercolors

2. Draw with oil pastels, paint with watercolors, let dry, then do the oil rubbing step.

Oil Pastel Painting over Line Drawing

3. Draw a picture with Sharpie permanent markers first, then add oil pastels to color in some areas, then do the oil rubbing step. Here’s Daphne’s house drawing/painting above.

Oil Pastel Painting over A Line Drawing of Peonies

And here are my peonies, using this technique. (I added a blue watercolor wash for the background afterward.)

Oil Pastel Painting on Canvas

4. We tried oil pastel painting on a stretched canvas but it didn’t work especially well. Probably because the canvas was treated and was not able to absorb any of the oil or oil pastels the way porous paper does. I don’t recommend this one.

If you have oil pastels in the house, I highly recommend giving at least the basic oil pastel painting technique a try with your kids! (And joining in yourself, of course.)

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15 Creativity Quotes to Inspire You http://artfulparent.com/2015/06/15-creativity-quotes-to-inspire-you.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/06/15-creativity-quotes-to-inspire-you.html#respond Tue, 09 Jun 2015 09:34:59 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=22618 If you follow me on Facebook, you may have noticed that I’ve been posting a lot of kids’ creativity quotes lately. Each day I’ve been making a new creativity quote graphic to share and these have been some of the most popular posts on my page. So I thought I’d pull them together in a...

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15 Creativity Quotes to Inspire You

If you follow me on Facebook, you may have noticed that I’ve been posting a lot of kids’ creativity quotes lately. Each day I’ve been making a new creativity quote graphic to share and these have been some of the most popular posts on my page.

So I thought I’d pull them together in a blog post to make it easy to refer to when you need a little creative inspiration for yourself or as a parent.

Some of these quotes refer to children’s creativity specifically, most are more general.

Here goes…

15 Creativity Quotes to Inspire You

Maya Angelou Creativity Quote

“You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have.”  – Maya Angelou

Loris Malaguzzi Quote about Creativity

“Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible.  No one can do more.”  – Loris Malaguzzi

Creative Activity Quote

“Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.”  – Arthur Koestler

Field of Creativity Quote

“The field of creativity that exists within each individual is freed by moving out of ideas of wrong-doing or right doing.”  – Angeles Arrien

Artist Quote

“The artist is not a special kind of person; rather each person is a special kind of artist. – Ananda Coomaraswamy

Creativity Quote Mary Lou Cook

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.”  – Mary Lou Cook

Einstein Imagination Quote

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”  – Albert Einstein

Live Creatively Quote

“Creative isn’t the way I think, it’s the way I like to live.”  – Paul Sandip

Find the Marvelous Quote

“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.”  – Daniel Patrick Moynihan

The Creation of Art Quote

“The creation of art is not the fulfillment of a need but the creation of a need.  The world never needed Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony until he created it.  Now we could not live without it.”  – Louis Kahn

A work of art quote

“A work of art is a world in itself reflecting senses and emotions of the artist’s world.”  – Hans Hofmann

Dont Die a Copy Quote

“You were born an original.  Don’t die a copy.”  – John Mason

A Childs Mind Quote

“A child’s mind is not a container to be filled but rather a fire to be kindled.”  – Dorothea Brande

Bill Hewlett Creativity Quote

“Creativity is an area in which younger people have a tremendous advantage, since they have an endearing habit of always questioning past wisdom and authority.”  – Bill Hewlett

Charlie Parker Art Quote

“They teach you there’s a boundary line to music.  But man, there’s no boundary line to art.”  – Charlie Parker

How about you? Do you have a favorite creativity quote? 

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How to Make Lavender Eye Pillows with Glue Batik Art

As you know, we love doing glue batik and love the finished look. Well recently, we made some lavender eye pillows with the glue batik art both as a Mother’s Day gift for the grandmas as well as for a preschool fundraiser.

Here’s how we did it…

How to Make Artful Lavender Eye Pillows with Glue Batik Art

Make Lavender Eye Pillows with Glue Batik Art

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  • White or natural cotton or muslin fabric, about 5 x 8 inches, decorated with glue batik art
  • Soft fabric of the same size for the bottom of the eye pillows*
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Rice
  • Dried lavender flowers (1/4 cup per 1 cup of rice)

*Glue batik can stiffen fabric a bit so it’s best for just the top side of the eye pillow. You’ll want something softer for the side against your face. We used a knit from an upcycled T-shirt for some (which was perfect) and a cotton print for some.

Cutting the fabric for lavender eye pillows

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Cut the bottom fabric to the same size as the glue batik decorated top fabric.

2. Line up the top and bottom fabric pieces, with the right sides facing each other. You can pin them together to hold them in place if you like. Sew along three sides, leaving one of the short sides open. Trim the two bottom corners by cutting off a small triangle of fabric, being careful to not get too close to the stitches.

Making Eye Pillows

3. Turn right side out. Use a chopstick or the end of a paintbrush to get the corners.

Making Eye Pillows

(Optional) You can iron them at this point.

How to make lavender eye pillows

4. Mix rice and dried lavender in a bowl at a ratio of 1/4 cup lavender to 1 cup rice. Use a funnel, pour spout, or spoon to fill the eye pillow about two-thirds full.

How to make lavender eye pillows

5. Turn the unfinished edges in 1/8 to 1/4 inch and sew up the final edge.

How to make lavender eye pillows

You’re ready to use or gift your new lavender eye pillow!

Note :: We like to keep ours in the freezer so it’s nice and cool whenever we want to stretch out on the sofa or bed and lay it over our tired eyes.

How to make lavender eye pillows

Lavender Eye Pillow Variations

1. You can use any fabric decorating technique, not just glue batik. Some other ideas include Sharpie tie dye, leaf prints, or found object prints. Here’s a whole slew of fabric decorating techniques if you want more ideas.

2. Use printed fabric that you find at the fabric store if you want to skip the fabric decorating part altogether.

3. Add dried chamomile blossoms as well if desired for their calming properties.

4. Use this same technique to make a larger comfort pillow (about 8″ x 8″ is a good size) or a long one that can be used as a neck pillow (about 8″ x 24″ would work).

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How to Make Artful Lavender Eye Pillows with Glue Batik Art

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DIY Art Books for Kids

Post by Meri Cherry

As an art teacher, I am constantly introducing young children to new process based art techniques, like salt painting, printmaking, and collage. Sometimes we have piles of art that looking for a home. Making art books with young children is like an active art portfolio you can enjoy over and over again. It’s a great coffee table book and a wonderful way to share your child’s art work all contained in one space.

There are lots of ways you can make an art book. It can be big, small, and anywhere in between.

Here’s how we made ours.

DIY Art Books for Kids

Kid Made Art Books as Portfolios

MATERIALS

  • Watercolor Paper for the Cover
  • Craft Paper or construction paper for the inside pages
  • String or yarn for binding

Art Books by little kids. Would be so great with photographs too. Great way to store art too.

3 Easy Steps to Making Your Art Book

1. First make the cover. The cover will be for the front and back of the book. We used watercolor paper and had so much fun painting it. We started with big paper and actually cut it down to 11×17 after we painted it. You can see the whole painting process here plus lots of reasons to let kids paint.

2. For the inside pages we used craft paper that was used to cover our table for art class. You can also use regular construction paper or even computer paper, though I’d recommend something a bit more durable. Whatever paper you choose, cut it to the same size as your cover and place three or more pieces on top of the watercolor paper. Then, carefully fold it in half to make a book.

3. To bind your book take a piece of string or yarn and place it alongside the fold and then tie a simple bow or knot along the outside seam. You want to tie it tight enough so that it keeps the pages secure but doesn’t pull on your book. If you want to make your book more secure, you can staple the pages together too along the seam.

*Note* Your art book can be any size you want. I’m just sharing what we did, but get creative. It’s your art book!

Kids Art Books

What to Fill Your Art Book With

Anything goes when it comes to art books. And they definitely don’t have to be finished in one go. We worked on ours for over three weeks! That’s the fun part. You can make a family art book or individual ones. You can keep adding to it over time. You can even add more pages as you go.

Pages from Kids Art Books

Some techniques we included in our art book were collage, circle art, rainbow scratch art, pastel work, and salt painting.

Kid Made Art Book as a Gift

You can also make art books for special occasions. We made some in art class for Mother’s Day that were so special. We included quotes on each page from the artist about what they love about their mom. It was such a beautiful exchange between mother and daughter.

Kid Made Art Books as Portfolios

Regardless of the occasion or no occasion at all, art books can make a precious keepsake to hold onto for years and years to come. What would you put in your art book?

Thanks for reading along everyone and thank you Artful Parent for letting me share here today. Happy creating! Meri Cherry

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Meri CherryAbout the Author ::

Meri Cherry, yes, that’s her real name, is an arts and crafts blogger at mericherry.com. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two young daughters.

Meri is an art teacher and designer of art spaces for kids.  She is passionate about the process of art, thrift stores, and the Reggio approach to learning.

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