The Artful Parent http://artfulparent.com Kids Art & Family Creativity Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:45:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Personalized Fairy Books for Fairy Loving Kids http://artfulparent.com/2015/02/personalized-fairy-books-for-fairy-loving-kids.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/02/personalized-fairy-books-for-fairy-loving-kids.html#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:08:06 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=19917 My kids are both big into fairies—seemingly always have been. What is it about magical creatures? Especially fairies? I don’t remember being very aware of, or interested in, fairies when I was a kid. We had a pretty awesome gnome book that captured my attention. But that was about the extent of it. Fairies, though....

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Personalized Fairy Books for Kids

My kids are both big into fairies—seemingly always have been.

What is it about magical creatures? Especially fairies? I don’t remember being very aware of, or interested in, fairies when I was a kid. We had a pretty awesome gnome book that captured my attention. But that was about the extent of it.

Fairies, though. They’re a big part of our life and imaginations now. For my family, and, I think, for many other families out there as well.

Today is National Fairy Tale Day and since we’re so into fairies and fairy tales anyway, we’ve been doing lots of extra fairy activities and crafts to celebrate. Just ’cause. I’ll be sharing a few of them over the next few days.

Personalized Fairy Books for Kids

To begin, though, I have a couple of special fairy books to share with you.

Personalized Fairy Books for Kids

And not just any fairy books but personalized fairy books.

Reading Personalized Fairy Books for Kids

Personalized Fairy Books for Fairy Loving Kids

This post contains affiliate links.My girls each got their own personalized fairy book in the mail and I have to tell you—boy!—their faces just lit up on seeing the covers and they couldn’t stop smiling when we read the stories.

This book, Sweet Dreams, Fairy was a big time hit with both kids. It is one of the latest by I See Me! Personalized Children’s Books, and was sent to us to review.

Personalized Fairy Books for Kids

Maia and Daphne have loved all the personalized books and items they’ve received over the years from I See Me!, but this one is definitely the star of the lot so far (to them).

Personalized Fairy Books for Kids

They kept comparing notes. I have blond hair as a fairy just like I do in real life! You have brown hair!

And Maia pointed out the other personalized aspects. As woodland fairies, their wood was named after them (last name)…

Personalized Fairy Books for Kids

…and they went to a dance at the Asheville Fairy Circle.

Personalized Fairy Books for Kids

Their first names appeared in various places throughout the books, including their dew-drop mirror, their hammock, and, of course, the title and cover.

Personalized Fairy Books for Kids

If you have a fairy-loving child, I highly recommend getting him or her a copy of this personalized fairy book.

Sweet Dreams, Fairy personalized book

I See Me! also has other personalized fairy products, including stickers, placemats, puzzles, and activity books.

(I think my five year old would love the My Very Own Fairy Tale Storybook.)

Special Offers and Giveaways

Enter code FAIRY at checkout at ISeeMe.com and they’ll take $10 off orders of  $50+. And, any orders of $75 or more will ship free (this special offer is good through 3/31/15).

I See Me! is also giving away 5 fairy prize packages, each valued at $100, as part of their “Read More Fairy Tales!” giveaway. (There aren’t very many entries so far so you have might have a pretty good chance of winning!)

This post is sponsored by I See Me! Personalized Children’s Books; all opinions expressed are my own.

P.S. Check back over the next few days for more fairy crafts, activities, and more!

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15 Things Im Loving Right Now http://artfulparent.com/2015/02/15-things-im-loving-right-now.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/02/15-things-im-loving-right-now.html#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:29:31 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=18709 This post has been on my mind for a while. I’m writing it partly as a gratitude list and partly because I want to share some cool things I’ve been loving. You know, in case you might love them too. I find out most of my new favorites (books, podcasts, products, movies) from recommendations. So...

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15 awesome books, movies, and products that Im loving right now

This post has been on my mind for a while.

I’m writing it partly as a gratitude list and partly because I want to share some cool things I’ve been loving. You know, in case you might love them too.

I find out most of my new favorites (books, podcasts, products, movies) from recommendations. So I wanted to continue the trajectory.

Here goes…

15 Things I’m Loving Right Now

Today’s sketchbook page… (Day 40 of my daily sketchbook practice!)

A photo posted by Jean Van’t Hul (@jeanvanthul) on

This post contains affiliate links.1. My morning routine

Awesome Calendars

2. This poster calendar. And the kids’ awesome activity calendar (it really is awesome!)

Family Movies We Love

3. Lots of low-key time with my family on snow days and weekends, including snuggle time on the sofa for family movie night.

Some recent family movies we watched and loved include ::

Secondhand Lions

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

The Book of Life

The Boxtrolls

4. The blog tour for my new book, The Artful Year.

I just love seeing what everyone posts about the book!! And what some of the ideas from the book have inspired! Aren’t these Easter pancakes  that Zina and her kids made over at Let’s Lasso the Moon awesome?! Make sure to check out the videos of the other Easter pancakes they made…

Aromatherapy Diffuser

5. My aromatherapy diffuser 

I wish I had gotten one of these diffusers years ago! I’ve been using mine with a variety of essential oils, but especially Thieves (makes the house smell wonderful!), citrus, and Creative Juice.

6. The new iPhone 6

Books I'm Reading

7. Reading!

Always, always, always. Recently I’ve been reading the books for my friend Tiffany’s Book Club for Recovering Readers. Before that I read (and LOVED) The Paper Magician and The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg. And I’ve read The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery twice in a row, I liked it so much. I just finished re-reading Austin Kleon’s books, Show Your Work! and Steal Like an Artist. And I’m still thinking about The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert…

I’m always on the lookout for good books to read, so if you have one to recommend, please leave a comment and let me know! Thank you!

8. Roller skating with my kiddos at a rink that looks like it could’ve come from my childhood in the ’80s

9. Neurofeedback

I’ve been seeing a neurofeedback specialist for a few months now and Maia has started as well. It seems to help with depression, anxiety, ADHD, sleep, and lots of other things.

The CArdboard Box Book

10. Building with cardboard

The kids always appropriate any cardboard boxes that come in the house, but the cardboard construction has taken on a new level lately with the addition of wheels (from the Rolobox wheel kit) and rivets. Plus inspiration from The Cardboard Box Book.

Morning conversations…

A photo posted by Jean Van’t Hul (@jeanvanthul) on

11. Maia’s love and care of Daine, our guinea pig

Family Portraits

12. Our two family portraits

Maia made our family as peg people. Love!

And I had a canvas print made (inexpensively!) from our Christmas photo.

Mini Trampoline

13. The mini trampoline! 

This has been a total sanity saver this winter. The kids jump on it off an on all day long. (Although right now there’s a fairy world set up on it.)

14. Photography

Even though I’m not where I want to be with my photography skills, despite taking classes. I’m seriously contemplating upgrading from my Canon T2i to a new camera, maybe a Canon 6D (because my photographer friend, Tiffany, recommends it). A better camera will automatically make my photos better, right?! (I say, only half joking…)

Woodland Creatures Notebooks

15. My woodland creatures notebooks

These are small enough to keep in my purse for capturing ideas and to-do lists when I’m out and about. But not so small that I can’t actually write something of substance if I want to. Love them! I’m going to get the botanical ones next…

How about you? What things are you loving right now?

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How to Make Swedish Snowball Lanterns http://artfulparent.com/2015/02/swedish-snowball-lanterns.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/02/swedish-snowball-lanterns.html#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:41:48 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=19920 Written by Gina Vide There’s a saying in Sweden that “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.” From the first winter that I experienced here, I witnessed this first hand. Babies travel everywhere you do and weather stops no one. There are highly prized pre-schools that guarantee you that your child will never be taken...

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DIY Swedish Snowball Lanterns

Written by Gina Vide

There’s a saying in Sweden that “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.”

From the first winter that I experienced here, I witnessed this first hand. Babies travel everywhere you do and weather stops no one. There are highly prized pre-schools that guarantee you that your child will never be taken inside during their time together and that guarantee goes further to assure parents that even naps will be outside in their buggies (winter, included). This awareness of the elements affects all facets of daily life, include the idea of modern, simplistic, functional design we associate with Sweden.

I think that these Snowball Lanterns represent this Swedish-lifestyle very well and I’m really excited to be here today and to share these with you.

DIY Swedish Snowball Lanterns

DIY Swedish Snowball Lanterns

If the snow can pack, our neighbourhood is usually speckled with these Snowball Lanterns. With kids, my mind is always on ways to enhance outdoor activities and these are such a win-win! Snowball Lanterns are both beautiful and a great way to combine play, togetherness and functionality; giving the kids a great way to channel snow energy into creating a work of beauty for everyone to enjoy.

Building a Snow Lantern is very simple and it’s size will be up to you. Continue with us below and we’ll show you how you can build one, too!

DIY Swedish Snowball Lanterns

How to Make Swedish Snowball Lanterns

Materials ::

  • Snow and Snowballs
  • Tealight

How to ::

Locate a flat area on your lawn and start making snowballs.

Make as many snowballs as you’d like.

Keep the snowballs uniform in size and pack them well.

The more snowballs you have, the higher you can build up.

Once you have your supply, start by forming a ring with the balls.

DIY Swedish Snowball Lanterns

Next step :: start building up.

Add one layer after another, gently decreasing the width at each level.

As you layer the snow balls, think ahead to leave a small gap in the construction as a place to reach in with your hand and to place a tea light once the construction is finished.

DIY Swedish Snowball Lanterns

The goal is to build a solid snowball pyramid.

DIY Swedish Snowball Lanterns

Once the balls are in place and a Snowball Pyramid has been formed, parental guidance is necessary to placing and lighting a candle.

DIY Swedish Snowball Lanterns

To use the Snowball Luminary, just reach into the little gap with a tea light, light it, and enjoy your beautiful work.

DIY Swedish Snowball Lanterns

Enjoy!

More Winter Luminaries

Gina Vide of Willowday

About the Author

Gina is a designer and illustrator who lives in Sweden with her husband and 3 kids between the city and the sea. She is passionate about kids and creating and thrives off of creating hands-on projects with them, exploring every corner of imagination, and sharing them on her blog, Willowday. While many people imagine that her name is “Willow,” her willow life actually began on the day that she married and took her husband’s Swedish last name, which sounds like the Swedish word for “willow.” You can follow Gina on PinterestFacebook, and Instagram.

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Drawing the Human Body for Kids http://artfulparent.com/2015/02/drawing-the-human-body-for-kids.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/02/drawing-the-human-body-for-kids.html#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19:48:17 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=19654 The kids and I have been learning about and drawing the human body recently. My hope is that by exploring how the human form is put together and different ways of drawing it, we’ll all become more comfortable depicting it in our artwork—me, of course, but also my daughters. Here’s some of what we’ve been...

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Drawing the Human Body for Kids from a Wood Mannequin

The kids and I have been learning about and drawing the human body recently.

My hope is that by exploring how the human form is put together and different ways of drawing it, we’ll all become more comfortable depicting it in our artwork—me, of course, but also my daughters. Here’s some of what we’ve been doing ::

  • assembling a 2 1/2 foot model skeleton (they are calling her “Grandma Johnson”)
  • drawing each other
  • drawing our own hands and feet
  • doing body tracings
  • drawing our good buddy the wooden mannequin.

I want to encourage my children to see—really see—the human body and to practice drawing what they see. To get beyond the stick figures that Daphne’s drawing and the hyper self-consciousness that Maia has about her work sometimes these days if it doesn’t look perfect or like her best artwork ever.

Learning about the Human Body

But just learning about how the body is put together and works is important on its own. Kind of like an owner’s manual for our body.

Ways to Learn About the Human Body  ::

  • This post contains affiliate links.We’re reading books about the body including ::
    • The Care and Keeping of You :: The Body Book for Younger Girls
    • It’s Not the Stork!
    • See Inside Your Body
  • Both kids are learning to do some pretty amazing things with their bodies in gymnastics
  • We’re currently trying to figure out some family food sensitivities that are affecting the health of our bodies
  • We built a 3-D model of the human body
  • And drawing!

Observing and drawing the human body is a great way to learn about how the body is put together and how it works.

Blind Contour Drawings with Kids

We’ve been doing blind contour drawings

(Which usually means we’re looking at the object and not what our hand is doing on the paper. Although as you can see from the photo above, Maia likes to cover her eyes sometimes as well.)

Blind Contour Drawings with Kids 2

Blind contour drawings make the girls giggle!

Figure Drawing with Kids

We’ve been sketching each other

Figure Drawing for Kids

Maia Figure Drawing

Drawing Hands and the Human Body 2

We’ve drawn our hands

Drawing Hands with Kids

Although the kids did as much hand tracing as observational drawing!

Drawing the Human Body from a Mannequin

We each sketched the wooden mannequin quite a bit…

Drawing the Human Body for Kids

…even ad libbing hair and fairy wings.

Body Tracing and Painting with Kids

We did body tracings and paintings (the kids decided it was much easier to get proportions right this way!)…

Back and Forth Figure Drawing

And we even played a back-and-forth drawing game with figure drawing, taking turns adding body parts.

Drawing the Human Body e-Guide by Craftsy

Through it all, I’ve been using one of Craftsy’s free e-guides (Drawing the Human Body) as a reference. The guide is written for adults so I’m learning a lot and sharing some of the information with my kids when it seems appropriate.

This Drawing the Human Body e-guide is excellent and there’s so much information in it, it’s hard to believe it’s free. I chose it for the subject matter, obviously, but also because Paul Heaston, one of the authors, is one of my favorite Craftsy instructors (he did the sketchbook class).

Drawing the Human Body Craftsy eGuide

Drawing the Human Body :: A Primer

By Sandrine Pelissier and Paul Heaston

Download it now for free.

 A few helpful tips on drawing the human body from this e-guide ::

Draw an external envelope of the figure, you can see it as a block of stone you would use if you were to carve the figure. Make it large enough for the entire figure to fit in it, and then refine it step by step.

Instinctively, we often imagine that the hand is way smaller than the head, but actually the head is about the same length as the hand, and also about the same length as the foot without the toes.

If you become frustrated or bored with your drawings, you can try changing medium. [Some they recommend are paint, charcoal, colored pencils, markers, ink.]

Reading this e-guide is making me want to take a life drawing class again! Something I haven’t done in 15 years.

How about you? Have you explored drawing the human body yourself or with your kids?

Drawing People with Kids

If you’re looking for more people drawing ideas, here are some ::

Drawing the Human Body for Younger Children

Model of Human Skeleton

Drawing the Human Body for Older Kids and Teens

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

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Fun Book Stuff :: Giveaways, Highlights, Photos, and Excerpts http://artfulparent.com/2015/02/the-artful-year-book-reviews-photos-excerpts.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/02/the-artful-year-book-reviews-photos-excerpts.html#respond Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:02:56 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=19621 The blog tour for The Artful Year book has been amazing! So many wonderful blogs, so many great posts. There’s been everything from craft projects, giveaways, interviews, straight up reviews, and more. If you haven’t been following along, or if you’ve missed some stops along the tour, I hope you’ll check out some of the...

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Projects Inspired by The Artful Year Book

The blog tour for The Artful Year book has been amazing! So many wonderful blogs, so many great posts.

There’s been everything from craft projects, giveaways, interviews, straight up reviews, and more. If you haven’t been following along, or if you’ve missed some stops along the tour, I hope you’ll check out some of the following now!

This post contains affiliate links.The Artful Year Book CoverI’ll include some book highlights, links, photos, and excerpts below.

By the way, if you don’t have a copy of The Artful Year book yet, it is available on Amazon, RoostBooks.comBarnes & NoblePowells.com, and at your favorite local bookstore.

No Time for Flash Cards Interview

No Time for Flash Cards shared some of my tips on raising a creative family.

Many of my creative activities with my daughters have been focused on helping them to think outside of the proverbial box as much as connecting with them through a shared activity.

Left Brain Craft Brain Artful Easter

Left Brain, Craft Brain shares ideas for celebrating an artful Easter, including a couple of the activities from my book.

Jean has written a lovely book to help you and your family live a more creative life in the coming year.  The Artful Year is filled with ideas, activities & recipes for every season and all of the major holidays.  All written with her relaxed, easy to follow style that encourages kids and adults to have fun and get creative.  My favorite part of the book?  Art projects that can pair with recipes for deliciously fun family afternoons or best friend play dates.

Picklebums Interview re The Artful Year Book

Picklebums interviewed me about art supplies, mess, and parenting. Plus she is giving away a copy of the book.

Kate: Art and craft and cooking can sometimes be a bit messy, how do you cope with that and still stay sane?

Jean: I guess it’s a matter of priorities – I value doing creative activities with my children more than I value cleanliness. Mess and chaos are just a part of life in general and definitely a part of parenting, whether or not we do a lot of crafting and cooking together. So why not make it fun? There are so many benefits, for childhood development, as well as family connection and dynamics, that I wouldn’t want to let a bit of mess stand in the way.

Red Ted Art did a fun video review of The Artful Year, including how to make beaded bubble wands, and is giving away a copy of the book on her blog.

The Artful Year focuses on the key seasons—Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter—I think it is a fun approach to activities and crafts as it lets you make the most of what a season has to offer.

Fun at Home with Kids making Birds Nest Cookies

Fun at Home with Kids made the birds’ nest cookies and shared lots of pics from the book.

Though this book is, like the first, chock full of amazing and beautiful crafts and activities, S immediately honed in on the recipes.  She loves to help me bake, but it can sometimes be a challenge to find recipes that are A) easy enough for her to help with and B) not full of sugar.  So I really appreciated that there are lots of healthy, low sugar, and EASY recipes in this book.

Playful Learning Author Focus

Playful Learning published an author profile of me on her blog.

She believes creativity, is one of the most important skills of the 21st century, and that it starts at home. Her new book, The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons & Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts will help you to encourage your kids to be their best, most creative selves.

Teach Mama Melted Bead Suncatcher Mobile

Teach Mama made a melted bead suncatcher mobile and is giving away two copies of The Artful Year.

Each section is filled with beautiful images of Jean and her girls, the crafts, and recipes.  And each and every entry is concise, manageable to create, and engaging. I can hear Jean’s sweet and patient voice behind each word. I love it.

Meri Cherry Blog Nature Tables

Meri Cherry made a wonderfully artful nature table and nature mandala with her kids, inspired by The Artful Year

What I love most about Jean’ss book The Artful Year, is that it talks about the importance and value in connecting with your family through crafting.  Being artful and making crafts is not just a way to make something interesting or beautiful, but more a way to spend time with those you love, being creative, communicating and making decisions together.  That’s what I love most about crafting.  For me, we’re creating memories through crafts and that’s something I will cherish forever.

Art Bar Blog Interview

Art Bar interviewed me about my childhood, writing routine, parenting tricks, and favorite seasons. Plus she’s offering a book giveaway as well!

The book celebrates the four seasons with art, crafts and cooking. There are so many wonderful and simple projects to do with your kids. I wish I wish I had this book when mine were little! But even now, I made her chicken soup recipe on the day I received the book, and this weekend we are going to make some coffee filter snowflakes (coolest tutorial in the book).

 Tiny Rotten Peanuts Salty Watercolors

Tiny Rotten Peanuts is hilarious in her book giveaway entry requirements and shares her version of one of our all-time-favorite art activities.

This woman is a powerhouse of creative ideas- both books are perfect resources to have on hand if you have kids. I know the internet is a fabulous resource for kids’ activities, but you can’t beat having a group of perfectly curated ideas (physically) at your fingertips.

 Toddler Approved Melted Bead Suncatchers

Toddler Approved shares their beautiful Valentine’s twist on one of the projects from the book plus ideas on how to give a craft kit to a friend.

From the moment Jean’s book arrived in our home a few weeks ago I have felt inspired to create more with my kids. Jean has an amazing way of helping children create beauty and connection through the simplest activities.

Creative with Kids book review

Creative with Kids shares what she loves about The Artful Year and who she would recommend it for. Plus I love seeing what else is on her bookshelf!

This book is like having your best friend show you all of the best crafts that *actually* worked with her kids, and then telling you how to make it work in your family. Because the book is so pretty, it’s a fun way to connect with your kids as you flip through thinking about what you want to do together. Jean’s pictures will entice even kids who are not super crafty to get excited about doing something with you, and you can trust that her activities will be do-able, not some complex frustrating endeavor.

Tinkerlab Book Review

Tinkerlab shares lots of great photos and a fun melted crayon project.

While her first book rocks, this book is sheer brilliance. Why is that? It delivers projects and recipes that are organized by SEASONS, to help us busy parents and caregivers come up with ideas that connect directly to what’s happening right now, be it spring, summer, autumn, or winter.

Hands Free Mama Choose Love Challenge

Hands Free Mama recommends The Artful Year book to her readers at the end of her amazing post (and challenge) on choosing love.

Jean Van’t Hul has written a beautiful book filled with concrete activities that promote the critical skills of noticing, sharing, creating, and capturing meaningful life moments and experiences. If you are looking for ways to celebrate the cycle of life through hands-on activities, look no further.

And that’s only part of the blog tour!! Make sure to follow along for the rest of the blog tour for The Artful Year book for more activities, giveaways, and interviews!

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How to Make a Flour Paste Resist T-Shirt http://artfulparent.com/2015/02/make-flour-paste-resist-t-shirt.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/02/make-flour-paste-resist-t-shirt.html#comments Sun, 15 Feb 2015 14:54:14 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=19504 By Jeanette Nyberg This is a weird and wonderful technique for painting on t-shirts as a sort of ‘contained’ version of tie dye. This will get kids thinking about negative and positive space—as well as design—in one project. Then, BONUS, they can wear their project. How to Make a Flour Paste Resist T-Shirt Anyway. Here’s what you...

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How to Make a Flour Paste Resist Shirt
By Jeanette Nyberg

This is a weird and wonderful technique for painting on t-shirts as a sort of ‘contained’ version of tie dye. This will get kids thinking about negative and positive space—as well as design—in one project. Then, BONUS, they can wear their project.

How to Make a Flour Paste Resist T-Shirt


This post contains affiliate links.Anyway. Here’s what you need ::

  • T-shirt (wash it first)
  • Fabric paint (or really watered down acrylic paint) in whatever colors you want, plus black or a dark grey
  • Paint brushes
  • Flour (all purpose flour)

INSTRUCTIONS

How to Make a Flour Paste Resist Shirt
Insert the cardboard inside the shirt so the paint doesn’t bleed through.

Paint your initial background colors onto your shirt. You can free-hand brush some colors on, or paint them into a shape. We free-hand painted a loose dot, using a blue, a turquoise, and some white fabric paint.

Let this dry completely.

I like to eat chocolate while I’m waiting, as a way to compensate for having to be patient. My fabric paint was heat set, so after it dried, I ironed it on the reverse side of the shirt.

Flour Paste for Resist Batik

Next, mix your flour with water until it is thick but still brushable.
How to Make a Flour Paste Resist Shirt
Paint the flour mixture over the background colors in any design you want. Remember, where you paint the flour on is where the color will show up later; the rest will be black.

Design ideas :: random swirls, dots, stripes, stars, initials, cube drawing, cute puppy, robot, self portrait. You can use a stencil with this part if you so desire.

The flour mixture is a little awkward to paint with, but not as hard as I had anticipated.

Let it dry.

How to Make a Flour Paste Resist Shirt

Paint black paint over the entire design. We ended up using watered down Payne’s Gray acrylic paint. If you use acrylic paint too thickly on fabric, it will stiffen up a lot when it dries.

Let it dry. (Sing “Let it dry” to the tune of “Let it Go”.)

Heat fix the paint again if you used this type of fabric paint.

This is the fun part! Soak the shirt in cold water for a few minutes, then gently work off the paste with your fingers. Cool, huh? It will crackle and rub off, and it’s fun to pick at.

You can always go back in with more paint later to fix any details you’d like to.

How to Make a Flour Paste Resist Shirt

About the Author

Jeanette Nyberg of Tiny Rotten PeanutsJeanette Nyberg writes about art projects, cool finds, and tales of her life on her blog Tiny Rotten Peanuts. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, after which she dove into the roles of professional artist and photo stylist. She’s always been fascinated by kids’ natural creativity and thinks adults should strive to be much more like kids.

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Valentines Day Photo Cards for Kids http://artfulparent.com/2015/02/valentines-day-photo-cards-kids.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/02/valentines-day-photo-cards-kids.html#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:09:07 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=19597 The kids and I made their classroom Valentine cards yesterday—last minute as usual, despite all my best intentions to be on top of it this year. One of them has their class Valentine party today instead of Friday as I had expected and so we had to come up with something quick. Here’s what we...

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Daphnes Happy Valentines Day Photo Card

The kids and I made their classroom Valentine cards yesterday—last minute as usual, despite all my best intentions to be on top of it this year.

One of them has their class Valentine party today instead of Friday as I had expected and so we had to come up with something quick.

Here’s what we did…

And despite the last minute Valentine’s idea, I think they actually turned out pretty great so I wanted to share them here in case you need a last minute Valentine’s idea yourself. (If you’ve got your Valentine’s covered for this year, I bow to you. Feel free to save this one in the idea file that is Pinterest for next year…)

Valentines Day Photo Cards for Kids

Last Minute Valentines Day Photo Cards

MATERIALS

  • Materials needed to make one large-ish Happy Valentine’s Day sign or artwork (paper, markers, stickers, paint, etc. You can see what we used below)
  • Camera
  • Printer (we had ours printed at Walgreens but you could also print on a home printer)
  • Clear plastic favor bags (sandwich bags might work too)
  • Tape
  • Small trinket, gift, or candy to include

INSTRUCTIONS

Have your children make ONE unique Happy Valentine’s Day artwork or sign. This is key #1 to a quick and easy Valentine’s Day card for all the kids in the class. No assembly line craziness or trying to make a ton of stuff. They can focus their attention and creativity on one piece.

Despite the best of intentions, our classroom Valentine’s are last minute once again!

A photo posted by Jean Van’t Hul (@jeanvanthul) on

I handed Daphne a large heart cut out from watercolor paper and asked her to find the letters to spell Happy Valentine’s Day from a bowl of colorful cardstock letters.* She then used glue dots to attach the letters to the paper heart. Not because glue dots were the ideal to use with these letters (they actually were a bit big and showed) but because Daphne really, really wanted to use them. What can I say? Glue dots are fun.

And finally, she signed her name.

Maia came up with her own Valentine artwork idea and wouldn’t let anyone look at it until she was finished (as is often the case these days). She made a large contact paper suncatcher with colored tissue paper, paper heart doilies, and Happy Valentine’s Day spelled out with those same cardstock letters.

*The letters were sent to us for free to try out from Discount School Supply. All opinions expressed are my own.

Valentines Day Photo Card

Okay, so now it’s photo time! I took a picture of Daphne in front of the chalkboard holding her big Happy Valentine’s Day card.

Maias Happy Valentines Day Photo Card

And took a photo of Maia holding her suncatcher up to the window.

I quickly downloaded the photos to my computer, had the kids help choose the one they’d like to share with their classmates, then uploaded the chosen ones to Walgreen’s online, and ordered 4×6 prints of each to be picked up in an hour.

I like the photo idea because it’s quick and easy to take a picture and have any number of prints made at a one hour place. And because it means their is no need to sign their name a ton of times—their photo is their signature.

Valentines Day Photo Cards for Kids

That said, Maia (the 9 year old) didn’t want to share her full-on photo as her Valentine and I could see other older kids not wanting to do that as well. She was okay with the one that shows part of her holding up her suncatcher artwork, though, so we went with that. (We printed a few of the head-on one for teachers and ourselves.)

If you have an older child who would be embarrassed to share a photo of themselves as their Valentine, I’m sure you and the kid in question could come up with a creative way to use the photo idea if you wanted to. Here are a few of my ideas to get you started ::

Valentines Day Photo Card Ideas for Tweens & Teens

  • Hold a Happy Valentine’s Day sign (or whatever wording you want) over the face.
  • Take a photo of the back of the head (just brainstorming here!)
  • Have the kid take a funky self portrait
  • Take a photo of just the artwork.
  • Have the kid create a found object assemblage that represents Valentine’s Day and take a photo of it.
  • Other ideas?

Okay, so once you have your prints, you could give them as is. Nothing else needed.

Valentines Day Photo Cards for Kids

However, both my kids wanted to include something fun so they slipped the photos into clear plastic favor bags. Daphne added little bubble wands and stickers.

Valentines Day Photo Cards for Kids

Maia added pages cut out from a MadLibs book and a chocolate heart. Then we folded over the top of the bags and taped them closed.

Despite the best of intentions, our classroom Valentine’s are last minute once again!

A photo posted by Jean Van’t Hul (@jeanvanthul) on

And they were all set to be taken to school for their Valentine’s Day parties!

What started out as a total last-minute Valentine’s idea for the kids’ classes turned out to be a Valentine that we all really like. A lot. And want to send to the Grandmas and friends. And Harry’s requested copies for himself. So I think we have a winner.

I’m already planning other ways to use photo cards in a similar way—thank you cards (after a birthday or Christmas), birthday party invitations, etc. What else could you do this way?

By the way, when making these Valentine’s we combined ideas from the following sources ::

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Quick and Easy Happy Valentines Day Photo Card

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Doodle Cubes :: Art Activity for Kids http://artfulparent.com/2015/02/doodle-cubes-art-activity-kids.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/02/doodle-cubes-art-activity-kids.html#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:29:50 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=19561 Written by Ana Dziengel I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here on The Artful Parent today…..I have been a fan of Jean’s blog well before I even knew what blogs were. Jean has inspired so many parents out there to be creative with their children (including me!) so it is a...

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Doodle Cubes Art Activity for Kids

Written by Ana Dziengel

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here on The Artful Parent today…..I have been a fan of Jean’s blog well before I even knew what blogs were. Jean has inspired so many parents out there to be creative with their children (including me!) so it is a huge honor to be meeting you all today on her blog! My name is Ana and I blog at Babble Dabble Do where my focus is on science, art, engineering, and design for kids.

As a designer by trade I am often focused on how things look in 3 dimensions and I’m excited to translate a 2 dimensional activity, drawing, into a 3 dimensional project with you today: Doodle Cubes. Depending on the age of your children this can be as basic as drawing on our template and or it can be as complex as trying to match up 2D pattern sections to create flowing color and form.

And doodling is such an important pastime to foster in kids. To see why scroll to the end of this post!

Doodle Cubes Art Activity for Kids

Doodle Cubes :: Art Activity for Kids

This post contains affiliate links.MATERIALS

  • Cube template (download here)
  • Paper or card stock
  • Markers, paints (I used these wonderful tempera cakes), ballpoint pens, Sharpies
  • Scissors
  • Glue and/or tape

Doodle Cubes Art Activity for Kids

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Step One Print out the template. If you are going to paint your cubes print them on card stock. If you are going to use pens you can print them on regular paper.

Doodle Cubes Art Activity for Kids

  • Step Two Doodle! Or paint or draw…but here’s the BIG TIP: Try and start a line or color block on the tick marks along each side of the cube. This will guarantee that the lines will continue around the side of of the cube and appear to flow. You can also use the letters to find the matching side of the cube.

Doodle Cubes Art Activity for Kids

  • Step Three Cut it out. Fold along the light lines with crisp folds and cut along the solid lines.
  • Step Four Add glue to the tabs, tuck them UNDER the cube sides and press together. Alternatively or in addition to the glue you can add tape to the sides. The cubes are delicate so parents may wish to do this step for younger children who might crush the cube while trying to glue it.

Doodle Cubes

You’re done! Make a few of these and explore how 2D patterns translate into 3 dimensional objects!

Doodle Cubes

Looks Like

On Babble Dabble Do I profile an artist, designer, scientist, or creative that comes to mind with each project we do. Doodle Cubes reminded me immediately of Superstudio. Superstudio was an Italian architecture firm founded in the 1960s. Their work was primarily conceptual, meaning it was never actually built but instead they explored radical architectural ideas on paper. Their most famous work is The Continuous Monument, a monolithic grid structure that they proposed would circle the entire world, that’s right, the ENTIRE WORLD, in an attempt to instill unity. Pretty heavy stuff, huh? The 1960s was a great moment in architecture; designers like the members of Superstudio explored unique and impossible ideas as a way of both questioning the status quo and proposing solutions to world problems. And here’s one more reason I love Superstudio, one of their founding members, Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, was my professor when I spent a year studying in Florence!

Our Doodle Cubes reminded me of The Continuous Monument and the idea of taking simple basic forms like the grid and using them to connect and explore form and space.

The Power of Doodling

The Power of Doodling

Do you and your kids doodle? While doodling may seem like just a way to pass the time, I believe in the power of doodling to engage the brain. Several research studies have been done that suggest that doodling actually helps people commit to memory the ideas that they are listening to while drawing. Doodling is said to help people retain information and foster creative thinking and believe or not, HELP people focus. I also find doodling incredibly relaxing. I hope you will give doodling a try with our Doodle Cubes and turn mindless sketching into a little 3D surprise!

Doodle Cubes

If you liked this project I hope you’ll come visit me at Babble Dabble Do where I have loads more creative ideas for kids and the young at heart! Start with our 12 Easy Art Activities for Kids post!

About the Author

Ana Dziengel of Babble Dabble DoAna Dziengel is an architect, award winning furniture designer, and mom blogger. In 2012 Ana left behind an architecture career to be a SAHM, professional crafter, amateur scientist, and impromptu art teacher to her three young children. She blogs at Babble Dabble Do.

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Translucent Building Blocks for Kids http://artfulparent.com/2015/02/translucent-building-blocks-for-kids.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/02/translucent-building-blocks-for-kids.html#comments Sun, 08 Feb 2015 15:31:41 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=19382 Today I’m going to write about some translucent building blocks for kids. This is a product that Discount School Supply sent us to try out and share with you. They are awesome! These small-ish blocks are made out of translucent colored plastic and they look beautiful with light shining through them. Which means they are...

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Translucent Plastic Building Blocks for Kids

Today I’m going to write about some translucent building blocks for kids. This is a product that Discount School Supply sent us to try out and share with you.

They are awesome!

These small-ish blocks are made out of translucent colored plastic and they look beautiful with light shining through them. Which means they are lovely to play with on a light table, in a sunny spot, in a window, and even on a mirror!

Fiona building with the translucent building blocks

The kids and their friends have been building and creating like crazy with these and I thought I’d share some photos and let them speak for themselves.

Translucent Building Blocks for Kids

So, if you get some of these blocks for yourself your kids, give a few of these ideas a try ::

  • Building
  • Stacking
  • Sorting by color or shape or color sequence (ie rainbow)
  • Color mixing (um, layering)

Translucent Building Blocks on the Light Table

Translucent Building Blocks in the Window

  • On a windowsill

Translucent Light Blocks on the Window

  • On the window itself (with sticky contact paper)
  • Around a lamp

Translucent Building Blocks on the Mirror

Translucent Building Blocks by Discount School Supply

Here are a few pros and cons we’ve discovered about these blocks.

PROS ::

  • Beautiful and colorful
  • Translucent
  • Lightweight
  • So many different ways to use them
  • A great storage/carry box

CONS ::

  • They topple fairly easily (if the table is jostled, for example)
  • One broke when we dropped it. The top popped off. But it popped right back on easily.
  • Because of the one that broke, we wonder if these might be a choking hazard for small children who still put things in their mouths. Something to keep in mind if you have little ones.
  • The price is $54 for a box of 100, which seems a tad steep but maybe that’s just me. (And we have really been loving them. There are so many ways to use them!)

Translucent Building Blocks on the Windowsill

All in all, we love the blocks and recommend them highly.

You can buy them here from Discount School Supply if you want to play with them yourself with your kids.

Translucent Building Blocks for Kids

How about you? What are your favorite building blocks for kids? Will you share in the comments below?

Translucent Plastic Blocks in the Window

I can’t stop sharing photos of these!

Maia's building block camera

So fun!

Okay. Must. Stop. Now.

But hey! Only two more. So you can pin it for later if you want to…

Translucent Plastic Blocks  Translucent Plastic Building Blocks for Kids

This post is sponsored by Discount School Supply; all opinions are my own.

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Artist Study with Kids :: Sonia Delaunay http://artfulparent.com/2015/02/artist-study-kids-sonia-delaunay.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/02/artist-study-kids-sonia-delaunay.html#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:07:40 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=19475 Post by Barbara Rucci Hello! I’m so excited to share this art project here with you today on The Artful Parent, one of my favorite blogs (and favorite person!) ever. I love throwing in a wee bit of art history with my kids in art class from time to time. It gives them a sense...

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Sonia Delaunay Painting with Kids

Post by Barbara Rucci

Hello! I’m so excited to share this art project here with you today on The Artful Parent, one of my favorite blogs (and favorite person!) ever.

I love throwing in a wee bit of art history with my kids in art class from time to time. It gives them a sense of awe and wonder when we talk about an artist who lived 100 years ago (especially a female artist)!

Sonia Delaunay has always been an artist that I have adored. Her work covered my walls when I was in art school. She was Russian, but painted in France. She helped start the Orphism art movement, defined by its use of strong colors and geometric shapes. What I love most about Sonia, though, is that she wasn’t caught up in the differences between fine art and the “minor” arts, like textile and furniture design. She did it all. Even fashion!

Sonia Delaunay Painting for Kids

Whenever we study an artist, I print out some of their best and most famous work and tape it to the wall next to where we are working. I also write a few key words that might spark some conversation. For Sonia Delaunay I used the words color, pattern, shapes, abstract art, Russia and 100 years ago. We all picked our favorite painting and explained why we loved it. This took about 5 minutes or less. Short but sweet!

Artist Study with Kids :: Sonia Delaunay

Supplies for Sonia Delaunay Art Project for Kids

This post contains affiliate links.SUPPLIES NEEDED

  • Geometric shapes for tracing
  • Ruler & pencil
  • Paper
  • Paint (we used tempera but you could use watercolor)
  • Glass of water, paint brushes and damp sponge for drying brush

PROCESS

Step 1: Talk about the artist briefly and point out some of the characteristics of their work. In art class I never put out “examples” before starting a project since my class is much more about the process. But when studying an artist, it’s important to have examples because the kids really are copying the style in which the artist worked. So I mentioned dissecting shapes with a ruler and using strong color. I also commented on how Delaunay’s work looked like there was rhythm and movement.

Tracing Shapes for Sonia Delaunay Kids Art Project

Step 2: Let the kids trace their shapes and create their pencil drawings. Younger kids might need help holding down their object while tracing.

Sonia Delaunay Inspired Paintings by Kids

Step 3: When they are happy with their drawings, it’s time to fill in the shapes with paint. I mixed a batch of strong colors for them to use. If the tempera was too translucent, I had them paint over it twice just to get a rich color. (This project would work even better on stretched canvases with acrylic paint!)

Sonia Delaunay Inspired Paintings by Kids

These paintings were made by 6-12yr olds. They did such a great job of interpreting the look and feel of Sonia Delaunay, don’t you think? I was super proud of their level of commitment and concentration!

Sonia Delaunay Inspired Paintings by Kids

More about Sonia Delaunay and her Art

If you are interested in another artist study, you can read about the time we “painted with scissors” like Matisse.

I hope you give this a try either at home or in the classroom. It is quite simple and very rewarding.

Thank you for reading my post!

xo, Bar

Barbara Rucci of Art Bar BlogAbout Barbara Rucci

Bar is a graphic designer, art teacher, and mom of three living in Connecticut. She loves to make stuff with her kids and write about it on Art Bar Blog.

 

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