The Artful Parent http://artfulparent.com Kids Art & Family Creativity Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:13:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Mixed Media Collage for Kids http://artfulparent.com/2015/01/mixed-media-collage-kids.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/01/mixed-media-collage-kids.html#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:12:04 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=19009 Post by Meri Cherry Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be over here on The Artful Parent this week to talk about mixed media collage for kids. I am a huge Artful Parent fan and have learned so much from Jean’s amazing book. Thanks to Chapter 13, I had the courage to start up my...

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Mixed Media Collage Art for Kids

Post by Meri Cherry

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be over here on The Artful Parent this week to talk about mixed media collage for kids.

I am a huge Artful Parent fan and have learned so much from Jean’s amazing book. Thanks to Chapter 13, I had the courage to start up my own toddler play groups and now I’m teaching 4 art classes a week to kids ages 3 and up thanks to that jump start. So, thank you Jean, your inspiration has been priceless for me. If you don’t have The Artful Parent book yet, definitely check it out! [Thanks, Meri! -Jean]

Now back to this awesome art activity for kids.

Mixed Media Collage Art for Kids

Mixed Media Collage for Kids

Collage work is one of my very favorite art activities to do with young children, actually with any age child. A collage is a composition of work created from various materials. It’s a fantastic process, with pretty much guaranteed success for everyone.

We worked on canvas for our collage, but you can easily use a piece a recycled cardboard from a box. You could also use any durable piece of paper or even a cut-up shopping bag.

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

Mixed Media Collage Art for Kids

Here are the steps ::

1. Paint your canvas or cardboard.

We LOVE to mix our own paints. You can read an easy step by step tutorial on how to mix paints with kids here. Any tempera paints will work great.

Encourage your child to paint the entire background. For little kids who need a little extra push to spend more than a few seconds painting you might say something like this after their first go at it: “Wow, I see you added some colors. Now I have a challenge for you. I wonder if you can cover all the white spots. That’s a big challenge.”

Or another method… Before you start, say something like “What’s your plan for the background? Artists often have a plan. I am so curious about your painting plan.” Then you can talk about what areas your child is going to cover and what colors he or she is going to use.

Mixed Media Collage Art for Kids

2. Once your background is painted, it’s time to add all the fun stuff for your mixed media collage.

Here’s where I talk about a plan as well. I demonstrate different ideas, like a border with buttons, or patterns with the paper cutouts, or outlining a picture.

I think it’s important to slow kids down at this point and give some purpose to their art, rather than creating a big mess. The kids here were only three, but we still talked about artists having plans and their own plans. We started with the pictures and then added all the other materials. This can be done in several sessions, depending on your child and their interest level.

Mixed Media Collage Art for Kids

*Note* If the paint is thick on the canvas it can act as glue. If it’s just a thin layer you will need to use glue. I recommend using either a squeeze bottle (kids love to squeeze) or putting some glue in a dish and giving your child a paintbrush to adhere the materials to the canvas.

Mixed Media Collage Art for Kids

Step 3. When everything is glued on and dried an adult can go over the entire canvas with mod podge or a glue mixture of one part water and two parts white glue. This will help everything stay secure on the canvas.

That’s it! Your mixed media collage is done.

Mixed Media Collage Art for Kids

Did you know that Pablo Picasso is often considered the inventor of collage? Yup, you can see one of his works here, where Picasso used a rope to frame his work and an oil cloth to paint on.

If you like projects like this, you might also like this step-by-step collage process or this self-portrait art project. Thanks for following along and thank you Jean for inviting me over here today!

Happy collaging.

xo Meri Cherry

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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A Happy Handmade Unicorn Craft http://artfulparent.com/2015/01/happy-handmade-unicorn-craft.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/01/happy-handmade-unicorn-craft.html#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:52:10 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=19159 Some awesome blogger friends of mine have joined together to offer an eBook full of fun kids’ crafts. It’s called Happy Handmade and is just lovely—beautifully designed and filled with family-friendly craft projects. I want to make almost everything in the book! Even the few ideas we’ve already done in some form or another, such as...

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A Happy Handmade Unicorn Craft for Kids Made from Toilet Paper Rolls

Some awesome blogger friends of mine have joined together to offer an eBook full of fun kids’ crafts.

Happy Handmade Kids Crafts eBookIt’s called Happy Handmade and is just lovely—beautifully designed and filled with family-friendly craft projects.

I want to make almost everything in the book! Even the few ideas we’ve already done in some form or another, such as the tape-resist T-shirt and, of course, paper chain garlands (always a favorite!).

But my kids weighed in and voted for the toilet paper roll unicorns.

Because, well, they’re unicorns!

And because they have as much love for cardboard tubes as they do for unicorns. And as much love for toys and pretend play as they do for craft projects (more, probably). And because Daphne’s preschool is currently doing a month-long unit on magical creatures.

So unicorns it was.

A Unicorn Craft from Happy Handmade

Toilet Roll Unicorn Craft Insctructions

I printed out the pages with the unicorn craft instructions and we set to work.

making toilet paper roll unicorns

We had so much fun making these—and the kids have been enjoying playing with them.

We made a few little changes to ours and also made some pegasuses (pegasi?), so I thought I’d share a bit about our process here.

And then tell you how you can get this eBook…

Painting the toilet paper roll unicorns

For our unicorns, we used both toilet paper rolls as well as paper towel rolls cut into thirds. The template provided in the eBook made it easy to know how to cut out the unicorn pieces from the cardboard tubes. And while the instructions said to cut the head and horn from cardstock, we just used the extra cardboard from the toilet paper rolls and it worked fine.

We painted all of our unicorn cardboard pieces with acrylic paint.

Then, I set up the glue gun.

making toilet paper roll unicorns

The instructions said to use tacky glue to assemble the pieces, but I didn’t have any (what kind of art studio am I running, anyway?!), but my motto is that when it’s at all possible to use a glue gun, a glue gun shall be used.

So easy! So quick! So fun!

making toilet paper roll unicorns

Both kids are handy with a glue gun but I ended up doing the gluing while they were running around making noise and acting like animals.

Using a glue gun can be therapeutic and help you tune out the chaos around you…

Anyhoo… I digress…

making a toilet paper roll pegasus

We added wings to some of our unicorns to turn them into pegasuses.

DIY Unicorns - Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Kids

Daphne drew her faces on her unicorn and pegasus…

DIY Unicorns - Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Kids

…but Maia and I went with the googly eyes suggested in the eBook.

Adding weights to the toilet paper roll unicorns

The lightweight unicorns were a tad top heavy and tippy, so I glued some yard sale buttons to the insides of the feet as weights. A total hack, but it worked well!

Playing with the Unicorns and Pegasuses

Once the unicorns and pegasuses were finished, the girls played with them.

Playing with the Unicorns and Pegasuses

And it turns out that the hollow toilet paper roll construction makes them perfect as steeds for figurines!

Kristoff Riding a Unicorn

Even Kristoff took a ride on a unicorn.

A Happy Handmade Unicorn Craft for Kids made with toilet paper rolls

What do you think? Would you like to make some toilet paper roll unicorns?

Happy Handmade Kids Crafts eBook

Besides the unicorn craft (which comes from Kate of The Craft Train), the Happy Handmade ebook has lots of other fun kids crafts by creative bloggers including MollyMoo, Babble Dabble Do, Meri Cherry, Art Bar, Pink Stripey Socks, willowday, Small for Big, and others.

Happy Handmade eBook of Kids crafts projects

You can learn more about the eBook or buy a copy for your family here.

Enjoy!

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Happy Handmade Unicorn Craft for Kids plus a Kids Crafts Ebook

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Kids Art Frames That Rock http://artfulparent.com/2015/01/kids-art-frames.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/01/kids-art-frames.html#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:16:42 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=19114 We have some new kids art frames that I’m pretty passionate about. Articulate Gallery is the name of the company that makes them and they sent one to me last year to try out. It’s been up on our wall since October, first holding black and white Halloween art and later glue resist snowmen and snowflakes....

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Kids Art Frames that make it easy to display and change Childrens Art

This post contains affiliate links.We have some new kids art frames that I’m pretty passionate about.

Articulate Gallery is the name of the company that makes them and they sent one to me last year to try out. It’s been up on our wall since October, first holding black and white Halloween art and later glue resist snowmen and snowflakes.

I liked that first frame so much that I recently bought a couple more to join it on the living room wall—a triple and another double. And I’ll probably even get more! (I want to get a couple of the frames for the girls’ room.)

Kids Art Frames that make it super easy to display and change children's art

So, why do I like these kids art frames so much?

  • They are well made and sturdy.
  • They look great—nice and simple—to go with any decor and to best showcase the kids’ art.

Kids Art Frames that make it super easy to display and change children's art

  • It’s so easy to change out the artworks, just slipping them in or out the side…

Kids Art Frames that make it super easy to display and change children's art

  • …or the top, depending on how you hang them.
  • The front is open, which allows for three-dimensional kids’ art—collages, etc—to be displayed well.
  • They can act as art storage if desired as there is plenty of room for quite a stack of 2D art in each.
  • The kids can change out the artwork easily themselves.

These frames are made by Articulate Gallery, a UK company that recently started selling in the US as well.

If you’re in the United States, you can find them on their US website or on Amazon.

If you’re in the UK, check out their UK site (with even more options!).

The price (between $22 and $54 depending on size and where you buy them) is completely reasonable considering how well made these are and also how well they solve the kids art display “problem.”

Here are the frame options. Each holds artworks that measure approximately 9 by 12 inches.

  • Single Frame
  • Double Frame
  • Triple Frame
  • And it seems there might be a quadruple frame in the works!

Kids Art Frames that make it super easy to display and change children's art

I’ve been raving about these kids art frames since I got the first—on the blog and on facebook (a little) and to friends who come over (a lot).

I definitely recommend these if you’re in the market for a kids art display solution!

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Kids Art Frames for Displaying and Changing out Childrens Art

Disclaimer :: Articulate Gallery sent me one of their frames for free last year to try out; all opinions expressed are my own.

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Happy B-Day to The Artful Parent (plus birthday party printables) http://artfulparent.com/2015/01/happy-birthday-party-printables.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/01/happy-birthday-party-printables.html#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:29:17 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=19068   This not-so-little-anymore blog of mine is seven years old today! I started The Artful Parent in January 2008. Although my post on how to start a childrens art group is from 1999. Just joking! 1999 was the year I graduated from college. It was actually some time in 2008 that I wrote that post, but in...

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 Happy Birthday to The Artful Parent pink

This not-so-little-anymore blog of mine is seven years old today!

I started The Artful Parent in January 2008.

Although my post on how to start a childrens art group is from 1999.

Just joking!

1999 was the year I graduated from college. It was actually some time in 2008 that I wrote that post, but in one of my blog migrations it got dated 1999 somehow.

And this one was dated 1969—well before I was born! Craziness. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I get such a kick out of those two post dates.

Okay, on to more serious stuff

Free Birthday Party Printables for Kids to Decorate

Do I have to be serious on a blog’s birthday? Maybe not.

Let’s all sing the Happy Birthday song…

(I was going to take a video of myself singing happy birthday but then I decided to spare us all.)

However! I do have a birthday cake to share as well as cupcakes and balloons!

Here you go ::

Free Birthday Party Printables

Birthday party printables for you and your family!*

Click the image or the link above to download or print them out.

Then decorate with drawings, paint, collage, or even playdough!

(The printables were made with kids in mind, but don’t let that hold you back if you want to decorate some yourself!)

I would love to see the decorated birthday cakes and such, so if you feel so inclined, please snap a photo with your phone and share it on my facebook page (or post it on your own blog and include a link in the comments here).

Okay, now that you’ve eaten your cake, I’m standing up and tapping my glass and want to say a few words before we all head out to the dance floor—because we’re definitely having some dancing at this party! (It was either that or roller skating and I wasn’t sure if you all knew how to roller skate…)

Tap. Tap. Tap. (Clears throat.)

Thank you all for coming to The Artful Parent’s birthday party! I am so glad you could come!

As you all know, The Artful Parent is 7 years old today. So exciting! I remember when this blog was just born! I didn’t know what she would look like or how she would do in this world. But now that she’s 7, she’s developing a real personality. She especially enjoys sharing easy and fun art activities and ideas with kids and families everywhere. 

The Artful Parent even has two books to help share the message of art and creativity! One on kids’ art that’s been out for almost two years. One on celebrating the seasons and holidays around the year which is coming out soon.

I have to admit I’m pretty proud.

But that’s enough talking! It’s time to dance!

Free Birthday Party Printables for Kids to Decorate And make sure to come say goodbye (if you’re a hugger, I’ll give you a hug) and take some balloons when you leave…

These are special wishing balloons.

As you can see on the balloons, you can draw or write one or more wishes—perhaps related to art and creativity. These could be wishes for yourself, wishes for The Artful Parent, or wishes for the world—it’s up to you!

If you like, you could pretend you are one of the three fairies in Sleeping Beauty bestowing their wishes upon the baby.

What creative gifts would you wish for the world?

Once you write or draw your wishes on the balloon, release the wishes into the world. (Again, feel free to share pics on my facebook page or links in the comments here…)

Thanks for coming the The Artful Parent’s birthday party!

 

*And a big, big thank you to Kate Fairlie of Picklebums for creating these printables for us!

(If you aren’t familiar with her line of fun kids’ printables (all free!) on Picklebums, make sure to check them out. I highly recommend them. We especially enjoy her playdough people printables in our home. In fact, all of her playdough mats are pretty awesome.)

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Valentine Heart Melts http://artfulparent.com/2015/01/valentine-heart-melts-valentines-day-art-for-kids.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/01/valentine-heart-melts-valentines-day-art-for-kids.html#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:47:17 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=18799 We’ve combined some of our very favorite art techniques (and subjects) into a fun Valentines Day art activity for you! I wrote the post over on my friend Anna Ranson’s site, The Imagination Tree.  You can read it here :: Crayon Melt Valentines Day Art for Kids And while you’re there, make sure to see her...

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Crayon Melt Valentines Day Art for Kids

We’ve combined some of our very favorite art techniques (and subjects) into a fun Valentines Day art activity for you!

I wrote the post over on my friend Anna Ranson’s site, The Imagination Tree

You can read it here ::

Crayon Melt Valentines Day Art for Kids

And while you’re there, make sure to see her many Valentine arts and crafts ideas, such as ::

More Fun News…

Shipping off one of my advance author copies of The Artful Year to the UK!

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

The Artful Year Book CoverThank you everyone for your lovely comments on my book announcement for The Artful Year! I so love reading them. I think that’s half the reason I like to do giveaways. All the extra comments to read!

This post contains affiliate links.By the way, Jenny won the giveaway for the advance signed copy of The Artful Year and I’m shipping it off to her in the UK this morning. For the rest of you, you can pre-order the book through your local bookstore, Roost Books (in stock now), Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Powell’sOr ask your library to order it… And I’ll keep you posted about more fun book stuff and news going forward.

XO, Jean

P.S. Tomorrow is my 8 year blogiversary and I have a fun celebration planned so be sure to check back!

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Crayon Melt Valentines Day Art for Kids

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Drawing Prompts for Kids with Eye Stickers http://artfulparent.com/2015/01/drawing-prompts-kids-eye-stickers.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/01/drawing-prompts-kids-eye-stickers.html#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:07:29 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=18809 We have a roll of eye stickers that is completely awesome in every way. We’ve always been big fans of googly eyes and frankly I didn’t see the point of eye stickers for a long time. I just thought that googly eyes trumped them in every way. But! It’s not true at all. Eye stickers...

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Drawing Prompts for Kids with Eye Stickers and Markers

This post contains affiliate links.We have a roll of eye stickers that is completely awesome in every way.

We’ve always been big fans of googly eyes and frankly I didn’t see the point of eye stickers for a long time. I just thought that googly eyes trumped them in every way.

But! It’s not true at all. Eye stickers rock.

And I want to thank Abby Glassenberg of While She Naps for recommending eye stickers enthusiastically enough that I gave them a try. (We were discussing favorite kids’ arts and crafts materials on her podcast with Amie Plumley of Sewing School.)

I ordered a roll of eye stickers from Discount School Supply and we’ve been using them since.

The roll is large (big enough for a classroom!) so we’ve been gifting strips of eye stickers as well. :)

Here’s a recent art activity that we did with the eye stickers as drawing prompts.

Drawing Prompts for Kids with Eye Stickers

Drawing Prompts for Kids with Eye Stickers

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

Okay, so here are the super fancy, detailed instructions…

Drawing Prompts for Kids with Eye Stickers

1.  Place a number of eye stickers on a sheet of paper in any configuration desired.

2.  (Optional) Add a few words or question, to inspire or direct the drawing somewhat.

Kids Drawing with Stickers as Prompts

3.  Hand the eye sticker drawing prompt to your child to draw.

And yeah, that’s not my child in the photo above. That’s Fiona, a friend and fellow sticker enthusiast.

Using Eye Stickers as Drawing Prompts

Note :: While I set up the initial eye sticker drawing prompts for my daughters and their friends, they added the stickers themselves for all subsequent eye sticker drawings.

Using Eye Stickers as Drawing Prompts

Because stickers are too fun to let someone else be in charge of them.

Drawing Prompts for Kids with Eye Stickers

We used black paper for some of the artworks, combined with white pencils (from a pack of colored pencils)…

Drawing Prompts for Kids with Eye Stickers

…and with metallic Sharpie markers.

Drawing Prompts for Kids with Eye Stickers

…and white paper for some of the artworks (combined with colored markers)…

Kids Drawing with Stickers as Prompts

We used the black and white eye stickers I bought for some…

Using Eye Stickers to Decorate Mailing Envelopes

…including to decorate packages we were sending out.

Drawing Prompts for Kids - Drawing People with Eye Stickers

…and some colored eye stickers that Discount School Supply has since sent me to try (at my request) for others.

Drawing Prompts for Kids with Eye Stickers - Finished Drawings

How about you? Have you tried eye stickers like these? What did your family think?

Colorations Colorful Eye StickersIf you’d like to buy the eye stickers pictured here (they are awesome!), you can get them from Discount School Supply ::

I love that they come in big rolls of two matching eyes side by side. Plenty of stickers and inspiration to last and to share!

More Sticker Drawing Prompts for Kids

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Drawing Prompts for Kids with Eye Stickers

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Kids Dioramas and Small World Play Ideas http://artfulparent.com/2015/01/kids-dioramas-and-small-world-play-ideas.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/01/kids-dioramas-and-small-world-play-ideas.html#respond Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:38:57 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=18907 A couple months ago, we received a review copy of 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids by Asia Citro of Fun at Home with Kids. I set it on the shelf with a few other review books I had received, fully intending to take a look at it when I had the time. But I started noticing...

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Small World Play and Kids Dioramas

This post contains affiliate links.A couple months ago, we received a review copy of 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids by Asia Citro of Fun at Home with Kids. I set it on the shelf with a few other review books I had received, fully intending to take a look at it when I had the time.

But I started noticing it around the house…

And then I started noticing Maia making things—whole worlds—from it.

And then she started asking for particular materials so she could do other activities from the book.

And so it went.

150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids Book by Asia Citro

Maia has carried this book around with her, even in the car, taking ownership of it and the activities and executing them on her own (often enlisting the help of Daphne and sometimes other kids in the house).

This has never happened before, despite the volume of children’s activity books that have come through our home.

Most get ignored by the kids. (Although if I introduce an activity from one of the books, they’re perfectly happy to do it.)

But to have the whole book and its activities appeal so clearly to my child in such a way is a first.

Glow in the Dark Paint - 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids

Why her and not Daphne, my five year old?

First of all, Maia is an independent reader and creator. At nine, she can read about the activities, follow the instructions, and execute most projects on her own. Daphne can’t yet.

Secondly, Maia is my big-time sensory-seeking kid. She is the child who as a toddler and preschooler took her shoes off every time we walked past a particular neighbor’s house so she could cavort barefoot on the gravel drive. She’s the one who still covered herself in shaving cream during certain art activities, long after many kids might have stopped doing so.

This book is very appealing—I can see how Maia is attracted to it. The photos are clear, colorful and engaging. There are lots of slimes and goos and doughs. It’s really a child’s dream come true.

Maia really wants to make the slimes and we haven’t yet (because of a bum of a mom who has a bit of a thing against slimes and hasn’t gotten the materials). The glow in the dark stuff looks especially fun, though.

Here are the kids dioramas and small world play scenes Maia has created so far

Small World Play with Sensory Dough

She’s made the colored cloud dough… With Daphne quick to bring her princesses over to play in it.

Small World Play with Sensory Dough 2

And then they turned it into a small world play scene together with some duplo pieces and the tower from Daphne’s wooden castle.

Beach Scene Small World - 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids

She made the beach world (although I don’t seem to have taken a photo of it).

Small World Play with a Desert Diorama

And the desert world play scene.

Small World Play with an Arctic Diorama

And the frozen world play scene (with our favorite fake snow instead of the recommended cornstarch and arctic figurines rather than penguins).

I like seeing her apply the ideas and skills that she’s gained from 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids in other situations.

For example, she had a couple of friends over to work on a school social studies project this past week. While most of the kids in her class chose to do a computer presentation, she has spearheaded a diorama project to recreate an Algonquin Native American life in miniature. They dyed sand green and blue with liquid watercolors (their idea) to represent grass and a lake, gathered twigs from the yard and glued them together to create huts (after they decided that the wooden craft sticks they taped together weren’t going to cut it), and talked about using some of our animal figurines to populate the world.

This book is definitely a keeper.

I highly recommend picking up a copy for yourself and your family, whether you have babes, little kids, or school-age kids.

It might disappear from your bookshelf, too, and you might start to notice it around the house…

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Kids Dioramas and Small World Play

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Magazine Pictures as Drawing Prompts for Kids http://artfulparent.com/2015/01/drawing-prompts-for-kids-with-magazine-pictures.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/01/drawing-prompts-for-kids-with-magazine-pictures.html#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:31:46 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=18806 I came across a photo on Pinterest recently that has inspired all kinds of creative drawing in our home lately. The photo depicts an artwork that is composed of half a magazine page pasted onto paper and the missing half of the magazine image completed (or made up) through pen and ink drawing. When I...

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Magazine Pictures as Drawing Prompts for Kids Art

I came across a photo on Pinterest recently that has inspired all kinds of creative drawing in our home lately.

The photo depicts an artwork that is composed of half a magazine page pasted onto paper and the missing half of the magazine image completed (or made up) through pen and ink drawing.

When I followed the link, the post was not about magazine images as drawing prompts for kids, as I had assumed, but rather about drawing MC Escher-type repeated patterns and cross-hatching (including the aforementioned magazine artwork wallpaper).

Magazine Pictures as Drawing Prompts for Kids - Maia working on her whale artwork

However! I took the idea I initially saw and loved in that image and created a handful of magazine drawing prompts for the kids and their friends. And have even used the idea in my daily sketchbook.

Magazine Pictures as Drawing Prompts for Kids - Kids at work

It has been such a hit!

Magazine Pictures as Drawing Prompts for Kids - Emily's house in a snowstorm

I love it. The kids have all loved it. Everyone has been tremendously inspired by these magazine drawing prompts, working more creatively and working on their artworks longer than they often do.

Here’s how we did this ::

Magazine Pictures as Drawing Prompts for Kids

This post contains affiliate links.MATERIALS

  • Paper
  • Magazine(s)
  • Glue stick
  • Drawing tools (we used pens, washable markers, and Sharpies*)

Magazine pictures as drawing prompts

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Choose your magazine images and cut them out.

I cut out half pages, partial pages, cut around some items, and even did one with a full magazine page (with the idea that the kids could draw over the magazine image).

2. Glue the magazine pages to the paper as desired.

You can either go to work drawing right away at this point or you can let your magazine pages dry under a heavy book so they’ll dry flat.

Magazine pictures as drawing prompts for kids

3. Draw around and on the magazine images and paper as desired, using the magazine image as a starting point or drawing prompt for your artwork.

Magazine pictures as drawing prompts for kids

*Note :: To draw on the magazine images, a Sharpie marker or other permanent pen works best. Daphne used silver metallic Sharpies for drawing on her dark magazine page. However, the kids used regular washable markers for the most part.

Magazine Pictures as Drawing Prompts for Kids - four finished artworks

Here are some of the kids’ finished artworks (above) using the magazine images as drawing prompts.

Magazine Pictures as Drawing Prompts

And here are the ones that Harry and I did.

How about you? Do you offer your children drawing prompts? Would you give this idea a try?

Magazine Pictures as Drawing Prompts

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5 ways to (re) ignite YOUR creativity in the new year http://artfulparent.com/2015/01/5-ways-re-ignite-creativity-new-year.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/01/5-ways-re-ignite-creativity-new-year.html#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:18:05 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=18812 Post by Tiffany Dahle I cannot draw my way out of a paper bag. Paint brushes fumble out of my fingers. Yet, I adore every single thing about The Artful Parent because Jean has taught me that it doesn’t have to be perfect—it is the experience of creating with my kids that matters. As a...

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5 Ways to Re Ignite Your Creativit

Post by Tiffany Dahle

I cannot draw my way out of a paper bag. Paint brushes fumble out of my fingers. Yet, I adore every single thing about The Artful Parent because Jean has taught me that it doesn’t have to be perfect—it is the experience of creating with my kids that matters.

As a child I longed to be as talented in art class as a dear friend of mine. As an adult, I finally realized that being an artist has much broader definition than I was given in school. One of my favorite parts of being a mom is finding the opportunity to explore creativity as part of my daily life with my family.

Perhaps you’ve stopped by Jean’s lovely site for some inspiration for your children, but today I’d love to inspire you to try something new for yourself. Even if we can’t draw, we can still be artists! (And if you can draw, here are some more creative ideas for you.) I hope you will find something on this list that gets your creative juices flowing and excited about exploring something different.

 

 

 5 ways to (re) ignite YOUR creativity in the new year

(Re) Ignite Your Creativity - Photography and 4 other ideas for parents

1. Traditional “big girl camera” DSLR photography :: Are you getting the most out of your camera? Have you been relying on it as a tool for capturing snapshots of big events? There is so much room for creative exploration with a camera like this.

  • Try taking it off auto and learn to control your captures. The best way to do this is to start with a class. Jean recommends a great one here. Then it just comes down to practice, practice, practice.
  • Use a creative project for your practice :: Whether it is for a short session like a single week or as complex as a full year, challenge yourself to take a photo every single day. The repetition helps improve your technical skills while forcing you to approach your subject from a different standpoint every time. Consider projects like “14 days of Love” in February, “100 Days of Summer” in May, or a full Project 365 and then gather your images into a collage or photo book at the end.

5 Ways to Re Ignite Your Creativity - Iphoneography

2. Using what you have—iPhoneography :: Not everyone has invested in a full DSLR, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy pursuing photography. It is amazing what our cell phones are capable of!

  • Portable creative projects in your pocket :: The same idea of a daily project is even more fun using a cell phone. I managed a full Project 365 using nothing but my iPhone & Instagram in 2012. I recently discovered the app Collect which stores your images in a calendar format.
  • Playing with video minus the hassle of editing :: I have a pile of old video tapes I used to capture footage of our babies that have never seen the light of day because the editing is too intimidating to me. Video captures are so simple on cell phones and you can use apps like OneDay and 1 Second Everyday to play around with that feature on your phone. Similar to the photo a day project, the repetition of capturing a new bit of video every day sends you on a “treasure hunt” to find something beautiful or interesting to share about your daily life.

5 Ways to Re Ignite Your Creativity - The Artful Kitchen

3. The artful kitchen :: We feed our families day in and day out. Is this task something you enjoy or dread? Maybe you feel both of those things in any given week. Sometimes we just need to get food on the table, but why not set aside a longer pocket of time in the kitchen for enjoying the process a little more just once in a while.

  • Try a new cuisine :: Pick an ethnic recipe that is outside of your comfort zone and will require purchasing an exotic ingredient not currently found in your pantry. I was shocked to discover how easy it is to make our favorite chicken pad thai. “New” doesn’t need to mean “complicated.” It’s ok to find a beginner’s version of the recipe, the point is just to experiment with a new flavor.
  • Pick a recipe that requires time :: Baking bread from scratch comes immediately to mind. Our family experimented with homemade cinnamon rolls over the holidays–waiting for the yeast to rise, rolling out the dough, filling it up with goodies and rolling it back up again. It took the better part of a morning, got us covered in flour and sugar, and everyone was sticky from head to toe. Not something I’d do regularly, but it was definitely a fantastic sensory experience.
  • Have an in-home date :: Feed the kids early and set them up with a movie and have an adults-only dinner date right at home. Set the table elegantly, light some candles, and cook something that appeals to just YOUR palette. Try a new wine pairing. Savor your meal with your sweetie. This is the perfect chance to experiment with new foods that may bomb if placed in front of the kids. You can be a bit more daring when you only have to buy enough for 2!

5 Ways to Re Ignite Your Creativity - Fabric Therapy

4. Fabric therapy :: The way I feel about fabric is how I imagine Jean feels about paint. Mixing the colors and textures into new combinations can be a thrilling experience. I’m never quite certain how a quilt top is going to turn out until it is done. The tactile experience of petting the fabrics and smoothing them through the sewing machine is a soothing experience I would highly recommend. Start with something simple!

  • RetroMama on Etsy :: I adore this shop. You’re sure to find a pattern in here you’ll love. I’ve made both her elephant and a bat very similar to her owl and my kids had a blast helping with the details. Look for simple shapes, the rest is easy.
  • Thimble Blossoms for quilting :: If you have any interest in quilting but have written it off as too complicated, then you just haven’t found the right pattern. I adore everything by Camille over at Thimbleblossoms and would recommend her Sweet Cheeks pattern for any beginner. If you can sew a straight line, you can manage this quilt.
  • It’s all about the materials :: As with any creative project, the quality of your materials significantly affect the outcome. I would highly recommend seeking out your local quilting shop for fabric. For not that much more money, you will have material that holds up to your efforts. If your town doesn’t have a quilting shop, I recommend the Fat Quarter Shop. You can search by fabric designer or theme or color and they have terrific sales on discontinued lines.

5 Ways to Re Ignite Your Creativity - Stick a Needle in It

5. Stick a needle in it :: A year ago I went out of my comfort zone and picked up knitting. I find this hobby to be extremely taxing on my brain so I stick to just a simple basic stitch scarf. I find the repetition of the stitching to be very relaxing and enjoy doing it while I watch tv in the evenings with my husband. It makes that downtime feel productive in a good way. I’ve also enjoyed taking my projects along on car trips with the family. It’s the perfect social creative activity. I’m amazed at the gorgeous things more advanced knitters can create and similar to regular sewing, the experimentation with textures and colors for any given project makes it exciting to see how something will turn out. You only need a very few things to get started:

  • The supplies :: 1 pair of knitting needles in basic bamboo size 9, 1 skein of yarn that appeals to you. For the yarn, stick to something in a traditional weight (not too chunky or with beads or sequins, etc.) Check out your local knitting shop, they are so helpful!
  • Learn how to cast on :: You can find dozens of videos on YouTube for knitting, but it is hard to know what you’re looking for if you’ve never knit before. “Casting On” is the process of getting your knitting started. This video has great footage of getting the yarn onto the needles.
  • The basic stitch :: There are 2 basic stitches in knitting: knit and purl. The best advice I got was to not worry about the purl stitch to start. Just do the knit stitch when you are a beginner. This is a great video tutorial of the knit stitch.
  • Learning how to bind off :: Once you’ve finished your project, you need to “bind off” to get it off your needles. Check out this tutorial for binding off.

I hope this has given you some ideas for reigniting or igniting your creativity! If you have other ideas to share or something that has worked for you, please share in the comments!

About the Author :: 

Tiffany Dahle of Peanut BlossomTiffany Dahle is the hostess behind Peanut Blossom where she shares her belief that strong families start with strong and happy mothers. For her that means capturing beautiful photography, discovering new family friendly food, and enjoying a good book. Join her and other recovering readers wanting to prioritize a little “me time” with her No Stress Book Club.

You can find Tiffany on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram.

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Introducing my New Book, The Artful Year http://artfulparent.com/2015/01/introducing-the-artful-year-book.html http://artfulparent.com/2015/01/introducing-the-artful-year-book.html#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 13:24:10 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=18764 Hello, my friends! I have something special to share with you… It’s my new book! The Artful Year :: Celebrating the Seasons & Holidays with Crafts & Recipes Receiving my box of author copies from the publisher was so exciting—like Christmas!—yet this is something that I had created. My first book was a labor of love....

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The Artful Year Book - Celebrating the Seasons and Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts

Hello, my friends!

I have something special to share with you…

It’s my new book!

The Artful Year :: Celebrating the Seasons & Holidays with Crafts & Recipes

Receiving my box of author copies from the publisher was so exciting—like Christmas!—yet this is something that I had created.

My first book was a labor of love.

Love of kids’ art. Love of creativity.

And wanting to share both with the world in a way that hadn’t been done before. In an accessible, fun, and encouraging way so that would inspire as many parents and teachers as possible to share art with the kids in their lives. I wanted to show the importance of creativity so that more people would make it a priority.

The Artful Year Book Spine

This book?

The Artful Year was a labor of joy.

The joy and excitement that I get from the seasons and holidays.

The Artful Year Book - Playdough Around the Year

And the joy and excitement that children the world over get from the seasons and holidays.

As humans, we get so much enjoyment and inspiration from nature and the seasonal changes that happen throughout the year. And we have found ways to celebrate those seasons and their holidays as individuals, families, and cultures.

The Artful Year takes you through the year with many creative ways to celebrate each of the seasons and holidays with arts and crafts, food, books, and activities. Over 175 family-friendly activities!

As you know, this book is based on the four seasonal ebooks I created. You may even have one or more of those ebooks on your tablet or laptop.

But with the help of my editor, Jennifer Urban-Brown, and the wonderful team at Roost Books, those ebooks have gone through a series of changes, morphing from awkward teenagers to enter into a graceful and self-confident early adulthood as The Artful Year book.

I’m so proud of it! And so thankful for the wonderful work that Roost has done to make this book possible.

The Artful Year - Celebrating the Seasons and Holidays with Family Crafts and Recipes

The Artful Year is divided into five main sections ::

  • Activities for All Seasons
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter

The Artful Year Book - Spring and Easter Crafts

Each section of the book is filled with seasonal and holiday crafts, recipes, art projects, and other activities. Plus our favorite children’s books about each of the seasons and holidays.

I hope you like my new book as much as I do!

The Artful Year Book - Summer Recipes

This post contains affiliate links.I am so excited that The Artful Year is printed and almost ready to go out into the world, to bookstores, libraries, and homes…

The official book release date is February 3rd—less than a month away!

The Artful Year Book Cover You can pre-order The Artful Year through any of the following ::

Note :: Roost Books has them in stock now and you’ll receive the book before the official release date if you order through them.

You can also ask your local library to order a copy or two (thank you!).

And, just for fun, I’m giving away one of my advance author copies (signed, of course)! To enter for a chance to win one of the very first copies to go out into the world (I did send one to my mom and Grandma already), see the giveaway details below…

The Artful Year Signed Book Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

To enter to win a signed copy of The Artful Year before the book is officially released just leave a comment to this blog post then come back up to the rafflecopter widget and tell it that you are entering the giveaway. Giveaway open to readers around the world through January 16th, at 11:59 pm EST. Winner will be announced here on Saturday, January 17th.

Good luck!

Giveaway now closed. Congrats to Jenny for winning the book!

“I love seasonal crafting with my children. Can’t wait to get my hands on this!”

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