Kids Arts and Crafts Activities

Painting tiny



As a complete contrast to the large body paintings Maia did, here are some tiny paintings of hers.

I've been trying to get this post up for a couple days now, and it seems like every time I sit down at the computer the baby wakes up or Maia needs my attention or something. I meant to write about the benefits of working small, working large, and trying different sizes and formats to keep things interesting. But I guess I'll do that another time, because once again, Daphne is awake after napping for approximately 10 minutes. Someone's gotta have a talk with that kid. (Although she is teething, so we'll cut her some slack.)

Today, photos…






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    July 2, 2010 at 10:32 am

    this is one of my most favorite things to do with novi… these little images are perfect to use for cards or little frames. i love how maia uses mixed media with hers – usually novi doesn’t want to do that, but i love the look of it. here are some of novi’s turned into cards and such, with one or two rare mixed-media one in the batch:
    happy long weekend, jean!

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    July 2, 2010 at 10:40 am

    These are great. We love doing this too — the tape + water colors leaves such a nice clean edge too. And a question, how do you get Maia to keep the crayons in the little tin so nice and neat? All of our crayons (the same ones) are completely de-papered and mixed into a huge bin of other random crayons picked up along the way or gifted to us. Good luck with the teething!

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    Doodle Isle
    July 2, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Wow this is a fantastic idea! I surely will try this with my little one :D

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    July 2, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Jean –
    Have you guys read “Thimbleberry Stories” by Cynthia Rylant together? The hummingbird in the story (Dipper) makes tiny paintings like these that he gives to his friend Nigel (who is a chipmunk).

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    July 2, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I love all of you ideas ! I have a question is that just an regular ink pen she is using?

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    The Artful Parent
    July 2, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Those look great, Jen!

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    The Artful Parent
    July 2, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    About the crayons — not sure. Her other crayons always end up broken and in a jumble. I love these partly just because they don’t break and they come in the nice tin.

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    The Artful Parent
    July 2, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Haven’t read those stories, but we’ll have to see if the library has them!

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    The Artful Parent
    July 2, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Yes, Tracy. It’s just a regular ink pen.

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    July 2, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Wow, Jean – loved both the ideas – painting big (yesterday) and painting tiny..! I will try this with Pari. She loves water colours as well and this will be a cool project this weekend before the summer vacation ends and school starts this Monday, here in India.
    We did a mixed media project recently using old book, glitters and poster colours for Father’s day gift….
    You and Maia have a wonderful long weekend :)

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    July 2, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Love it! Will try this- the multiples. btw What are the “crayons your daughter is using? paintsticks?
    Thanks for this great site!
    New Fan Sheila

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    July 2, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Great idea! Cause my girl is already tired of drawing at the big papers… and i didn’t know what to excita her with…Thanks!

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    The Artful Parent
    July 3, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Your paper cone wreath looks like a fun project, Rashmie!

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    The Artful Parent
    July 3, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Sheila – they are just crayons, not paintsticks. The crayons are made by Stockmar and are chunkier than most and made of beeswax. They are great! Also more expensive than most crayons, but very good quality and they last forever and don’t break.

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    July 5, 2010 at 8:37 am

    This is a beautiful idea, my 5year old , 2 year old and even my teenager loved it!

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    Joyful Mama
    July 27, 2010 at 4:52 am

    Hi! So enjoyed doing this with my two and a half year old. I linked back to this post.

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