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Today’s art idea is a 3D landscape. Decide what type of landscape you want-jungle, desert, forest, garden, etc. think ab...
04/10/2020

Today’s art idea is a 3D landscape. Decide what type of landscape you want-jungle, desert, forest, garden, etc. think about your landscape in three layers-far, middle, near. Choose three pieces of paper all the same size. They can be as big or small as you want. My example is 6x8. Cut a rectangle in the middle of each paper. One having a 1” border, another having 1.5” and the last having a 2” border. Inside the 2” border rectangle glue or tape a drawing of something that would be far away in your landscape. I drew mountains in the distance for my jungle landscape. Set aside. Inside the 1.5” border rectangle add some collage shapes of objects that would be not close enough to touch or get to “quickly”. I made a couple tress and a vine. These items can cross the frame and be glued to the top and/or bottom. Finally for your last rectangle, the one with the largest space (1”) create lots of details of things that are close to you in your landscape, these items would be seen the most clear and be the largest out of the three layers. Once all three layers are complete take a paper towel roll and cut 8 loops. Glue 4 of these loops-one on each side of your farthest rectangle and add a dot I glue on the top of each loop. Place your middle layer on top of the loops. Place four more loops into this layer each with a dot of glue on top. Place your closest layer on top. Allow to dry and display your beautifully unique and 3D artwork!

Today’s art idea is printing with bubble wrap. Paint your bubble wrap with paint and press down a piece of xerox or cons...
04/09/2020

Today’s art idea is printing with bubble wrap. Paint your bubble wrap with paint and press down a piece of xerox or construction paper on top. Use your imagination for what you want the Bubble wrap to be- it can be a pile of rocks, bubbles underwater from a sunken ship or mermaid...Add details to the bubble wrap print with construction paper shapes or stickers, or drawings. Have fun!

Today’s art idea is marble painting. You can use marbles or other size toy balls. You need very little amounts of paint ...
04/08/2020

Today’s art idea is marble painting. You can use marbles or other size toy balls. You need very little amounts of paint and a box or lid to put your paper in. Dip the marble in some paint then drop it in your box with your paper. Roll it back and forth then change marbles and repeat. Tennis balls also give a cool design. Maybe try a golf ball. You can wash the balls when you are done to use another time. This is great for a rainy day and gets the kids using their motor skills to control the ball on the paper.

Today’s art idea is glue & chalk drawings. Use any color paper but dark colors are preferable because the glue lines wil...
04/07/2020

Today’s art idea is glue & chalk drawings. Use any color paper but dark colors are preferable because the glue lines will have more impact. Draw a design lightly in pencil but enough to be able to trace it with the glue. Don’t make your design too detailed or have the lines close together. When you trace it the glue lines will be thicker! Faces, flowers, landscapes, cars, etc. my students always loved doing portraits this way. Take a glue bottle and trace all the lines. Tip-make sure the glue bottle tip is touching the paper. Do not try to drip it down on your lines. Don’t lift the bottle if you can help it. Keep light pressure and trace slowly but continuously. When the glue is completely dry it will appear as the same color as your paper. Color your design in with chalk by applying color and rubbing it inside your shapes. Great chance for color blending and outdoor sidewalk chalk works fine. Chalk erases with pencil eraser easily if you need to. Use a spray adhesive or fixative to secure your chalk so it won’t smear.

Today’s art idea is printing with recycled objects. Most items you get from the store have some type of packaging that c...
04/06/2020

Today’s art idea is printing with recycled objects. Most items you get from the store have some type of packaging that can be used for printing. Combined with a drawn or painted background you can create some very unique artworks. I personally love the dual compartment containers from yogurt/cottage cheese. They can be used to make a variety of insects & animals. Foam from packaging can be easily cut into shapes and glued together to make other objects & animals. A simple round or oval container can printed once or several times. Print directly onto a background or on a separate paper and cut out your creations. Use your imagination and start printing!

Today’s art idea is shaving cream printing. I used an old ziploc bag I was planning to throw away. You could also tie a ...
04/05/2020

Today’s art idea is shaving cream printing. I used an old ziploc bag I was planning to throw away. You could also tie a grocery bag around a magazine (put magazine inside bag). You do not need much shaving cream, a lot goes a long way. Squeeze a couple rows of cream and spread it out with your hands. Drop several drops if acrylic paint that has been mixed with a little water to make it thinner. You can also use watercolor but don’t water it down too much. Food color will also work. After dropping the paint gently use the end of a spoon or your pinky finger and swirl the paint through the cream. If you mix it too much it will mix with the cream and dilute. Lay your paper on top of the mix and gently press and rub the paper. Remove it carefully. It will feel thick and heavy but once the cream evaporated you will be left with just the paint swirlies. I printed an envelope! and small paper both on the surface before I changed it up a little. I spread out the cream gently for my final print. This time I laid a larger paper down on the bag and flipped it over so I could see the design as it was being pressed into the paper. Pretty cool. You could use this opportunity to mix a couple colors together in the cream and get a more marbles affect. Once your papers are dry there are lots of possibilities. The envelope will be a great surprise for a letter or card. The other papers can be used for collage backgrounds or journal covers. Because there will be a little texture to the surface of the papers markers may not work the best to add details, try sticking to crayons, pen or colored pencil. Have fun! I’ve also heard you can use this technique to dye Easter eggs by rolling the egg in the cream mixed with paint.

Today’s art idea is to make a “mouse paint” box. Any size shallow box will do or a larger box can be cut down. These wer...
04/04/2020

Today’s art idea is to make a “mouse paint” box. Any size shallow box will do or a larger box can be cut down. These were drink flats. You can find the story Mouse Paint on YouTube or if you have a hard copy you can read or have your kids read that’s great! My kids painted a few circles of primary colors first then mixed colors and painted some circles of the colors they made-orange, green, purple, then painted white around. You could also start by painting the bottom of the box white then color mix on top of the white when it’s dry. Color mixing with paint is fun for any age. While the paint is drying your kids can work on creating their mice. Either draw & color them, use construction paper to make them as little collages, etc. once the are dry add a small piece of yarn or thread to the back. We cut three small notches on the top edge of the box for the thread to slip in to. They are not secured permanently so the mice could be switched around if desired. This is is interactive piece and can be used to make up their own mouse paint story or teach color mixing.

Before I head into today’s idea I’d love to see any of the ideas I’ve listed that you’ve made at home. Please send photo...
04/03/2020

Before I head into today’s idea I’d love to see any of the ideas I’ve listed that you’ve made at home. Please send photos ! Thanks

Today’s art idea is to experiment weaving with something you haven’t before. Like many of you we’ve been doing a little cleaning our and finding lots of stuff. I looked through some old magazines to find brightly colored pages and photos I liked. You could look for complimentary colors or warm & cool colors, etc. I also found some old calendars and found two pictures I thought would look interesting when woven together. A incomplete deck of cards made for some different weaving sources. Remember when weaving that the smaller the weft (weave on) and warp (weave with) the more intricate the design. Secure the ends of your weaving when finish, I used small pieces of scotch tape. I’d love to hear what you found to experiment with when weaving!

Today’s art idea is a radial clothes hangar weaving. Stretch a wire hangar into a circle-ish shape. Take three pieces of...
04/02/2020

Today’s art idea is a radial clothes hangar weaving. Stretch a wire hangar into a circle-ish shape. Take three pieces of yarn or homemade T-shirt yarn you made and tie them criss cross the hangar. Take a fourth piece and tie it in the center attaching all pieces together, then attaching to the hangar. This secures you’re center and gives you an odd amount of strips to weave on. You can do more than 7 if you wish. Begin weaving around the center going over under over under but make sure to tie your next piece to your current piece before you weave it fully. After doing this project with traditional yarn I can say I much rather use the cotton T-shirt strips. The T-shirt strips stay next to each other better because they are thicker, once you get farther away from the center it is more challenging to keep the circle shape. You can decorate the edge of the wire with more yarn, hang beads or feathers or other embellishments. Have fun!

Today’s art idea is making a mixed media gumball machine. I used the paint I made from the marker tips to paint my gumba...
04/01/2020

Today’s art idea is making a mixed media gumball machine. I used the paint I made from the marker tips to paint my gumball machine. I’ve shown the drawing steps below. While your paint is drying, decide how you want to make your gumballs. You can use paint, markers, print them using a piece of foam or bottle top or cut them from paper. I decided to use newspaper and go on a color scavenger hunt and see how many colors I could find in a daily newspaper. I was able to find quite a an assortment of colors and this way my gumballs all look a little bit different because of the texture in the photos. Magazines would be great for this also. Cut out as many examples of colors as you can and then from those small pieces of paper cut out your gumballs. If you need to trace something you could use a quarter or a milk bottlecap. Once you have your gumballs in your machine, trace the base and table. Are you going to add anything else on your table? Check out artist Wayne Thiebaud. Have fun!

Today’s art idea is a cityscape sculpture. I’m modeling two different ways to design your city-either 3D with buildings ...
03/31/2020

Today’s art idea is a cityscape sculpture.
I’m modeling two different ways to design your city-either 3D with buildings visible from all sides or in relief, which shows them visible from 3 sides, the fourth side they are attached to a base. My example is in relief, then it can be hung up on a wall, ex. Find boxes you would normally recycle and use them for your buildings. The boxes can be painted, covered with construction paper or newspaper or wrapping paper, etc. I love the idea of using scrap wrapping paper but I had newspaper lying around waiting to be recycled so that is what I chose. I wrapped by boxes like they were presents but you can cover them with pieces using glue also. I have shown in the photos a couple ideas how to create a roof shape using paper in your box. I used two small pieces of cardboard taped together for my base. After I laid out my boxes to represent the way I wanted my city to look I added windows, doors, etc with construction paper. You could also use paint or stickers! I found some funny toy story stickers from ages ago and added them to my buildings. I also added a dinosaur to come through town on a soap box and a car on a detergent scoop. Be creative and have fun creating a cityscape.

Today’s art idea is to make a newspaper weaving. If your kids are getting bored of painting on a flat surface have them ...
03/30/2020

Today’s art idea is to make a newspaper weaving. If your kids are getting bored of painting on a flat surface have them use their fine motor skills to make a weaving and then paint it with the colors and designs of their choice. You can make your weaving as large as you want to depending on the size of the cardboard base that you have available and the size of the newspaper rolls that you make. My example is 5 x 7“. I used a thick piece of cardboard and added four rubber bands to make my loom. The loom is the surface that you Weave on. If you want to make yours larger then you will want to Roll four or five pieces of newspaper and attach those to a piece of cardboard With either tape or staples. This is called your warp. I suggest rolling newspaper and then flattening it out after it’s rolled. After you have your Rolls attached for your warp then you’re going to want to roll newspaper for you to weave with. This is called your weft. I suggest rolling the newspaper from corner to corner and not side to side because it will make your roles longer. When I made these with students in school we looked at examples of kente cloth from Africa and students made theirs very large - about 12 x 18”. After you weave your newspaper - making sure that it is tightly woven together with no gaps -staple the bottom of the warp so that your weft stays tight. it is not necessary for you to tape every roll that you weave. once you weave it over under over under , it will not come undone. There’s lots of options for how you can choose to paint your design - either abstractly or in patterns or looking at examples of the kente cloth. use your imagination!

Today’s art idea is make your own tshirt yarn. Want to make some bracelets or weaving  but you don’t have any yarn? Make...
03/29/2020

Today’s art idea is make your own tshirt yarn. Want to make some bracelets or weaving but you don’t have any yarn? Make your own! Remember those arm sleeves from the T-shirt bags? If you save them that is perfect material. Cut open the sleeve at the Seam and lay it out. Cut off the hem edge, that isn’t usable for this. Cut the remaining sleeve into strips, no less than 3/4 of an inch wide. Less than that and it’s likely to break when you do the next step. Take the ends and pull gently but firmly. The strips will Elongate and roll upon themself. They are now perfect to braid with or weave on a homemade cardboard loom. Depending on what T-shirt’s you have will give you a variety of colors. For the red& black necklace I cut off the bottom of some old xl T-shirt’s into strips then made a bag from what was left. Great way to recycle material, have fun!

Today’s art idea is a watercolor masked tree. Follow the photos below. If you don’t have watercolors make some from old ...
03/28/2020

Today’s art idea is a watercolor masked tree. Follow the photos below. If you don’t have watercolors make some from old markers like I suggested for the pasta mosaic idea. That’s what I have used in the illustrations below. I used the back of a calendar page for my paper and the lower the quality paper you use it is possible the tape will rip the paper a little. Just remember to allow the paint to dry completely and tear off the tape really slowly. Any tape will work, just peel it slowly. I used a sharpie for details. You can draw leaves, birds, flowers on the ground, etc. Be creative!

Today’s art idea is making T-shirt bags.I know reusable bags are not able to be used right now, but once they are these ...
03/27/2020

Today’s art idea is making T-shirt bags.
I know reusable bags are not able to be used right now, but once they are these work great because they are fully washable! Follow the pictures below, I’ve tried to document each step closely. Just remember to make your strips long enough to tie well (5” or more) & when you tie your strips together tie together strips diagonally once, then again with another strip so each strip is tied twice. Don’t worry if you don’t get this part exactly right, just keep tying strips and gently pull them to test you tied them good. An adult medium shirt will stretch and give you really great capacity. They can be tied to keep items inside and can be used to store things without fear of the bags ripping. If the shirt has a large collar piece that you cut off you could use that to reinforce your handles(see orange shirt photo) Use a smaller shirt to keep items in your car and hang in the back of your seat. Lots of possibilities and they are fun and easy to make. Save your shirt sleeves! Another art idea soon will use those! Pm me if you have questions.

Today’s art idea is pasta mosaics.Take a cup of dry pasta, any shapes will work except long noodles, and place it in a c...
03/26/2020

Today’s art idea is pasta mosaics.
Take a cup of dry pasta, any shapes will work except long noodles, and place it in a container with a couple drops of food coloring. If you don’t have food color you can use old markers. Just remove the tip with tweezers and place in a small container with water. If you can’t get the top off just place the marker in the container. Do not put the pasta in until the marker tops have turned the water a color. Allow your pasta to soak for 10-15 minutes then strain (do not rinse) and allow to dry on a paper bag or old rag. Do not lay on newspapers unless you want the print off the paper to get on your pasta.
Once dry create an object or scene with your pasta shapes and any other materials you have. I used bottle caps to make the inside of my flowers and magazine pieces for the grass. You can also draw an object lightly with pencil, fill it in with glue and use pasta to fill in the shape. The pasta can be broken to fill in small spaces if you want it to. If you dye a bunch of different shapes of pasta you could use this as a sorting activity. Use an egg carton, mix up all your pasta shapes in front of the carton and then sort them into the holes by color or shape. Have fun!

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