Category Archives: color

Marker + Watercolors

{So sorry posting is spotty lately! I blame January and the fact that I’m recovering from Lyme, which makes me achy and tired. But hopefully things will pick up soon!} Inspired by the “Lively Lines” activity in Express Yourself: Activities … Continue reading

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Matisse-Inspired Collage

The kids each received a Joyce Raimondo book for Christmas; this activity is from What’s The Big Idea? Activities and Adventures in Abstract Art. The books are suggested for ages 5-12 and are full of techniques to try based on … Continue reading

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Spin Art {A Review, of Sorts}

The kids received a spin art contraption for Christmas, so over break we played with it. I didn’t realize, when ordering, that it was the Melissa and Doug brand, which has gotten not-so-great reviews over on Amazon. But it was, … Continue reading

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Doodle Rocks

Materials: Rocks; liquid acrylic craft paint; brushes of various sizes; permanent markers, including metallic We love to collect rocks. Not too long ago, after seeing beautifully painted rocks at Jen Muna, I decided I wanted to try it myself. And … Continue reading

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Rubber Cement as Masking Fluid

(Note: The rubber cement bottle is full of warnings. It contains chemicals and latex. It smells bad and the fumes can be hazardous. It’s flammable. It can cause allergic reactions because of the latex. I decided I was comfortable using … Continue reading

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Cut Paper Snowflakes

Materials: Scissors, various papers Yesterday’s countdown calendar activity was to make snowflakes, so when the boys got home from school, this is what they found. A basket full of pre-folded paper, ready for cutting into snowflakes. I used a variety … Continue reading

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Painted Collages (TinkerLab Magazine Challenge)

Materials: Illustration board, old magazines, glue or paste, scissors (of course!), acrylic paint–the kind in tubes, not the liquid kind. Once again, Rachelle at TinkerLab invited us to participate in a materials challenge, this time using magazines. So I brought … Continue reading

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Maps, Drawn + Painted

Materials: Watercolor paper, permanent markers, watercolor paint, painter’s tape (optional) On a recent sick day, when my boys were too sick for school but they’d temporarily perked up enough for a project, we drew and painted some maps. I left … Continue reading

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Marble Painting, Traditional and Magnetic

Materials: Tempera paint, magnetic marbles, magnet wands, foil cake or pie pans (I used cake because the edges are slightly taller), paper cut to fit the pan, small cups and spoons for the paint After our magnetic painting activity at … Continue reading

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Painting With Wool

Materials: Rectangles of wool felt (to act as the “canvas”), wool roving in various colors (such as this) This past weekend was the third session of the parent/child class N and I are taking at a local art museum. We … Continue reading

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