Category Archives: drawing

Iris Study

Materials: Flowers in bloom (yay, spring!); clipboards; decent-weight drawing paper (I’ve been really happy with this in the 160gsm weight); media of your choice–we used, amongst us, sketching pencils, colored pencils, chalk pastels, and gouache These beauties are in bloom … Continue reading

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Printmaking With Hot Glue

Materials: Hot glue gun, acetate (we used this), paper, blockprinting ink, brayer, some sort of palette Last week, we used Scratch-foam to make prints. The lines we carved into the foam stayed white, while everything else was inked. This week, … Continue reading

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Printmaking With Scratch-foam

Materials: Scratch-foam, water-soluble block printing inks, brayers, paper, palette of some sort (we used wax paper because I couldn’t find freezer paper, and the acrylic portion of a box frame); items to scratch into the board with I recently took … Continue reading

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Watercolor Crayons + Spray Bottle

Materials: Watercolor paper, water soluble crayons, spray bottle with water My daughter loves using a spray bottle. She’s washed the slider window using the water-filled spray bottle and paper towels (some cloth diapers absorbed the inevitable puddles on the carpet). … Continue reading

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Poetry Painting

(The break between posts is because I took over the studio table to do some sewing. You can see what I’ve been up to over here.) Materials: Imagery-filled poem; mark-making materials of choice April is National Poetry Month, which makes … Continue reading

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Toddler Mixed Media

Materials: Paper, chosen by G; paints, type and colors chosen by G; oil pastels, requested by G You  may be getting the idea that this activity was completely toddler run… as I mentioned in the last post, I think our … Continue reading

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Labeling the Studio

(Inspired by the project “Water-Slide Decal Jars” in Print Workshop by Christine Schmidt.) Materials: Photocopy of your child’s art and a copy of the book. I can’t find instructions online (although she blogs here and might include it as a … Continue reading

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Art to Stamp: A Parent-Child Collaboration

Materials: Child’s original artwork; Speedball Speedy Carve block; linoleum cutting set (which I found at a craft store, so I could use a 55% off coupon!) An alternate title to this post could be Mamas Need Inspiration, Too! I decided … Continue reading

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Yarn Art

(Somewhat inspired by this activity from Family Fun magazine.) Materials: Yarn scraps, cornstarch glue (recipe in link above), and some type of strong paper (we used vellum paper) While flipping through the February issue of Family Fun, I saw this … Continue reading

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Alphabet Drawings

Materials: Drawing paper, markers Are you familiar with the book Alphabeasties? It’s an alphabet book, with an animal for each letter, but with a twist–each animal is made up of its starting letter. Not only that, but the fonts are … Continue reading

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