Category Archives: texture

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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After the Color Mixing

Last week I posted about a color-mixing activity G, age 3, did. When she was done mixing the colors and exploring the corn starch, she began painting with the leftover colored water. “I’m painting a cave,” she said as she … 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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Rolling Pin Prints

(Inspired by First Art by MaryAnn Kohl.) Materials: Rolling pin; tempera paint; piece of Plexiglas or old plate (for the paint); paper; rubber bands I finally got a new wooden rolling pin, which means my temporary one was available for … Continue reading

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Vegetable Netting Painting

Well, that was an unplanned blog hiatus! G and I did this right before the flu took me under… (Inspired by “Impressive Burlap” in MaryAnn Kohl’s First Art.) Materials: Watercolor paper, tempera paint, vegetable netting (I used the top from … 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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Open Studio

Yet another partial school day, so I gave the kids some ideas for activities we could do in the studio. And this is what happens when three kids want to do three different things… in retrospect, I should have made … Continue reading

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Wood + Glue + Paper + Wire

(Partially inspired by this post at Acorn Pies.) Materials: Wooden shapes (found at the craft store), Tacky Glue (for the wood), paper scraps, wire, Mod Podge (for the paper scraps), acrylic paint (turns out we needed some of that, too!) … Continue reading

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Classic Childhood Play

My six-year-old is home from school today on what I call a “buffer” day–getting over being sick, but not lie-on-the-couch sick. So I decided to make some homemade play dough. But because I have celiac, our homemade play dough is … Continue reading

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Color and Texture

(Inspired by That Artist Woman and the vibrant paintings in the Great Hall at the Eric Carle Museum.) We set out to make our own decorative paper, using only primary colors and textures. We’ll use these papers (we ended up … Continue reading

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