Monthly Archives: January 2012

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

Posted in color, drawing, elementary & up, painting, preschool & up, watercolor | 1 Comment

Drawing in Snow

Last year, we got 30 inches of snow in January alone. This year, snow has been sparse at best, so far, and so my kids were delighted with the mere dusting that awaited them on Friday morning. Informed that there … Continue reading

Posted in drawing, elementary & up, outside art | Leave a comment

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

Posted in books, collage, color, drawing, elementary & up, preschool & up, review | 4 Comments

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

Posted in all ages, color, elementary & up, painting, preschool & up, toddler/preschool | Leave a comment

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

Posted in all ages, color, drawing, elementary & up, painting, preschool & up, toddler/preschool | 2 Comments


Our family’s trip to the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (posted here) is included in the Winter 2012 issue of Create With Me, Stampington’s magazine devoted to parent-child artistic collaboration. Amber Demien, the magazine’s editor, interviewed me about our visit, … Continue reading

Posted in community | Leave a comment

Stamp Making for Younger Kids

In the last post, I showed how my older kids turned a sketch into a rubber stamp. While they were making their stamps, my three-year-old, naturally, wanted to make a stamp, too. Rather than turn a drawing of hers into … Continue reading

Posted in preschool & up, printmaking, tools | Leave a comment

Carving Stamps

Note: This is suitable for elementary students & older. In the next post I’ll show how I modified things so my three-year-old could make a stamp, too. Materials: Speedball Speedy Carve block (cut into smaller pieces); set of linoleum cutting … Continue reading

Posted in drawing, elementary & up, printmaking, tools | 2 Comments