Category Archives: color

Peek-a-boo Paintings

Materials: Drawing and/or painting materials of your choice; drawing or watercolor paper, depending; acetate the same size as your paper (we used this); tape; paint for the acetate–this can’t be too watery–we found liquid acrylic and gouache worked well, tempera … Continue reading

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Process to Product: Bookmarks for Teacher Gifts

We’re not all about process around here. Sometimes, we need a handmade gift. I do try, though, to include as much chance for open-ended creativity as I can, and I like for the boys to give their teachers something a … Continue reading

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Sponge Roller Painting

Materials: Small sponge roller, large heavy-weight paper, tempera paint When we printed with scratch foam and then with hot glue plates, G seemed to most enjoy rolling out the ink. So the next time I was at the craft store, … Continue reading

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Squeeze Bottle Paint

Materials: Squeeze bottles, salt, water, flour (we used rice flour because I have celiac; it worked fine), food coloring, card stock Not too long ago, G fingerpainted with some Crayola fingerpaint in tubes, but what she seemed to like most … Continue reading

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If You Give a Girl a Spray Bottle

Materials: Spray bottle filled with colored water (I used watered-down liquid watercolor); sense of humor If you give a girl a spray bottle… …she’s going to have a hard time staying on the paper. It’s just so irresistible. So you … 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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Cardboard Box Challenge

Rachelle at TinkerLab invited us to join her one-year blog party by participating in her cardboard box challenge. What could my kids do with a cardboard box? I asked the boys if they’d like to participate, and I’m glad they … Continue reading

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Watercolor Tape Resist

Materials: Watercolor paper, liquid watercolors, painter’s tape; my original tape resist post is here, and another version is on Kidoinfo here Over break, V wanted to make another tape resist, but we had no canvases. No problem! He used watercolor … Continue reading

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Painting Stars

Materials: Watercolor paper, liquid watercolors After painting hearts and snowflakes, my two youngest naturally wanted to paint stars next, but on watercolor paper this time. I cut out the stars for them. A slight digression: N gets frustrated trying to … Continue reading

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