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Arts + Crafts for every age! Anything that we make, hope to make, wish we could make, or others made, will be posted on this page.

Painted Wooden Blocks


Painted Wooden Blocks

artistic DIY blocks make a beautiful gift

When the kids walked into art class last week and saw wooden blocks and paint, they couldn’t believe it! Were they really allowed to paint on them? One little girl told us a story about how she once drew on wooden blocks. She said her mom didn’t get mad. Then they all started to chat and share more stories, saying “me, too!” whenever they recognized familiar parts of someone else’s narrative. This block painting party was very much of a collaborative art experience, with all of the kids working towards one end and sharing the same experience. It was a beautiful thing!

artistic DIY blocks make a beautiful gift

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Here’s what you’ll need for your own block painting experience:

Supplies

Wooden blocks (I got 1 1/2″ and 2″ cubes)

Liquid watercolor paint (this is a good starter kit, but we also used gold)

Recycled jars or glasses

Brushes

artistic DIY blocks make a beautiful gift

Focus was intense from the beginning as they realized that each block has six sides!

artistic DIY blocks make a beautiful gift

Some kids are just inherently neat. Some are not.

artistic DIY blocks make a beautiful gift

This boy was the champ. He never stopped painting for an entire hour. He also discovered that you could print with the blocks if you put enough paint on and stamped it on the paper. It’s so exciting to watch discovery and creativity in action.

artistic DIY blocks make a beautiful gift

artistic DIY blocks make a beautiful gift

I can’t recommend this art experience enough! The results are so beautiful. You can keep the blocks for yourself, or give them as a gift. The holidays are coming soon!

xo, Bar

{Warning: These blocks are not safe for babies and toddlers who are still teething. The paint could come off in their mouths.}

 

Leaf Drawing with Chalk Markers


Leaf Drawing with Chalk Markers

Yesterday I found this big and beautiful leaf on a walk with a friend. I tried hard not to pick up every leaf that I saw because my kids keep telling me that’s weird and annoying. So I restrained myself and only stopped to pick up this one. How could I not? I came home and drew on it immediately. I love using chalk markers because they are neon, opaque, you can wipe them off with your finger (and some spit) if you mess up, they dry quickly, and they are super easy for kids to use.

so many reasons to love chalk markers

so many reasons to love chalk markers

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Have a great weekend!

xo, Bar

 

Paper Lanterns // Made by Kids


Paper Lanterns // Made by Kids

Maybe it’s me, but I felt like I needed a little departure from Holiday and leaves and fall colors. These lanterns were made by my art campers, ages four to six. Aren’t they so pretty?

paper made with splattered liquid watercolor

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Materials for splatter paper:

Gray sulphite paper (12 x 18)

Liquid watercolor (I used two colors)

Paint brushes

Wooden block or stick

Technique:

It’s a tapping thing. Just dip the brush into the paint, and then tap it on the wood block. At first it will be big drips, then it will become little splatters. Try and have them not fill up the page too much or else the splatters all blend together. I just handed them more paper when I felt like their page looked good enough to stop. I know this sounds a bit controlling, but as long as we got one that was “pretty”, the other pages I didn’t care, and they went to town!

paper made with splattered liquid watercolor

paper made with splattered liquid watercolor

Extra materials to make lanterns:

Colored washi tape

Colored paper for handles and bottom

Scissors

Glue stick

paper made with splattered liquid watercolor

Step one: Put colored tape on the top and bottom of the paper (after it has dried).

paper made with splattered liquid watercolor

Step two: Fold the paper in half. Draw a straight line with a pencil across the top, just below the tape. Make it at least an inch from the top. Now mark off the inches across the folded edges. Have the kids start at the folded edge where the mark is and cut up to the taped edge, but no further than the straight pencil line. This is an excellent cutting exercise. Their little hands will be tired!

paper made with splattered liquid watercolor

Step three: Unfold the paper and roll it up, glueing the edges together with a glue stick. Watch as the cut paper unfolds into a lantern shape. Super cool! You can tape the glued edge, too.

Step four: Cut a handle from colored paper, and cut a circle for the bottom. This is optional, but we did it so that they could put an actual little light inside.

paper made with splattered liquid watercolor

I can’t believe how well the kids did! They really did almost all of it by themselves. I am one proud teacher.

xo, Bar