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Make Pretty Things with Paint Chips


Make Pretty Things with Paint Chips

Using paint chips to make art and crafts is pure genius. They are so colorful, and they are free! There are so many ways to create with paint chips I had a hard time picking. Just type “paint chip” in the Pinterest search bar and you can scroll for ages. But I wanted my round up to be full of pretty things that you could make fairly easily, so I narrowed it down to these eight:

1. Gorgeous ombre wreath from Style at Home / 2. Sweetest heart garland from Lovely Indeed / 3. My daughter made this very pretty name garland, you can find the instructions here / 4. The most lovely chandelier made by Hey Gorgeous / 5. I made these gift tags for the teachers a few years ago, you can find out more here / 6. Brilliant use of paint chips for mini notebooks. There are no links for this but it looks super simple! / 7. These paint chip feathers are so pretty on their own, but Mer Mag made them into headbands. / 8. A beautiful piece of framed artwork by A Beautiful Mess.

I would suggest running to your nearest paint store a.s.a.p., before they catch on and start charging for these things! We love having paint chips around because you never know when you need a splash of color in a collage or a garland.

Have a great week!

xo, Bar

 

Watercolor Garland {paint with Q-tips}


Watercolor Garland {paint with Q-tips}

I am so in love with these garlands that the 4-yr olds made in art camp last week. This technique was such a success that the kids asked to do it again the next day! They LOVED painting with q-tips. And I swear, there was literally no way to make these mini paintings look bad. They were all just so beautiful!

make a beautiful garland with liquid watercolors & q-tips

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Liquid Watercolors (I use these, buy the 8oz bottles because you will love and use them that much. I used yellow, orange, red, pink, metallic gold and fluorescent pink for this project. Amazon doesn’t display their colors, so if you want to see the full color chart you can look or buy them here.)

Watercolor paper (I use this lighter weight paper, cut to 3″ x 4″)

Q-tips

Small containers (I used plastic egg cartons, or you could use these palettes)

Hole punch (1/8″)

Yarn

make a beautiful garland with liquid watercolors & q-tips

make a beautiful garland with liquid watercolors & q-tips

make a beautiful garland with liquid watercolors & q-tips

The instructions for this project are so easy. Simply put out your watercolors, let the kids add a q-tip to each color, then have them paint on their little rectangles. Once they are dry, punch a hole at the top corners and string them together. Voila! I do have a tip: cover the end of the string with a little piece of tape so it resembles a shoelace. This will make it easier to get through the little holes.

make a beautiful garland with liquid watercolors & q-tips

make a beautiful garland with liquid watercolors & q-tips

I cannot mention this enough…these are GORGEOUS!! Something so easy and pretty should be made by everyone.

It’s almost the weekend…yay! Have a great one.

xo, Bar

 

Princess Castles from Shoeboxes


Princess Castles from Shoeboxes

Last week in art camp the 4-yr olds made these beautiful castles. They were totally into it! We made them over a period of three days, with drying time. When they finally took them home, they were completely sturdy and ready for imaginary play!

make these castles from recycled materials

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Two shoeboxes of different sizes (or small shipping boxes)

Scissors and exacto knife (optional, but helps cut windows)

Elmer’s glue

TP rolls, corks, popsicle sticks, other recycled materials

Tempera paints + brushes

String + colored tapes (you can get these from Amazon or Etsy)

use shoeboxes to build a princess castle

Step 1: Take the lids off the boxes and turn them upside down. Cut doors and windows. Glue the smaller box on top of the bigger box. Let dry overnight.

make princess castles from recycled materials

make princess castles from recycled materials

Step 2: Give them each 4 toilet paper rolls to glue on top. Put out recycled materials in baskets or bowls. I put out corks, popsicle sticks and cut little “bricks” from cardboard. You could also use bottle caps, wooden spools, or anything that is small that they can glue. Let the castles dry overnight before painting.

make princess castles from recycled materials

Step 3: (optional) When the glue is dry, or mostly dry, put a coat of white or light gray paint over the boxes. I did this because some of the shoeboxes were orange or black. But if you have cardboard boxes then you can skip this step.

make beautiful princess castles from recycled materials

make beautiful princess castles from recycled materials

make beautiful princess castles from recycled materials

make beautiful princess castles from recycled materials

Step 4: Put out some paints! My campers love, I mean LOVE, pink and purple. So we went with some pastel-ish colors. I like mixing the colors with a little white to make them more opaque. After they’ve finished covering their castles with delicious colors, let them dry overnight.

Step 5: Make the flags. I forgot to photograph this part. But basically, just take a piece of string and fold over little pieces of tape. I stuck the ends in the tubes and used masking tape to tape them down.

make beautiful princess castles from recycled materials

Aren’t they fabulous? I am so proud of all of their hard work.

Have a great week!

xo, Bar

 

Pretty Little Bunting // Paint + Stamping


Pretty Little Bunting // Paint + Stamping

Since I’ve opened up my home to art classes and art camp for little kids, I’ve had supplies out night and day. It’s been so tempting to just sit down and make something for myself. So I did…and I really think you can make this, too! You just need a few supplies:

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Watercolor paper

Watercolor paints (liquid is what I used, but you can use regular with great results) + brushes

Rubber stamps + ColorBox ink (I got my shape stamps from Paper Source)

Baker’s Twine (Etsy is a good source but Amazon has it, too)

Hole punch (1/8″)

Triangle template

garland made with watercolors + rubber stamps

Step 1: Trace and cut out your triangles (anywhere from 6-9).

Step 2: Choose your paint colors. I kept mine in the blue family so the garland was a bit more monochromatic. But anything will work!

garland made with watercolors + rubber stamps

garland made with watercolors + rubber stamps

Step 3: After the triangles are completely dry, go ahead and stamp them. I actually painted all of the colors on a separate test sheet so that I could test what colors to use for my stamps. I highly recommend doing this extra step.

garland made with watercolors + rubber stamps

Step 4: Punch holes at the corners and string your twine through. You can have the twine showing across the top, or weave it the other way so it’s at the back.

garland made with watercolors + rubber stamps

Step 5: I put a little bit of washi tape at the top of each triangle because I actually ended up sending this in the mail. But this step is optional. I like the added pattern, though!

garland made with watercolors + rubber stamps

And there you have it! The skinny on how to make a pretty little garland. I hope you make one, too!

xo, Bar

 

DIY Painted Father’s Day Tie


DIY Painted Father’s Day Tie

I bought this tie kit three or four years ago and every time I take it out, it feels too daunting. But for some reason it has been beckoning be lately. Maybe it’s because I’ve been rearranging my art supplies and I just keep moving it from one place to another. I guess I just feel guilty, and wasteful. Time to make the tie!

make this tie with pigment dyes, resist and free downloadable stencils

Once I made the template and mixed the dyes, it really wasn’t as hard as I thought. I’d still put it in the medium-challenge category. It’s not simple, but not too intimidating either.

Supplies:

plain white silk tie, pigment dyes (4oz), resist (4oz), templates one and two for the letters

How to:

1. Mix your colors. I watered down all of the colors because I wanted a bit more of a pastel look. But you can use them straight.

2. Print out your templates and cut out the letters. I rolled up little pieces of tape and taped the letters down.

3. Now it’s time to use the resist. Just outline the letters. My hand was not super steady, but I think that adds to the character.

4. Paint between the lines!

5. Let it dry completely, then iron it to set the dye (no steam). Put a cloth or paper towel in between the tie and the iron.

make this tie with pigment dyes, resist and free downloadable stencils

working on a tie for his dad

One great thing about this project was that after I put down the resist, my kids did all of the rest. They LOVED using the dyes and watching it spread on the silk fabric. We are sooo excited to give it to their Dad because it truly is a collaborative gift and will hopefully make him feel very loved. He really is the best dad ever.

xo, Bar