Make Art Mail


Make Art Mail

We had a very exciting art class this week becasue the kids made mail! The 3-yr olds spent 40 minutes using watercolors to paint cards and envelopes. They were so excited to put them in the mailbox that I had to blow-dry their paintings so that they could mail them out ASAP.

art table set up for four little artists

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This is the table set-up: a basket of cards and envelopes, watercolors and brushes, water and a damp sponge for cleaning, watercolor pencils, and some paint dot markers.

art table set up for making watercolor mail

I made the post office box from an old box and forgot to take how-to photos. But here is a good tutorial, and you can just use a cereal box.

send small works of art to someone you love!

The best part about this project was that I actually sent their art mail to their homes! Their moms said that it was soooo exciting for them to get the mail that they made, they were jumping for joy. What a proud feeling.

This is a great weekend art project to do with your little ones. It can be set up as a station so that it can be kept out for a long period of time. I love projects that the littles can set up and clean up all by themselves!

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

 

Etsy Finds for a Shared Space


Etsy Finds for a Shared Space

I’ve been on Etsy a lot lately because I’m trying to solve a space problem in my house. We have a room that is a shared space…half living room, half art area. I don’t want it to look too kid-ish since it’s my living room, but I still want it to be fun and playful. Here are ten of my favorite things that I found.

bohemiam kilim rug on Etsy

one: For the floor, this bohemian kilim rug by Water and Jewel is so super cool.

artwork on Etsy

two: For the walls, this banner by Jimmy Marble is just the kind or artwork required to set the mood.

pencil holder on Etsy

three: This pencil holder by Less and More is a must-have for the craft table.

wind chime garland on Etsy

four: This tiny wind chime garland by Irona Works is so pretty.

ice cream cone cookie cutter on Etsy

five: I am so digging this cutest-ever cookie cutter by Libimova, and she has others! Essential for playdough time.

natural soy candles on Etsy

six: I can’t wait to try these natural soy candles by The Neon Cactus.

marquee light on Etsy

seven: These hand-made marquee light letters by Saddle Shoe Signs are the BOMB! So vintage and unique.

industrial wall light on Etsy

eight: This industrial wall light by Southern Lights is just the thing to give the room a little edge.

banner on Etsy

nine: Every room needs a cheer banner…this orange one from Betawife is perfect.

canvas basket on Etsy

ten: This geometric canvas basket by Love Joy Create is mandatory to throw stuff in last minute when company arrives!

And in my research, I also came across the perfect table and stools from Ikea.

I love the idea of having a shared space because…well honestly, the kids just want to be where you are anyway. And now they can make art and create while the grownups relax with their wine! At least that’s what’s happening in my dreams.

xo, Bar

{I found many of these shops on Poppytalk’s curated Etsy Collection}

 

Tissue Paper Flower Garland


Tissue Paper Flower Garland

I’m so excited to finally share this DIY with you! I’ve been holding on to it for what seems like ages because it has just been published in MoPa…the coolest blog and online magazine that I just adore! Click on over to their free Spring/Summer 2014 issue for the full instructions (and check out there back issues…beautiful layouts and lovely ideas).

MoPa Magazine s/s 2014

MoPa Magazine s/s 2014

MoPa Magazine s/s 2014

This garland is the perfect thing for a spring or summer garden party. Or make the flowers and use them in your hair, or to wrap a present, or simple to put in a bowl. They are easy to make and just so darn pretty.

Cheers!

xo, Bar

 

Cardboard Paintings: Exploring Primary Colors


Cardboard Paintings: Exploring Primary Colors

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Last week I made some cardboard canvases for my 3-yr old class. They were totally digging the format and each of them painted two or three or more paintings. I cut some pieces big, and some small. I primed some with a light gray paint, and some I left unpainted. I drilled holes in the top corners so that the paintings could be hung (the best part). I used tempera paints and mixed a little bit of white with the three primary colors, just to make them a little bit opaque. These little kids had never been exposed to the words primary colors, and they didn’t know that they could be mixed to make new colors. It was a whole new world for them!

simple recycled art project for littles

I was able to capture the smile on Martina’s face when she discovered that yellow and blue make green, and yellow and red make orange!

simple recycled art project for littles

simple recycled art project for littles

simple recycled art project for littles

As they got more confident with their painting, they began to cover their whole canvas rather than just painting in one spot. Eventually, they all decided unanimously that they wanted just solid color paintings. I don’t know why exactly, but I went with it. In the end, when the monochromatic ones were all in a row they looked very cool and very constructivist, like Alexander Rodchenko. A triptych!

simple recycled art project for littles

I love how Madsie kept painting pink canvases for her mama.

simple recycled art project for littles

simple recycled art project for littles

I will definitely be doing this project again. The kids loved the cardboard and they loved mixing colors. It would be fun with older kids to set out a still life and introduce them to an artistic style. Like Gaugin or Matisse…painters who really loved their colors!

xo, Bar