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

 

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