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Category Archives: Art

Art is Everywhere

plastic lila

Over the weekend I was invited, along with a group of other bloggers, to tour a relatively new exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Called State of the Art, it’s a collection of 227 works of art from 102 artists from around the country who were chosen as the curators traveled 100,000 miles to find art that was ... Read More »

Make an Easy Kid Craft Halloween Centerpiece

finished halloween kid craft centerpiece

Through the years the girl has made a lot of great Halloween crafts at school. These are actually just a few of them. I love the yarn-wrapped mummy, of course, and the spider is pretty awesome, too (it’s made out of a Laughing Cow cheese container). Then there are all the pumpkins she painted last year. (I was doing a ... Read More »

Getting Back to Craft

finished art

While I was working on the book, I was only knitting (and doing some little crafty things with the girl, but nothing too planned). Now that I’ve been done with the book for almost a month, I’m still mostly just knitting. This tells me that I made a savvy career move and actually do like to knit, not just when ... Read More »

Creating with Tape {Kid Craft}

Make an easy project with your kids using tape and crayons.

The other day I told you about the big container of wood pieces we got from the girl’s old school. Another thing that I really wanted and snagged was a giant tape dispenser. This thing is awesome. It holds a ton of tape and the cutter is actually plastic so it would be difficult to injure yourself on. Recently the ... Read More »

Painting Leaves {Kid Craft}

printing with leaves

The girl and I went to the park on Saturday, and while she was stalling about leaving she was checking out these big, pretty leaves on one of the plants by the creek. She picked a couple and I said, “when we get home we can paint those.” I said it to try to get her moving and because occasionally ... Read More »

Accidentally Cool Watercolor Marker Art {Kid Craft}

rained on art

The girl made this butterfly at school. Clearly it was coloring and cutting practice, because each part of the butterfly was supposed to be colored a certain way, then cut out and glued onto the tube. She loves it. So much, in fact, that she slept with it under her pillow a couple of nights. The wings are a little ... Read More »

Painting with Pine (and Fingers) {Art Experiments}

painting with pine boughs

We tried another semi-failed art experiment yesterday involving painting with a little pine bough. The girl was excited about giving it a try, picked out some colors and decided this was going to be “less scratchy” than the ill-fated pipe cleaner experiment. I laid out the paint on a plastic lid so she could pick up more of it at ... Read More »

Valentine’s Homework

tissue paper heart

The girl was home sick from school a couple of days last week, and I was trying to come up with things to amuse her (because she is the least-sick sick kid you have ever seen in your life) so I was casting around for some Valentine things for her to do, since she’s pretty obsessed with the holiday right ... Read More »

An Art Experiment Gone Awry

pipe cleaner painting

Sometimes things don’t work out the way we planned. That’s a pretty obvious statement, but when it comes to creating with kids, it’s pretty much always true. Yesterday morning the girl wanted to look at an art book to find a new activity to try (love that!). I was looking at Pinterest at the time so I pulled up my ... Read More »

Learn All about Art Journaling for Free

As I started learning more about art journaling this month I looked around online for good resources for new art journalers that would help me and that I could share with you. One fun way to dip your toe into art journaling is the free, 12-part ecourse from Kristal Norton. This course provides a nice overview of materials, basic techniques ... Read More »

How to Paint with a Credit Card

painting with a credit card

I haven’t gotten very far with my art journaling this week, but I did start a background yesterday using one of my favorite classic techniques of art journaling or mixed media artists: painting with a credit card. You don’t have to actually use a credit card, of course. Any little hard plastic card will work. If you do use a ... Read More »