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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 »

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 »

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 »

Peg Dolls: An Easy, Collaborative Craft

peg dolls

Note: link is affiliate link I had every intention of making the girl some peg dolls for Christmas. I actually started them, getting so far as painting the heads, drawing on faces and making/painting hair onto them. Then the girl noticed them on my desk, said she thought they needed arms, and that was the end of me wanting to ... Read More »

Crafting for Kids: 6 Favorite Basic Supplies

ocean stickers

Note: product links are affiliate links. I’ve already talked about the importance of taking time to create for yourself, but it’s just as important — maybe even more so — for your kids to have access to tools to express their creativity as well. Making things is a great way for kids to develop their motor and problem-solving skills, to ... Read More »

Art Experiments: Glitter in Paint

painting with gel paint

Over the long, long snow week I had a few things in mind that I wanted to try. This one sort of came from a post I saw on Pinterest and now can’t find to credit (isn’t that always the way?). I think they actually made the paint in that one with corn starch and water and then added coloring ... Read More »

Painting with Leaves

painted leaves

Are there fallen leaves everywhere where you live? We are making a valliant effort to keep up, but they just keep falling! Last weekend the girl and I went on a leaf hunt and decided to do some crafting with some pretty leaves we found. We painted the leaves and then pressed them onto paper. This worked better sometimes than ... Read More »

Create With a Kid (Or Like a Kid) {Creativity Boosts}

my painting

One of my favorite things to do when I don’t feel much like creating is to make some art with the girl. Sometimes she doesn’t even want me to sit at the table while she’s doing “projects,” but sometimes she invites me to join in and sometimes I ask if I can create alongside her. Recently we were painting with ... Read More »

Mason Jar Lid Pumpkin {Iron Craft Challenge}

finished canning lid pumpkin

This week’s Iron Craft challenge was to make something for Halloween, and with the girl being sick I didn’t think I was going to get mine done but it’s so quick and easy it was no problem to do even in the short amount of time I’ve had in my office today. The mason jar lid pumpkin is a classic ... Read More »

Painting on Cardboard {Art Experiments}

painting cardboard

For her birthday, the girl got a cool set of dinosaurs to paint. We spent the morning after her party painting them (she let me do one; isn’t that sweet?) and kept coming back to the paint through the day. She painted some on paper, but she really wanted to paint something else that wasn’t paper. So I grabbed some ... Read More »

Chalkboard Paint Everything with Lullaby Paints

chalkboard backdrop

I have not been all that much into the chalkboard paint craze. Who wants to have a ton of surfaces in the house that you can use chalk on, thus getting chalk dust everywhere? But even I have to admit that some chalkboard things are pretty cute, especially for kids. So when I had an opportunity to try a sample ... Read More »

Painting with Paint Drops {Art Experiments}

paint drop painting

If you’re one of those people who lives on Pinterest like I do (and if you are, won’t you follow me?) you’ve probably seen the pin for the Easy Abstract Painting DIY from Craft Pond a few hundred times. It’s a really cute and easy idea: just take a canvas, put little dots of paint all over it, swirl them ... Read More »