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Category Archives: Painting

Experimenting with Glitter and Paint

using glitter gel as paint

I’ve been doing some cleaning in the girl’s art area lately, and one good thing about that is that it means we’re finding things we forgot we had. It was nearly a year ago the last time we played with paint and glitter gel, and the girl found the remains of the bottle over the weekend and decided she wanted ... Read More »

Go Back to Basics When You’re Busy

making paper flowers

You might have noticed a distinct lack of posting lately, and I’m going to let you know right up front that’s going to be the norm for the next six weeks or so. The book is due Sept. 1, and there’s still a lot to do. All my creativity is going to it rather than coming up with fun things ... 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 »

7 Tips for Creating with Kids

making art with kids

Most of the time when we have projects for our kids or they are coloring or painting, they’re doing it by themselves. But the girl loves to involve one or both of her parents in making something with her from time to time (and it was pretty much all she wanted to do on Saturday) so I thought it was ... Read More »

Painting with Frozen Watercolors

watercolor handprint

The other weekend husband was going out of town, and it was one of those uncharacteristically hot spring weekends, so I wanted to have something fun and special planned that we could do in the heat. We didn’t need it then, because we stayed much longer at a birthday party than we probably should have, but this past weekend was ... 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 »

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 »