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Crayon Resist Hearts

Resist art is wonderful for artists of all ages. From toddlers to adults, it is simple and fun to do. We have used tape, oil, White-out and cardboard to make resist art in the past, but crayon resist I think may be my favorite to do.
Crayon resist bleeding tissue paper painted hearts for Valentine's Day. Kid's arts and crafts ideas. Great for preschoolers

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These crayon resist hearts are perfect for Valentine’s Day and could easily be made into homemade cards.

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Tape Resist & Silhouette Lighthouse

Tape resist & silhouette sunset lighthouse canvas painting - arts & crafts projects for kids

We love canvas art projects in our house. We have so many canvas paintings that I could probably cover every inch of our home with them. There are some that we love and display and some are just for fun. The great thing about canvas art is that you can always reuse the canvas if you want to and we do. We love tape resist projects as well and we especially love working with silhouettes.

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Oil Resist Watercolors

I stumbled across an old post that I did a couple of years ago. It was a project that I was particularly fond of, but had forgotten about. I wanted to reintroduce the technique to my daughter now that she was older and it was a great opportunity to update the old grainy photos.

Oil resist watercolor suncatcher paintings - this is an easy arts & craft project for kids or adults. The oil produces a lovely effect after painted

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The process is a simple one. We poured just a cap full of oil into a small dish.

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Nature Resist Tie Dye Shirts

Use items in nature to create beautiful nature resist art and t-shirts. This is a wonderful project for people of all ages.Nature Resist Tie Dye t-Shirts - These t-shirt designs were made from rocks, leaves, twigs & other things found in nature. This is a fun spring or summer art activity & craft for kids or for adults

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We have been enjoying the beautiful weather these past few weekends & spending most of our time outdoors. We have been experimenting and playing with different nature arts and crafts. Last weekend, we brought some watercolor paper outside and laid some leaves and rocks on top and used spray bottles to spray the paper with a mixture of food coloring and water. This simple nature resist project gave us an idea.

nature painting with food coloring paint spray

It came out lovely.  I loved the effect & wanted to try it on t-shirts. We tried to recreate the effect to tie dye t-shirts. They came out great, but after we washed the shirts, the food coloring washed out. The food coloring didn’t take, but we were not going to give up on our idea. We found a non-toxic tie dye spray kit on Amazon & hoped that this would do the trick.

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Nature Resist Tie Dye t-Shirts - These t-shirt designs were made from rocks, leaves, twigs & other things found in nature. This is a fun spring or summer art activity & craft for kids or for adults.

The directions on the package did not require that we prep our shirts, but I soaked them in a half vinegar & water mixture to prep them nonetheless. I rang our shirts out & then brought them outside & laid them out flat on cardboard. I slid a piece of cardboard between one of the shirts to keep the color from bleeding through to the other side. My daughter wanted her color to go through,

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We gathered rocks, leaves & branches to create our designs. My daughter & I went to work on placing our design elements.

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Once we had all of our pieces in place, we began to use the spray. Spray over the shirt. Spraying from the side can cause the dye to run under, overspraying could cause this as well. My daughter wore an apron, but we forgot to put on gloves. It is recommended to wear them because it does get messy. Luckily, the spray washes off of skin very easily.

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We did one side & let it sit out in the sun to dry. The packaging recommends to let the shirt sit for an hour, but we flipped after just a few minutes.

Nature Tie Dye Shirts - These t-shirt designs were made from rocks, leaves, twigs & other things found in nature. This is a fun spring or summer art activity & craft for kids or for adults

We made heart designs out of rocks on the opposite side of both t-shirts.

Nature Tie Dye Shirts - These t-shirt designs were made from rocks, leaves, twigs & other things found in nature.. This is a fun spring or summer art activity & craft for kids or adults Nature Tie Dye Shirts - These t-shirt designs were made from rocks, leaves, twigs & other things found in nature. This is a fun spring or summer art activity & craft for kids or adults

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Nature Tie Dye Shirts - These t-shirt designs were made from rocks, leaves, twigs & other things found in nature. This is a fun spring or summer art activity & craft for kids or adults

When we finished spraying the other side, we let it dry in the sun for about 1 1/2 hours. The dye sets in the dryer after about 20 minutes. I also ironed it before washing to help heat set it a little bit more. Once the dye was set, we washed them as normal & then air-dried the shirts. The color held up beautifully. My daughter was so proud of her shirt. She couldn’t wait to put it on & show it off.

Nature Tie Dye Shirts - These t-shirt designs were made from rocks, leaves, twigs & other things found in nature. This is a fun spring or summer art activity & craft for kids or adults

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nature painting for kids with food coloring paint spray. Spring & summer art activities

Nature Tie Dye Shirts - These t-shirt designs were made from rocks, leaves, twigs & other things found in nature. This is a fun spring or summer art activity & craft for kids or for adults

Paint Roller Tape Resist Art

Paint Roller Tape Resist Art - The paint on paint tape resist creates a beautiful marbled look for your letters.

Our upcoming move has become a great source of inspiration in our crafts lately. With all of the time that we have been spending packing & fixing up our house to put it on the market, it is no wonder. We painted our finished cellar last week. My daughter wanted to help my husband roll the paint on the walls, but being the paranoid mom that I am, I did not want her downstairs breathing in the paint fumes. It did give me an idea though. I thought it might be fun for her to use a smaller detail roller to make a pretty piece of art.

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White-Out Resist Painting

White Out Resist Painting

 

Yesterday we found ourselves in a little bit of a dilemma. We did not have any childcare for our daughter. I was just returning from being out for a full week after my gall bladder surgery & my husband could not take the day off either. We were not sure what we were going to do. My brother-in-law volunteered to take her, but would not be able to get her until the afternoon, so I asked my work if I could bring my daughter to work for a few hours in the morning. They said “No problem”, so Mai came to work with me.

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Watercolor Silhouette Landscapes

We have just returned from a wonderful two-week family vacation in Montana. While we were there, we visited the national parks and enjoyed a few scenic hikes with the Rocky mountains as our backdrop. The landscapes that we saw were breathtaking to say the least. Our recent trip inspired us to create a mountain landscape. Then our mountains inspired us to make a couple more. These watercolor silhouettes are perfect for toddlers to teens. Use the printable silhouette templates or create a silhouette of your own.
Watercolor silhouette landscape paintings for kids with free printable templates - cactus, mountains, sailboat sunset scenes. Kid's arts and crafts*This post contains affiliate links*

What you will need:

Watercolor paper or canvas

Watercolors

Black construction paper

Glue stick

Optional: Printable templates (see bottom of post)

Directions:

Print out a silhouette or draw one of your own. Cut it out on a piece of black construction paper. You may have to do this step for smaller children.

In some cases, your watercolor paper or canvas might be larger or smaller than the print-out, cut a little extra for your silhouette or shorten it, if needed.
 

 Use watercolors and paint a sunset backdrop onto a piece of watercolor paper or onto a canvas. We used reds, oranges, yellows, purples and grays for ours. Paint the whole paper or canvas. Paint long lines, swirls, blocks of color or just blend colors. When you are finished. Let the paint dry.Glue the silhouette over the watercolor painted backdrop and admire the beautiful sunset that it creates against the black cut-out.Watercolor silhouette landscape paintings for toddlers, preschoolers and kids with free printable templates - cactus, mountains, sailboat scenes. Kid's arts and crafts

My daughter asked for markers and then added more details to her beautiful sky.


She enjoyed her mountain silhouette so much, that we did a few more. We made a cactus silhouette, a sailboat and pulled out an old lighthouse printable as well.

I loved how all of them came out, but was especially in love with the big blocks of color she used with her cactus painting. Isn’t this gorgeous? Watercolor silhouette landscape paintings for kids with free printable templates - cactus, mountains, sailboat sunset scenes. Kid's arts and craftsWatercolor silhouette landscape paintings for toddlers, preschoolers and kids with free printable templates - cactus, mountains, sailboat scenes. Kid's arts and crafts

This is a wonderful project for all ages. The older kids may enjoy creating their own silhouettes, but we have included a few printable templates for your convenience.

Mountain Printable

Cactus Printable

Sailboat Printable

Lighthouse Silhouette

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Watercolor silhouette landscape paintings for kids with free printable templates - cactus, mountains, sailboat sunset scenes. Kid's arts and crafts

Printmaking With Cds For Kids

Printmaking with CDs offers a variety of options and is easy for preschoolers to adults.

If you follow us regularly, it is probably no surprise that we are a bit obsessed with printmaking. We love stamping and printing with everything and anything. Recyclables and common household items are our favorite materials to use. If you are like us, you most likely have a few old scratched up CDs or DVDs  sitting around.  Well don’t toss them out just yet, instead how about experimenting with some of these simple printmaking with CDs ideas.Printmaking with CDs - techniques using paint , yarn, Q-tips and paint. Arts and craft ideas for preschoolers and kids.

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