Mixed media projects are a favorite of ours. Mixed media is great for preschoolers to adults. I love mixed media and had fun making these winter birds, but for me the best part is watching my 5-year-old during her creative process. It is amazing. I wanted to make a cardinal and my daughter opted for a chickadee or a “chickpea” as she refers to it. We have a printable template for each of these winter birds available for your convenience.
"mixed media winter"
We have been on a bit of a mixed media winter art kick over the past couple of weeks. My daughter really enjoys it and we have created some beautiful pieces together.
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The beauty of mixed media is there are so many options in creating a piece of art. You can use paint, markers, ink, crayons, newspaper, construction paper, tissue paper or embellishments such as buttons or glitter to create your masterpiece.
We have been loving making them and here is our latest.
We are expecting our first snowfall tomorrow. There are very few things as beautiful to me than the first snowfall of the year. Just the thought of snow, made me giddy and inspired this fun and pretty art project for the kiddos. We live in the woods, so I just wanted something that looked like our backyard after a snow storm.
This is an easy painting project that will be fun for kids to adults. I think they will love how the pastel resist and the watercolors work together to make these simple winter scenes.
We got our first real snowfall this weekend. There is nothing like the first snow of the season. It is so magical. We had a great weekend playing in the snow. We made a snowman, of course, but the highlight of our weekend was the snowball fights. I had so much fun watching my little one winding up to throw a snowball at me. Our snowy adventure was the inspiration for this fun piece of mixed media.
We love mixed media art projects. Last winter, we made several mixed media artworks including a Christmas village, a snowy birdhouse and even a cute and cuddly little penguin. This year, we started our first, of I am sure many, Christmas projects with these adorable elf shoes. We say elf shoes, but the fun and focus is on the tights. Break out your paints, newspaper, markers and anything else you can think of and make your own cute and funny elf project.
Winter and Christmas are a beautiful and magical time. The snow falling, the twinkling lights from a Christmas tree and even a snowy roof top are great creative inspiration for artists, young and old. My little one and I have greatly enjoyed creating artwork for the season. We have used watercolors, acrylics, tissue paper and newspaper. Here is a collection of some of our favorite art projects. Click on the titles to follow the links to the full tutorials.
My daughter’s favorite movie is Madagascar. She is in love with the little penguins, especially Private. We had movie night this weekend and while in the middle of the movie, she jumped up and said, “Mama, what if we make penguins.”
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We couldn’t decide whether we wanted to paint or make our penguin with shapes, so we did both and opted for a mixed media project.
Our favorite time of year is around the corner again and with it all of that beautiful fall scenery. This project is inspired by our Paint & Fold Winter Reflections. This is a favorite technique of ours. It is a fun and simple way for the kiddos (and adults) to create beautiful reflections.
If you enjoy our Paint and Fold Autumn Reflections, you may also like some of our other autumn arts & crafts.
If you are an Amazon lover like I am, you probably have a house full of cardboard. My daughter uses all of our boxes to build boats and spaceships and other assorted fun and imaginative things. Cardboard is great for these kinds of projects, but it is also an awesome material for mixed media type art projects like these corrugated cardboard birch trees. The ridges in the cardboard add a beautiful texture to this birch tree project.
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The other day, I showed my little girl how to cut snowflakes. In the beginning, she had a bit of a hard time snipping through the folded paper, so we switched over to newspaper for our tutorial. We cut a bunch of them in different sizes. You can find directions on how to cut a snowflake here.