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Black Glue and Watercolor Picasso Portraits

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My daughter and I have been learning a lot about the famous artists together these past few months. She has become fascinated by them. She has been attending art camp this week. On her first day, she came home with a clay Picasso portrait and a lot of new knowledge about the famous artist. She drew a bunch of Picasso inspired portraits that evening. They were wonderful. Her drawings inspired these Picasso portraits.

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Tin Foil Paint Printing For Kids

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Tin foil printing is a fun and simple process that is perfect for toddlers to teens.

We love trying our hands at different printmaking methods. Tin foil printing is an old favorite of ours. It is a great process for kids of all ages and it is a wonderful introduction for those who have never tried printmaking before. Whether your child is still finger painting or a pro at wielding a paint brush, this printmaking technique is a ton of fun and couldn’t be easier. Here is how…

Tin Foil Printing - easy process art and print project for kids, toddlers and preschoolers

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Picasso Inspired Cubism Art For Kids

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This Picasso inspired art project is a wonderful introduction to Cubism for the kids. This is great for an individual or a collaborative project.

My daughter and I stumbled across a book at the library a couple of weeks ago and it quickly became a new favorite of ours. Emily’s Blue Period (affiliate link) is a lovely book about a young girl who wants to become an artist and is studying the works of Pablo Picasso. Emily is also struggling with big emotions about her parent’s recent split. The book discusses Picasso’s blue period, his work in collage and his Cubism style of art. My daughter, like the young girl in the book, became fascinated by Picasso. We flipped through his artwork online and read more about him. This weekend, after reading the book for the umpteenth time, she wanted to make a “cube” project.

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Paint Blot Abstract Printing

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Super Fun messy art - paint ink blot print. Transfer your print & make them again & again.

My daughter & I have been having fun with ink blots since she could speak. It has always been fascinating to hear what she saw in her blots. The other part of forming them are that they are just plain pretty to look at & lots of fun to make. 

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Roll & Wrapped Clay Pendants

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My daughter and I work a lot with clay. We love our clay craft projects. There are just so many possibilities. Roll & Wrapped Polymer Clay Pendant Charms - an easy & fun to make jewelry arts & craft project. Great for kids, teens or adults to make. Cute gift idea..

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We usually just make our own salt dough clay, but I had been curious about polymer clay for a while & wanted to experiment with it. The polymer was so easy to work with & was fun to work with as well.

I didn’t really know what I wanted to make, but just started breaking off chunks &  rolling them into balls & long strips. I played with the long rolled strips a little & came up with something cute, fun & easy to make.

Roll & Wrapped Clay Pendants

To form a flower-like creation, break off chunks from a few different colors of clay. Roll them lightly together into a ball & then roll out with your fingers to make a long thin rope-like strip.

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Roll in at one end a couple of times to form a small spiral. Then loosely wrap & loop around & under the spiral.

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After you have reached your desired size & shape, roll out a strip of green clay & form loops to form leaves.IMG_8226 IMG_8227

Follow package directions to bake your pendants. When they are hardened & cooled, run a craft string through one of the loops.  You may tie off at the ends or attach a clasp to the string. These were so fun to make. I couldn’t stop making them.

Roll & Wrapped Polymer Clay Pendant Charms - an easy & fun to make jewelry arts & craft project. Great for kids, teens or adults to make. Cute gift idea

Roll & Wrapped Polymer Clay Pendant Charms - an easy & fun to make jewelry arts & craft project. Great for kids, teens or adults to make. Cute gift idea

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Spice Painting

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Expired Spices - _no problem. Use those spices for a little fun & messy art. Spice Painting for kids

I was cleaning out our spice cabinet the other day & digging out some of our very very expired spices to throw away. I have a hard time throwing anything away. The last time I had cleaned out my spice cabinet, I turned it into a fun and fragrant art project and made a spice owl, which I was pretty proud of. It was a fun, albeit messy project. I thought that our new collection of expired spices might make a fun project for my daughter as well.

I poured out the spices on a plate and poured some slightly watered down glue into a bowl. IMG_6350

I gave my daughter  a piece of thick card stock paper & some paint brushes.

She sniffed the spices & told me that they were stinky.

Expired Spices - _no problem. Use those spices for a little fun & messy art. Spice Painting for kids,

I set down a large piece of poster board to collect the mess that we were about to make. I laid our card stock out on top of it. We dipped our brushes into the glue & painted our paper. I opted to make a landscape picture, while my daughter took a more abstract approach. We have been learning a lot about abstract art & she actually told me that she was going to make an abstract picture.

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Between brush strokes of glue. We would sprinkle our assorted spices on the paper. Mai had fun letting her brush drip on the paper & brushing the spices around.

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I showed her how to shake off the extra spices back onto the plate to use again. The poster board helped collect our mess. I think she liked this part best.

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When she was done. She explained that it was a dragon parade. I can see it.

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Painting With Droppers

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Abstract Painting & Art using medicine or eye dropper. Fun & messy art for the kids

We moved into our new house a few weeks ago. We are still trying to settle in & are unpacking those last weird random boxes. While unpacking one of these boxes of odds & ends, I came across a bag of old medicine droppers and plungers.

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I was getting ready to toss them, but thought we could use them for a little fun first. Since we have been learning about abstract art this week with a Kandinsky project and book, I thought we could keep the abstract projects going.

To set up, I laid a piece of tin foil out on a baking tray and placed a piece of paper in the middle. I mixed acrylic paint with a small bit of water to thin them out because I want a thicker consistency than water colors.

I showed my daughter how to use the dropper. She sucked up the paint with the dropper and released it on to the paper.

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She dripped & swished the paint around using the dropper.

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Sometimes it would form bubbles & she would laugh and pop them with her finger.

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When she was finished, I told her that we needed to let it dry. She told me that she needed to put it next to her Kandinsky. This made me smile.

Here was her finished product.

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Rock Stamp Painting

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Rock Stamp Painting - Painting methods & techniques

Last month we had family photos taken at a scenic area by our local reservoir. We had a hard time keeping Mai still because she was having so much fun splashing around in the water & collecting rocks. She ran & jumped & skipped and played, but luckily, we still managed to get a couple of great family pictures out of it.

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Not only did we leave there with some great family photos & memories, but we also left there with an armful of rocks. Mai gathered them as we did our shoot & then filled up the back of mommy’s car. Guess what? They have been sitting there ever since. I finally cleared them out of my car this weekend. The rocks were in a wide variety of sizes & shapes. I looked at some of the unique shapes in her collection & thought they might make an interesting art project.

Rock Stamp Paintings

I filled our art palette with a rainbow of colors & showed Mai how to dip into multiple colors & stamp.

“I want to do it. I want to do it.”

I handed her the pile of rocks & let her go to work.

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If your child is not afraid to get their hands a little dirty have them rotate & use the different ends of their rocks for different shapes.

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Mai stamped & dragged them around the paper.

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She pointed out objects that she saw in her rock stamps. “Look Mama, this one looks like a sea-horse.” It turned out to not only be a fun art project, but a great way for her to stretch her abstract imagination.

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Abstract Kid’s Art With Shapes

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Abstract Kid's Art With Shapes

We work with shapes a lot in our home. Our daughter has a great imagination & I love watching her create different objects & characters out of assorted shapes. She tells me wonderful stories about her creations as she builds them.

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I thought that it might be fun to put some of these shapes to use in an art project. Last night I gave Mai a little lesson in abstract art. “What is abstract?” I am not certain that mommy did a great job of explaining this to a 3 year old, but I gave it my best shot while showing her at the same time. We cut out a wide variety of shapes in assorted colors.

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The first shape she reached for was the circle. “This is a head.” She glued it onto a piece of paper using a glue stick.

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“My man has a hat too.”

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She insisted that she put a face on her project, so we cut out a mouth, eyes & a nose.

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She created her face & then strategically placed the rest of her shapes, giving me a play by play of what each shape represented along the way.

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After they are finished, trim any pieces hanging over the edge of the paper. Let the glue dry & admire your child’s work. She did such a beautiful job on her project. This might have to be put in a frame.

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