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Fold and Print Winter Reflections

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My daughter and I love to play with ink blots, or more accurately paint blotsWe make them all the time. They are so simple and fun and I love the symmetry of the blots. The mirroring of the blots gave me an idea for a winter painting.

Try this step by step paint and fold print reflection landscape. Winter mountain lake painting. A great art project for kids or adults. Arts and crafts.

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I love to paint and I love to teach my little artist how to paint as well, so I am always dabbling with different techniques and trying to find easy to make artwork using different methods and simple shapes. I wanted us to explore the beauty of reflections in a few winter landscapes by folding and mirroring images like in an ink blot.

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Painting Study in Black and White

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Moon landscape painting in black and white and gray. Painting study in black and white for kids is made with a few simple shapes. Easy step by step tutorial.

I enjoyed a beautiful fall weekend with the family. We went to the pumpkin patch one day, went on a hay ride and went to a wonderful evening theater production in the woods. It was a walk through production for the kids with multiple skits along the way. My daughter had a great time and laughed the whole way through.

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The production was great, but my favorite part was the magical moon that followed us along our path.

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We watched that big, beautiful moon as we walked. I was amazing and it also was the inspiration or a little art project for me and my daughter. The main part of this painting is just a few simple shapes. This might be a better project for children a bit older, but my four year old had fun with it and did a great job.

We squeezed white and black acrylic paints onto our palette. I let my daughter mix the white and black together to make the gray.

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Paint a large triangle onto your canvas with the gray paint. (You can use watercolor paper instead of canvas.)  The triangle will work best if you place it at the top of the canvas. Paint your triangles in.

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Lightly stripe white paint back and forth horizontally inside of the triangle. Let the triangle dry. While it dries, paint around the triangle in black paint.

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Here was my painting in process as well.

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When the triangle is ready, paint a white circle into the center. Wipe off your brush and then use it to pull the paint from the edge of your circle outwards to form rays.

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Paint a few branches into your triangle using the black paint.

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Paint in as many branches as you like. Dip the end of the brush into the black paint again and dab to create leaves around the branches. Dab all around the triangle to soften the lines of the triangle and dab paint along the bottom of the triangle to create hills and earth. You can also dab a few spots of grey around the sides of the triangle to let in some additional light through the trees.

img_5014 img_5015 Moon painting in black and white and gray. Painting study in black and white for kids. Easy step by step tutorial.

Moon painting in black and white and gray. Painting study in black and white for kids. Easy step by step tutorial.

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Moon painting in black and white and gray. Painting study in black and white for kids. Easy step by step tutorial.

Autumn Road Painting Tutorial

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My 4 year old daughter loves to play pretend. One of her favorite things is to play school. This usually works pretty good for me because when I am teacher, she is attentive and listens. We had a geography lesson first, which went pretty well and then we went on to an art lesson.

Fall Road painting tutorial. Step by step instructions on making autumn art - Kid's arts and crafts

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Footprint Works Of Art

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Footprint art inspired by famous works of art

Over the past couple of months, I have been enjoying recreating famous paintings with the use of my daughter’s footprints. It all started because I wanted to make a black cat craft for Halloween. The cat reminded me of the famous poster art “Le Chat Noir”.

Le Chat Noir Inspire Footprint Craft

From that one footprint craft, I could not stop. I felt inspired to turn my daughter’s little feet into great works of art.

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Next we moved on to Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’

This one had my daughter puzzled. “Why is he screaming so much, mama?”

I am not quite sure.

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‘The Son Of Man’ aka The Man in the Bowler Hat by René Magritte always reminds me of the movie The Thomas Crown Affair.

More questions…”Why does he have an apple on his face?”

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James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s ‘Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1’, more commonly known as Whistler’s Mother was a fun one to make.

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‘Starry Night’ by Vincent Van Gogh fascinated my daughter. She watched me paint in the swirls and asked if she could make a ‘Starry Night’ too. She has since made her own recreations several times.

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I added two more to my collection this weekend.

On Saturday, I made a footprint art inspired by Pablo Picasso’s ‘The Old Guitarist’.

Footprint art inspired by The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso

My husband really liked this one. I was pretty excited at how it came out too. I only needed 3 colors for this one, so it was less messy than my others.

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Last but not least, was my toughest challenge. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but tackling a Seurat inspired ‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte’, was a bit more than I bargained for. It is no wonder it took Seurat 2 years to paint his masterpiece. My much much much smaller footprint version was no Sunday afternoon walk in the park, but we finished it. Phew!! Can you even spot the footprint in all of those spots?

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These were all a ton of fun to make & I cannot wait to display my daughter’s feet throughout the house.

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These recreations of famous art are made out of my daughter's footprint

Footprint Gumball Machine & Starry Night

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Footprint Gumball Machine Craft - kids foot art

It is no secret that I love footprint crafts. My latest footprint crafts have been inspired by famous works of art. Last night, I felt inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night. I was ready to start our Starry night project and then passed by this gumball machine at the house we are staying at during our home build.

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This sparked a whole new inspiration.

Footprint Gumball Craft

Paint the heel in white & the rest of the foot in red. Press in onto a piece of paper.

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Paint the gumball machine top with red & silver paint.

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Paint the dial & gumball door on with the silver & add details with black.

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Have your child dip their little finger into different colored paint and press into the white to make the gumballs. Cute, quick & easy!

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After my detour, I went back to my main event.

Footprint Starry Night

I painted my daughter’s foot in black & then pressed it onto a piece of blue paper.

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I used a Sharpie to draw in the rest of the curvy black structure depicted by the foot .

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I used the Sharpie again to draw in the village at the bottom of the scene.

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I quickly painted the drawing. It didn’t need to be perfect.

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Next I painted in the mountains.

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And then began adding in the stars & swirls in the sky.

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I cannot wait to decorate our new home with all of our new works of art.

Footprint Starry Night - a work of art out of a child's foot

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Gustav Klimt’s Birch Forest Inspired Craft

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Gustav Klimt Birch Forest Inspired Craft Project

When I was a teenage girl, I had a huge poster print that hung over my bed. It was Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss. I loved this picture. I would stare at it every morning & it just made me smile. A few years back we were lucky enough to visit Austria, the birthplace of Klimt. While there, I fell in love with more of his work.

We have been tackling many artist inspired projects lately & I wanted to try one inspired by Klimt. With it being fall & with all of fallen leaves, I thought The Birch Forest would be the perfect project for me & Mai.

We started out with a light blue piece of construction paper.

I covered the top 1/3 of the paper with a piece of paper, lightly taped into place.

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I added fall paint colors to our palette. We used safety Q-tips to dot on the paint colors. The safety Q-tips are much larger than regular swaps & work great for art projects like these.

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There was a lot of surface to cover so Mai & I dotted the paper together. It is always fun when we can work as a team.

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After covering the uncovered area in paint, remove the taped on piece of paper.

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Pour gray paint on to a large flat surface. Flatten a paper towel roll & dip it into the paint at the crease.

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Stamp the paper towel roll on the paper vertically to form the tree trunks. Start with a few long trunks & then cut the paper towel roll in half.

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Flatten the tube more to form a tighter crease & continue to stamp with branches.

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After you are happy with the amount of branches that you added, dot in green between the branches on the top portion of your picture.

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Let your project dry & find a great place to hang up your new masterpiece.

Gustav Klimt Inspired Art Project - Inspired by The Birch Forest, this craft was made Q-tips

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Spice Up Your Art. Herb & Spice Art.

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I come from a family with a creative gene. When I was a little girl, my grandmother’s house was covered with drawings and paintings that she collected from my aunts and uncles over the years. One of the most interesting pieces was a landscape that my aunt Melanie had made. It was crafted out of different oats and grains. I always found it fascinating.
This weekend, I was cleaning out our spice cabinet. It is shocking how old some of the spices are in our home. I have been wanting to toss them for a while, but my husband hates throwing anything out. He doesn’t like to waste. All these herbs & spices brought to mind my aunt’s artwork. Instead of throwing them out, I thought we would experiment a little.

I started with a sturdy piece of scrapbook paper & drew out my design. I chose an owl because I love owls. In small sections, I outlined my drawing in glue. For smaller details, I used a toothpick to spread the glue. I shook out the spice and shook the paper lightly to spread the spice out until it covered the glue completely. The excess was poured onto a paper plate to use later. I continued to work in small sections, using dark spices for dark sections & lighter ones for light sections. Allow the glue to dry in between changing spices.

Herbs & spices used in my picture:

Pepper,garlic salt,oregano,paprika,parsley,bay leaves,celery salt & ground cloves

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I hope you enjoyed our spice art.

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