We did a little bit of cleaning last week and stumbled across a ton of old scratched DVDs & CDs that do not play anymore. Since I hate throwing anything away, I was determined to make use of them. CDs are wonderful for a variety of crafts, but my favorite use for them is for making simple printmaking projects. These CD printed fall trees are quick, easy and perfect for the fall.
Bubble wrap is a ton of fun and it’s not just because of the popping. It is wonderful for arts and crafts. It has a great texture and makes a fun printmaking material. Next time you have bubble wrap, instead of popping it, try making one of these simple and pretty printed flowers.
Here is a fun printmaking project inspired by artist Paul Klee and his painting Castle and Sun.
Do your kids watch Little Einsteins? My little girl loves them and was watching them the other day. If you do watch them, you know that they feature an artist and a composer each episode. Paul Klee was the artist in this episode. My daughter wants to know everything and anything that she can about the great artists. Klee was one that we have not covered yet, so she, of course, wanted to know more about him. We read a little about him online and then looked over his collection of works. Castle and Sun caught our eye. The combination of colors and shapes reminded us of building blocks. I thought that it would be fun to try stamping with the building blocks and create our own Paul Klee inspired artwork.
Printmaking and stamping projects are a favorite in our home. These processes are both fascinating and fun and they are great for the young and the old. Simply enjoy watching the shapes, lines and textures transfer onto paper or turn your prints and stamps into animals, flowers or a unique piece of art. Look around your house and outdoors for inspiration and printing materials. Experimenting and exploring different textures and surfaces is fun. Here are a few wonderful printing and stamping ideas to get you started.
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.
Over the fall, my daughter and I had a blast making autumn trees. We painted and experimented with a few different methods, but our favorite was this lovely fall tree painted with bundled Q-tips.
My daughter and I had a lazy pajama day yesterday. We starting baking for our annual gingerbread project and we painted, crafted and drew. We made a lot of mess, but had a lot of fun.
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We painted and crafted a ton, but we did get a bit carried away with making holly and mistletoe.
We made Christmas holly out of egg cartons first.
I know what you all are thinking. We have not even made it through Halloween yet, why are we already sharing Christmas crafts. Well, our first official snowfall just hit us in October. Our fireplace was lit for the first time this season and it was accompanied by hot cocoa with marshmallows.
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While digging out our marshmallows, I found an old bag of jumbo marshmallows which were just too big and soft to resist. Marshmallows make wonderful paint stamps and are just fun to paint with because of their soft, bouncy texture.
I am certain I have mentioned this before, but owls are my favorite animal. They have been my favorite since I was a little girl. When I was a young artist, they were also my favorite art subject & they still are today.
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I wanted to make an owl craft with my daughter. We had some craft feathers handy & I thought that they would be perfect. They were perfect, but it turns out that they made a perfect paint brush instead of a craft material. I used the feather to press & brush acrylic paint across a piece of watercolor paper. I showed my daughter what I was doing & asked her if she wanted to make one of her own. She did, so she set up shop next to me.
When the paint dried, I glued on eyes & a beak & my daughter began to work on hers as well.
She chose her own colors & dipped her feathers into the different colored paints.
Pressing the feathers onto the paper can get messy on the fingers, but luckily my daughter is no stranger to messes.
I watched as she formed symmetrical patterns with her feathers. While she worked, she explained “Mama, I don’t want to make an owl. I am going to make a butterfly. Can you see my wings?”
She asked me to help her cut antennae out of pipe cleaners. She glued on a piece of paper for the head & drew on some eyes.
Her butterfly was a great idea & it came out adorable.
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