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April 3, 2018

Floral Mandalas- the Paint and Fold Method

Spring is coming, I promise.  I live in Ohio so this time of year I have to keep saying that out loud to convince myself as the cold wind whips outside.   These floral mandalas don’t require any help from Mother Nature but will totally brighten your mood just like the real thing.

February 10, 2018

Color Mixing -Dollar Store Style

Color mixing is one of the things that can be explored at any age, any intensity, and over and over without getting stale.  This quick color mixing exercise can be done with just a couple of supplies that are easy to find at the local dollar store- so you can try it today!

February 6, 2018

String Pull Art Creatures

String pull art is about as process oriented as art gets.  You get  to make a few choices then it’s all action and a bit of chance.  These fun little creatures start by pulling a string but take it a bit further by adding some details to create some funky looking creatures.

November 15, 2017

Permanent Marker Color Bursts on Fabric

Vibrant bursts of color turn groovy radial designs using this little permanent marker trick on any cotton fabric item.  Think t-shirts, wall hangings, tea towels.  This method is a treasure trove of gifting ideas as well as an easy group activity!

November 9, 2017

Paint with Markers- Pine Tree Step by Step Tutorial

I’m all for free form, creative process art. In fact most of my lessons are very open ended.   But I also believe it’s good for kids to learn some basic tools or skills that they can then use in their own art in their own way.  This pine tree tutorial includes a few simple directed drawing steps plus the fun addition of color using the super simple (and not messy) paint with markers technique.

October 8, 2017

Tie Dye with Tissue Paper- Easy, Brilliant, Beautiful

Tie dye is a favorite at my house.  We don’t do it terribly often because it is a big, stinkin’ deal.  Usually it involves a sunny day, buckets, and a hose.  Traditional tie dye is an outside only affair at our house.  This tissue paper tie dye is a whole new animal though.

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