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April 29, 2018

Sidewalk Chalk Paint – A DIY Recipe

My kids love sidewalk chalk paint.  In the past I’ve purchased it in powdered form and doled it out stingily to make it last longer than a day.  No more!  This three ingredient sidewalk chalk recipe is so easy the kids can make it themselves!  And the making is half the fun!

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.

January 31, 2018

Mixing Secondary Colors- A Quick & Successful Exercise

Color is one of my favorite topics to focus on when teaching little people. Everyone can relate to color!  If identifying primary colors is an obvious place to start then mixing secondary colors is an obvious next step!  What are secondary colors and how to make them is a lesson suitable for any age!

January 5, 2018

Coffee Filter Snowflakes with Watercolors

This coffee filter snowflake project is perfect for the winter season.  While Santa Claus and Christmas trees are only appropriate in December these snowflakes celebrate the beauty of the entire winter season!  Coffee filters plus watercolors paints or even plain old food coloring will get you started!

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.

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