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August 28, 2017

Magic Marker Leaf Prints

Being creative is perhaps the most calming thing to my personality.  I had such a grumpy day the other day.  It was a day of  grown up temper tantrums (mine) that left me feeling deflated.   Out came the markers, in came some leaves.  A little creative brainstorming and my littles and I were absorbed in making these sweet and easy leaf prints with washable markers.  

August 21, 2017

Leaf Mandala Printing with Watercolor Paints

I believe in making art out of what’s available, using what you have.  In Ohio right now we have an abundance of leaves.  It’s green everywhere.  Although this lushness won’t last forever while it’s here it’s pretty awesome and using the greenery to make more beautiful art just seems natural.  All you need for these leaf mandala prints is some pretty little leaves and some watercolor paints! 

August 7, 2017

Making a Monoprint with Crayon & Sandpaper

These prints are full of texture and color are brought to you by the starring players crayon and sand paper.  Crayon and sandpaper you say?  That’s a weird combination.  It may be but they team up to make an awesome monoprint.

August 1, 2017

Printing Patterns with a Collograph

“Ta ta, I’m off to make some collographs.”  So fancy, right?  While collograph may sound like a fancy art term the process itself is as simple (and gratifying) as can be.
A collograph is simply a print made from a collage of materials.   So you’re looking to make a somewhat flat collage that can be rolled with ink or paint and then printed onto paper.  In this case we used cardboard and focused on creating simple patterns.  Follow along!

July 20, 2017

Found Object Printmaking From Trash to Treasure

Do you encourage digging through the recycling at your house?  How about the trash?  Both are fair game here and if they’re not at your house you may change your mind soon.  Found object printmaking literally turns your trash into treasure.

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