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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- Printmaking with Crayons

This monoprint process creates prints that are full of texture and color are brought to you by the starring players crayon and sandpaper.  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

Learning Patterns Through Printmaking

A pattern is simply a repeated or recurring design.   Little kids begin to learn patterns early in as a way to understand relationships between objects and make predictions about what comes next.  Once kids really understand what pattern are they will begin to see them everywhere- in life and art!  This collograph printmaking project is a great way for kids to begin playing with and making their own patterns!

July 25, 2017

Foil Printing- Easy Monoprints on Foil

When you think of art supplies does aluminum foil pop right into your head?  No?  Well then, you’re pretty normal.  Knowing me and my penchant for making art from household supplies this weird foil printing idea shouldn’t surprise you at all!

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.

July 17, 2017

Two Value Printed Portraits with Linocuts

Printmaking is  the bomb when it comes to art processes.  There are SO many ways to do it that range from process art made with materials nabbed from the recycle bin to processes that require a lengthy list of expensive supplies and a highly skilled artist.  This linocut portrait falls somewhere in the middle.  Ya’ need a little “stuff” but the process and result are SO worth it!

July 5, 2017

Lino Printmaking -An Easy Introduction to Linocut Art

Have you ever made linocut art before? Linocut is short for lino printmaking which is short for linoleum printmaking.  It’s a traditional form of printmaking that’s gotten loads easier and safer thanks to new materials.   This old fashioned process delivers super fun and modern results!

June 25, 2017

Chalk Prints New Art from Old Supplies

I love making something from nothing.  That may stem from my days as a classroom teacher when I saw five hundred kids a week with a minimal budget.   I love projects that use up scraps and bits and things that otherwise might get hidden in our craft cupboard never to be heard from again.  Chalk prints are perfect for that.

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