Printing with the Sun!

Hi friends! We have had 3 sunny days in a row! I can feel the vitamin D coursing through my veins! Today’s project is fun and sciency and I think I will do this project with my free kids library class next month because I think they will get a kick out of it!

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The really cool thing about this project is that it can teach some old-time photography methods as well. This process is closely related to cyanotype and works by sensitizing a porous material, in this case wood, with a UV reactive chemical and then placing either a negative the size of the final print (as is common with most non-silver process photography) or opaque object on the surface and exposing it to UV light. 20 minutes later you have a print! Cool huh? The photo below shows the treated panel with a photo negative and items to leave prints. The treated surface begins to change quickly once in the sun.

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Now, let me be clear, although Solarfast and Cyanotype are very similar there are a few differences, if you wish to explore these please look at the comparison chart on the Jacquard Products website. One of the key differences is that Cyanotype is done on dry media, meaning you prepare the surface and let it dry before printing (You can make surfaces up ahead of time) and Solarfast must be printed when still damp. I did not know that before filming so I wanted to make sure to note it here. Cyanotype is cheaper and can capture greater detail but Solorfast is more durable for laundering and comes in more colors. In any event it is fun and I would not have tried this if I didn’t get it in a smart art box! I think more than ever that a Smart Art box subscription would be the easiest way to develop a well-rounded home school art curriculum.

This tutorial is sponsored by Smart Art, you can purchase past boxes or subscribe to their monthly art box and they are now shipping to many countries!

Supplies:

  • Ampersand cradled wood panel
  • Solarfast by Jacquard (purple)
  • Solarfast wash out liquid
  • Solarfast transparencies
  • Opaque black pen
  • Foam brushes
  • Other items (not in Smart Art Box) die cuts or objects to block out light (marbles, felt)

Tips:

  1. Practice on a scrap of wood or fabric before working on your final project.
  2. Blot off excess fluid before placing down your transparency.
  3. Solid and opaque images give a better print than ink jet printed images. Use your printers best ink setting to make sure you get the darkest possible print.
  4. You can make your own negatives on the Jacquard Website.

This was a fun and educational project! I think the solorfast is more designed with fabrics in mind so I might try a T-shirt next, what would you print? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Happy Valentines Day!

 

Hi friends! I am going to keep it short and sweet tonight with this sweet treat valentines day card!

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Honestly I am tuckered out! Today was big storm clean up day, they cancelled school again and try as I might I am not as productive with the kids at home and it looks like we will get another foot of snow tomorrow afternoon! I don’t know where we will put it, we have not had snow like this in a few years and it was spread out, not all at once. We are getting winter all in one week! That is why I love Valentines day, it is a bright spot in the depths of winter halfway through the shortest (yet feels like the longest) month of the year. Yay Valentines day! I realize it is probably a bit late to share this project but you can file it away for next year and be ahead of the game!

Supplies:

  • White cardstock
  • Colored cardstock or premade card bases (mine were from Micheals)
  • Black Waterproof stamping ink (Ranger Archival)
  • Stamps: Yummy in my TummyAny Occasion (SAB freebie)
  • Sweet Treat cups #116802 (*I think these are discontinued but you could put a clear baggie behind the opening for goodies or make this design on a small treat bag. I think the small circle shape shaker from Jillibean soup is close to the same size)
  • Watercolors (I am using Jane Davenport Brights and the yellow from Neutrals but use what you have)
  • Watercolor brushes, stamping block and adhesive

 

I also wanted to wish my best friend Kathy (Remember Ask a Crafter) 🙂 a very happy birthday, 29 is a great year my friend! (I should know, I have celebrated it many times LOL!) Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

FYI: Links to products are to my friend Wendy’ Stampin Up store (or you can order from your demonstrator) or to Simon Say Stamp (affiliate links) for non Stampin Up product:)

Adult Coloring Book Giveaway!

Hi friends! Today I am giving away the new Make Your Own Mural coloring book from the Witty Gritty Paper Company! Click the link to see all of the lovely designs in this high quality coloring book and read on to see how you can win one!

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My kids and I love this coloring book and the paper in this book is really lovely I tried it with several mediums to see what worked best:

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The first panel was done in watercolor and watercolor marker but the water based media warped the paper. The second panel was done with alcohol markers which blended beautifully and looks super vibrant! The next panel was done with wax based colored pencils which also worked well, I tried blending them with solvent but it did not work as well due to the smoothness of the paper I think. The last panel was done with watercolor pencils and a waterbased blender pen which I probably liked the best. Since I did not want to waste my coloring test sheet I cut up the panels and made bookmarks because with 5 avid readers in the house they are always in demand!

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After trimming the panels I adhered them to black cardstock, punched a hole and added a tassel for a fun and durable bookmark! It is a great way to use all of the beautiful pages you have colored! You can also hang them on the wall and create a mural for your friends and family to enjoy!

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I love finding practical uses for my craft supplies and what better time to encourage others to be creative than with this beautiful coloring book and an inspiring assortment of coloring media. Here I placed a sheet of brown kraft paper on my coffee table and put crayons and colored pencils in glass flower “frogs” (you can find these at antique markets and they are wonderful for displaying pretty pens and things in but they are made to put at the bottom of a vase to keep flowers upright.) The kraft paper protects your table and gives people a place to test a color before using it in their book. You could also use white butcher paper. I love to put on a movie and sit around the coffee table and color!

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This is a great activity for kids on thanksgiving. they can color and watch the parade While parents are busy getting dinner ready. The finished coloring sheets could be used as place mats too, if you laminate them with clear contact paper you could use them year after year! I think I would rather sit at the kids table this year LOL!

Giveaway!

If you would like a chance to win a copy of this coloring book simply leave a comment on this blog post. I will randomly draw a winner in one week. Also I have a free shipping coupon code that you can use on anything at The Witty Gritty Paper Companycolormefrugal good through December 6th, 2016. In addition to this beautiful coloring book they carry note cards, mugs, art prints, gift tags, greeting cards, phone cases, desk accessories and more! Why not knock a few items off your holiday gift list and get free shipping too?

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I hope you enjoyed these practical ways to use your adult coloring books. I want to thank The Witty Gritty Paper Co. for sponsoring this blog post and giveaway and til next time happy crafting!

Happy Back to School!

Happy back to school time friends! Here is a fun little treat you can make for the kids!

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It would also be awesome to use as a place setting at a special dinner if you cover the table with white kraft paper! Great for the kids table at any holiday! Watch the video to see just how easy it is!

Get the supplies from our sponsor Papermart!

Supplies:
Large Shipping tag
Large unstrung merch tag
Washi tape
Bakers twine
Measuring tape ribbon 
Crayons
Heat tool

Sometimes you just need a quick and easy craft! I want to let you know that we will have a live painting class tomorrow (12:30pm ET Friday as usual) so I’ll see you then! Till next time happy crafting!

Nothing Says “PARTY!” Like a Pinata!

Hi friends! I have made so many pinatas over the years that I fancy myself a bit of a pinata expert. Never mind that I can’t remember how to make “n” with the “~” over it, hey, I said I was an expert at pinatas, not typing. Or grammar, or spelling for that matter… But I can make one heck of a pinata!

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I love that you can take cardboard, tape and tissue paper and basically make a sculpture that holds candy, whoever thought up pinatas was a genius! I like that the art you make is temporary so there is no pressure to be perfect, just have fun and enjoy the process. I decided this time to show you how to make a pull style pinata. This kind of pinata can be reused if you want. But let’s be honest, most kids want to whack at it and that’s just fine, I am giving you an option. The other plus to a pull style pinata is that if you were a bit overzealous with the tape of glue and the kids can’t break it you have a second candy escape route. Because really, it all about the candy. I mean, you probably could fill a paper bag with candy and hang it from a tree and the kids would be just as happy but it’s fun to make something pretty I think! And because I wanted something pretty I used some sparkly deco mesh and I think it really captured the ethereal l floatyness of the jellyfish.

Watch the video to learn how to make your own!

Knowing how to construct a dome will help you construct other cardboard masterpieces you might want to make and as you saw in the video it was not difficult.

Supplies:
Cardboard
Deco Mesh
Tissue paper
Duct Tape
Box Cutter
Hot Glue

This pinata took less than an hour to make and it was fun to do. You can also do it well ahead of a party so you don’t feel rushed or stressed because that is a total creativity killer. I hope this project inspires your next creation and til next time happy crafting!

Sponsored by Papermart

DIY Scratch Board! (Great for Kids!)

Hi friends! My kids love to do scratch board art and I have spent a pretty penny over the years on various scratch board project kits but today I’m going to show you how you can make them at home!

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All the supplies I am using came in this months Smart Art subscription box, you can get this box at a 10% discount here or check out their subscriptions if you would like to get your own surprise box of art supplies every month. Don’t worry if you don’t have this exact box though, you can still do this project with items from around your home:)

Video!

 

Supplies-all in the August Smart Art kit or you can use what you have at home:
Clay coated board (Ampersand) or you can use a heavy white cardstock
Oil Pastels or crayons
Black Ink (Higgins waterproof)
Paintbrush
Scratch art tools (or you can use small pointy things like an un-bent paperclip)

Directions:
1. Apply a heavy coat of oil pastels to your paper or board.
2. Coat prepared board with an even layer of black ink and let dry (30 minutes to an hour)
3. Use your tools to scrape away a design.

Tips!
If you make a mistake and scrape away too much you can touch it up with black ink using a small paintbrush.

If you desire more color you can go back in with oil pastel or ink (apply it over the light-colored scraped away areas)

Thanks to Smart Art for sponsoring todays post! Happy crafting!

Are the Kid’s Driving You Nuts Yet? {Fun Summer Kids Craft!}

Howdy friends! Today I have a fun craft that will keep the kids from saying “Mom, I’m bored!” at least for an hour or so LOL!

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Watch the video to see how to make these fun sun catchers!

Supplies:
Black cardstock or construction paper
Bright colored tissue paper
White Glue
Waxed Paper (from the kitchen)
Scissors

Directions:
1. Cut tissue paper into small squares. Cut a shape out of black paper (fish, seashells, sea horses, octopuses, dolphins, crabs, and mermaids are all fun ideas but you can cut any shape you wish)

2. Apply glue to the black paper around he cut-out and place a sheet of waxed paper on top.

3. Apply a layer of glue to the waxed paper on top of the cutout and cover with tissue paper squares. Seal the paper with another coat of glue and let dry.

4. Cut around the window shape, if desired, leaving a1/2″ border or leave it as is and hang in a sunny window and enjoy the beautiful colors!

Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this video and thank you for spending some time with me today! Til next time happy crafting!

 

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