Posts Tagged ‘art’

Decorate a Purse with Iron-on Patches

Monday, January 30th, 2017

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Today I’m going to show you how to decorate a purse with iron-on patches. This craft only takes a few seconds to make! Not only is it super easy, but it’s perfect for customizing gifts for friends and family to make them feel special.

If you have a friend who loves butterflies, get some iron-on patches of butterflies to put on the purse. If your friend likes cats, you can find cat patches. You can see a wide variety of patches in a craft supply or fabric store.

How to Decorate a Purse with Iron-on Patches

You will need the following items to create your unique purse:

  • An inexpensive felt purse
  • Iron-on patches
  • Iron
  • Ironing board

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You can find an inexpensive felt purse in the same aisle of the craft supply store where you found the iron-on patches.

Go ahead and set up your ironing table and plug in your iron. You can turn the iron to a medium high setting. If you want to use a tea towel to place on top of the patch before you iron it, you can. I didn’t, and it turned out fine. I suppose if your iron was too hot or if you pressed it for too long, you would burn the patch and it would turn brown. I think this is why the instructions say to place a tea towel over the area.

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While you are waiting for the iron to get hot, open the package of patches and place them where you want them on the purse. (We also decorated a medieval hat, since we had plenty of flower patches in the one package.)

Press the iron on top of the patch for about 10 seconds. You’re done!

Yes, this craft takes 10 second to do (for each patch), so you will finish with the whole project (including heating up the iron) in less than five minutes.

Go ahead and give away your masterpieces as gifts to friends!

Video tutorial for decorating a purse with iron-on patches:

10 Creative Uses for Wrapping Paper

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

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Have you ever had extra wrapping paper that you don’t want to store? Or maybe you saved your used gift wrap because you were given a large present, and the paper really wasn’t wrinkled. (Growing up as a missionary kid, we re-used gift wrap all the time!)

Why not use that extra gift wrap in some creative ways?

10 Creative Uses for Wrapping Paper

  1. Cover a book or a journal.
  2. Wallpaper a doll house.
  3. Make a greeting card.
  4. Cover a checkbook box as a drawer divider.
  5. Create a fun pencil holder.
  6. Use it as a matting in a picture frame.
  7. Make a reusable gift box by wrapping a shoebox inside and out.
  8. Wrap the outside of a larger box to store toys, photos, or momentoes. Match the gift wrap to the topic. For sports trophies, choose sports gift wrap for the lid and box.
  9. Glue patterns of wrapping paper on a gift bag. Use patriotic paper for a star shape in the middle of the bag, or flower wrapping paper in the shape of a flower.
  10. Create clothing for a paper bag puppet. You can make changes of clothes with the different wrapping paper, and put tabs on the edges (like paper doll clothes) to keep the clothing on the puppet.

There you have it! 10 creative uses for all the extra wrapping paper scraps that are lying around. Can you think of any other unique ways to use gift wrap? Share your ideas in the comments!

MC Escher Party

Friday, October 7th, 2016

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My 16-year-old son has always loved MC Escher, so this year we decided to throw him an MC Escher party for his birthday. MC Escher is a modern artist who depicts surreal scenes like stairs impossibly going up and down, or water flowing up and down at the same time. He uses a lot of salamanders and fish in his designs, and he makes tesselations (rotating shapes), which you will see below in our art projects.

MC Escher Party Invitation

First we printed this coloring page, and we pasted the colored fish (we used colored pencils) onto light blue card stock paper. We outlined the fish to make them stand out, and we wrote the party information inside the card.

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MC Escher 3D Shapes

I found {aff} this book with perforated MC Escher 3D shapes. The pages are colorful and thick, and you fold each shape according to the instructions, gluing or taping the shapes together. The patterns on the shapes are from the artist’s famous paintings.

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We used these 3D shapes to decorate the center of the table. I used little fish crackers as confetti. I also gathered the art supplies that we needed for our tesselations.

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MC Escher Cake

I had to think long and hard about the cake, because the thought of making stairs go up and down on a cake seemed impossible. I toyed with many other ideas until I settled on this one. I found gummy fish at the store, and at that moment I knew what I wanted to do.

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First I baked a rectangular chocolate cake, and I tinted the frosting blue. I used a fork to make waves. Then I placed the fish coming and going, as they would in an MC Escher painting. It came out great!

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MC Escher Art Project

Here is a fun art project you can do with tessellation, where a shape is repeated over and over again, covering the entire paper:

We made modified shapes based on an equilateral triangle. We rotated the shape, using it as a stencil over and over on our paper.

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Here are some of the finished tesselations:

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Didn’t they come out great? My son thoroughly enjoyed his party!

Georgia O’Keeffe Art Projects for Kids

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

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This post contains affiliate links. I was given access to the class to blog about it, which I was very glad to do.

This is the sixth and final week of Mixing with the Masters, and we are creating some fabulous Georgia O’Keeffe paintings. We created the famous “Red Poppy” with gradient painting techniques in acrylic. Our second art project was a watercolor of a delicate tulip, using advanced blending techniques from the demonstration video. Third, we painted a cow skull with mixed media. The background of the cow skull also contained blending and using various tones of one color.

Red Poppy Gradient Painting

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Alisha (the video instructor for the course) shows us how to paint this beautiful “Red Poppy” painting, using gradients, or blending the reds into the oranges. She helps us to see the endless variety of color in an enlarged flower. Georgia O’Keeffe painted many enormous flowers and was famous for causing people to enjoy details that were normally hard to see or notice.

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You could use a canvas for this project, or you can save money by painting it on watercolor paper. You will want to trim the paper to the size of the flower, if you use the printable template that is provided in the course.

Pink Tulip Watercolor

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Alisha taught us how to blend different colors in watercolor, which is hard to do unless you understand that you need to control both the pigment and the amount of water that you are using. Also, if you make mistakes, nothing is permanent, because even dry watercolor can have water added, and then the paper towel can blot it enough that you can mostly remove the color and paint on top of it.

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When my daughter shouted that she dripped the wrong color accidentally on her paper, we were able to remove it easily because of Alisha’s instructions.

Cow Skull Mixed Media

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Georgia O’Keeffe moved to a desert, so she no longer had flowers to paint. Instead, she saw bones buried in the sand, so she began painting those bones with all their details. One famous painting was of a cow skull, and this is the painting we made with mixed media. We painted gradients of blue in the background the first day. The second day we painted the red and black stripes. The third day we decoupaged the skull shape to the painting with mod podge. I cut the skull out from the worn yellow pages from a book, using the template Alisha provided in the course. We painted on top of the skull, and then we added the details of the skull.

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I was astounded by how much detail my oldest son was able to add to the skull! (It’s the first painting in the cow skull picture above.) I’ve been floored by the amount of art skills my kids have acquired through this Mixing with the Masters art class, and I highly recommend it! We focused on six of the most famous painters from history, and we learned their techniques and became even more familiar with their most famous works. My kids have also learned the background of the different art movements throughout history as well as a little about each artist’s life, enough to inculcate a greater love for art!

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