So this was an experiment. Basically we have loads of plaster of Paris so I’ve been searching for ideas of how we can use it. We tried pouring plaster of Paris into a balloon and squidge it to create a sculpture, this actually worked better as chalk than a piece of art!
Then we tried to make some paint. Penguin mixed some food colouring with plaster of Paris a created a lovely thick paste.
The colours love looked great, though Penguin had abit of a race against time as the plaster if Paris began to dry.
I love the textures the plaster of Paris made on the canvas.
Initially the colours felt really vibrant although when the paint dried the colours became fainter. I still love the end result, it has a cool fresh feel and it looks great up on the wall. I think Penguin is proud.
Have you got any ideas what I can use the rest of my plaster of Paris for?
I found an old canvas and pasted some PVA glue on it and let Little Missy sprinkle lots and lots of glitter over it.
With some help from Granny she continued her masterpiece with buttons, buttons and more glitter. All stuck on with PVA glue. It was lovely to see Little Missy exercising her freedom and creativity, knowing exactly which button she wanted next and exactly how much glitter she wanted.
I love giving my little munchkins a canvas to work on, it feels much more permanent than a flimsy bit of paper and often the end result is a lot more pleasing too.
Little Missy’s art work is now up on the wall in our living room, she is very proud!
Here are a couple more examples of Little Missy’s glittery art work.
What art materials do you/your children love working with?
We love making birthday cards and are always on the look out for different ideas. Maybe this simple but effective idea will take you fancy! That is if you can cope with glitter and buttons. I know buttons are very fearful for some! And as for glitter….well you have to be prepared to have a sparkly house.
I made these cards with my 3 year old, so she needed some assistance but thoroughly enjoyed herself. I folded the card in two and using PVA glue I made the shape of a number. Little Missy chose the buttons and put them on the glue.
Little Missy can’t get enough of glittery artwork so nearly shook the whole pot of glitter over the buttons.
We managed to save some of the glitter by shaking it onto some paper when the glue was dried and putting it back into the pot, ready for our next glittery project.
Little Missy had so much fun with the buttons and glitter she went on to create more glittery artwork!!
What glittery projects have you enjoyed? Or are you scared of buttons? Please comment below
We love telling stories in our house. Leo is a great story teller and tells our children stories of their alter egos, which they absolutely love. I remember one of Little Missy’s first stories being about singing dragons.
A couple of years ago one of my best friends made some story stones for Penguin. Story stones are basically stones with pictures on which can give us ideas of what going to happen next in our story. Penguin really loved them and they encouraged him with his story telling.
I really enjoyed making ‘Our Pebble Family’ and with my growing collection on stones I thought I’d try and make some story stones. One of our little munchkins friends is celebrating a birthday next week so hopefully it will make a lovely gift.
First of all I used white acrylic to paint the stones. I sketched out some basic pictures (I’m not the illustrator in the family!) and using a permanent marker copied the pictures onto the stones. I thought I’d try using coloured sharpee’s rather than acyllic paint. I liked the vibrant colours of the sharpee’s.
However, when I varnished the stones to give them more longevity the colours ran. I had to result to dabbing the varnish on to get around this problem. Although they aren’t perfect, I hope the recepiant will be pleased.
Has anyone handmade a gift for your child that you love? I’d love to hear about it. Please comment below.
Penguin absolutely loves the weather. His stories are made up of lightening and tornadoes! So, inspired by the beautiful handmade bracelets in Michelle Powell’s book Paper Craft book, we set out to create some storm bangles. I thought Penguin would love to wear them while he acted out his stories. I feel it’s great to encourage imaginative play. So let’s see what happened!
I first made cardboard tubes from old cereal packets (toilet rolls would have been a bit too small for little wrists!)
Then with some help from Little Missy we covered round them in strips of newspaper using wall paper paste. We wanted them to be really strong so they could cope with lots of play.
I painted the background colour in a rich blue using acrylic paint and then got to work on the main design.
I realistically could fit three different types of weather on each bangle. So as Penguin has two arms, here’s what I came up with.
Tornado, Sunshine, Rainbow, Snow, Rain and Lightening.
I was super pleased with the result and excited watching Penguins imagination come to life!
Where does your little ones imagination take you? Out into space? Hunting for Dragons? To the next Rabbit Party?
We picked up another fantastic book from the library. Nature’s Playground by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield has loads of wonderful games and activities that can be done outside. The book works though the different seasons, inspiring us to get outdoors throughout the year.
When I saw the idea for ice mobiles I was desperate for the temperature outside to get super cold. Well its been that this week, so here goes…
We had bought some tin can lid covers which are made out of a soft plastic. I thought we would be able to get the ice out of these easily without the ice breaking. If you are using lids, you need to make sure there are no ridges in them which will be hard to pop the ice out of. We laid out some string over our lids and poured in water.
Back in June we had popped some flowers in the flower press and they have been sitting there ever since. Click this link to see our flower pressing in June. It would be great to make our ice mobiles super pretty, so we added these buttercups and daisies, and enjoyed two seasons at once!
Well we cheated a bit, rather than putting the water outside to freeze naturally, we used the controlled environment of our freezer.
I did want to wait for a day when the temperatures weren’t too far off freezing, today looked like that day.
I took our mobiles out of the freezer, left them for a few minutes and carefully extracted them from the plastic lids.
I was really pleased with the results and loved watching them glisten in the sun. The little munchkins liked them too. Then they melted!!
Have you made any art out of ice? What outdoor activities do you love when its freezing cold?
Penguin recently picked up this fantastic book from our local library. Paper Craft by Michelle Powell, part of her Craft Smart series. It’s full of lovely paper craft ideas. I love having books to draw inspiration from…a different experience to spending time trawling through Pinterest.
I got together all the different bits we needed and cut the fish and plants out of tissue paper. I had some lovely large jars which I though would work really well. We also needed ripped up strips of bluey green tissue paper, watered down PVA glue, large brushes and glitter.
Penguin painted glue onto the jar and stuck the bluey green tissue paper onto the jar. He then glued on the fish and the plants. Next was the glitter. Its best to wait for the glue to dry and then use a thinner paint brush to paint glue on where you would like the glitter to go, then go crazy with the glitter. Or Not!
Penguin was very pleased with the result and they look really pretty with the tea lights in. Good job!
I’m sure there must be people out there who are super organised…is that you? It certainly isn’t me. I feel like I live life chasing my tail. And I’m always late!! even though I hate being late.
So it’s 2016…is that the year I will be super organised? Shall I make that one of my New Years resolutions? Yeah right, the New Years resolutions I finally get around to writing on the 15th January!
How do you stay organised? I’d love to hear any of your tips.
Although I do have a beautiful 2016 Wall Planner which surely will help. It was created by Leo, we are actually selling them in our Etsy shop. Click this link to take a look Etsy Wall Planner 2016. Or enter our giveaway and win one 🙂 To enter just comment below and we will randomly select someone 🙂 Closing date 10th January! (UK only – sorry)
Happy new year to you all, may it be full of joy and life.
Hello lovely people…it’s Christmas time!! I do love Christmas, the tree is up, presents bought (well most of them!), music enjoyed, Christmas baking has commenced and now I am really hoping we get some snow to enjoy…
My hubby has created this lovely festive Christmas wallpaper. If you would like a free download for your computer, just right click on the image 🙂 Also check out the speed art video….fascinating to see the artwork created.