Monday, September 12, 2016

Make an Owl Costume

Sometimes folks who buy my masks will ask me for suggestions on making a costume that will go with their purchase. So I decided to put together this simple tutorial about making a child's owl costume that is simple and inexpensive and does not require any sewing. Three plusses as far as I'm concerned.
I picked up a long sleeved tee shirt and some felt for the wings.
I made a pattern for the wings.
Traced the wing pattern onto the felt and cut out the wings.
Used Tacky Glue to attach the wing to the sleeve and side of the shirt. Naturally, if you sew, that would be an even better option!
Cut some felt designs out to mimic feathers.
Adhered with Tacky Glue and added some detail with this very easy-to-use fabric paint.
My masks is available here.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Painting Terra Cotta Pots

My three and four year olds painted these at art camp this morning. We used tempera and sponge brushes and then I slathered on some glossy Mod Podge. Tomorrow we will make fresh lemonade and then plant the lemon seeds in our little pots.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Storytelling with Masks

I'm prepping to teach an art camp next week. I plan on trying some storytelling with masks to start off the day. Then the children will decorate their own owl mask. I think we will use a bit of collage technique to decorate the owls. I'm going to decide after meeting the children on Monday.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Faces with Upcycled Materials

Children love picking and choosing materials from odds and ends left over from other art projects or ordinary items that you have around the house. When we did this project I set out containers of buttons, beads, scraps of craft foam, wire, tiles..... We used a very heavy cardboard that my husband had cut out for me, and painted then with tempera. The children in the class were between three and five years old. The nose on the pictured face is a knob from a cupboard that I had saved when we remodeled our kitchen. This child came up with the idea of forming the wire into glasses. I really love this project and seeing the creativity that the children bring to it. I wound up gluing blocks of wood to the back, along the edge, so that the pieces could be upright on a table.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

DIY Woodland Masks

These outline drawings of some of my woodland masks are now available on Etsy. They are printed on 65 lb cardstock and ready to be decorated. The openings for the eyes have been cut out and there are markings to indicate where you should use a small hole punch so that the ribbon ties (included) can be added.
Colored pencils, crayons or markers can be used to decorate the masks. The masks are a fun activity for summer camp or birthday parties.
Ten masks with each order.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mugs and Coasters for Father's Day

Here are two simple projects that make nice Father's Day gifts, and even go together. I purchased white mugs at the Dollar Tree. I needed 60, so I ordered them online and they were delivered to the store of my choice. Pretty convenient. I tried painting on the mugs with the type of acrylic paint that they suggested at my local craft store. I was a little dubious since acrylics are a type of plastic and I wasn't convinced that the paint would not peel off. The mugs need to bake in the oven after painting, and as I had suspected, the paint rubbed off with my fingernail. I opted instead to use oil-based markers. They went on smoothly, dried quickly and passed my test of washing them by hand. I haven't tried them in the dishwasher yet. The children found that the pens are a bit hard to control on the slippery surface, but they didn't seems the least bit frustrated and some of the children are only three! Before they started we discussed how the drawing should extend all the way around the mug. They did tend to become fixated on one small area.


The coasters are travertine tiles that I found at Home Depot. Since they are a natural material, some of them are quite pitted or have broken corners or actual holes. I think it lends character to them, but wasn't sure how the children would react to the imperfections. They were not at all bothered. They stamped on the tiles using a permanent ink pad and also stamped a gift tag. We put little "feet" on the bottom with the type of craft foam that has a sticking backing.