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a snowflake table runner is my fave

December 18, 2013 // 5 Comments

Today’s snowy post was created by Bar Rucci.

snowflake table runner

There are two things we are obsessed with making at our house: pom-poms and snowflakes. I love snowflake making!! It’s the best because you never know what you’re going to get, and everyone oohs and aahs when you open up your snowflake. It’s completely addicting!

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I think there are probably as many ways to make snowflakes as there are to make pop-poms. But this is how we make ours:

Take an 8.5” x 11” piece of paper and fold it over into a triangle. Trim off the part that is leftover so now you have a perfect square. Fold that triangle in half again, then one more time. Cut off the bottom and the point, making some sort of pattern. Now cut the inside with little notches of whatever shape and size you want. Open it up, and voila! An amazing, symmetrical snowflake!

snowflake table runner

snowflake table runner

To make the runner, I arranged the snowflakes on the table and then used little pieces of scotch tape to tape the edges together. It’s such a festive, wintery and inviting table…you can use it for a party, Christmas morning, or any time during the winter months for a little cheer.

Happy snowflake making!

You can find more of Bar’s art projects at Art Bar Blog or shop her card shop (it’s not too late to send holiday greetings) at Late Night Cake.





giant christmas tree paintings are my fave

December 4, 2013 // 7 Comments

Today’s artful post was created by Bar Rucci

christmas tree paintings | you are my fave

When doing art at home with my kids, I am always thinking of ways to mix things up. We’ve been doing lots of small format work and collaging lately, so it was time for a change. Seeing their faces when I brought out the giant paper was priceless! They were able to use their whole body to draw and paint which resulted in a vibrant, more energetic work of art.

christmas tree paintings | you are my fave

christmas tree paintings | you are my fave

Supplies:

– Large watercolor paper 30” x 22” (found at local art stores or online)

– Pencil + eraser

– Liquid Watercolor

– Brushes + water + damp sponge or paper towel

Directions:

– Use the pencil lightly to draw the tree and any other decoration. My middle daughter did hers first and decided to add presents to the bottom, which I loved. (I hadn’t even thought of that!) We talked

about what type of tree to draw, and she decided she wanted a triangle instead of a bushy tree. After seeing hers, my son and other daughter followed suit, with triangle trees and presents. They all look different, though, which is the best part!

– Next, color in with the liquid watercolor. I encouraged them to mix different greens. We also let the paint dry before coloring in the ornaments. Although having watercolors run into each other is preferred most of the time, my kids wanted these paintings to be “more neat”.

– Two of them added a border, which is a nice way to frame and finish off the artwork. And that’s it!

christmas tree paintings | you are my fave

christmas tree paintings | you are my fave

I love how my son’s presents cover the whole page and look like flags. He is seven and usually the messiest artist, but this time he worked really hard to stay in the lines. I was so proud!

christmas tree paintings | you are my fave

My oldest daughter likes all of her art to be perfect and symmetrical (which can be a bit of a frustration for her). She used a ruler to draw her tree and all of her decoration. I love the triangle snowflakes and her super tall present on the right. She loved it, too (phew)!

This art project was one of our faves. They all painted with such concentration, and there were very few supplies needed so it was easy to set up and put away. We will hang these up every Christmas from now until forever.

I hope you try these with your kids (or maybe make one yourself)!

You can find more of Bar’s art projects at Art Bar Blog or shop her card shop (hello holiday postcards) at Late Night Cake.





painted newspaper hearts are my fave

January 30, 2013 // 18 Comments

Today’s Valentine was created by Bar Rucci.
you are my fave: painted newspaper hearts

Homemade Valentine’s are the best. Hearts, glitter, red & pink, what’s not to love? It brings me back to my childhood. There was nothing that made me happier as a kid than creating 20 matching (but varied) Valentine cards for my classmates. As a mom, my enthusiasm for this holiday begins the minute the Christmas tree is down.

This year, inspiration struck from the newspaper we had out on the table for a painting project. The aftermath looked so pretty, we decided to just keep going. We painted all the paper and hung it to dry. My mind was racing with the endless possibilities. What should we do with all of these beautiful pages? In the end, it just had to be hearts!

To make your own you’ll need:

– Newspaper
– Liquid Watercolor
– Brushes
– Heart Template
– Watercolor Postcards
– Scissors
– Rubber Cement

you are my fave: painted newspaper hearts

Step 1: Paint the newspaper with the liquid watercolors and let dry. Since we work at our dining room table (that was made by hand by my neighbor’s mother in Australia!), I always lay down a big towel underneath the newspaper. But these pages can just as easily be painted on the floor, on an easel, or outside! The liquid watercolor will seep through the newspaper a little bit, but it also dries quickly.

Step 2: Create a heart template. You can cut a heart out of paper and then trace it onto heavier cardstock or cardboard. (Just make sure the heart is sized to fit the postcard.) Next, use the template to trace the hearts all over the newspaper. Then cut out the newspaper hearts.

you are my fave: painted newspaper hearts
you are my fave: painted newspaper hearts

Step 3: Using the same template, trace hearts onto the blank postcards with a pencil. Paint around the hearts with liquid watercolor. Encourage your child to paint over the line just a little bit. This is good practice for them to focus and paint carefully. I mixed 4 colors in the red family and instructed the kids to blend the colors as they painted so that the effect, when dry, was like ombre. For smaller children, they can paint the whole page. Make sure to use a black pen rather than a pencil, though, to trace the heart so that you can see it underneath the paint.

Step 4: Using rubber cement, coat the back of the newspaper heart and then also coat the heart on the postcard with glue. Let them both dry, then carefully place the newspaper heart within the white space left on the postcard. This gluing method is a very good trick to use if you want the glue to stick forever!

you are my fave: painted newspaper hearts

We painted 4 sheets of newspaper and were able to get 65 hearts cut out! I’m sure you will be seeing them pop up in future projects, too (mind still racing).

Have fun!

 You can find more of Bar’s art projects at Art Bar Blog or shop her card shop (hello thank you cards) at Late Night Cake.





a color study is my fave

November 7, 2012 // 1 Comment

Today’s colorful post is brought to you by the talented Barbara Rucci. Although this art project is meant for kids, I can’t wait to try liquid watercolors out myself.



Simple, open-ended art projects are what kids love best. With no pressure on them to create an end product, they are allowed to focus on the process and explore the medium while (hopefully) finding their own personal expression.

This is not to say that there can’t be rules! In these color studies, which I just love, there were two rules. First, you could only use one color palette at a time. Second, you had to cover the whole page. At first, it was hard for them to stick to one set of colors. Seeing all of the pretty colors, they really wanted to make rainbows (of course!). But soon they were going through stacks of paper, experimenting with and exploring the paint and how it moved on the page.

As they painted, I used new words and phrases to broaden their “language of art”. We talked about palette, study, color families and color wash. I also made a point of using exotic color names so that soon they were painting with aquamarine, forest, crimson, magenta and ochre. They felt very grown up!

SUPPLIES:
If you haven’t ever used liquid watercolors, they are worth every penny! Their vibrant colors are unrivaled, and they are great for covering large areas. I ran out of mine, so I used tube watercolors, which have the same effect, minus the vibrancy.

– Liquid Watercolor or Watercolor Tubes
– Paper (I used plain copy paper, cut in half. Watercolor paper would be best as it won’t crinkle when drying)
– Plastic Egg Cartons
– Brushes
– Sponge



We pressed our dried pages underneath some books before hanging them up on the wall. You could also cut them into strips and make a paper chain, or string them on a ribbon and make a banner!

A word about mess: Watercolors are the least messy of the painting mediums, but not so for liquid watercolor. I would suggest laying down a towel first, then covering that with newspaper. One added bonus of this project is that the aftermath is literally a beautiful mess. I left my paper-covered table up for days it was so pretty.

Have fun!

You can find more of Barbara’s art projects at Art Bar Blog or shop her cool holiday postcards at Late Night Cake.









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