Dabber for Applying Paint
Jun 2nd, 2010 by Craftylocks

A very handy tool for children’s art, used for applying paint to make decorative paper for lots of crafts, and art too.

I used to use these a lot when in what seems like a previous life, I taught art to my new entrants. They are easy to make and easy for the children to use. They are used to apply the paint by ‘dabbing’ or gently pressing the dabber in some paint and then ‘dabbing’ it onto the paper. It is a very good way to control the paint and it keeps fingers reasonably clean.
You can make them with a scraps of fabric or with a piece of foam and an elastic or rubber band. You bunch up the fabric or foam and secure one end with the rubber band as pictured. If you are using fabric it will work better if you pop some fabric scraps inside another square or round piece of fabric so that the dabber has a firm ball to dab with.

I find that they are brilliant for printmaking arts and crafts where you need to apply paint around a template or inside a stencil as we have done with the leaf template printing.

As they are so easy and cheap to make, you can make one for each color you are using and once you have finished for the day you can throw them away! Gotta love paper crafts involving painting that is easy clean up!

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Flower Pencil Topper
Jun 1st, 2010 by Craftylocks

This decorative topper for a pencil ticks lots of paper crafts for children requirements!

It is quick and easy and the results are great. And although mess is an important part of arts and crafts with children, sometimes we need something that is no mess, and this craft is one of those. It is also a cheap way of making a useful little gift for someone. We have used paper already printed with a pattern for our flower pencil topper but to make it more personal you could use decorated paper from something like painting with balls or wheels or leaf printing.

I have made a flower pencil topper tutorial which shows all the steps, but in summary the steps are …
1. You need an oblong/rectangle piece of paper.
2. Fold it a few times and cut slits in it from one end almost all the way to the other end. Cut parallel to the fold lines but make sure you do not cut the fold lines.
3. Unfold and then wrap the paper around the pencil and tape in place. Pattern to the inside and cut bits at the top.
4. Bend down the cut bits of paper to open them up like a flower. If you want you can also roll some of the paper strips around a pencil to curl them.

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