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Seussical Mural
Jul 26th, 2014 by Craftylocks

Another mural has been keeping me busy! I thought a few truffala trees might be quite fun in our porch where we keep our boots, garden equipment and the dog kennel. But I kind of got carried away, and many months later the walls are covered in Dr Seuss creations.

 

Another of my murals is the forest lagoon mural.

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Hand and Heart Shape
May 1st, 2014 by Craftylocks

There are so many beautiful papers and I do love buying them. This craft is a lovely way to use some of those papers and a special craft for children to do.

It is also handy as a mothers day gift or card, and easy for Dad’s to organise with their children! We used ours to make cards but these are very nice mounted on a block or in a frame to hang on the wall.

The children can be involved throughout this craft. They can choose the paper they want to use for their hand shape. They could also choose the background colour and the heart colour. If you are making something to mount on the wall the children could paint the canvas block or whatever background you are using.

If they are old enough to write they can write their own name on the heart shape. But have a few shapes ready and have them write on the heart before the shape is glued onto the hand shape, just in case they want a few attempts to get it right.

 

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Crayoned and Dyed Egg series – number four
Apr 17th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

I have saved my favourite Crayon and Dye art technique for the last Easter Egg design – Crayon Batik. Well as my daughter just pointed out it is not really batik but a fun and easy version of it.

Colour in an egg shape in any way you like, but it is better if the crayon is nice and thick as then when it is crumpled up you will get nice cracks and creases in the crayon.

Then something a bit different in the art process, crumple up the picture! A little bit of care is needed as it can tear – so I squash it in on itself rather than screw it up. But a bit of tearing does not matter too much anyway.

Carefully uncrumple it and smooth it out a bit.

Then paint the dye, food colouring or watery paint over it and see how cool it looks! I also often mop off extra dye with a tissue so that the crayon colours show through well.

For the other Crayoned and Dyed Eggs hop on over to Crayond and Dyed Egg number one, number two and number three.

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Crayoned and Dyed Egg series – number three
Apr 16th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

Chalk has a special use in this art craft for children.

This technique is a very good way to turn some simple lines, drawing or even writing, into a piece of art.

Use some coloured chalk to draw some lines, make them reasonably thick. You want to have a picture that has shapes to colour in.

Use wax crayons to colour between the lines. Do not colour over the lines, although a little bit does not matter, but in general leave the chalk lines visible. Although you cannot see at this stage, I also coloured around my egg shape with white crayon.

Then use dye, food colouring or watery paint to paint over the whole picture.

The wax crayons will resist the dye, but the chalk will not! Everywhere that is chalk or plain paper will soak up the dye and change how it looks in a very cool way!

More fun with crayon and dyes for Easter at Crayoned and Dyed Egg number one and number two and now number four.

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Crayoned and Dyed Egg Series – number two
Apr 13th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

This crayon and dye technique is one of my favourite! It is like an invisible drawing that magically appears.

It is a very simple process, you just draw a picture with white crayon on white paper, and then paint dye or food colouring or very watery paint over the top. The wax in the crayon resists the watery colour and shows through. If course drawing a picture in white crayon is a bit tricky as you cannot really see what you are drawing – but I think this is part of the fun! It is best to not try to draw anything specific – a pattern like this example works really well.

The invisible white crayon on white paper picture.

Then the dye is painted over top and the picture appears!




Also make sure you see Crayoned and Dyed Egg number one, number three and number four as well!

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Crayoned and Dyed Egg series – number one.
Apr 6th, 2014 by Craftylocks

I had the crayons and dye out to work on something for the next newsletter and was having so much fun that I thought I would do a lovely colourful Easter egg as well. I just planed to do one, but I kept thinking of different ways to do them that I made a few. I will post the others over the next few weeks.

Dye is something that is a standard in the art supplies for New Zealand schools and I love it as a way to add a fantastic pop of colour and lift to a picture. It can be substituted with food colouring and watered down paint. It is effectively a ‘colour wash’ and one of the properties that I love is that wax crayons resist it and will show through when dye is painted over the top of the crayons.

So a simple and effective Easter egg is to draw and colour in an egg with crayons. I did random criss cross patterns on an egg shape and then coloured the shapes in with lots of different colours.

Then I painted the dye over the whole piece of paper and you can see how effective this is with the crayoned picture!

Now proudly put this on the wall or make a gorgeous Easter card with it! You could make a series of cards by also trying out Crayoned and Dyed Egg series number two, number three and number four.

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