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Decorated Halloween Skulls
Oct 2nd, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

I have always been intrigued by the decorated skulls of the Day of the Dead celebrations – taking a skull and turning it into something beautiful. With Halloween approaching, I thought it a perfect excuse to do some of my own.

I was just going to do one, but had such fun, I kept going. If you want to have a go, print this skull shape out.

This one was decorated with crayons …

This is a fun way of decorating shapes, it is called Zentangling and it is a great art technique for older children to have fun with …

One more technique, this time watercolour pencils …


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Party Place Name
Sep 16th, 2014 by Craftylocks

My paper crafting helpers have always loved making place names for folk who are coming and deciding where they will sit. This fun idea for place settings helps reduce the clutter on the table and makes the glasses look really cool.

Draw and cut out a shape that will suit your theme, or cut out one of ours from our glass name tags PDF.
Fold it in half and cut a slit on an angle.
Write the name on the shape, or just decorate it. Use the slit to sit it on the glass.
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Owl Dress Up
Aug 14th, 2014 by Craftylocks

Who who who needs a great dress-up for book week at school? Two parts here to make a hootrific costume.

To make the vest and the mask you need lots of black, brown and white crepe paper. You also need some card and paper and all those things for joining them together like glue and staples.

Fold the crepe paper up, cut a strip from each color and set it aside for the mask. Then cut feather shapes from them. You will then need a piece of paper big enough to cover the wearers front.
Glue the brown and white feathers alternately round an oval shape in the middle of the paper. Put glue at the top of the feather so they will be able to flutter.
Cover the rest of the paper with black and brown feathers. You could also make this as a cape and not have the tummy section – just all brown and black feathers. Use safety pins to attach it to whatever the owl to be is wearing.
From the rolls of crepe paper cut off earlier, snip a fringe 3/4 the way into each roll.
Unroll the black crepe fringe and glue in a circle around each side of the mask to create an eye. You will need to gather the crepe paper a little for it to go round in a curve so use lots of glue so you can slide it around to the shape you want.

Glue the brown crepe fringe in the same way just slightly in from the line of the black crepe. Repeat with the white crepe fringe.
We added a circle of plain paper to tidy up the edge of the eyes before cutting the eyeholes. Staple on some elastic to fit.
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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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