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Thumbprint Easter Eggs
Mar 22nd, 2015 by Craftylocks

An easy and fun way to make some Easter themed artwork.

Using inkpads, make lots of thumbprints.

Of course they are an instant egg shape! Just add circles, stripes, stars and some spring flowers to decorate them.

These are fun in themselves, and completely chocolate free!! While you wait for the real ones, these can also be used to decorate an Easter card.

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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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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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Mirror Bird
Jan 16th, 2014 by Craftylocks
I got this idea from a beautiful bird decoration I have. I realised that it was just a mirror shape of a bird folded up with some parts glued together and some folded open.
I made a Mirror Bird Template that you can print out, or you could also just fold a piece of paper in half and draw your own bird shape on it.
We did some really messy finger painting to show any decoration technique will work.
Cut out the mirror shape. Instead of decorating the printed shape, you could trace the shape onto a piece of paper already decorated in a previous creative session.
Fold it in half, glue two end of ribbon inside the body and glue just the body part together. Leave the tail, wings and head feathers not glued.
Clip and curl the feathers a bit.
Hang the birdy up and then tweet about how beautiful it is.
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Rotated Shape Patterns
Jun 13th, 2013 by Craftylocks

You start with a simple shape, make a few cuts, and add in some rotations to create a bit of exciting art.

Start with a sqaure piece of paper. Draw a shape or pattern and color it in. We have used watercolor pencils to create our colorful shapes.
Cut the shape into four equal sections, rotate each section, and when you are happy with the look, glue them down.
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Apple Printed Paper
Mar 20th, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

What do you do when you have just made an apple print tree and you still have surplus apples cut up and paint to use? You make apple printed paper ready to use in that craft that will come along one day that needs some colorful hand made paper!

You really only need half an apple for this, so it is not a great craft for using up a surplus crop, but a great craft for having some fun and making some great decorated paper.

Cut an apple in half and and push a fork into the round part of the apple so that the fork can be used as a handle.

Dry the cut side and press it onto the paint, or use a brush to paint it onto the cut surface of the apple. Then press it onto some blank paper. It works best if you ‘re-load’ the paint onto the apple each time you make a print.

We almost always do this sort of printing as a layer of three primary colors, starting with the darkest so that the colors can be seen through each other.

If you are following the same color scheme that we did, then load the apple with blue paint and press it on the paper. Repeating a few times, spreading them across the paper.

Wipe the apple clean, and then when the blue apple prints are dry, load the apple with red paint and print on the paper, overlapping the blue apples a little.

Repeat with the yellow paint – cool!

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