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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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Paper Plate Bird Puppet
Mar 30th, 2014 by Craftylocks

One of those nice simple ideas that result in something fun. After the fun of making this one, there is then more fun had in the playing with it.

You need two paper plates, fold them both in half and staple together so that the two plates fit snuggly together to make a nice tight fit for a hand to squeeze into.
Paint and decorate, add feathers and the puppet is done! You could also add a tab to the underside of the bottom beak to slip your fingers in to help open the mouth, but it opens naturally anyway – and makes a very satisfying ‘pecking’ sound as you snap the beak closed.
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Dinosaur Eggs
Jul 16th, 2013 by Craftylocks

These special dinosaur eggs are from the little known Papersaurus Rex. The eggs are famous for being many patterened, multi-colored and sometimes even covered in glitter.

Cover a balloon with strips of newspaper. We tore strips of paper long enough to go around the balloon and glued the ends to each other with wallpaper paste. Then we criss crossed the strips over these pieces and kept building the layers up to about three or four newsprint layers.
The final layer is photocopy paper – it is nice and strong and is also white, which makes a great base for painting on.
Then have fun making up some patterns and designs for what a dinosaur egg could have looked like.
These eggs are all resting in our cat bed, waiting for the right time to hatch, or in the case of one of ours – sat on and squashed!
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Recycled Milk Bottle Bunny
Apr 3rd, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

Over Easter the children saw these bunnies as a decoration outside a school. They worked out how they were made and when they came home we made our own version.

Note that these are a complete paper free craft! So in one way, they do not belong on this site, but they were so cute and so easy to make, that we have made an exception for them.

Start with a clean plastic milk bottle.

Cut it roughly in half.

On the side opposite to the handle, cut some ear shapes. Bend the ears up.

Using a permanent marker, draw on some eyes. We also used a red permanent marker and shaded in part of the ears on the back of the ears, or what was the inside of the bottle. Loosen the lid and wrap pipe cleaners around the neck of the bottle opening for whiskers. Tighten the lid, or nose, back up again.

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