Seasonal Concertina Picture
Nov 3rd, 2010 by Craftylocks

Make yourself comfortable, this paper craft for children has quite a few steps. All lots of fun of course, and a very cool result. This post is much longer than my usual ones, but I could not think of anything to leave out

This picture works well with opposites like a day and night picture, a happy and a sad face or seasonal changes. Your pictures need to be on exactly the same size pieces of paper. I used photocopy paper folded in half.



On my basic crayoned tree shapes I added different details suitable for each season.


I painted dye (or food coloring) over the pictures and the artwork is ready for the next stage.


To make a concertina that is the right size I started with a piece of light card the same size as the photocopy paper. I cut it in half and taped it together so that the card is double the width of each picture. I started to make the concertina by folding it in half and then each half again until I had the folds in the right place for the concertina.


A more accurate way would be to measure it all and rule lines to fold along, if you care about detail then I suggest you do this. But I tend to try the easy way first, and this worked out fine.


Then fold or measure the pictures and cut them so that the bits are the same size as the faces of the concertina. Be careful to keep all the bits in the right order together.


Finally glue a strip from each picture on to the concertina card, alternating between the two pictures.


When you stand them up and look at an angle your concertina picture quickly flips from one view …


… to another.


Then on this one turn it over for another view …


… and another.


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Rainy Day Artwork
May 16th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Fun artwork for children to create on a rainy day.

rain2At last we have some rain! Hopefully for all the farmers it is in time for the grass to grow before the cold weather really gets going. We have plenty of hay on hand for our wee herd of cattle, and we understock anyway so grass will not be a problem for us, but my garden needed a bit of water so we are happy to have a soggy day. It also means we could try out some art that is especially for rainy days.

For this one you need water soluble paints like poster paints, or palette paints. Paint your design onto the paper and then put it straight in the rain. Try to put it somewhere within view of a nice warm spot inside the house so that the children can watch their artwork develop in the rain. Once it looks suitably soggy very carefully bring it inside to dry. Note that the paper will tear very easily once it is so soggy so handle it very carefully and make sure you have an area with lots of newspaper spread out for it to dry on.

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As well as being a great art activity this is also useful for paper crafts for children that can use your own decorated paper. To make a simple image or background, then you can just create patterns or even just paint it with one color to develop a watery pattern.

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