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Veggie Prints


Veggie prints are easy, even for toddlers. We all remember potato printing, but there are lots of

other vegetables that work well too::halved pears, oranges, celery hearts (with an elastic band

securing the bottom), apples and corn. You’ll need an assortment of vegetables, some acrylic

paper made a little thinner with water, some large format paper (we used newsprint) and a tray or

palette to contain the paint. Mix up a few colors and show kids how to dip the vegetable into the

paint and press it onto the paper. After they dry, you can cut them up and try to make a

composition out of them, seeing what narrative the shapes suggest. We made these little boats

with celery heart waves and added the toiler roll sails with a bit of white glue. Happy printing!

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Natural brushes and process painting


Natural brushes


This activity has it all. Its interactive, as kids will search for their own materials to make the brushes. It engages them in a way that is immediate and very freeing and it encourages them to be curious about all kinds of mark-marking. Here’s what you’ll need:

Some long-ish sticksfrom the forest/park 

sturdy string

roll of paper, any color

ink or acrylic paint

small buckets/bowls for the paint

a large open space, preferably outside


If inside, tape down your paper, kids should be able to paint from all sides. If outside, weight your paper down with small stones on the corners.

Gather some long,straight sticks and put them in a pile. Together, search the outdoors for natural elements that you could tie to the end of your sticks that you think might make an interesting mark- pick things that leave wispy, feathery marks and things that will leave more blobby, thing-like marks. Some things we tried were: feathers, berries (still attached to their branch), pine tips, small bouquets of flowers,etc. Cut yourself a length of string that will allow you to wrap it around the stick quite a few times. As you are wrapping it, keep some tension as you want to give it them as sturdy a base as you can.  If its a bunch of things, like berries or flowers, try to thread your string through a few times to give it more even stability. Tie a knot and the brushes are ready.

Between 1-3 pots of color is enough to work with-try to encourage painters mot to double-dip colorsas this makes the colors muddy faster. Other than that-let them go for it.

Note: The only real drawback to doing this inside is how much kids love to splatter with their brushes so…just something to keep in mind.

Posted on April 13, 2017 .

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossoms


This craft is always a hit- suitable for ages 5 and up. You will need:

Heavy white paper

large straws


ecoline ink or acrylic paint


small sponge for painting, or late brush, H20

chinese black ink

Optional: pink tissue paper 

With either ink or acrylic paint, make a degradee from dark to light blue. Using your sponge,paint a intense band of color at the top of your paper, and then dab with a little water to gently soften the color all the way to the bottom. Let it dry.

Chinese ink is intense black, the same ink calligraphers use. A little goes a long way. Before we use it, first trim your straws down to less than 4 inches. Next, using a paint brush, make a small resevior of ink where you want the base of your tree to be. Working quickly, sort of get behind the ink blot by blowing at the bottom of it with the straw. Blow in an upwards motion. The ink will create thetrunk of your tree. Follow the line as far as you like, and where you want a new branch to begin, do the same as before-begin with a small ink reservoir and blow to create new growth. The results are random but you can manipulate it somewhat with practise. Let dry. Put out a dollop of both red and white paint and drip your cork into each.Without blending, stamp where you would like the blossoms to be. If you like, add extra depth by gluing on twisted bits of tissue to bring out the flowers in your cherry trees.

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Posted on March 2, 2017 .

Bleeding Tissue portraits and coffee centre flowers

Portrait in Bleeding tissue paper


Bleeding tissue is actually crepe paper (the slightly frilly, lined stuff) that we will be using to paint our portrait. The dye from the tissue bleeds easily with the addition of water, creating some lovely painterly effects. 

What you will need:

Crepe paper (available at craft stores in rolls) cut into strips or squares no more than an inch or 2 big. its nice to get a selection of primary colors, a little will go a long way


cup of water

paintbrush and rag

black crayon or pastel

heavy white paper or card stock-2 pieces 

white glue or glue stick

gold goache or acrylic paint (optional)

Start by cutting one of the pieces of paper into an oval or circle. This paper will be the base for your portrait. For your portrait you can draw yourself or someone in your family, even a favourite pet.  Using only the crayon/pastel make your portrait and try to fill up the all space in the oval. Next take a color you like from the selection of tissue strips and lie it where you want to apply color. Take your brush and apply some water-not sopping wet but liberal-to the tissue. You’ll see the color bleed out immediately. This is the fun part- layering the colors to create new ones can teach kids about how to mix colors. You can remove the wet tissue now and paint with the dye underneath, or leave the tissue on for more vibrant effects.You can use the tissue to stamp and stain the paper wherever you wish. Let your portrait dry somewhat. Apply glue to the back and work quickly to place the oval in the center of your blank paper, tapping it down to affix it. Take the crayon and draw a frame around your portrait and cut it out. The last step is decorating the frame. Gold paint looks nice but you can also use tissue to paint this part, or any paint you wish.  These look great hanging on a parlour wall together.


Coffee centre Flowers


What you will need:

Abit of ground coffee 

white glue and either a paintbrush or popsicle stick

wax crayons or oil pastel

either watercolor/goache/acrylic paint or ecoline inks in primary colors * note: these inks available easily at craft stores are a great investment for little painters because they give very vibrant effects and its difficult to muddy the colors

cup of water, paintbrush, rag

heavier white paper 


any interesting odds and ends of paper you have in patterns or different colors

On a blank white paper, draw a vase of flowers with the all the colors of the crayons, use the full height and width of the paper. For at last 2 or 3 of the flowers, leave a large open circle in the middle-this you will later fill with glue and then coffee. Add paint to fill in the background and add color; the wax from the crayons will resist the paint. Let it dry. Apply glue to the centre of the flowers liberally and sprinkle the coffee grounds on, tapping it down. Wait a minute before shaking the excess off. To add texture, you can finish by adding bits of patterned or coloured paper to the petals or leaves.