We’ve finished and mailed all of our ornaments for the ornament swap. I think they turned out really cute, in fact we made extras for the grandparents (none of whom read this blog, so I can post about them now).
We started with plain ball ornaments. Since they need to travel through the mail and little children frequently visit our house we went with plastic. The only smallish plastic ones in our local store had this sort of holographic plastic wrap stuff on them which Henry really likes because it’s sparkly. I think the paint would have adhered a little bit better if they’d had a mat or frosted finish though.
First we painted Henry’s fingers and the top part of the palm of his hand with white acrylic craft paint, they become the four snowman on the ornament. He did this part by himself after we did the first one.
Next I had him hold his hand palm up and I placed the ornament in his hand. Henry squeezed the ball tight and then let go as I held on to the top hook of the ornament (sorry for the blurry picture):
Cute little hand-print snowmen:
After we finished with all the hand-prints, I sat down with some paint pens and drew on the faces, arms, buttons, scarves, and hats.
After they were dry I took them outside and sprayed them with a clear sealant.
We also made matching Christmas card/gift tags using a white stamp pad and embossing powder instead of acrylic paint. On most of the cards we used markers instead of paint pens and so Henry could do a lot of the drawing faces and accessories on those.
Our MOMS Club had a water day at the park today and along with several water tables and a fleet of water toys we had a really fun art project.
We draped a couple of sheets over the railings and provided the kids with spray bottles filled with watered down tempera paint in several different colors and then just let them go. H had a great time with this. He spent the majority of the time painting the sheet (or other kids… gentle redirection was needed occasionally).
Adding dish soap to the mixture really helps with clean up. After we were done, we tossed the sheets into the wash and they came out clean and ready for next time. I’m sure we’ll be doing this a lot. The kids loved it.
Today we played with one of my favorite art supplies (and conveniently it requires very little set up and clean up). Liquid Watercolor comes in a great variety of colors and H loves using it. We use it in lots of different ways, but my easy go to tool is definitely bingo bottles.
Bingo bottles are great, just the right size for small hands. H likes to bang them down onto the paper and make “pokey things”. And recently he’s been branching out into some color mixing, for a long time he was a in a “one color per piece of paper” phase.
We pulled out the watercolors this morning. H loves to cover paper completely with color and wet on wet water color easily satisfies this urge.
We usually start out with only one color paint, today we started with red.
45 minutes and three red painting latter we broke out the yellow:
I try to limit my involvement when he’s painting, so I turned on some music, did the dishes, and restricted myself to asking if he needed more paper. He was very excited with the results and proceeded to paint another three paintings. Good thing we just got a new schoolfolio or I don’t know where we’d put all of these.
Inspired by Jean over at The Artful Parent:
We found some different fabric crayons than Jean used. I wanted some that would work on natural fibers. Pentel Fabric Fun crayons work on natural fibers and you draw right on the t-shirt. They rub smooth like an oil pastel and once we had sufficiently stretched the t-shirts, the kids didn’t have any trouble drawing with them.
The colors went on nice and bright and while you could smear and smudge like you would with an oil pastel, accidental smudges didn’t cause any problems, H’s crisp lines stayed crisp.
After the kids were done drawing, I ironed the shirts and tossed them in the wash. H and little C wanted to try them on immediately: