Jul 10, 2007

ta ta for now, and an art project to keep you busy...

while I'm on vacation! I will be taking a bit of a bloggy break while my husband and I are jet setting around North America. First stop, Kentucky for a friend's wedding. Second stop, Nevada City, California for a visit with my parents, grandparents, brothers, and nieces. Plus, I'll be packing very light, leaving plenty of room for the new fabric stash I will be bringing back with me!

In the meantime, try this psychedelic art project. You'll have as much fun as the kids!


* white poster board
* a stash of large crayons
* black liquid shoe polish
* black washable tempera paint
* larger paint brush
* newspaper
* toothpicks

*I used a small square of poster board for this photo shoot, but I suggest you color an entire sheet.

1.) Using so much force that you work up a sweat, color the poster board using the crayons. You need to push HARD. The more colors you use and the more often you change color, the better. The point here is not to make a design. It's simply to get plenty of different colors.

2.) Coat the entire sheet with liquid shoe polish. Wait for it to dry.

3.) Using your paint brush, add a coat of black paint. Allow to dry completely.

4.) Cut the poster board into smaller squares.

5.) Go at it with a toothpick! The black layer will easily scratch away, revealing the smörgåsbord of color beneath!

See you in ten days!



kneek said...

I love this idea. We bought some of these little squares for my daugther around Christmas, and naturally they were used up pretty quickly. Now we know how to make our own!!! Have fun on holiday.

Verónica said...

Gratamente me encontré con tu blog. Yo soy guía Montessori en el nivel de 3 a 6 años y trabajo en un colegio en Santiago de Chile. Me di una vuelta por todos tus post y me encantaron tus ideas y lo lindo que te quedan todos tus proyectos. Está claro que eres muy dedicada y amas lo que haces. ¡Felicitaciones!

Steph said...
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Steph said...

I can't remember how I found your site, but I love it! Thanks for the kiddie scratchboard tutorial (my dad taught me the grownup variation, but I'd agree that this looks like more fun!). We'll try this at home and I've gotcha bookmarked for more fun stuff later. Keep it coming!

((edited because I had directed you to an old blog, not my current one))