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Living with Art – Painting on Fabric

This week for our living with art class we painted on fabric (find out more here about living with art).  As we have been doing the projects I tried to find things that my students can use.  For the fabric painting I found this messenger bag from Darice.  I thought it would be great for them to carry their art journal and painting supplies in along with the paper mache pencil case.

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We used DecoArt SoSoft fabric paints and Loew Cornell fabric brushes to do the project.  There is a nice selection of colors and I love that the paints leave your surface soft.  Did I mention that they have a lot of nice pinks and some of the paints shimmer and have glitter in them.  🙂

Since you use stiffer brushes and scrub the paint into the fabric I gave the students a piece of canvas to paint on and try some blending techniques.

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I gave them the option of painting anything they wanted on their projects, but after seeing Sara’s bag we had a flamingo thing happen.  I loved it.  Here is Sara and her mother with their bags:

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And Daniel with his bag.  He also had time to make a neon yellow D for his room.

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And here are the rest of the projects done by my younger class:

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You can see by their smiles that they all enjoyed painting their bags.  You are just seeing one side of the bags. Most were painted on 3 or 4 sides.  I like that the bags are something they can use and have a lot of painting surface.

I also love seeing the relationships developing between the girls and how their love of art is making them friends.

I encourage you to give fabric painting a try if you haven’t already.

Happy Creating

Jane

PS. Check out our other Living with Art Classes:

Living with Art – Painting on Glass

Living with Art – Painting Paper Mache

Living with Art – Shrinky Dinks Jewelry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living with Art – Painting Paper Mache

For our third week of living with art we painted paper mache.  Our first project was a pencil box for them to keep their pencils and other small supplies in.  I let them paint whatever they would like using DecoArt Americana acrylics.

Our class is 2 hours and they had a half an hour left so I gave them a second project – a small paper Mache jewelry box.

Here are pictures of my students and their projects:

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!berkley2My older kids wanted to play with stencils so these are their projects:

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I hope you are enjoying seeing all of creative fun.  I hope it inspires you to share the love of creating.

Happy Painting,

Jane

Ps.  If you would like to know more about our living with art series and the projects we already created go to the following posts:

“Living with Art” Classes

Living with Art – Art Journal

Living with Art – Painting on Glass

“Living with Art” Classes

This summer I offered to have some art classes with some young ladies 8-9 years old.  They all love art and love to create.  Since they are younger, I did not want to weigh them down with drawing or painting classes.  I wanted for them to just enjoy “art”, but I also wanted them to see how art is a part of everyday life.

So each week we will be doing art on a different surface and using different products.

The different surfaces we will be painting/creating on are:

  • paper
  • glass
  • canvas
  • wood
  • fabric
  • shrink dinks (plastic)
  • paper Mache
  • food

And in the process we will be using these mediums:

  • watercolors
  • colored pencils
  • craft acrylics
  • tube acrylics
  • glass paints
  • fabric paints
  • food dyes

And we will be making things that we live with, use and give as gifts.

Each week we will be doing a different project and I will be sharing with you what we are doing.  I would love for you to be following along and creating with us and/or teaching someone else the joy of creating.

When I teach kids I have three rules:

  • There are no rules – you can paint anything you want
  • It is OK to copy –  and learn from others
  • Everyone’s work is good

I love teaching kids. They are always so happy with what they do, so each week they will be painting their own designs.  I might give some suggestions but find that they have great ideas themselves.

I know not all of us feel that confident so I will also be creating some step by step projects throughout the summer that relate to the projects we are doing and I will do them as separate posts.

I do have another class of older student that I taught drawing and painting to last year.  They will be doing the same projects, but I might be giving them a few extra things.

In this class I want my students to just enjoy creating.  I hope that they will be able to see art in the things around them. But most of all I hope to give them a foundation and confidence to enjoy art for the rest of their lives.

I hope you will join us for this artful journey this summer.

Happy Creating,

Jane

 

 

 

 

Froggy Pins Fun-raiser

“Isn’t it funny how you can start something and it just keeps growing.  That is what happened for me with these frog pins.

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One year my chapter was having a pin exchange and I came up with the idea to make these frog pins.  I called them my Jump 4 Joy frogs, because my frogs were so happy that they wanted to jump for joy. As I thought about them I thought it would be fun to give them names.  Fun names like “Cute Carol”, “Awesome Al”, “Sweet Sarah”, etc.  Every one loved them and selected them because of their names. Continue reading