Want to spend more creative time outdoors?
Create enchanted gnome homes for local garden gnomes and fairies!
It’s a fun project that promotes creativity and imagination, while using simple craft materials you already have lying around.
In this article I’ll explain how to build an enchanted tree home in your yard.
Why Make an Enchanted Tree Home?
When you create a home for neighborhood gnomes and fairies, you open the door to endless creative play.
Children love to use their imaginations to see magical characters come to life. So why not bring a little mythological folklore into your yard, and create an enchanted tree home for the neighborhood gnomes. You can invite some fairies to stop by too!
Want to try out a new painting technique?
Create the explosive effects of fireworks with this fun and easy art project.
Your one-of-a-kind piece of art will capture a spectacular nighttime display.
In this article I’ll show you how to use a fun, unique technique to paint fireworks in an illuminated city sky.
Why Paint Fireworks?
Fireworks light up the sky with booming excitement. The fantastic display of colors can take your breath away and create quite an experience for the whole family to enjoy.
You sometimes see fireworks at a festival, a ballgame or other special event. Fireworks are a key element to holidays like Chinese New Year or the Fourth of July. If you haven’t experienced fireworks in a while, make it a point to seek them out. Or watch fireworks videos online.
As entertaining as fireworks are, they are over quickly. When the smoke clears, you’re left with an amazing experience and some nice memories. Recreate the fun with your kids and paint your own fireworks!
Have you noticed how the light at different times of day changes the way we see colors?
Make your kids’ “impressions” of the outdoors come to life with a fun and easy art project.
In this article I’ll show you how to transform nature photos into Impressionistic works of art with a simple photo transfer technique. Head outside with your kids and take some pictures, Monet-style.
Why Make Impressionistic Photo Transfers?
This project includes the essence of what an Impressionist observes so you can create a fun and easy photo project with your kids, Monet-style.
Do the shapes and colors in nature inspire you to be creative?
Bring your outdoor inspirations inside and create an imaginative paper garden collage with your kids.
In this article I’ll introduce you to Henri Matisse and show you how to use his “painting with scissors” technique to create a garden collage made from paper cutouts that’s inspired by the real gardens you see outdoors.
Why Paint With Scissors?
When creating art, it’s important to use all of the tools and materials available to you and explore your creativity in as many ways as possible.
To “paint with scissors,” a phrase coined by artist Henri Matisse, you cut out shapes, place them into a unique design and then glue them on paper. It may sound simple, but it’s a lot of fun. And the possibilities of what you can create are endless.
Would you like to learn how to make one-of-a-kind decorated eggs that last forever?
You and your family can create your own Fabergé-inspired works of art from real eggs. It’s easy and fun, and the results are beautiful.
In this article I’ll show you how to use authentic Fabergé eggs as the artistic inspiration to decorate your own Fabergé-style egg. First I’ll show you how to hollow out a real egg so your work of art will last forever.
What Are Fabergé Eggs?
These lavish Easter eggs were created by legendary artist and goldsmith Peter Carl Fabergé. He was the goldsmith to the Russian Imperial Court between 1885 and 1916.
Fabergé eggs are also called Imperial eggs since they were created for the Russian Imperial family. The Imperial Easter eggs are regarded as one of Fabergé’s greatest artistic achievements. They are also considered some of the world’s greatest commissions of art.
Want a fun, creative activity with a bonus art history lesson to go along with it?
In this article I’ll share the fascinating history of the illuminated manuscript. Then you and your kids can create a personalized illuminated manuscript of your own.
Why Illuminated Manuscripts?
Before the days of printing presses and mass-produced, full-color books—before the e-reader was even imagined—books were written, decorated and painted by hand, one page at a time, often by monks quietly working for hours upon hours in their monasteries.
They wrote on parchment (a stiff, flat, thin material made from animal skin that was used in ancient and medieval times as a durable writing surface) and included beautifully decorated letters, borders and important scenes, making each book a one-of-a-kind piece of ancient art.
These decorations often included radiant colors accented with gold and silver, creating a glowing, “illuminating” effect that gave these special books their name: illuminated manuscripts.
You and your kids probably don’t have the time (or the quietness) to copy entire books like the monks did, but I’ll show you a simple way to recreate the colorful, glowing, illustrated letters that fill the pages of old.
Tired of buying the same old valentines as all of the other kids, full of commercial characters and silly sayings?
Looking for a fun art project you can do together?
Create your own unique handmade valentines this year.
In this article I’ll show you how to use a simple printmaking technique to design and print your own Valentine’s Day cards that will win everyone’s hearts.
Why Make Handmade Valentine’s Day Cards?
Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate and appreciate those you love. It is very common for friends and family to exchange valentine cards as a small token of affection. Why not create a unique handmade personalized valentine instead of using the same store-bought ones as everyone else?
According to History.com, Americans have been exchanging valentines since as early as the 1700s. By 1900, printed cards began to replace handmade valentines due to advancements in printing techniques.
Valentine’s Day is one of the largest card-sending holidays of the year, second only to Christmas.
By creating handmade cards, you give your kids a chance to be creative and express themselves while they make art that can be shared with their friends and loved ones.