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Creative Saturdays – Sponge Painting – Tadeo Turtle

Creative Saturdays – Sponge Painting – Tadeo Turtle

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I know that we can use sponges to paint around shapes and make a picture. But today I thought I would use sponge painting for a background to a picture. I used the flat side, the edges and even squeezed out the paint.

Kids love sponges. The best ones of course are the sea sponges – they have lots of texture. This time I used the regular sponges – cut in small pieces. I used the three primary colours – each one in a separate container. That way you won’t make “mud”.

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Here are a couple of beginning pictures of the process.

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In this one I started to squeeze out the paint and use the edges.

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And then the final product.
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Creative Saturdays – Blowing Watercolour

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Creative Saturdays – Blowing Watercolour

This week at my art lesson we were shown a technique for getting interesting lines in watercolour. It is a very simple method – one blows the paint around.

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Materials:

  • Paints
  • Brushes
  • Watercolour Paper

Instructions:

Wet the paper using a spray bottle. Don’t wet everywhere.

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Mix the paint so that it is of a milky consistency – not too thin.

Drop the paint into the water puddles. You can add different colours.

Then get down really close to the painting and start to blow. Blow in all directions.

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You can also use your finger tip wet with water and move the paint around a little if you would like more variety.

Wait for the paint to dry.

Then you can add your picture. Or just leave it as a lovely abstract. Sometimes you will be able to find shapes and make a picture from that.

Or you can draw a picture first; then cover it with paper towel while you drop paint and blow around it.

Have fun and experiment.

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Don’t forget to send me your child’s pictures. Send them to Janis Cox and I will put them up in the Children’s Gallery.

Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page curriculum is available if you ask.

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Creative Saturdays – Mixed Media Tadeo Turtle

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Creative Saturdays – Mixed Media Tadeo Turtle

This week we moved to our winter residence in Arizona. I found a few minutes to have fun – real fun. I found some scrapbooking papers that I had picked up at a garage sale and wondered what I could do with them.

This is what turned out.

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Materials:

      • papers – all sorts
      • scissors
      • watercolour paper
      • paints and brushes
      • salt
      • podge or white glue

Instructions:

Decide on your animals, fish or plants. Cut out from the papers. I decided on Tadeo and made three of them.

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Put your pieces together to make your figures.

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On the watercolour paper apply water using a brush or spray bottle. Drop colours onto the wet paper. Sprinkle salt.

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Let dry.

Decide on your pattern for the figures. I tried several placements before I was happy with the result.

 

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Now paste the figures onto the dried watercolour paper. Then paste over again all over the picture. This was fun.

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Wait until completely dry. I added more watercolour on top of the pasted paper. This turned out to be interesting as the colours were different and I saw shapes appear.

I added the eyes and toes with black marker. Additional details could be added to the picture as well.

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Don’t forget to send me your child’s pictures. Send them to Janis Cox and I will put them up in the Children’s Gallery.

Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page curriculum is available if you ask.

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Creative Saturdays – Stencil Turtles

This is an update of an older post. But I loved making the stencil turtles.

Creative Saturdays – Stencil Tadeo Turtle

A few posts ago I showed how to use plastic wrap to make a background. But today I have cut out the shapes of 3 different turtles and then made the background. After that I outlined the turtles and painted each one.

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Materials:

      • Watercolour paper (is best)
      • Paints (watercolour or tempera)
      • Brushes (one fat, one skinny)
      • Plastic Wrap
      • Card Stock Paper
      • Scissors
      • Tape

Instructions:

Check out pictures of your subject – this time I did different turtles (not a painted turtle).

Here is a great page of images for turtles.

Draw the outline of your subjects. No detail necessary.

Cut out the shapes.

Tape them to the watercolour paper. Mine are similar to an eastern box turtle, a Florida box turtle and a sea turtle. I say similar because when you paint them you can let your imagination take over.

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Take a large brush filled with water and with the brush cover all the spots where the shapes are not.

While the paper is still wet – drop lots of colour into the paper. The more colour the more vibrant the background. Use only the primary colours – and they will mix on the paper.

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While still wet scrunch up pieces of plastic wrap and place all over the page. I keep a jar of plastic wrap I have used before. You can use it again and again.

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Cover with heavy books. WAIT. WAIT. WAIT. This is the hardest part.

When you peel off the saran if the paper is still wet use a hair dryer to make sure it is perfectly dry.

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Take a marker and draw around each shape.

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Paint each shape with the details.

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Creative Saturdays – Round Up Number 2

Creative Saturdays – Round Up Number 2

Here are the next 5 most popular creative activities. You can see the first 5 on A Round Up.

Painting Without a Brush

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I used vegetables to paint this Tadeo Turtle picture.

Paper Plate Tadeo Turtle

Paper Plate Tadeo Turtle

Paper Plate Tadeo Turtle

Pointillism Tadeo

Pointillism Fished Picture Tadeo

Felt Board Tadeo Turtle

Felt Board Tadeo Turtle

Stuffed Tadeo Turtles

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Stuffed Tadeo Turtle

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Creative Saturdays – A Round Up

Creative Saturdays – A Round Up

Looking back at the past year I have found the top five Creative Saturdays:

Soap Carving Tadeo

Soap Carved Tadeo Turtle

Egg Carton Tadeo

Egg Carton Tadeo Turtle finished

Tissue Paper Tadeo

Finished Tadeo Tissue Project

Woven Tadeo

Woven Tadeo Turtle

Finished Woven Tadeo Turtle – by Janis Cox

Puppet Tadeo

Finished Tadeo Turtle puppet

Tadeo Turtle Puppet

Don’t forget to send me your child’s pictures. Send them to Janis Cox and I will put them up in the Children’s Gallery.

Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page curriculum is available if you ask.

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Creative Saturdays – Burnished Tadeo Turtle

Creative Saturdays – Burnished Tadeo Turtle

Trying something entirely different today. I found this interesting idea at:

Foil Drawings on ArtClub

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Materials:

  • White Glue (suggested tacky as it is heavier)
  • Cardboard
  • Q-tips
  • A simple drawing
  • Aluminum foil
  • Black shoe polish and polishing cloth

Instructions:

First find a simple picture. You can draw it out first on the cardboard. I did mine freehand as I have drawn Tadeo a number of times.

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Go over the lines with the white glue. Make sure the bottle is easy to squeeze.

Wait for it to dry. This is the hardest part.

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Next take the piece of foil which is cut a little larger than the picture and with a glue stick put glue on the foil. Now place the foil over your picture and wrap around to the back.

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Carefully, using a soft cloth or paper towel, start to press the foil to the cardboard.

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Next using a Q-Tip go closer to the shapes. Pressing down carefully.

Finally with a dull pencil go into the areas closer. You can add extra lines at this point.

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Now with the black shoe polish gently rub over the entire creation. Wait for it to dry. Polish carefully. I only had black shoe polish in a tin so it was harder to put on and very hard to polish off. Also the smell was awful. I believe they have water based shoe polish that would work better and be much safer.

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Voila – a unique picture.

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Don’t forget to send me your child’s pictures. Send them to Janis Cox and I will put them up in the Children’s Gallery.

Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page curriculum is available if you ask.

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Creative Saturdays – Fingerpaint Tadeo Turtle

Creative Saturdays – Fingerpaint Tadeo Turtle

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I felt like getting into the paint today. I didn’t have any store bought fingerpaint so I went online and found many recipes. I decided to try the flour and water. I also didn’t have any food colouring left. So I did use store bought tempera paint. This type is not something you would want to put near your mouth although is says “non-toxic”.

So this fingerpaint recipe only uses flour and water – equal parts. And then food colouring.

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Next add food colouring.. or store bought paints. I only use the primary colours and mix to get the other colours. So yellow, blue and red.

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Mix around until blended.

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You are ready to fingerpaint. I like to mix paint on the paper. As I add blue to the yellow I get green. I did use fingerpaint paper. I like the feel of it sliding around and it doesn’t bleed through.

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I continued to paint and mix the colours. I loved the feel of this paint. I did have to wash my hands to take the pictures.

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And here is the finished master piece. Lots of fun and I will do fingerpainting again.

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Experiment with different types of homemade finger paints. Here are some of the ones I found online.

Easie Peasie – Homemade Fingerpaint

Blog Me Mom – No Flour Fingerpaint

Momtastic – Edible Homemade Fingerpaint

Education.com – Make Homemade Fingerpaint

 

Don’t forget to send me your child’s pictures. Send them to Janis Cox and I will put them up in the Children’s Gallery.

Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page curriculum is available if you ask.

Tadeo Turtle by Janis CoxFor more craft ideas from He Cares for Us go to Crafts for Kids.I sometimes link to:

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Creative Saturdays – Painting without a Brush

Creative Saturdays – Painting without a Brush

When I attended my Experimental Watercolour Course we were encouraged (well actually told) to paint only with found materials. Someone brought in a child’s bubble blower; others brought kitchen utensils, straws, strainers; someone had made an unusual homemade items with strings and washers.

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Today I thought I would experiment with vegetables. I chose a cherry tomato, carrots and kale.

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jVP---the-pallet-to-startThen I started to paint my picture. I mixed some paint on the pallett. Then painted my turtle.
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Here are the vegetables after being in the paint.
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And the final result.
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I found I could use the carrot to draw with. The tomato made a good head, and legs. Both the carrot and the tomato I used to stamp Tadeo’s back. The kale was useful for the background leaves.

I hope you enjoyed today’s experiment and will try it with your kids and grandkids.

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Don’t forget to send me your child’s pictures. Send them to Janis Cox and I will put them up in the Children’s Gallery.

Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page curriculum is available if you ask.

Tadeo Turtle by Janis Cox

 

For more craft ideas from He Cares for Us go to Crafts for Kids.

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If you want to purchase a signed copy of Tadeo Turtle click on the Paypal icon. It will direct you to the PayPal site where you can choose PayPal or a credit card.

Creative Saturdays – Stained Glass Watercolour Tadeo Turtle

Creative Saturdays – Stained Glass Watercolour Tadeo Turtle

Played a lot tonight with a my new watercolour pencils. I showed my watercolour crayons to my grandchildren on our holiday – they loved them. Here are a few pictures.

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So today I thought I would try a stained glass type of painting. I tried different ways but it really doesn’t matter how your child does the lines, as long as they get lines and spaces to colour.

First I tried with making the lines and then putting in the head, legs and tail.

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Then I tried drawing the turtle and putting the lines from each of the appendages. Either way gives wonderful spaces to colour.

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I painted with my watercolour pencils, and with watercolour. I liked both. I would have liked to try the watercolour crayons but ran out of time.

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Don’t forget to send me your child’s pictures. Send them to Janis Cox and I will put them up in the Children’s Gallery.

Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page curriculum is available if you ask.

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If you want to purchase a signed copy of Tadeo Turtle click on the Paypal icon. It will direct you to the PayPal site where you can choose PayPal or a credit card.