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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.


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


jVP---the-pallet-to-startThen I started to paint my picture. I mixed some paint on the pallett. Then painted my turtle.
Here are the vegetables after being in the paint.

And the final result.

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.


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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Crafting Saturday Showcase – 5 Great Ideas

I have had such fun reading blogs with crafts for kids and looking at Pinterest.

Here are some of the most fascinating I have found this month:

1. Puppets with heads from Paper Mache:

Molly Moo – A great blog with lots of ideas for crafts. I loved the paper mache puppet heads. You can find all the instructions at No Sew Easter Crafts.

 2. Polystyrene Peanuts:

The next idea is so amazing. Never thought about it. But those little popcorn stuffings that come for packaging. Wow –

A beautiful painting. Or a train? Or a forest? Creativity abounds. Find it a Arteaschuola.

3. Origami Art for Children

I always loved paper folding. I remember a neighbour making a bunny for me with paper; and a 5 dollar bill into a ring (I still have that).

Here is a great explanation how to do simple folding and make excellent designs.
Origami Art for Children

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4. Homemade Bath Crayons and other great ideas.

Find out more at Little Crunchy Mama.

5. Homemade Modelling Clay

Here is a great idea with easy ingredients. Instructions can be found at Creative Playhouse.

Don’t forget to check out my children’s book, Tadeo Turtle.

Tadeo Turtle

Tadeo Turtle – written and illustrated by Janis Cox

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