Here's a sweet Mother's Day card idea that uses fingerprints for lily of the valley. You'll be surprised how the leaves are made though! Visit Léon, Pas Sur Les Murs for the tutorial. English translation here.
Even non-crafters will have no problem putting together these sweet children's art vases found at Aunt Peaches. Fill the vases with flowers or candy and you will have a wonderful, memory-filled Mother's Day gift!
The Etsy Blog shares a detailed post about painting on glass using special glass paint markers. What mother wouldn't love to receive something with their children's artwork? Be sure to check out thrift shops for inexpensive glassware to use too.
These bath salt pouches at The Mother Huddle sound so soothing and I love that you can customize the mix according to your need. Children will have fun scooping, measuring and mixing and an adult can do the simple machine sewing.
I received a wonderful new art book for kids to review and I'm thrilled to be sharing a project excerpt with you today. The name of the book is Art Lab for Kids and the author, Susan Schwake, is an artist and art instructor at Artstream Studios.
The book contains 52 different art projects, one for each week of the year, so it's easy for teachers and parents to use. It covers drawing, painting, printmaking, paper, and mixed media and each project, or lab, features the work of a contemporary artist who has a similar style.
I picked this project because it works well for multiple ages, uses only a few basic art materials and the finished piece would make a lovely Mother's Day gift! Enjoy!
Lab 21: Fingertip Painting on Found Wood
Materials: a piece of cast off smooth wood (for example: an old shelf, stair, wooden box side, scraps from building project, even a narrow rectangle will work well) gesso larger bristle or foam brush about 2" (52mm) acrylic paints small damp sponge newspaper Plexiglas palette paper toweling sketching paper pencil flower catalogs, live flowers, or photographs of flowers
Using a soft wide paint brush works best with gesso
Getting Ready An hour or more ahead of time, prime your wood with gesso using the large bristle or foam brush. You can make a wide stripe of gesso down the middle leaving an inch on each of the sides of the wood showing. When it is dry, cover your work area with newspapers. Set up your palette area with a piece of Plexiglas for your paints. Dispense some red, yellow, blue, and white acrylic paints, about a 1" circle (25mm) to start, and have a small damp sponge handy to clean your fingertip between colors.
Think First Look at the reference materials and choose your favorite flowers to paint. Take a look at the size of your found wood. Is it tall enough for the type of flowers you chose? Sketch with the pencil on the paper a few ideas of what your painting could look like. Chose your favorite sketch and get your prepared board out!
Let’s Go! This painting is about the subject matter itself, not a background or foreground. The flowers are the main attraction and so we will begin by painting them the same way they grow. This alternative method of painting and mixing colors is a great way to get started painting without the additional stress of learning how to choose and use brushes.
Dipping just the end of the finger into the paint
1. Starting with the stems and leaves begin with blue paint on just the tip of your finger and paint a dot at the bottom of the stem. Work your way up the stem a little at a time, using this dot method.
An up and down tapping motion works best for color application and mixing
2. While the blue paint is still wet, clean your fingertip on the damp sponge and then dry it on a paper towel. Pick up some yellow paint and mix it into the blue paint on the stem of the flower. Using an up and down “tapping motion” you will mix the paint to make the stem green. More yellow paint will make the stem lighter and less yellow will make it darker. Try shading the leaves or the stem using this method of light and dark. Continue painting the stems and leaves until you are finished with them. Wiping your finger between colors keeps your pallet neat and prepares you for the new color of the blooms.
3. Carefully examine the shape of the blooms and the colors in your reference material. Again use a small amount of paint on your fingertip and start to shape the blooms with the tapping/dotting motion. Try using different fingers for different sized petals or leaves.
White can be used to make tints of the colors you mix, but always use yellow to lighten your greens. Blue and red will make purples. Red and yellow will make oranges of all sorts, just vary the amount of yellow. When mixing shades of color, avoid mixing the colors thoroughly for a different look.
Go further: *Try making a triptych of vertical rectangles to create a larger artwork.
*Make a large number of artworks to group together on a wall as in a garden.
Meet the Artist: Amy Rice Amy Rice is an artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her mixed media painting “Zinnas” was made on an old piece of found barn board wood. This work inspired the fingertip painting project! See more of her work at www.amyrice.com
Thank you to Susan for sharing this project from her book, Art Lab for Kids! I think you will really love this book, it's one of the best I've seen in a while and all of the projects can be enjoyed by adults as well as kids. For more information about Susan and Art Lab for Kids here are some links for you:
Tomorrow is the first day of spring, so celebrate by making lots of spring flowers! If you're looking for more ideas, then check out my Pinterest board here where I have organized flower crafts from The Crafty Crow archives.