Hello everyone! Aren't the colors of fall just beautiful? Our autumn passes pretty quickly so I try to enjoy it as much as I can before it is all covered in snow. The golden yellow aspens and ruby maples inspired the idea and colors for this lantern project that I created with supplies from Martha Stewart Crafts.
Not too long ago I received a very generous box of supplies featuring the new glass paint line and gobs of stencils and silkscreens. Believe me, there is no better gift for a crafter than a box of craft supplies! I had a lot of fun trying out the glass paint with the stencils and silkscreens which was a first for me. The system is ingenious and it is so simple to get really beautiful results even for a beginner.
The stencils and silkscreens have a reuseable adhesive backing so you can just stick them on whatever you want to customize, then paint, peel, wash, and use again. I have had new purpose in my thrift store outings looking for glass and ceramic ware!
One of the items I received was paintable plastic! I thought this was the most child-friendly item and came up with this simple Splat O'Lantern for you and your kids to enjoy making together! The ones above were made by my nephew, and my sons and I.
The painting is done on a flat surface and once they're dry you roll them into a tube to make a beautiful lantern!
You can also slip them over a glass jar for a pretty vase! You don't have to use this splatter method, of course, but it works well for kids of all ages, and kids who are not confident in their artistic skills.
1. Cover your surface with newspaper and cover any clothing you don't want to be splattered with paint.
2. Use a full size plastic sheet (8" x 10") for a tall lantern or cut the plastic sheet in half vertically for a smaller lantern.
3. Place a bit of each paint color onto a non-porous surface. I covered a paper plate with plastic wrap.
4. Wet your paint brush and mix a bit of the water into the paint so it is thin enough for splattering.
5. Fill your brush with watered down paint. Holding your brush firmly with one hand, use a finger of your other hand to tap on the brush so the paint pops off the brush onto your plastic sheet. By holding the brush just above the surface of the plastic you can eliminate some excess splatter.
6. Continue adding colors until you are satisfied with how it looks. If you want to add some glitter paint, do this last.
Let it dry.
7. Curl the plastic sheet into a tube, overlap the edges and stick together with glue dots.
You can use clothespins to help hold it together until the glue dots take over
*Use only battery operated tea lights because heat from a real candle will melt the plastic!
Besides a lantern or a vase, they also look pretty standing all by themselves or stuck flat to a window as a sun catcher.
Variation: For the pumpkin, cut out shapes from the glass patterning tape and use as a mask when painting.
Side by Side
is a new kids' craft book by Tsia Carson, author of the popular craft book, Craftivity. The theme of this book is that crafting alongside, and with, your child is a wonderful way to enjoy each other's company as well as get a glimpse into how each other's minds work.
The book is organized into three sections: Collaborators, Companions, and Family Field Trips.
The Collaborator section features crafts to do together like Hand-Stamped Bookmarks and Stationery, Pom-Pom Garland, and Child-Drawn Stuffed Monster.
The Companions section has separate projects for the adult and child to do alongside each other but the projects are similar in character. Some of these crafts include handmade pillows, embroidery and succulent gardens.
The last section, Family Field Trips, shares four craft ideas that can be done outside, like an autumn leaf crown, willow teepee, and Seed Self-Portraits.
The photography is gorgeous (!) and really makes you want to do all the projects and Tsia's voice reads like a good friend sharing great craft ideas and tips.
Glitter Glue Monoprints (excerpted with permission from the publisher)
This is one of my favorite projects from the Collaborators section!
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I really love this art activity and I hope you will give it a try! You'll be using pigment inks (which have an oily texture) on glossy paper, so they take longer to dry. It's a bit like oil painting where you get a chance to blend and build up colors. Precision Q-tips are the perfect brush tool too! I chose to paint seasonal fall leaves, but of course this technique can work with any design.
To get started, go on a walk and collect some fresh autumn leaves. At home, look closely at the beautiful colors and notice they are all unique and perfectly imperfect! Turn the leaves over and trace the veins with your finger and observe the different vein patterns among the leaves. After this close-up observation you are ready to start painting.
If you are in short supply of fall leaves in your area I have scanned some from my yard for you to use!
Click here for a PDF download of beautiful autumn leaves.
Fall Leaf Ink Painting Video Tutorial
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pigment ink pads in fall colors - the brand I used is Color Box
permanent black marker like Sharpie or Pitt
Directions: 1. Trace a leaf (or draw your own) with the permanent marker on the glossy paper. Draw in the vein details. Let dry - it shouldn't take too long.
2. Choose a light color ink to begin with. Roll your Q-tip in the ink and start coloring your leaf. If your leaf is big enough, you can dab the whole ink pad on your drawing to get started.
3. Choose your next color of ink and a clean Q-tip, then add the second layer. Continue adding colors and blending until you are happy with the results. Add texture by rolling and pouncing your Q-tip. To remove color just use a clean Q-tip to wipe it off. Let dry.
These make beautiful garlands, greeting cards, place cards, and decorations for jounals and scrapbooks.
This is a sponsored post. Q-tips® product was provided by Unilever, the makers of Q-tips®; my tips and usage suggestions are my own.