About Paulina Constancia

Hi, my name is Paulina Constancia. I am a painter, writer,teacher,wife and mother. I have created this blog to highlight arts,crafts and all things beautiful whether it's in food, music, architecture, design or people's way of life. There is always joy and satisfaction in seeing, making or reflecting on art; and if experienced everyday in any way - it'll surely keep the doctor away! Join me for a daily dose of art! P.S. Please bear with me as DDoA transfers address, click here to see my older posts http://www.daily-dose-of-art.com

Creative Remix 7: The Art Display

Here we have the last of the Creative Remix feature – the art display at the Exhibition Hall at the Roundhouse.

Below is the original display concept  that I proposed to Roundhouse with my own sample projects.
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It was great to see the kids so excited to be involved in setting up the CREATIVE REMIX exhibition which took place on: Friday, July 13 at the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall

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You may be wondering about the other art forms on the poster. The Creative Remix workshop also had daily guest artists offering a variety of opportunities for creative self-expression. Here they are:
Dianna David -movement storytelling workshop
Gamelan Bike Bike – Fieldhouse visit and workshop
Alanna Ho – deep play workshop
Lenore R S Lim– audience with exhibiting printmaker
Kids Yoga – (sorry, I forgot the name of the guest teacher)
Birds in Residence – bird puppet making led by Carmen Rosen

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Below are the individual art displays arranged by the kids themselves, literally minutes before their special guests arrived at the exhibition hall.

Here are a couple of photos taken at the event.

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Families and friends of our beloved young artists gather for this special presentation…

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Our young artists proudly presenting their works to their parents…

Special thanks to DB Boyko, Arts Programmer at Roundhouse and  to Sonia Nikitin, my assistant during the whole run of Creative Remix. Most of all, my deep gratitude to our young workshop participants who gave their best in this wonderful creative journey.

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Creative Remix 6 -Painting with Fabric

Here is the 6th art-ivity at my Creative Remix workshop at the Roundhouse…Painting with Fabric! Yes, you heard that right..not with paint but with fabric and we went with the bird theme.

Here are the materials we used:

  • square paper plate (as canvas)
  • textile combo (2 coordinated prints and 2 plains)
    (precut and pre-mixed & matched; kids choose from an assortment of combos)
  • water dish
  • Mode Podge glue, matte
  • brush
  • pencil
  • bond paper
  • bird books and cliparts for inspiration
  • rags
  • scissors

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And here are the steps:

  1. Choose the bird you want to make. Draw it ‘big!’ on the bond paper provided, making sure it fits as centrepiece of square plate.
  2. Hold bond paper (top) and selected fabric (underneath), and then cut.

Tip: For bigger kids,  you could use some dressmaking pins to secure the two layers together for easier cutting.

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3.  Continue following this method to cut the other elements of your design.

4. Cut to size  and  glue on biggest fabric provided onto the middle of plate using Modge Podge. (Brush glue onto plate)

5. Glue on main body of bird, then continue with other bird features and background embellishments. Note that Modge Podge dries clear so use it under and over your fabric. No worries!

6. When completed, mount on plate/frame stand and delight with pride with your family and friends!

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Each unique and colourful. Well done, kids!

Here are the masterpieces of my students. Great work, kids!

Soon after we finished the art plates, we went downstairs to the exhibition hall to prepare for the special showing of the kids’ works. They all helped mount the exhibition and were all excited to show their families and friends all the work they created in the Creative Remix sessions. Check out their art display, up next…

Creative Remix 5-Outdoor Mandala

We come to the 5th art-ivity in my Creative Remix workshop at Roundhouse Centre…Outdoor Mandala.

Originally, we were going to try making one at the park or near a beach but in the end we just did one right outside the Roundhouse.

Here are some of the components of our mandala:

  • hangers
  • mini toy components
  • cut cardboard shapes (rounds and strips)
  • big multicoloured blanket yarns
  • pompoms (we had an abundant supply from a previous  pompom workshop at Roundhouse)
  • giant coloured plastic buttons
  • chenille (craft pipe cleaners)
  • golf tees

-basically all things colourful and wonderful (in great numbers) are a welcome addition
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Steps

  1. Determine the size of mandala you are making. It is best you mark the pavement with a chalk to guide the kids.
  2. Group kids and assign component to add onto mandala. Designate which part of circle they are filling.

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3. Stop and assess. Do you need more components? Are the kids expanding the circle too much? Is it even still looking like a circle, hahahah. (FYI-This was just a spontaneous design and free flow mandala.)

4. Take group photo and enjoy the group’s outdoor masterpiece.

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(Sorry to blur their little faces but I don’t have photo/social media consent from their parents so that’s why you only see my face)

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5. Then of course, everybody helps in tidying up after.

Bear in mind again, these are kids ages 5 to 10 working on an outdoor mandala for the first time. I think they did an amazing job. Bravo, kids!

 

 

 

 

Creative Remix 4 – Mini Monoprints

I share with you the sixth art-ivity that my students and I did in the Creative Remix sessions I facilitated at the Roundhouse Centre… Mini Monoprints!

The materials we used:

  • foam sheet, preferably with stickie back
  • card stock/drawing/watercolour paper (whatever you have)
    (ATC/artist trading card size – 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches
  • ballpoint pen
  • scissors
  • brushes
  • watercolour
  • water dish
  • rag/towel
  • 9-card Artist Trading Card Plastic Sleeve

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Learn about the history of ARTIST TRADING CARDS

STEPS

1. The Printing Plate —Cut the foam sheet to ATC size 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches, mount on cardboard or anything sturdy.

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2. Using a ballpoint pen, draw on the foam printing plate. Try to create just one big image rather than a multitude of little figures/details.

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A simple rainbow-design on a mini foam printing plate

3. Using a brush, apply watercolor onto the foam plate, then quickly press the paper onto the plate. It is best to rub palm onto paper to ensure that it picks up as much detail from the plate.

4. Pull your paper/print, and try another color combination, and make more prints.

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Nine mini monoprints from one foam printing plate

I asked my students to make a minimum of 9 prints each. It was fun to see the different color combinations they came up with. Check out their creations below:

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This is a great example of a simple and very focused design that creates a most striking effect. The bird’s colors do not change just the background.

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POPSICLE – what a perfect summer print (and treat)!!!

Here are six more print series by my students. Bear in mind that these are kids ages 5 to 10 making monoprints for the first time.

 

The children were quite proud of their mini monoprints. At first they thought I was asking too much when I said they have to produce a minimum of 9 prints, but they did it!  CONGRATS kids!

Creative Remix 3 -Spin Art

We continue with the art-ivities at the Creative Remix workshop that I facilitated at the Roundhouse Centre. Today I bring you SPIN ART!

Turn things you already have at home into fun spin art machines! Try what we used in class — a mini toy gear and a salad spinner…

A- Spin Art using a Mini Toy Gear

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I was looking for something I could use to make spin art. I found this toy gear at a Thrift Store. Here goes…

  1. Using masking tape, secure the mini round paper to the platform of mini machine
  2. Press/use different coloured markers onto the paper while the machine is spinning
  3. Keep adding colors until you are satisfied with the results.

Here are some of my students’ works:

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Then we turned them into key rings, by using self-adhesive laminating sheets, strings and rings… check out their final creations

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B- Spin Art using a Salad Spinner

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Here is another fun and simple tool to use to create beautiful spin art…the salad spinner.

  1. Using masking tape, secure the paper onto the basket of the salad spinner 
  2. Apply paint (acrylic or tempera) by hand, brush or by squirting it onto the paper, cover and then spin away!!!
  3. Open spinner, check results, keep adding paint and spin until you get desired results.

stepsOptional: Spritz a bit of water if you want the paint to flow more (as long as paper quality allows it).

Here are some of my students’ fabulous salad spinner creations:

Here is an option as a post-spinning activity… “Figure it out!” Get the students to look at their spin art and find the figure or hidden image in their work and highlight it with a black sharpie. This is a great activity for expressive arts therapy.

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Here is my spin art figure: “Dreaming of Flight”

Creative Remix 2-Flying Superheroes

Here is the second activity we did in Creative Remix at the Roundhouse Centre… The Flying Superheroes.

To create your superhero follow these steps:

  1. Create your superhero identity and origin story
your superhero name

Here is a fun guide to making your own superhero name that I found on-line.

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Here is a sample of a template for writing a Superhero Identity and Origin Story. There are many on-line, here is one that simpler ones I found.

2. Colour and cut template.
Template inspired by the Free Flying Superhero Father’s Day Craft  on 
kidscraftroom

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Notice there are two options for the cape.

 

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Check out the beautiful color combinations of double-sided origami paper.

3. Glue front and back pieces together, leaving enough room in the middle to fit straw hero launcher. Then adhere cape over the shoulders.

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4. Insert straw. Allow to dry. And launch your Superhero!

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Here is a sample made by my son – he calls this “Lava Boy”

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Ready, set, fly, my hero! *use whatever straw you have- paper, stainless steel or bamboo, perhaps.

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Super Rainbow

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Blue-blue Lemon

I think the double-sided Origami cape really makes the costume more interesting. And you know how kids are – they love colors.  It’s like choosing crayons or frozen yogurt toppings just in paper form, hahaha

Creative Remix 1-Magnetic Puppetry

Hello friends of the MoNA and lovers of naïve art! I bring to you a series of kids art that were created at the CREATIVE REMIX summer workshop that I facilitated at the Roundhouse Arts and Recreation Centre in Vancouver. The kids were ages 5 to 10.

I bring you 6 art-ivities from the workshop:

  • Magnetic Puppetry
  • Flying Superheroes
  • Spin Art
  • Monoprinting
  • Outdoor Mandala
  • Painting with Fabric

     

We begin with MAGNETIC PUPPETRY:

  1. Two or more animals that would not normally meet, are stranded on a tropical beach…what will they talk about?
  2. Colour, cut and attach magnet to your paper animal puppet
  3. Create a dialogue between the animals
  4. Present dialogue to class and animate your magnetic puppets on the mini stage provided.
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You can see the magnet attached to the back…

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A bear and an octopus ..hmmm u have to wonder what they might talk about?

The kids each held a magnet to control their paper puppets.

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How about a kangaroo and a dolphin — “G’Day Mate!”

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How about an elephant, a pelican and a moose? What could they possibly talk about?

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Here’s a giraffe and a turtle, crossing paths on a sandy beach.

Magnets are tricky to use. However with some practice, the children enjoyed controlling the animal-puppets behind the backdrop and performing before the class.

Feed the Right Wolf

As  my personal interpretation of the Cherokee Tale of Two Wolves entitled ” A Heart’s Choice” hangs at the Window Gallery of the Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver, I would like to invite us all to reflect on the enlightening words of PEMA CHÖDRÖN.

Feed the Right Wolf
by PEMA CHÖDRÖN

…A Native American grandfather was speaking to his grandson about violence and cruelty in the world and how it comes about. He said it was as if two wolves were fighting in his heart. One wolf was vengeful and angry, and the other wolf was understanding and kind. The young man asked his grandfather which wolf would win the fight in his heart. And the grandfather answered, “The one that wins will be the one I choose to feed.”

So this is our challenge, the challenge for our spiritual practice and the challenge for the world—how can we train right now, not later, in feeding the right wolf? How can we call on our innate intelligence to see what helps and what hurts, what escalates aggression and what uncovers our good-heartedness? With the global economy in chaos and the environment of the planet at risk, with war raging and suffering escalating, it is time for each of us in our own lives to take the leap and do whatever we can to help turn things around. Even the slightest gesture toward feeding the right wolf will help. Now more than ever, we are all in this together.

Taking the leap involves making a commitment to ourselves and to the earth itself-making a commitment to let go of old grudges, to not avoid people and situations and emotions that make us feel uneasy, to not cling to our fears, our closed-mindedness, our hardheartedness, our hesitation. Now is the time to develop trust in our basic goodness and the basic goodness of our sisters and brothers on this earth; a time to develop confidence in our ability to drop our old ways of staying stuck and to choose wisely. We could do that right here and right now.

In our everyday encounters, we can live in a way that will help us learn to do this. When we talk to someone we don’t like and don’t agree with — maybe a family member or a person at work — we tend to spend a great amount of energy sending anger their way. Yet our resentments and self-centeredness, as familiar as they are, are not our basic nature. We all have the natural ability to interrupt old habits. All of us know how healing it is to be kind, how transformative it is to love, what a relief it is to have old grudges drop away. With just a slight shift in perspective, we can realize that people strike out and say mean things for the same reasons we do. With a sense of humor we can see that our sisters and brothers, our partners, our children, our coworkers are driving us crazy the same way we drive other people crazy.

The first step in this learning process is to be honest with ourselves. Most of us have gotten so good at empowering our negativity and insisting on our rightness that the angry wolf gets shinier and shinier, and the other wolf is just there with its pleading eyes. But we’re not stuck with this way of being. When we’re feeling resentment or any strong emotion, we can recognize that we are getting worked up, and realize that right now we can consciously make the choice to be aggressive or to cool off. It comes down to choosing which wolf we want to feed.

Of course, if we intend to test out this approach, we need some pointers. We need ways to train in this path of choosing wisely. This path entails uncovering three qualities of being human, three basic qualities that have always been with us but perhaps have gotten buried and been almost forgotten. These qualities are natural intelligence, natural warmth, and natural openness. When I say that the potential for goodness exists in all beings, that is acknowledging that everyone, everywhere, all over the globe, has these qualities and can call on them to help themselves and others.

Natural intelligence is always accessible to us. When we’re not caught in the trap of hope and fear, we intuitively know what’s the right thing to do. If we’re not obscuring our intelligence with anger, self-pity, or craving, we know what will help and what will make things worse. Our well-perfected emotional reactions cause us to do and say a lot of crazy things. We desire to be happy and at peace, but when our emotions are aroused, somehow the methods we use to achieve this happiness only make us more miserable. Our wishes and our actions are, all too frequently, not in synch. Nevertheless, we all have access to a fundamental intelligence that can help to solve our problems rather than making them worse.

Natural warmth is our shared capacity to love, to have empathy, to have a sense of humor. It is also our capacity to feel gratitude and appreciation and tenderness. It’s the whole gamut of what often are called the heart qualities, qualities that are a natural part of being human. Natural warmth has the power to heal all relationships — -the relationship with ourselves as well as with people, animals, and all that we encounter every day of our lives.

The third quality of basic goodness is natural openness, the spaciousness of our sky-like minds. Fundamentally, our minds are expansive, flexible, and curious; they are pre-prejudice, so to speak. This is the condition of mind before we narrow down into a fear-based view where everyone is either an enemy or a friend, a threat or an ally, someone to like, dislike, or ignore. Fundamentally, this mind that we have, that you and I each have, is open.

We can connect with that openness at any time. For instance, right now, for three seconds, just stop reading and pause.

If you were able to stop briefly like that, perhaps you experienced a thought-free moment.

Another way to appreciate natural openness is to think of a time when you were angry, when someone said or did something that you didn’t like, a time when you wanted to get even or you wanted to vent. Now, what if you had been able to stop, breathe deeply, and slow the process down? Right on the spot you could connect with natural openness. You could stop, give space, and empower the wolf of patience and courage instead of the wolf of aggression and violence. In that moment when we pause, our natural intelligence often comes to our rescue. We have time to reflect: why do we want to make that nasty phone call, say that mean word, or for that matter, drink the drink, or smoke the substance or whatever it might be?

…To honestly face the pain in our lives and the problems in the world, let’s start by looking compassionately and honestly at our own minds. We can become intimate with the mind of hatred, the mind that polarizes, the mind that makes somebody “other” and bad and wrong. We come to know, unflinchingly, and with great kindness, the angry, unforgiving, hostile wolf. Over time, that part of ourselves becomes very familiar, but we no longer feed it. Instead, we can make the choice to nurture openness, intelligence, and warmth. This choice, and the attitudes and actions that follow from it, are like a medicine that has the potential to cure all suffering.

Excerpted  from Taking the Leap by Pema Chödrön © 2009 by Pema Chödrön.  Published by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boulder, CO. www.shambhala.com

Read the complete  “Feed the Right Wolf” chapter online on lions roar 

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Dino Sock Puppet Workshop

What’s a T-Rex’s favourite number? Eight (ate!) And yes, that’s the same number my son is at. For his 8th birthday he asked for a Dinosaur-themed party.  He decided on a crafts and cupcakes party in his school.  So today I will share with you the Dino sock puppets that he and his friends created during the workshop that I facilitated for his class.

Here are the steps in pictures:

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The socks were pre-sewn and most of the embellishments had sticky backs. Other embellishments had to be adhered (like spikes, pompoms, etc) using a hot glue gun. The kids would come to us and the teacher and I were the only ones allowed to handle the hot glue gun. So we did that part for them while they waited.

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Here is the craft supplies buffet table. Each of the kids got a tray and then they picked socks and embellishment for their Dino puppet.

Here are the puppets my son and his classmates handcrafted during his birthday crafting workshop:

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It was so much fun for all of us… and to add to the birthday fun here are some dinosaur jokes. Here’s to some ROARing laughter for you folks!

Q: Can you name 10 dinosaurs in 10 seconds?
A: Yes, 8 Iguanadons and 2 Stegasaurus.

Q: What do you call a dinosaur that never gives up?
A: Try and try and try and try-ceratops

Q: Why can’t you hear a pterodactyl using the bathroom?
A: Because the ‘p’ is silent

Q: What do you call it when a dinosaur gets in a car accident?
A: Tyrannasaurus wreck!

Q: What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary?
A: a thesaurus.

DINO JOKES Source: www.jokes4us.com

PRINTS CHARMING 3: The Textured Plate

I bring you the the last of the 3 part printmaking workshop series that I recently conducted at my son’s elementary school – Monoprinting with a Textured *Plate.
(*a surface upon which a printing process is carried out)

Materials needed:
textured materials like silicon trivets, bubble wrap, plastic mats, plastic fruits trays with raised textured patterns
watercolor paper or card stock (plain index card works perfectly fine, too)
watercolor, tempera or acrylic paint
brushes
water dish
heart-shaped plastic

Here are the steps in photos:

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If you figure out a registration system for your printmaking process then it will be much easier for you to do more stuff to your print. Example, after this step, allow paint to dry then go back and print more design over that heart.

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Monoprint using a trivet and watercolor

Here are some of the hearts created by the young printmakers (6 to 7 year olds) at the workshop – absolutely stunning work!

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A Parade of Hearts for your folks. Happy Valentine’s…from our hearts to yours!

 

PRINTS CHARMING 2: The Foam Plate

We continue with our  PRINTS CHARMING series.This time we will use a Foam Plate.
Yes, foam, but not just any foam. What I find to be the best one as mono printing *plate is the material used in foam take out containers.  So, please next time you get those foam food boxes or containers… clean it and save it for a day of printing fun. (*Plate- a surface upon which a printing process is carried out)

Materials needed:
Foam
Ballpoint pen for making impression on foam
printing ink
cardstock or watercolor paper
watercolor, tempera or acrylic colors for background color on paper
inking plate (plexiglass)
rubber brayer

Here are some images of the steps:

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Here are some photos of my students foam plates ( impressions on the foam were made using a ballpoint pen)

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So to make the prints more interesting, I got the kids to paint the paper using watercolor. When watercolor dried, we then did the printing with the foam plate and printing ink.
Look at this slideshow of all the works of my young printmakers…

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Paint your paper and then do the actual monoprint with foam plate and black printing ink.

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Notice the letters on the foam plate are on reverse…

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Make a lovely monoprint to frame or some mini monoprints to make bookmarks for your loved ones this Valentine’s.

Try out this simple monoprinting technique…if my 6 and 7 year old students could do it, so can you!!!

PRINTS CHARMING 1: The Foil Plate

I recently conducted a special workshop series at my son’s elementary school on simple ways children could do *monoprinting.
*Monoprinting – is a form of printmaking that has lines or images that can only be made once, unlike most printmaking, where there are multiple originals

I called the series PRINTS CHARMING and here are the techniques that I taught them in 3 different sessions.
Workshop 1-  Making Monoprints using a Foil Plate
Workshop 2- Making Monoprints using  a Foam Plate
Workshop 3- Making Monoprints using a Textured Plate
(*Plate- a surface upon which a printing process is carried out)

Let’s start with the first session PRINTS CHARMING 1: The Foil Plate
Yes, you heard that right…foil, as in aluminum foil. So, please next time you have some used foil, clean it and save it for a day of printing fun.

Materials needed:  aluminum foil mounted on something sturdy like cardboard or plexi-glass, tempera or acrylic paint, brushes, water dish and water color paper or plain index card works too…

Here are some images of the steps:

 

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Check out the photos of my eager young participants at work…

 

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And here are the awesome creations of my little printmakers…

 

Try out this simple monoprinting technique and create lovely one-of-a-kind Valentine’s cards for the dearest people in your life.Cover 1 copy

 

 

 

Christmas Homemade Clay Ornaments 2

We continue with Part 2 of  our Christmas Homemade Clay Ornaments feature here on MoNA. We started with a variety of shapes. Here goes – you can focus on just one ornament shape. You can make all Christmas trees for example.

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Make your homemade clay and use Christmas tree cookie cutter…

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With just red, white, and green paint the kids were able to create some interesting designs…

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Here are the painted trees…

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And here they are —ready to hang with beautiful Christmasy baker’s twine…

When I did this Christmas crafting activity in my son’s grade 2 class I brought my ukulele and taught them the song Oh Christmas Tree. Here are the lyrics:

Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh  Christmas tree,
You stand in splendid beauty.

Oh Christmas Tree, O  Christmas tree,
You stand in splendid beauty.

Your branches green in summer’s glow
And evergreen in winter’s snow.

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh  Christmas tree,
You stand in splendid beauty.

Watch video on youtube

I also found a more meaningful version of the song that would be suitable for older kids or adults.. (try out the chords on your ukulele)

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Lyrics and chords from Tabs by Ultimate Guitar

“O Christmas tree, your beauty green will teach me that hope and love will ever be the way to joy and peace for me…”

Christmas Homemade Clay Ornaments 1

Here is a Christmas project that I did with my son’s class. It all started in our kitchen with homemade clay using a recipe I found on Tips from a Typical Mom.

Homemade Clay recipe

Here are some photos from our kitchen while my 7 year old son and I prepared the homemade clay.

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Allow to cool and let the Christmas painting fun begin!!!

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Here are the ornaments painted by my son and his classmates…

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They now hang on the cardboard tree I made for their class.

Wanna make this tree? It’s easy.  Just cut cardboard, paint and put a strip of of wood in the back of the tree  for support.  I drilled a hole on top of that wood strip so I could put string through for hanging. To hang the ornaments, use a roundhead paper fastener.

Spread the Christmas spirit — make your personalized clay ornaments in your home, classroom, or workplace… if my little boy and his classmates could do this project so can you.