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Wacky Watercolors

Wacky Watercolors
Wacky Watercolors Here's a recipe to make your own watercolor paints. These vivid, non-toxic paints can be used wet or allowed to dry and used like regular watercolor paints. We had great fun making and using them! Materials: 3 Tbs. baking soda 3 Tbs. corn starch 3 Tbs. white vinegar 1-1/2 tsp. light corn syrup food coloring Steps: 1. 2. 3. 4. Tips: Use paste food coloring if you want especially vivid colors and lots of color choices. Take the opportunity to teach little ones about color mixing. You can make a larger batch and make the paints in an old ice cube tray. The more food coloring you add, the more vivid the paints will be. These take a long time to dry! If you make them in bottlecaps, you can store the dry paints in a plastic baggie or even tie a few of them in a small cloth with a ribbon as a sweet gift. Here's a painting made with our paints. To the Crafts Index All works on this site Alicia Bayer unless otherwise noted.

Circle Book By Jaine Drake This circle book is not your typical circle shaped scrapbook. It is very similar to the square-around mini scrapbook and the triangular around mini scrapbook that Jaine has done for us recently. She has once again been so kind as to do these instructions for everybody's enjoyment. Materials Used for Circle Book: At least 4 sheets of double-sided 12 x 12 scrapbook cardstock Ribbon to tie the mini book closed Card for the cover Patterned scrapbook paper to cover Taking the double-sided scrapbook cardstock, mark and cut out 4 circles. As shown in the picture, fold the circle in half, open out, turn 90 degrees and fold again in the other direction. You should now have an X shaped fold and one horizontal fold. Refold if necessary, with the right side facing, so the horizontal fold is a mountain fold and the X shaped folds are valley folds. To fold up the circles, bring the horizontal folds across to meet each other. Do this for the other circles. Buy the circle book below on Etsy

Homemade Playdough Recipe - Thrify, Safe, Easy & Fun Cheap, Easy & Fun! Use this playdough recipe to make perfectly squishy, colorful dough that will keep for a long time in an airtight container and even longer in your refriderator! You can use old babyfood jars, ziplock bags or any sealed container that locks out air. Looking for an edible option? Using just normal kitchen staples, you'll have some dough for your toddler to squish and play with in no time. 1 cup table salt1 1/2 cups flour4 tablespoons olive oil4 teaspoons cream of tartar 3/4 cup waterfood coloringOptional: flavor oil for scent - vanilla, peppermint, lemon, orange, almond, cherry (pick ones with no alcohol, and only flavor oils meant for eating, not essential oils.) Storage: I happened to have a few baby food jars from a friend of mine and these make perfect little airtight containers for your finished dough. Step One Measure out your ingredients and put them all in a big bowl. Step Two Now grab a ball of it and make an indent with your finger. Step Three Enjoy!

How to Draw Eyes | Stan Prokopenkos Blog For a video version of this tutorial visit This tutorial is a continuation of How to Draw the Head from Any Angle. I will go over the structure of the eye and detailed information on drawing the brow ridge, eyeball, eyelids, eyelashes, iris, cornea, and pupil. The Basic Forms The Eyeball The part of the eyeball that is visible (technical term is Sclera) is commonly called the ‘white of the eye’. The biggest mistake you can make is to leave the ‘white of the eye’ white, when the entire eye is in shadow. The Iris, Cornea, and Pupil Structure of the Iris and Cornea The Pupil It’s important to remember that the pupil is on the iris, not the cornea. Shading the Iris, Cornea, and Pupil Understanding the structure of these forms is important for when you start shading them. The Eyelids Eyelids Are Not Flat Also, the lids have some thickness to them, so showing the bottom plane of the top lid and the top plane of the bottom lid is very important. Eyelashes

making things beautiful again How to Make Leaf Skeletons I wanted to share with you a project from one of my readers who shares with us how to make leaf skeletons. I LOVE this! I have several leafs in various forms displayed in my home and knew I needed to make some of her leaf skeletons to add to my decor. I love how a pattern of leaves can enhance the beauty in your home. I have spent hours and tried various ways of making these. You need washing soda, not baking soda! Gather your leaves. Washing soda is a strong base so you may want to wear gloves when handling the leaves. You will add 3/4 cup of washing soda and 4 cups of water to your pot of leaves. Keep going, you will need to add more water so your pan doesn’t dry out. When 1.75 hours are up fill a glass baking dish with cool water. I carefully removed them and rinsed with water and added clean water to the pan. If you’re still with me, this is what I ended up with… I have a maple leaf which turned out not so well. 37.1Kstumbleupon

Modern Moments& Mini Cupcake Stand DIY Tutorial If you saw my post on Emerson’s First Birthday Party, you may have noticed the super cute mini cupcake stands. I am totally obsessed with anything cupcake. I mean it, ANYTHING! As promised, here are the super-duper-quick-and-easy instructions so you can make them too! 1. **Cupcakes are optional** I purchased the Mini Candle Sticks online from New Image Group. Now, I spray painted mine. Seriously, that’s it. Please let me know if you have any questions!

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How to Draw the Nose Update 09-26-2012 – Above is a video version of this tutorial. For more video tutorials visit and subscribe to the newsletter In this tutorial I will go over the structure of the nose and give detailed information about the bridge, ball, and nostrils of the nose. The Major Planes When drawing the nose, I’ll usually start by indicating the 4 major planes – top, 2 sides, and bottom. Anatomical Information I think the anatomical shapes in the nose are really interesting. The Minor Planes It’s important to memorize the subtle plane changes in all the different part of the nose. Minor Planes of the Bridge The Glabella is shaped like a keystone. Minor Planes of the Ball The ball of the nose isn’t perfectly round, but has very distinct plane changes. Minor planes of the Nostrils The nostrils, also called wings, curl under themselves similar to the septum. The hole of the nostrils often appears as a sideways comma shape with a sharp edge at the top, and softer edge at the bottom. 4.

How to make pretty lights... | kootoyoo Ambient light in 5 minutes flat! The jar lights I made created quite a bit of interest. The benefit of using LED lights over tealights is safety & if you’re having an outdoor party you don’t need to worry about weather as the light would of course be protected by the lid of the jar. Edit: I used large jars which were purchased very cheaply from a homewares store but used kitchen jars would work too. If you want uniformity with the the lids then perhaps a coat of paint? The LED battery operated lights that I used were purchased from Bunnings. I’m seriously considering setting up something in the garden similar to this brilliant piece of garden art… freshly installed& 3 months later which was inspired by Margie’s project here. Of course, you don’t really need a how to…it’s a speed demon type project. & because I wanted to try out the embed feature through Google Docs… you just need to click the little icon in the top right (open in new window) if you want to print the pdf.

Tutorials for Recycling T-Shirts So way way back, in June, I wrote this Studio Organization post, about starting the process of organizing my studio by cleaning out the closet full of junk. Well, it's September and...let's just say the closet is a work in progress. Some of the things that are taking up space in the closet are shirts that I never wear anymore. I realized I could repurpose them into something else! Here are some tutorials for recycling shirts: Check out these t-shirt scarves! Create cute little bows for accessories or packaging with this tutorial. Gorgeous ruffled pillow tutorial here. Looks like I have a lot of projects ahead of me to keep me from cleaning out my closet!

Marigold Road | Mindy Harris: How To Make A Single Fabric Rolled Rosette Necklace Love cute fabric rolled rosette necklaces? I sure do! Want to know how to make a single fabric rolled rosette necklace for yourself or a friend? Here's the DIY: if you're not the crafty type, visit AlongForTheRide (available in single rosettes) & Soleil Selene (available in 3-7 rosettes) for the best fabric necklacesGather your materials. You will need scissors, hot glue gun and glue, chain necklaces, round bail plates (jewelry aisle at HobLob) fabric, and felt. Cut a thin-ish strip of fabric, a little less than 1 & 1/3 yards. Pinch the end in half. Tie in a knot. Start rolling and twisting fabric around the knot. Glue a little as you go. Once you are to the size of rosette you like, trim excess fabric and glue end to the base of the flower. It should look something like this: Grab a round bail plate: String chain through the bell plate. Cover the back of the rosette/bail plate by gluing over it with a round piece of felt. Now you have a cute necklace! Easy peasy.

Mess Free Art So I had tons of extra page protectors laying around and decided to have a mess free art project! You have no clue how happy those 3 words make me! I cut out flower shapes for each child. Then had them pick out 2 colors they wanted. Taped the top closed, and let the kids smush the paint around! Addison asked for a brush to help her do the smushing. So did Vivien. At this point I noticed page protectors are not very flexible, and this would've worked a little better with a large ziploc bag. I hung them up to dry, but because I used acylic paint I ran across a problem removing the flowers... Ya...not so pretty, but that wasn't going to ruin my mess free fun. I think they came out cute!

How to Draw the Head From Any Angle The Basic Forms To draw the head from any angle you must first understand its basic structure. Look past all the distracting details and visualize the underlying forms. The head deconstructed into its basic forms, is a sphere as the cranium and a block as the jaw and cheek bones. A Sphere as the Cranium The sides of the head are flat, so we can slice off a piece from both sides of the ball. A Block as the Jaw and Cheek Bones Attach the shape of the jaw. Constructing From Any Angle Step 1 – Determine the angle of the ball The angle of the head is established at the very beginning of the drawing with the ball. X Axis - The up and down tilt is established by the angles of the horizontal and vertical lines in the oval. Y Axis - The direction the head is turning (left or right) is established by the width of the oval. Z Axis - The twist is established by the angle of the center line, the angle of the oval and the placement of the oval on the ball. Step 2 – Find the thirds Step 3 – Add the jaw

Doily Paper Fan Craft All girls love to make paper fan crafts, especially when it is hot outside. They seem to make them out of anything they can get their hands on. This one is so pretty they will want to keep and use it all the time. Older girls can get fancy and do some extra decorating with markers, glitter, stickers and streamers. Just provide the materials, and you may be surprised at the creativity that will abound! Directions for Paper Fans: 1. You will need: 2. 3. 4. together to form a loop. 5. 6. full of refreshing tea! Dress it up even more with dots of glitter on the lacy flowers, gem stickers or tie long streamer ribbons around the handle and curl. Additional Information: Return to Tea Party Crafts from Paper FanVisit Tea Party Guide

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