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Z For Zentangle Art – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Zentangle art is an easy and fun way to learn to create beautiful structured patterns. These patterns are called tangles and they are made with combinations of lines, dots, curves, S-curves and orbs. Zentangle is an art therapy practice to help enhance relaxation and focus.

Zentangle art can be done with outline or even without them. The best part is that it doesn’t have to be complicated to be beautiful.

Supplies
Drawing paper
Pencil and eraser
Black tip pen used for coloring

Let’s get started

1. Place the drawing paper horizontally and draw different sized hearts.

2. Make sure the hearts are big enough to draw patterns in them. It’s best to draw eveythung with pencil first, just in case you need to erase and correct them.

Zentangle art by Eira.
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3. Draw intersecting lines inside the hearts to make sections. Straight lines as well as curves can be drawn for the same.

Zentangle art by Eira.
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4. Now draw different patterns in each section. You may go through some zengtangle patterns available online or just create some of your own. Words can also be a part of the patterns as children can always relate the word “love” with hearts. Eira actually decided to write love in the hearts as patterns.

Zentangle art by Eira.
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5. If your child has made the whole art with pencil than now it’s time to use the Black pen or thin marker to overwrite and complete the art.

Zentangle art by Eira.
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Your Zentangle art is ready!

It’s a super easy and relaxing art that not only children but even adults can try!

Hope you enjoy it!

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Q For Q-Tip Floral Couture – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Sounds fancy enough? Believe me when I say, this activity is definitely going to please your child above and beyond everything. Especially if it’s a girl. Instead of doing flowers and trees with Q-Tip painting we took it a whole new level while designing a dress.

Supplies
Paint colors
Q-tips
Rubber bands
Palette
Paint brushes
Colored paper
Pencil and eraser

Let’s get started

1. Draw your model for whom you want to design a dress or a gown on a colored paper. You ca. Even chose white or black paper. I’ve usually gone with Eira’s choices.

2. Outline the model drawing.

3. Bundle up 6-8 q-tips and secure them together with rubber bands. We needed 3 such bunches for 3 different colors and then some singles too.

4. Choose the paint colors, dip a bunch of q-tip in the paint and just dab-dab-dab in a circular fashion to make it look floral.

5. Keep designing the gown until it’s full of q-tip florals. Use single Q-Tips to design the top part of the gown.

6. Colors the face and hair of the model.

Q-Tip floral couture by Eira.
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Your Q-Tip couture gown is ready! So chic right!


We have created a quick video while Eira was doing this activity.

Hope you enjoy it!

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P For Picasso Faces – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Pablo Picasso needs no introduction. He is one of most famous artist and reverred the most in art lessons for kids as well. Picasso was born in Spain, Malaga in 1881. From an early age he loved to draw and by the age of eight, he could draw more realistically than his art teacher.

Pablo Picasso
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At the age of 23, he moved to Paris in 1904. Paris was considered the capital of the avant-garde, which means “advance guard” in other words. The people and their ideas were cutting-edge and ahead of time which helped him grow more into art.

In Paris, he met George Braque and together they created “cubism”. Cubism is the term used to describe the revolutionary process of fragmenting objects and people to create a new look with multiple viewpoints.

The Weeping Woman, 1937 by Pablo Picasso
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“The weeping woman” is one of Pablo Picasso’s well known painting based on cubism. Rather than an exact portrait of a woman’s face, the use of jagged lines and bright colors with thick bold lines has been done to show her sadness. It looks as if the woman is looking in two different directions. It’s the cubist style. We explored Picasso faces during lockdown 2020 and since then Eira has shared it with alot of her friends.

Supplies
A4 size paper
Oil pastels
Pencil and eraser

Let’s get started
1. A Picasso face is not supposed to be perfect. Let your child use a pencil or a black oil pastel, and draw a face right in the middle of the page. A line goes right through the middle of the face.
2. The features likes eyes, nose, lips, ears are all supposed to be different on each side. One eye can be seeing towards the child while the other in the other direction.
3. Now let the child draw the hair, neck and shoulders.
4. Use bright colors for each section. Both sides of the face will be of different colors. Same goes with other features as well. You can even add eyelashes with black pastel.

Your Picasso face is ready.

We have made a quick video while Eira was working on this art.

Hope you enjoy it!

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J For Jungle In A Box – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

While trying to find more and more activities for Eira, I also try to find activities that can turn out into toys. Toys that can be stored well and kids can keep going back to them for independent play.
Today, I have one such activity named “Jungle in a box”. We ordered some cookies for Easter and the box was just lying around. I was thinking of ways to use it for storage. While planning this activity, the box came in handy.
This activity is based on magnetic play. You decide on a pretend play scene, plan your characters, and use magnets to move them around and play. Let’s see how to make it.

Supplies
Cookie box or any box
A4 size paper
Crayons
Scissors
Printed dinosaurs
Dot magnets
Fevicol

Let’s get started

1.Use one side of the cookie box and trace the outside edges on A4 size paper. This will make the backdrop. Tracing the lid side will be better. If you do not have a box, you can make it on a piece of cardboard as well.

2. Draw the jungle on paper and color it.

3. Cut the drawing out and the backdrop is ready. Do not stick it but just place it in the lid of the box. Since we have traced from the outside it will fit in just right and will not keep falling off. We avoid sticking so that we can make more such backdrops for more plays and use the same box.

Backdrop for the Jungle.
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4. Now cut out the dinosaurs from the printout. We also printed out a volcano on Eira’s demand. It turned out as an added element and I loved it too.

Dinosaurs printed for play.
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5. Glue up the dot magnets on the back of the dinosaurs and the volcano. Let them dry.

6. Attach the dinosaurs onto the backdrop with one magnet on the outside of the box lid to hold the dinosaur up. Place the others similarly with magnets on the outside to hold up.

Jungle in a box is ready!

See your child enjoy this activity while in play. Eira moved around the dinos. Fed them some greens and even the volcano was rumbling and throwing up lava at one point in time. It kept her busy for an hour and she kept coming back for more.

Remember, to use the box to store the backdrop, dinos, and magnets. Make more of these backdrops and characters involving camping sites, dollhouses, solar system, and racing tracks and store them in the same box. Your child can keep reusing them over and over again choosing which pretend play they want to do.

We have made a quick video while Eira was making this activity.

Hope you like it!

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I for Illustrator’s Art

Children’s books these days have crossed every horizon and show every dream that a child can dream of! Not only children but even adults are addicted to reading these storybooks over and over again. I myself am guilty of it! They not only have amazing stories but also so much to learn and see. Like the author’s words, an illustrator’s art is also important and influential. Bringing the words to life and elucidating them through drawings in a way that kids can relate to it and even imagine being a part of it. I’m sure you have come across kids who will want to read one book over and over again. The words and the illustrations have both worked their magic on that child, you see.

How can we not try our hands on our favorite illustrator’s work?

Illustrator Axel Scheffler


One such illustrator is Axel Scheffler. He is a German illustrator and animator based in London. An award winning, internationally acclaimed illustrator with some of the most well-loved children’s books. His books have been published in many languages and his work has been exhibited all around the world. The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s child, Room on the Broom and Superworm are some of his best known work.

Superworm – Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Eira’s attempt to Axel Scheffler’s illustration from Superworm. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

Eira always chooses his illustrations to draw when asked to draw from books. This is one of our favorite activities to unwind at the end of the day.

Charlie Cook’s favourite book – Illustrated by Axel Scheffler. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.
Eira’s sketch from The Gruffalo illustrated by Axel Scheffler. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

All you need is your child’s favourite books and some colors. That’s it!

When planning to do this activity, let your child decide which illustrator, which book and which particular drawing they would like to give a try. You will be surprised by their choices and their drawings. This activity is a great way to enhance their drawing skills, color choices and using them on paper.

Illustrator Rob Biddulph

Another amazing illustrator that we cannot miss to mention but came to know only during lockdown 2020 is Rob Biddulph (also an author). When the pandemic was on the rise, schools were closed and kids were at home and parents were going crazy looking for activities to plan for their kids. Keeping this in mind, Rob Biddulph started a draw-along video series called #Drawwithrob twice a week. These drawings were from his very own books and the videos became very popular garnering millions of views. On 21 May 2020, he broke the Guinness World Record for the largest online art lesson when 45,611 participants drew a whale with him.

#DrawwithRob series by Eira. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

For us, Sundays were #DrawwithRob day during lockdown. It enhanced her skills immeasurably.

#DrawwithRob series by Eira. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.
#DrawwithRob series by Eira. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

Definitely recommend his series which is available on his website and also on Youtube.

#DrawwithRob series by Eira. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

Do try Illustrator’s art activity with your kids and I’m sure they are going love it!