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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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W For Wayne Thiebaud’ Art – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Wayne Thiebaud is an American painter popularly known for his foodart. Cakes, pies, icecream cones, doughnuts and all that you could find in diners and cafeterias in 1960s have all been painted excellently by him.

Wayne Thiebaud.
Image courtesy Google.

I’m sure every child who will work on his art will love him. Me and Eira got a craving when we went through all his paintings.

Wayne Thiebaud’s painting.
Image courtesy Google.
Wayne Thiebaud’s painting.
Image courtesy Google.

He used heavy color pigments for the subjects of his paintings and always had shadows included in his work.

Wayne Thiebaud’s painting.
Image courtesy Google.

There were so many to chose from but from the point of view of a 7-year old trying to work inspired from him, Eira chose the “Lemon cake” painting.

Lemon Cake by Wayne Thiebaud.
Image courtesy Google.

Supplies
Drawing paper
Oil pastels
Pencil and eraser
Tissues or q-tips for blending

Let’s get started
The best way to work on inspired art is to leave the child with the picture of it and let them recreate it on their own. Let them recognise the colors, if the colors are double tone that means they have used two colors and blended them. Maybe the child will want to change one of the colors and use their own which is ok as they are running their own imagination. Working on oil pastels gives a good color of the picture as well as helps in blending.

Lemon cake by Eira inspired by Wayne Thiebaud. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

Eira did change some colors as you can see and still her work turned out wonderful. The best part is that she enjoyed working on it.

Hope your child will enjoy getting inspired from Wayne Thiebaud as well.

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V For Van Gogh’s Art – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Vincent Van Gogh, a Dutch painter was one of the most influential personality when it came to Western art. His work contributed to the foundation of modern art. He had created around 2100 artworks within a decade. Van Gogh loved drawing since he was a child who was quiet and thoughtful.

Vincent Van Gogh.
Image courtesy Google

Van Gogh’s art is now being introduced to children and they love “Sunflowers” and “The Starry Night” specifically. Today we are going to share Eira’s attempt for Sunflowers.

Sunflowers by Van Gogh.
Image courtesy Google.

In supplies, all you need it paper for drawing, oil pastels and a pencil for a rough sketch.

Let’s get started

Help your child to draw the sketch if needed. This is just for helping the child to make sure of the placement of each object. Now place the Van Gogh Art in front of them and let them take it from there. Oil pastels have a great intensity and that makes the art so lively.

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers by Eira.
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Yellow Ochre will work a great way for the sunflowers. While emrald green can be used for leaves and red can help the flowers pop. Yellow Ochre is also used for the table and a light shade of blue has been used in the background.

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers by Eira.
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Eira enjoyed making this artwork and learning more about Van Gogh. We plan to try Starry night sometime soon.

Let your child also explore the Van Gogh within them with this artwork.

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S For Skull Art – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

While choosing activity for letter ‘S’, me and Eira were curious to see a skull painted. I wanted to think over for a minute but she was adamant. When we studied of how to go about it, we were excited to see how it is going to work out.

Skulls are symmetrical. That means that if you draw a line between the skull, you will find both parts exactly the same. In Mathematics, it’s called the “Line of symmetry”. We are going to use this math logic while working on this art. It’s called blot painting. Blot as you paint to keep the skull symmetrical and then make it more vibrant with colors.

Supplies
Black chart paper
White paint
Paintbrush
Oil pastels

Let’s get started

1. Fold the black paper in half. This line in the middle is going to be the line of symmetry.

2. Start painting the skull in bits and parts. Make the top of the skull first and immediately fold the paper. The color on one side of the line will blot.on the other side and will make the exact same shape. Do not mix paint with water. The blotting process might not work out properly.

3. Keep making the skull in the next two steps and blot them.

4. Now make the eyes, nose and teeth and blot them too. One thing at a time to make sure the paint doesn’t dry out.

5. It’s time to add some colors. Let your child add some vibrant colors using oil pastels.

Skull art made by Eira.
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Your skull art is ready!
We have created a quick video while Eira was working on this activity.

Hope you enjoy it!

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R For Robot Designing – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Every kid is fascinated by robots. Especially when they are controlled by a remote. The look, the design and the idea of a robot following commands is what is attractive for them. George Devol, an American invented the first industrial robot called “Unimate”. They sold it to General Motors later. George Devol alongwith Joseph Engelberger a business associate, started world’s first robot manufacturing company Unimation.

First industrial robot “Unimate”.
Image courtesy Google

Did you ever ask your child what would a robot look like if they designed it? Not yet! Then it’s time get their thinking gears worked up.

Supplies
Boxes, bottles, paper cups, matchboxes (whatever available)
Bottle caps, buttons, googley eyes, straws (whatever available)
Colored craft paper
Crayons
Marker
Glue

Let’s get started
In the supply list, I’ve mentioned whatever material I could think of for the body and body parts of a robot. It totally depends on what is available and what your child wants to use. Eira used a Pringles box to make the body and a paper cup for the head. For hands, she used accordion folded craft paper and no legs as it’s supposed to be an auto-rolling robot.

She designed a meter to show that her robot is always high on charge and never runs out of battery. A dialpad to type in the password to make sure no one else can command her Robot “Betster”.

Robot “Betster” crafted by Eira.
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reuse is strictly prohibited.

Let your child use their imagination and design any kind of robot thwy like. It might have a face or might not. They might design a robot who could play with them or help with their school work. Eira robot can also store her treasures inside ( as it’s a Pringles box😊) away from prying eyes. Cool right!

So what are you waiting for! Get them going…


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
Image courtesy Google

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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L For Laurel Burch Art – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Now this is no ordinary cat. It was designed by the the famous Laurel Burch. One of her masterpieces which are printed on earrings, clothes, journals and in today’s times even on masks. Laurel Burch was an American artist, designer and businesswoman.

Laurel Burch.
Image courtesy Google

She used to design jewellery and sell it on the streets of San Francisco. Her designs were unique so some local stores started selling her jewellery too. Later she ended up going to China and there she came across the art of “cloisonne” which involves enamel work. She mastered it and made paintings and designed earrings using it. Later, she founded her own manufacturing company called Laurel Burch Inc.

Laurel Burch Inc products.
Image courtesy Google

Today we are going to try our hands on some of her fascinating work.

Supplies
A4 paper
Oil pastels
Pencil and eraser

Let’s get started
1. Draw the Burch Cat
2. Outline the drawing.
3. Butch’s cat has square features on them. You can decide to make circles of triangles or spirals or a mix of it all. I leave all this with Eira and let her go along with her choices.
4. Choose multiple colors on the cat that will compliment each other and most importantly bring out the eyes.
5. Use an off colored background to make the art pop out. Eira has used a fluorescent yellow and that made it look wonderful.

Laurel Burch Cat.
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Your Laurel Burch Cat is ready!

The colors used in this art are extraordinary and that’s what keeps the kids interested. Bright hues make it look so attractive.

We have made a quick video while Eira was making the Burch Cat.

Hope you enjoy it!

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K For Kandinsky Art

When it comes to abstract art, Wassily Kandinsky is still known as the pioneer. He was a Russian painter and art theorist. He became famous in Germany in an art form called “Expressionism”.

So called Expressionists, use art to express their feelings. He was also very much inspired by color. He believed that color could convey anything even without an object or figure. He would often combine different shapes with different colors to see which felt most right, and he would paint certain colors next to each other to see how they would play off against each other.

“Square with Concentric Circles” is one of those color studies. He made several versions of this, always using loose brushwork and very bright, saturated colors.

I decided to go along with Kandinsky and explore the world of color with Eira. But since we have tried the concentric circles earlier, she wanted to try using the concentric circles in a different way.

Supplies
Chart paper
Crayons

Let’s get started

1. On the paper, draw a huge tree with along with many branches with a pencil.

2. Start making the Kandinsky circles on and around the branches. Let your child use crayons in all colors. We have a combination of 3 colors. Mix and match cool and warm colors to bring out the best.

3. Color the tree black, Make sure not to ruin the Kandinsky circles by running through them,

4, Use some colors in the background to highlight the art.

Your Kandinsky art is ready.

This is one of the easiest arts and can be enjoyed by kids any age. It is full of colors and can keep a child engaged for long. Once they get the hang of it, you will see them making Kandinsky quite often. Don’t forget to showcase it into their rooms.

Kandinsky Art by Eira. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

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


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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