Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Goofy class and messy countertops...egads! (pics from flag project and Trees of Life project)

daddy helping


Trees of Life project...Gustav Klimt inspired

goofy class and messy countertops...

Tree's of Life...(made by children ranging in age from 5 to 37)

playing it cool. yo


Rocky meets The Karate Kid

Woot! Woot! Flags are finished!!...and we also made beautiful "Tree's of Life"

I wanted the salt dough flags to be done in time for July they could be displayed in the chirren's homes...or given to someone in the get the idea. Anyway, the flags were painted with acrylic (the blue and white) and tempera (the red) paints -and after they were dry, I sprayed them with a clear coat glaze. (then I put the red strings through the holes and tied knots to keep the string in place. ShaaaZaaam! Project complete. I asked my kids if they liked the project...they both said "yes!"

The completed projects...those 2 on the bottom right show
what the salt dough looks like when it is dry but not painted.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tip of the Day: Salt Dough Clay is.....salty. It is for kneading...not eating.

I would love to have a caption for each photo...but I haven't figured out how to do that yet...I think I am going to have to upload each pic individually to caption each one. Anyway, you get the idea...the chirren helped me make the salt dough and then made their flags...we will paint them soon. I will post pics of that part too... of course....

Sooooo.......I had my first art lesson playdate with some of my shorter friends, and as far as I could was a success. We made a rectangular shape out of the salt dough clay, and then made it look like the United States flag by making lines for the stripes and a section for the stars. After they dry, we will then paint the flags with red, white, and blue paint. For my own experimentation I tried tempera and acrylic paint to see which worked better, and I guess both worked well for the stripes, but I had issues with the tempera bleeding and mixing (even after it was dry) when I put my white "stars" over my blue background. Once the paint was dry, I sprayed the flag with a clear glaze to make it shiny! For the kids projects, I poked holes in the top of their clay flags before they dried so that a piece of twine can be used to make a nifty hanger for it.