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    Kandinsky Pumpkin Art

    It is September and I have seen the first pumpkins being sold at farm stands. Fall is my favorite season and we usually go pumpkin picking and to Halloween events. This year is going to be a bit different since most farms canceled their Fall festivals. One more reason to do more Fall crafts and decorate the house. Kandinsky pumpkin art is a creative way to celebrate Fall and it is also an educational activity to teach children about Wassily Kandinsky. The Russian painter is known as the pioneer of abstract art. One of his most famous paintings is the Color Study: Squares with Concentric Circles shown below. Since we…

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    Toothbrush Art

    I am always thinking about crafts I liked to do when I was a child and toothbrush art has always been one of my favorites. It is quick and easy and the results are beautiful no matter how young or skilled you are. We like to use leaves and flowers because the silhouettes are intricate and unique. You could also use paper cutouts if you don’t want to use plants. Materials: paper or card stock in white cup with water watercolors toothbrushes (I got a 5-pack for $1 at Dollar General) comb or wire strainer (optional) leaves and flowers Instructions for Toothbrush Art Place leaves and flowers on the paper.…

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    Scratch Art DIY

    When I was little I used to do a lot of scratch art. I just loved the surprise of which colors would peek through when I started drawing or writing on the black surface. Now they are selling scratch art notepads and craft kits, which my kids like to do, but did you know you can make your own art paper very easily for a fraction of the costs? I will show you two ways to do it. Scratch Art Materials: white card stock crayons, the more colors the better sponge brush or paint brush black craft paint tooth pick, wooden skewer or pencil to scratch images Color your paper…

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    Tissue Paper Art

    A few weeks ago I fell in love with bleeding tissue paper art. It is easy to work with and the results are vibrant and fun. Bleeding tissue paper looks and feels like gift wrapping paper but it releases it’s color when made wet. You can purchase it in school supply and craft stores or on amazon. It comes in sheets or cut shapes, is fairly inexpensive, and will last you a long time. This craft is also quick and simple enough that a toddler can do it with a little bit of supervision. A few weeks ago I made a patriotic tissue paper craft but since it is the…

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    Bleeding Tissue Paper Art

    A short while ago I had never heard of bleeding tissue paper art before. I saw all this great artwork on Pinterest and assumed it was watercolor. Then a teacher friend told me about it and I was intrigued. I went home, collected all the tissue paper we had in the house, and started cutting it into pieces to make art with the kids. Boy, was that a failure! We followed the instructions, which are super easy, and nothing happened. Why? Because gift wrapping tissue paper does NOT bleed dye. And for good reason as you don’t want your wrapped gift to get ruined with dye in case it gets…