Friday, November 30, 2012
Easy Wreath Ideas
Your kids can whip them up in no time with supplies you already have on hand.
- 2 round containers for tracing, one small, one larger
- pencil, scissors
- fleecy "fake" snow from the dollar store, you want the fabric not the loose stuff. You could also use white felt.
- tacky glue
- heavy posterboard or bristol
- template if needed
- watercolor pan paints, tempera, or even colored pencils
- a little glitter glue
- a few sequins, beads, gems or other embellishments
- ribbon or string for hanging
Put some tacky glue on your cardboard wreath.
If you want to use my shapes check out my template HERE.
Paint on a little colour. Use some fine sharpie for outlining and details.
Add some glitter.
A nice way to add definition to your shapes is to add some black on the edges. I use a black crayon. Place your shape on top of a piece of paper and then rub a little crayon right on the edge of your shape.
You can see by the 2 stars what a difference it makes.
I also added some gems to the stars.
Add a ribbon or string for hanging.
For my bluejay wreath I added some fir garland.
More holiday ideas to come.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
CD Book and Giveaway Results
This is a cute little book that fits in a CD cover.
You can click on the photo to see larger.
- CD case
- regular copier paper, 11x17 works well if you have it
- glue stick
- assorted scrap papers
- tacky glue
- liquid and disk tempera
You have to make some careful measurements when making this book. You want the book to fit perfectly in the case so you can close it.
Measure the dimensions of the case excluding the spine and take a 1/8 to a 1/4 of an inch off those dimensions.
You want them to completely cover one another.
I prefer not to secure the front page to the case, like by taping or gluing, as this can make it harder to close. When you open the book you just slide that front page back in place if needed.
The letters were cut from white paper and outlined on the edges with silver sharpie.
I punched some holes out of white paper and glued those on for the snow.
Darker blue with white circles from a toilet roll stamped in white paint.
Grey with painted on glitter.
Purple with white paint dropped in with an eye dropper and then blown with a straw for some snow covered trees. Finally I used a white crayon to make some snow drifts, made dots in the sky with it as well and then painted in a sunset. The crayon resisted the paint to make it look like it was snowing.
I glued on some snowflakes for the first page. A little snowman made from painted paper scraps for the third, and then added text printed out from the computer and the cut and glued into place.
Embellish if you wish just choose fairly flat items so you can still close that case.
"Drawing Comics Lab" by Robyn Chapman. A new release from Quarry Books.
I had 82 total entries and the winner by random draw is:
Here are your random numbers:
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which is Lisa Wood who sent me this email:
"I would love a chance to win the Comics Lab book. Thanks for this new idea. I'm sure the students in my class would love it."
Congratulations Lisa and thanks everyone for entering. Sorry again for the delay.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Comics Lab Giveaway and Coffee Filter Books
With the holidays coming up this would make a great keepsake that students could make for their parents.
This would be a great format for research projects or subject reports, similar to the file folder books.
"Drawing Comics Lab" by Robyn Chapman is the latest book in the lab series.
Just like the previous lab books this one is full of practical information on how to draw comics.
- how to draw basic figures
- how to build characters
- page building
- what materials and techniques to try
- and publishing
Stay tuned to the end of the post for giveaway details.
- cone coffee filters, each one gives you 2 pages and a pocket
- cereal or cracker box, (chipboard)
- standard one hole punch
- any of the following for binding: o rings, jump rings, wire, binder clips, ribbon, string
- paper, cardstock
Choose how many filters you want to use. A good sized book will have 3 to 4.
It's a good idea to make a template to help cut your pages. I know, I know it says coffee fitter but you know what I meant! :)
Place a filter on the cardboard, trace around and cut out. Now you have a template to use over and over again.
Now your filter is not perfectly symmetrical. There is a rounded end and a pointy end. I like to have the pointy ends at the top of the book. Just keep that in mind when you are cutting your pages, you might need to turn the template over for some pages.
You can use a gluestick or regular glue.
I like a heavier weight cover for my book so using my template I cut 2 covers out of cereal box (chipboard).
I painted them black and then added some paper that was cut using the template and then trimmed a 1/4" all the way around. My covers do not have a filter so there is no pocket.
Now you need to punch holes in your pages and covers for the binding.
I start with the front cover. Punch your holes.
place one of the inner pages under the cover, mark where the holes are with a pencil and then punch them out on the page.
Repeat with all pages and the back cover.
You can also make extra pull out pages to stuff in. Use your template and then cut the page slightly smaller.
I try to vary the location of the pull.
An interesting paper you can make is stenciling designs on wax paper.
Use acrylic paint as it sticks well to the slippery surface. You then have a great patterned translucent paper.
I always attach translucent/transparent papers with Mod Podge. It dries clear, no cloudiness to be seen thru the paper.
I use a star shape sticking out from the page as the pull tab.
Then glue 1 star off the edge of the pull out page, add glue to the other star and glue it on the other side of the page, lining the stars up.
That eggshell tree was made using this method from a previous post. It was an idea sent in by Stephanie Brown and her daughter from NC.
They took the eggshell mosaic idea and used it to make Christmas cards. I think they turned out incredible!
I hope you give one of these coffee filter books a try.
If you are interested in winning your own copy of "Drawing Comics Lab" by Robyn Chapman please enter in one of the following ways:
- leave a comment on this post
- email me at email@example.com
- like or comment on this post on my Facebook page
I will be making the draw Friday Nov 23rd so have your entries in by Thursday at 11:59pm.
Canadian or US residents only please.
Thanks to my friends at Quarry Books for sponsoring this giveaway.
See you soon.
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