Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall Inchies 2014

Hope everyone had a good break over summer. I had an amazing summer travelling all thru the Maritimes and Europe.

After roughly 5,000 photos (no kidding) and some incredible experiences with the family I'm back.

I spent the last week cleaning out the studio and now Fall is only days away.  Time for a new round of inchies.

I'm going to break this one down over the next 3 days.

Row #1


- 3 inchies cut from wc paper, mine are 2x2"
- watercolour or disk tempera
- scrap of yellow paper
- black sharpie pen
- pencil crayons
- little alphabet stamps
- black stamp pad
- squirrel clip art (if you can't access the link on google drive email me and I'll send it to you)
- small leaves from garden
- light yellow acrylic or liquid tempera paint


Now when I do this in school the kids work on several inchies at the same time, while some are drying we work on others, but here it's easier for me to explain one inchie at a time.

It's back to school for me on the 29th so first up is school bus inchie.

Using a pencil draw a road.

Add some blue watercolour or disk tempura to the sky.  I'm pouncing in the paint here.

Pounce in some green and yellow on both sides of the road.

Let it dry for a few minutes.

Paint the road grey.

Take your scrap of yellow paper and cut out a bus shape.  It kinda looks like your thumbnail.

Using a black sharpie pen add details, use red pencil crayon for lights, blue for windows.
Glue onto road and then add tires with sharpie.

Love all those squirrels scampering around.

Paint an inchie orange.

Add a little brown to your squirrel clipart.  I used watercolour but you could also do pencil crayon.  I left the stomach white.

Cut out.

I can't stop buying these little alphabet stamps.  I get them from Michael's for $1.50 and must have a gazillion.

I remind students to do a test with all the stamps before using. This has saved my own bacon many times…I spelt squirrel wrong on my first test!

Add S is for squirrel to your inchie.

Time for leaf prints.  If you are looking for some leaf print projects I have some great ones on my Fall page, just click on the title of the one you like and you'll get the full post.

Paint one inchie a nice deep red.  If you are pressed for time you can use red paper.

Let dry.

Hunt down some small leaves from the garden.

Using acrylic or liquid tempera paint the back side of the leaf, (you could also use a coloured stamp pad).

The second print is usually the best so make the first print on some scrap paper and then print on the red inchie.

Directions for the second row will be up tomorrow.

See you then.



  1. Love your inchies! You are so kind to show step-by-step how to make them. It is such a neat way to use many different techniques. I just bought a couple of those alphabet stamp sets this month! Love the circle font, now I may have to go pick that set up, too. Only $1 at our store, impossible to resist! :)