watercolor & crayons

written by tammy

watercolor crayonsSummer projects are the best because making a mess outdoors always seems like less of a mess!!

Make a splash this year with watercolors and crayons. This simple project is one of the few ways that kids can get a great picture with cheap watercolor paints. First, draw a picture on the back of a piece of paper (from the recycling bin) with bright bold crayons. Then paint all over it with washable watercolor paints. When the picture is dry, cut it out into fun shapes.

We had a group of kids in the yard for this project, so we went with an underwater theme. They really got into it!!


carbon copy

written by tammy

Ever wish you could pick up a pencil and draw a life-like image in under five minutes? Well, you could practice, practice, practice… or you could carbon-copy it. Carbon paper is the original copy-machine. Not only is it quick and easy, but yields amazing results.

Simply place a piece of carbon paper between a clean sheet and the picture you want to copy. We used pictures from magazines in the recycling bin.

Use a pencil to outline the main shape of the image. You can also use this as a teaching technique to help identify line(s) in an image.

Remove the top two sheets to see the result. Beautiful! Paint or color your picture, or leave as is. Up to you!

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