Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Snowflake Resist Paintings

I finally persuaded all the boys to do another art project with me.  We looked through Pinterest for some ideas and settled on making some snowflake resist paintings.



We pulled out our watercolor paper, oil pastels, liquid watercolors and brushes and set to work.

First we drew some snowflakes onto our watercolor paper with white oil pastels; it wasn't always to see the white on white but we knew that if we drew them in pencil first that our lines would show through the pastels and we didn't want that.




Nest we used our liquid watercolor paints to paint over them.







The oil pastels resisted the paint and our snowflakes really popped against the bold background colors we chose.

Evan and I decided to add a bit of salt to our paintings when they were wet to add just a bit more texture to our backgrounds.





The salt really starts to absorb the colored water and make really neat patterns on the paper. 
We set them aside to dry and once Evan and I brushed the salt off our dried paintings we all marveled at how our paintings came out.

Ian's 

Mine 

Alec's 

Evan's 

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Virtual Refrigerator-- Snowflake Art

Thanks for stopping by and joining us again this week as we host another virtual refrigerator arts and crafts link up.


We decided to make some snowflake art this week.  I was so surprised when all three boys not only joined in but all agreed on the same art project!  That so rarely happens.




Everyone loved how their paintings turned out.



Evan's when it was still wet with the salt on it 

Evan's after the paint dried and we removed the salt. 

You can read about HOW we made them here.

Now without further ado I invite you to grab a "magnet" and link up your arts and crafts or how- to posts below and visit some other bloggers to see what they shared on their refrigerators.


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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Love to Learn-- Nail Polish Marbling

My boys and I tried out a new craft this week.  I have seen so many marbled mugs, stones, cans, and more on Pinterest and kept thinking "I'd like to do that one day."  Well, I finally decided that this was the week we were going to try!

We had so much fun!





I joined a Pinterest Challenge Blog hop and decided to start tackling those Pinterest pins that I never seem to get around to doing.  You can read more about our craft here and sign up for next month's hop if you'd like to join us. 

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Pinterest Challenge-- Nail Polish Marbled Mugs

Welcome to the first 2018 monthly Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures.

The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen!

So this month, we chose to to try our hand at making marbled mugs using dollar store mugs and nail polish. 



I have seen several posts working with nail polish marbling and knew we could marble anything from painted rocks to paper to recycled tin cans.

I took most of my inspiration from Pillar Box Blue 


DIY upcycled tins with marble

Aren't her tins beautiful?

I asked my boys what they'd like to marble and they all agreed a dollar store mug sounded just fine.  Not entirely sure what I was getting myself into I did look at LOTS of other pins on how to nail polish marble and tips for better nail polish marbling.

When I felt like I knew all I was going to know I gathered the boys around and summarized what I had learned.

Basically we were going to use one of our science/school bowls that we don't ever eat out of and fill it with warm to hot water; this allows more time to work the nail polish.


Working close to the surface of the water we drizzled our nail polish and used a toothpick to swirl it around then dunked our mug in the nail polish.  We have to work fast because once the nail polish dries it will not attach to the mug.





Some mugs we dipped two or three times until we had an effect we liked.  We always made sure to clean any nail polish off the surface of the water and re-filled our bowl anytime the water began cooling off.

Any mistakes we made (like getting nail polish IN or around the rim of the cup) we removed with nail polish remover.  A few times we had some larger blobs of polish but I just used a damp towel and gently blotted the spot until I had either removed the blob of polish or sort of smeared it back into the design.



Blotting a blog of polish off the side. 

Prepping the water for another dip. 

We set them upside down to dry.  

My older two boys decided they don't want to use their mugs for drinking but to put in their rooms and hold pens, pencils and markers so they could decorate right up to the rim.

Evan and I would like to use ours so I went through the inside and the upper inch or so all the way around the mug with some nail polish remover to make sure we don't have nail polish anywhere the drink or our mouths will go.

Once dry all the mugs are safe to wash with soap and water by hand.

The older boys' mugs

Evan's mug with some of the polish removed 

He got some really neat patterns!

I used glitter polish on mine. 


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Now let's see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

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Michelle - Our Crafty Mom • Molly - Just a Little Creativity
Sam - Raggedy Bits • Lynne - My Family Thyme • Beverly - Across the Blvd.
Debra - Shoppe No. 5 • Lauren - Mom Home Guide • Emily - Domestic Deadline
Heather - Glitter on a Dime • Gwen - Geez, Gwen! • Kristie - Teadoodles
Chelc - Inside the Fox Den • Megan - C'mon Get Crafty



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