Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Book Review: Artful Parent

I love browsing my local library for fun arts and crafts books. I recently came across a great book for parents that are looking to start introducing art to their children or make it a more regular part of their day to day lives. The book is "The Artful Parent" by Jean Van't Hul, she is really passionate about children and their art. She has a website at where she shares 100s of art ideas for kids.

This book walks parents through the process of introducing children to art. She instructs you on what materials you need, a way to create an art space in your home and talks about art and child development.

As an art educator I thought this book was great for parents and teachers. The projects are based on exploratory art instead of making art to replicate subjects. All the projects have endless possible outcomes, which means that you can create them over and over again without your children getting bored. I also appreciated that she gave an age range for each of her projects.

I am looking forward to creating some of these projects with my daughter soon. Check this book out at your local library or purchase it here at

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Design Dye Review

About a year ago I won a fun fabric dye kit called Design Dye. Recently, I tested it out on one of my daughter's plain white onesies.

The kit has everything you need to create endless fabric design projects with little to no mess. All you do is cut out the design that you want on the fabric and iron it directly onto the fabric.

I like the concept of this product, but in actuality you need to have a little practice working with the dye and perfecting it before you start on your actual project. I had some trouble getting the right amount of color to appear and the edges of the design were a little blurry.

I think with a little more practice it would have come out better. I do like the idea that you can keep the design and use it again later, not sure how well it would come out after a few uses though. If anyone is interested in trying it for themselves here is a link to amazon.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

DIY Custom Cork Board

I have had 2 old worn out cork boards in my office for a long time now. I have wanted to freshen them up for about a year now and I finally got around to doing so with a little fabric and a few staples. This project is a quick an easy one that you can complete start to finish in about 15 minutes.

  • Staple gun and staples
  • Cork board
  • Fun fabric
  • Decorative push pins

I found some fun fabric that I was not using for anything else and ironed out the wrinkles. Next I, used my staple gun to secure the fabric onto the board on the backside. And finally, I added some decorative push pins around the edges to keep the fabric taut.

This was a very quick and completely free project for me.