Friday, August 15, 2014

Kid Art Craft: Hidden Pictures

I love spending time with my three year old creating arts and crafts projects. In my own art career I have played around with different types of resists, with glazes, etc... I saw that some people on Pinterest were experimenting with white crayons and watercolors. I thought this would be a perfect activity to try with my daughter.



Materials:

At first I drew something with the white crayon and let my daughter use the watercolors to discover the picture. This was fun because she was really excited seeing the picture revealed. After she did this for a while she wanted to draw and paint herself. This activity occupied her attention for a good hour, this is a really long time for a three year old.




Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dresser into Kitchen Island: Part 1

Ever since we planned to take the wall down between our kitchen and our living room, I knew that I wanted an island in the kitchen. Check out my taking down the wall post for more on that project. At first I thought that I would just extend our existing counter top to create the island. But, I quickly realized that this would be a costly and time consuming. So, on to plan b, create an island from an old dresser.

I decided to use an old dresser that we originally got from my husbands parents back when we moved into our first apartment. This is a child's dresser, our kitchen is not so big so it works well in our space.


I always forget to take pictures at the very beginning of my projects. So, if you can imagine this dresser originally had 4 drawers. We left the top one in, took the bottom three out and created two shelves. The shelves will ultimately be covered with doors that my Dad is making for me.

 The next step was to sand the piece to get it ready for painting.

 We also drilled the second holes for the handles on the top drawer.


We added a sanded plywood backing to the back for the dresser to give it more durability. After I painted it, the plywood did not look that great. We decided to take off the plywood and replace it with 1/2" MDF from Home Depot to get a really smooth surface that would more closely match the dressers wood.




I finished painting the base of the dresser, this took about 2 coats of semi-gloss paint. 

I hope to have the rest of the transformation and the finished project ready to post in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Kid Craft: Plastic Fork Painting

Here is a quick and easy art activity for kids that I have seen bouncing around Pinterest recently. All you need is plastic forks, spoons, etc..., paper or paper plates and kid friendly paint. The art teacher in me really liked this idea because it gives kids the ability to create art without it having to look like anything and therefore they are freer and more creative.


I did this with my 3 year old, I think she might have been a little young for this because she got bored a little too fast, but she still had fun while creating this art. If you want to try this with the little ones I think its worth a shot, but I think 5 to 7 year olds would really have a blast creating art with plastic utensils.