Posts in the art materials category

Making Transparencies

To start making transparencies, you will need the following items: Coloured/Black Card (approx 170gsm) Tissue Paper - Click here to see tissue paper, or Silk Paper Tracing Paper Glue Sharp scissors Window Transparency Start by making a frame for your Window Transparency. Cut a shape and then cut out a big window in the frame and fill it with several colours of tissue paper. This can be done in two ways. 1. You can use some of the frame as a silhouette, and coloured tissue can be added behind, as in the picture below with the trees. 2. Use one sheet...

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Advent Sticks explained

Advent Sticks and Strings - a natural, non-commercial advent tradition. Your advent stick/string is a beautiful way for your family to celebrate the lead up to Christmas. Each day you open one parcel to find a tiny treasure inside. You can let the child whose turn it is to open the parcel keep the treasure or you can put it onto a special table or collection point to build up your advent display. The idea is that you have ONE per family and that the children take turns in opening the parcels (after an adult removes them from the stick/string)....

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A puzzle for Christmas

Puzzles are perhaps one of the defining toys - and joys - of childhood. We've all seen our kids absorbed in a puzzle of some kind, and it's gratifying to know that puzzles not only engage your children, but that they also learn through playing with them. Puzzles really go to town with brain development! They provide an opportunity for your child to engage with the world around them, improve their hand-eye coordination, and develop their fine motor skills. And for smaller children and toddlers, puzzles can help them develop their gross motor skills. Puzzles help them set goals, help...

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Art is not just for kids

One of the joys of having kids is getting enjoyable and beautiful things for them to play with. And there is always the vicarious pleasure you get from seeing them engage with their world and having a ball with their toys and craft activities. And often, it's not at all vicarious ... Who hasn't felt the urge to explore their own creativity as their kids get drawing or creating? Or joined in with them? I know at least two adults/parents who have embarked on art courses after encouraging the creativity in their kids sparked their own creativity into action. Maybe...

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Journeying through Advent to Christmas

By Andrew McKenna Ring in the valiant man and free, The larger heart, the kindlier hand; Ring out the darkness of the land, Ring in the Christ that is to be. Alfred, Lord Tennyson Advent, where we now find ourselves in the Christian calendar, in part honours the hard journeys we experience in our lives. They may be a metaphysical journey to God, or a more physical journey we make on the surface of the earth. All journeys can be made easier by cultivating reverence, forgiveness, joy and gratitude - qualities we could no doubt work on year-round. I always...

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