Check out this great video from our friends over at a Easy Peasy and Fun. This tutorial shows you and your kids how to make this cute pop-up butterfly card. You can head over to Easy Peasy and Fun to grab the template. They have a great selection of paper crafts for kids!
What you will need for this craft is high quality watercolor paint. I recommend winsor newton. In the fall leaves craft tutorial, I mentioned that this craft will not work with cheap paints. That means that you cannot use those little dry cakes of watercolor; you must use a professional grade paint. You also must use 140lb cold pressed paper. This paper has more grit or teeth and creates the nice effects that you see here. As far as paint colors, choose 1 or 2 reds and one blue. I use alizarin crimson in the video but cadmium red is fine, and french ultramarine is a lovely blue. In the heart pictured above, I use a tad of Q gold.
This is a wet in wet technique. Your paint should be prepared ahead of time and mixed with water until you achieve the texture of heavy cream.You will tear your watercolor paper into 4″ X 6″ pieces (or smaller) and draw a heart with a pencil. Then use plain water to wet the paper only inside the heart. It should be wet but there should be not puddles (you can suck up extra water with the edge of a paper towel. Then simply drop in your colors and tilt the paper to mix. To dry the hearts, you can use a hair dryer, but beware that little puddles of paint may blow across the page. This is a great project for the art classroom.
Check out how Mark makes these awesome tin hearts. If you read my blog, you know that I love Mexican Folk Art. These tin hearts are perfect for Valentines Day. Why didn’t I think of this?
I love Crafty Chica, she has some great crafts. Everything she makes is soo colorful. Here she makes a cute DIY Christmas ornament out of a bangle bracelet and tinsel. Instead of the bangle, I like to use the cardboard from an empty roll of masking tape and raffia, newspaper, or other eco-friendly or recycled materials….but that’s just me.
In a post last year, I showed you how to make three-dimensional paper Christmas Ornaments. This year, I decided to put together a little video showing you how to do it. The ornament template come from the Three-Dimensional Christmas Ornament Coloring Book and Papercrafts, BUT, you can make these ornaments with construction paper, using simple shapes like circles, stars, and hearts. They are fun and easy to make.
Lucid Publishing offers a free version of some of these ornament templates on their website.
I found them over at www.lucid-hawaii.com. They also have a free sugar skull template if you want to make your own.
The skull is basically a circle for the head and a box for the jaw which can be sketched in two parts.
Once the jaw is sketched, it can be rounded out a little on the bottom.
Sketch in the cheek bones from the temple area, a simple curved line like a backwards J.
Draw the eyes sockets low on the head leaving room to embellish them near the temple. Notice the sockets aren’t perfect circles.
The nose is like a long up-side-down heart.
Now sketch in the sides of the jaw from the cheek bone. Use a curved line to place the teeth. The teeth are just bumps above and below the curved line.
When you have finished your skull sketch, take a Sharpie or other ink pen and ink the drawing to your liking. Be sure to erase all pencil lines.
Add flowers or curls to the inside of the eye sockets, and flower petals to the outside of the eyes sockets.
Now add flowers to the head, cheeks and jaw. Any flowers will do, these are simple and quick.
Finally, add swirls, curls and additional embellishments.
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If you don’t want to draw your own, try coloring. These coloring books are available on amazon or in downloadable format on Teachers Pay Teachers.