Thursday, July 19, 2012

Fun Recycled Crafts

This week I just finished holding an amazing Recycled Art Workshop. And when I say amazing, I don't mean my workshop, but I'm referring to the amazing creative kids that attended. Using all "trash" and a little inspiration, they took the info I presented to them and ran with it. I was really amazed at the unique creativity of each piece of art.

Here's project one of three.  Thanks to Pinterest, I found this great idea for Recycled Picasso Portraits by United Art & Education. Just click the previous link and they have a wonderful tutorial to follow.

Using "trash" like cardboard boxes, phone book pages, paper and fabric scraps, old magazines, discarded buttons, and paper bags, along with some basic art supplies like glue, scissors, construction paper and oil pastels, students created these amazing portraits. 

I can't tell you how much they enjoyed coloring on the cardboard with the oil pastels! If you ever want to entertain a child, give them something textured to color on :)
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Love these Crayola Oil Pastels for classes!

I also encouraged them to use a warm/cool color combo for the back ground verses the foreground.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! To see more craft and art ideas for kids, visit my art lesson blog at!

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Power of Pinterest

I know it's been forever since I've posted anything on my blog here at Calling All Sleepyheads. The truth is, I've really been focused on my art and teaching art to kids, so most of my posts, when I can find time, are to my other blog, Sleepyhead Designs Studio. If you are interested in art and children's art, check out my regular posts there.

I have been amazed, however, the amount of people that continue to visit my site, and mostly all because of Pinterest! I am a big fan myself, so I understand the draw, and love the fact that people continue to "pin" and share my projects.

I wanted to recap my top three posts that have received an incredible amount of traffic because of Pinterest. I also have a couple of projects I hope to finish this summer, so hopefully I'll have few new, fun things to share. In the meantime, follow me on Pinterest, Facebook or my art blog. Click on the titles below to see the full post.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Scripture Art Give Away

Enter to win!

I just love Easter-my favorite time all year. I just finished a little series of paintings inspired by this celebration, and Amanda over at My Heart's Desire will be giving away a piece of my scripture art this week. Stop by, visit her lovely blog, and enter to win!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Handcrafted Bookmarks for Valentine's Day

So, since Valentine’s day is coming up, I thought I’d show you an easy gift idea for friends and teachers.  Here's an simple and inexpensive, yet unique and handmade idea created from cotton duck canvas fabric. Why canvas fabric? Well, it's sturdy and easy to paint on...and I had a bunch of scrap pieces at my house that I was needing to recycle! Cotton duck canvas is also great for creating floor cloths, placemats and fiber art hearts. This is my favorite style of book mark because it not only holds up, but the elastic band holds the pages in place, even in large bulky books.

Here’s the supplies I used for this project-but the wonderful thing is, you can make it as elaborate or simple as you like, and it’s not limited just to Valentine’s Day. Just put your own spin on it! This would make a great gift for a best friend, teacher or classmate. 
-Small scraps of 100% cotton duck canvas fabric (You can get this at any fabric or craft store that carries fabric for usually around $5 per yard.)
-Acrylic Gesso (this primes the fabric so you can paint on it)
-Acrylic paint and paint brushes
-Scrapbook paper pieces
-Gel or gloss Medium
-1 elastic headband-9 inches (I have these all over my house, but you can get them at discount stores everywhere) or just use a piece of elastic
-fabric or craft glue
-Black permenant marker (Sharpie)
-large needle and embroidery thread
Optional Embellishments:
-thin ribbon scrap (4-6 inches)
-Printed words or sayings

First: I started out with an approximately 4 inch by 10 inch piece of canvas material. Cover both side with a layer of gesso and allow to dry. Next, mix your paint with the gel medium and paint three even sections with different colors. I recommend selecting three colors coordinated with your available scrapbook papers. The gel medium makes the paint glossy and flexible when it dries, plus it gives it a cool painterly look. While the paint is still wet, tear up coordinating scrap book paper pieces and stick into the wet paint. Allow to dry. 
Note: Since the desired look of this craft is fun and whimsical, don’t worry about doing it all perfectly. This also allows this to be fun and easy for kids to do.

Cut out one color (3 x 4 inches) and fold over so you can out a heart with a front and back-you can draw your heart on the back first with a pencil if needed and then retrace for the backside. My heart was about three inches in length and two inches wide. Cut the remaining color strip to about 3 inches wide and 6-1/2 inches long. Fold in half lengthwise and make a good crease.

Next you will need your elastic piece. I used an old elastic headband, because with three girls it seems like I can find one lying on the floor at any time. You can also use regular elastic. My band measured 8-1/2 inches long. Using a big needle and thick thread, poke two small holes in the canvas and then secure the band from the unpainted side of the canvas. I left the finishing thread ends out on the painted side so I could tie on a cute little bow.

Now glue the long sides together to cover the band. Next is the fun part; to decorate and embellish. I used a black sharpie to add designs, cut out words printed from my computer (Free Fonts by Kevin and Amanda), and added the cute little dangling heart with a ribbon. The heart is lightly stuffed to give it more dimension.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Decoupage Lockers

Here's my before and after for our lockers.

Just scrap book paper, a little spray adhesive and Mod Podge over the top. Slowly but surely I'm determined to get organized in 2012.

Fun DYI Birthday invites

I know I've slacked off on posts through the fall and holidays, but it's such a busy time of the year for us. Even though I may not post, I'm still busy crafting. 

I had seen Kathy's Valentine's Day Card post over at Art Projects for Kids, and it reminded me that I needed to share our Birthday invites we created this year. I normally do a crafted invite; mainly because I'm cheap, and also because they are fun to do with my kids. The slumber party invite above was done with scrapbook paper, text blocks from the computer and a photo.

Of course, my teen had to show me how to do this one. Did you know you can take a picture of your text (or anything on your phone screen) by holding down the power button and the round button at the bottom of your phone at the same time?  We orchestrated this text over lunch one day, took a pic of it and put it into iphoto. In the print out mode we found this cute border and printed it out on a 81/2 x 11 paper and sent flyer-style. Loved the way it turned out.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Decorate with Children's Art

I know I teach art to children, but even if I didn't, I know I would still think art work created by kids is some of the cutest around. Especially when it comes to finding art to decorate a child's space. 

We've done some room updates this year. You know... they are getting older, outgrowing the princess pink and wanting to make their room THEIR own.

Both my girls wanted to paint their own art for their rooms. So, you know as an art teacher, I kinda had to let them. And honestly, I tried to keep my paws off and let them do it all themselves. I'm so impressed with their results.

The white paper pieces have music printed on them-all her idea. And she just had to have the real wire on there for the strings. I really discouraged it, but she persisted, and I'm so glad she did because it turned out great.

We also had to do some splatter art. My daughter and niece did this piece together. I love it-when she gets tired of it, I'm going to hang it downstairs somewhere!

They are both so proud of their "new" rooms!