December 2006 Archives

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I just received a question from Stacy  who visited my website www.kidsart4kidsrooms.com wanting to know how she could use the art from the children in her Kindergarten class to make a blanket.

There are a several ways you can do this and I thought it would be fun to share this with you all.

First, you can have the children create the art directly onto fabric squares using fabric paints. If you are working with such small children however, your results will be best if you stick to simple designs such as ‘finger painted’ squiggles in two or three colors. When the paint is dry, heat set by ironing the back side for a minute or two.

You can also use fabric felt pens. I find the felts look a little ‘hokey’, but that can be fixed by ‘over-dying’ the ‘drawn on’ fabric with fabric dye. This gives the art a more professional look.

Another cool thing you can do to put kids art onto fabric is to use fabric wax crayons. Designs or pictures are colored onto regular white paper with the special crayons, and then ironed onto the fabric like you would an iron-on transfer. The colors melt into the fabric and permanently dye it.

For a more high-tech way to transfer kids art to fabric, use your photocopier. You can then use these color copies in two different ways.

You can print color copies onto regular white paper. Then using a transfer medium found in arts or crafts stores that looks like white glue, transfer the image onto the fabric. This is a very cool thing to do with children depending on their skill levels.

The medium is spread thickly onto the front of the photocopy, and the laid onto the fabric. When dry, the fabric is put into water to soak off the paper. With a little rubbing the image appears. The kids will think it is quite magical!

The other way to use color copies is to print them onto photo transfer paper. You can find this in office supply stores and the transfer paper can go into your own ink-jet printer. The transfer paper is then ironed onto the fabric.

Anyway you choose to make your kid art blanket or quilt, you will be forever capturing the precious art of your children in a cozy, cuddly, comforting form.

I’m not sure if Stacy is a teacher or a parent, but I think it is wonderful that she would like to memorialize the children’s art in such a treasured way!

Good luck with your fantastic project Stacy! Send us pictures if you end up making a kid art blanket with your Kindergarten class!

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Bring back the childhood magic to Christmas by wrapping your gifts in handmade wrapping paper created by your children.

I came across a wonderful article in the Washington Post this morning about some kids who entered a ‘kid art wrapping paper’ contest.

Just clicking through the many pictures of the fantastic kid art papers will inspire you and your children to start making kid art wrapping paper a new family tradition. 

Seeing these beautiful, charming, witty designs reminded me yet again how amazing and powerful children’s art really is!

In a world where Christmas has become so commercialized, materialistic, and pressured, the magical twinkle in your child’s eye as they hand you a gift they have made, makes every second of hectic preparations worth it.

You can share that magic with all those you love, by having your child’s art lovingly wrapped around the gifts you give this year.

Use some of those great art pieces they have already created, or buy a big roll of white or brown paper and get the kids to make some of their own.

Just watch everyone take a little extra time this year to carefully unwrap their gifts, so as not to damage the precious art that they are encased in.

Kid’s art wrapping paper is just one more way to slow down and enjoy the magic of Christmas.

Merry Christmas everyone…… Have a wonderful Holiday!!!!