Sunday, June 27, 2010

4th of July Craft Collection

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I've been busy as a bee making some 4th of July Crafts, wanna see?? 



 Here's a simple Betsy Ross-ish flag ( I made 12 stars instead of the traditional 13). For this craft all you need is:

Small rectangular piece of wood
red, white, umber, and blue paint

I just found a good picture of a Betsy Ross flag and went to town. I sketched it briefly with a pencil and then painted the stripes area all white and the stars area all blue, letting the areas dry before adding any more. Then, I added red stripes and white stars. I did this on all sides of the wood block for some consistency.  When everything was dry, I did mixed some raw umber and water and did a light wash over the whole piece to give it some aging. I let is dry and Voila!! All done.


Just today I made a little 3d star garland. Simple and easy. HERE is the link for the 5 point star pattern. It's really basic and if you have the time I am sure you can do something A LOT better than what I did. Still, it's fun!!

Last but not least is a fun one for kiddo's. I currently host a craft time at my local library and this was our most recent project (that we'll finish this week).  What you need to make it is:
Card Stock
Black Paint
Color a piece of card stock with as much crayon color as you can like this:

You want every bit of paper showing through covered with crayon. Once finished, paint it entirely with black paint and let it dry. Once it is completely dry, use something pointy to scratch your design on the surface. I went for fireworks to go with the 4th of July theme.  The trick to this craft is that the paint cannot adhere to the wax from the crayons, so it is easily etched away. Fun, eh??

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Iris Folding Star 4th Craft

Oh, I'm getting my house all gussied up for the 4th!! Here is my latest Iris Folding craft. What do you think??
 If you are interested in learning to iris fold....look no further than THIS site. Circle of Crafters is the awesomest...and they have got plenty of tutorials and free patterns. For this project, I made my own pattern (yikes) and cut out my own template. I don't doubt that you can find a star template on CoC though. I'd look for you, but I've only been allotted 10 more minutes computer time by my family. :-)

For the matting around it a did a blue watercolor wash on a plain white cotton/linen piece of 8x11 paper. I trimmed it to fit the frame I wanted. I made the outer matting out of another piece of paper, a beautiful bright patriotic blue. To do this craft you absolutely need:
A selection of paper (including something heavier for the matting)
Scotch Tape
Exacto Knife
Watercolor paint (optional)

So, use that site I mentioned above and try some Iris Folding. I guarantee some "gussying-up" of the house. Check out THIS link to see some of my other projects I've done in this genre.

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