Tree Tutorial

Artist Gay Kraeger's tips for making trees with a "tree machine" (Sponge) from Strathmore's 2014 Online Workshops. See this free video lesson

GOOD TO KNOW-Amazing.. I can't believe I've been throwing out all my old markers!    I am SO doing this.

These are dried out water-based markers. Turn them into liquid watercolor paint. Fill a clean baby food jar with water, tie about six dry markers with a rubber band, and set them in the top of the jar. I let them sit over night and watercolor is made!

PHOTO: prints made from a lemon.

Fruit & Veggie prints (cute as a kid's craft idea or even to make artwork for kitchen)

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pattern inspiration for designers are homemade self made stamps and their prints

Creative Carmella: Dollar Section Crafts......Bottle Top Stamp

BOTTLECAP STAMPS "why didn't I think of this?" Put the sticker on the cap, stamp on an ink pad, and stamp away. Different stamps to stamp homework!

Creating printmaking matrices using common materials (yarn and wood block here) Pattern making

Elsewhere: A New Art Technique to Try

A simple method for introducing print making to kids and for making DIY modern wall art. > or wrapping paper

Seriously?! -- Vinegar works as a wood stain when you add a metal object in the mix and let it sit in a glass container for a week.  A handful of pennies will produce a beautiful pale Caribbean blue stain.  A wad of steel wool will give you a rich reddish hue.  A combination of tea and a metal object in vinegar will produce a black stain.    Log this away for later.

Non-Toxic, Natural Wood Stain to DIY Using Coffee, Berries, and More

All natural (mostly) wood stains! A handful of pennies in vinegar will produce a beautiful pale Caribbean blue stain. A wad of steel wool will give you a rich reddish hue. A combination of tea and a metal object in vinegar will produce a black stain.


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