Curious Ruby is just as her name suggests- adventurous, shiny, and special! Ruby gives us some tips on creativity: Make mistakes. Practice. Try new things/ styles – even if you don’t like it…just try. Practice. Have FUN. Enjoy it. Did I mention practice?
Now let's take her advice and practice!
To learn more about Ruby, read her Scribble Artist Interview here.
Recently the Duchess of Cambridge revealed that she had introduced Prince George to messy play. She is Patron of The Art Room that offers art therapy to children to increase their self-esteem.
Parents often find the idea of messy play uncomfortable. They imagine their child wrecking their living room or kitchen, and general chaos abounding. If messy play is set up correctly, with boundaries and 1 rule, you will be giving your child the maximum range to explore paint, clay, beads through their hands and feet.
Here are my suggestions for setting up clean messy play at home:
1. Designate an area in your house for the messy play: a floor space is ideal.
2. Cover that floor space with a thick plastic cover (a crafting table cloth is suitable).
3. Place all the messy play equipment in the middle of the plastic cover.
4. Rule 1: Tell your child that the edges of the plastic cover are their boundaries, the messy play must stay within those boundaries.
5. Within those boundaries they can do whatever they like! Squeeze the paints through their hands and feet, create paintings with their feet ...
I led a project at a special needs school in London, where I introduced messy play to children who sat in wheelchairs for most of the day. We lifted the children out of their wheelchairs and introduced them to touching the paint with their hands and feet. Being able to touch paint with their bodies, and create paintings without brushes was liberating for them, and helped them to find their own voices. Some children laughed out loud, some of them sat quietly just touching the paints, some were daring and rolled around in the paint. The week after I left the school, one teacher emailed me to say that the children had all become very restless at the time they would have been having their messy play session. They rocked back and forth in their wheelchairs. At first she didn't understand why, and then she remembered their messy play, and realised that they were missing it. The rocking back and forth was their way of expressing this.
It's within the 'mess' that the child will find a connection with her own feelings. If you can set this up for her, and then step back just far enough so she can dive into her play, you will be giving her a valuable gift.
I hope this will inspire you to introduce your child to messy play.
- Amanda Seyderhelm
Learn more about Amanda Seyderhelm in her Scribble Artist Interview on the Scribble Blog!
A super special craft brought to you by our own Scribbler Extraordinaire, Arlene Tucker. Here's a downloadable template that teaches you how to make pop-up art technique. You can experiment with differant papers and play with color. A wonderful Valentine's Day craft to do with your little Scribblers. Click on the photo to download the template for your (DEAR YOU) Make your own pop-up heart card!
Here's a great tutorial on how to make the Treble Cross Stitch (It's also known as the K-Stitch) by Dedri Uys of Look What I Made. Click on the image to learn how to make this really cool stitch. All you need is some yarn, a crochet hook and a yarn needle. We've listed some of our favorite yarn colors for you although you can use any yarn colors that make you happy. Enjoy!
This paper heart garland craft was created by Ashley Weeks Cart of Blog a La Cart. They are very simple to make. The paper cutter is the essental tool to make this easy craft super quick to make. All you'll need is some colored paper, a stapeler and some tape. You'll enjoy making this paper heart garland with your kids for Valentine's Day decorating. Click on the image for step by step directions.
These mason jars were designed by Sherrie Ragsdale. They are an easy craft for you to make for Valentine's Day. Decorate them and fill them with sweet treats and the'll make a perfect gift for your sweetie!! How to directions can be found on plaidonline.com
Cotton Ball Snowflakes are a wonderful craft to make with your Preschoolers, Kindergarten and early Elementary kids. Easy to make, fun and entertaining. All you need are some cotton balls, thread and your imagination.
Create your own winter wonderland with this wonderful paper snowflake craft. It's an easy activity to do with your kids and you can string the snowflakes together to make a curtain of snow.
Hello, my name is Daniel Tillman, through C3 Designs I represent artists and designers, who make products for the architectural community. It took a number of years but I’ve been able combine quilt-making into my business. I live in New York with my wife and two children. In one form or another I’ve been working with textiles for more than 20 years.
I would like to share a technique for designing fabric that I learned last year. It was a bit messy, but really fun. You take a piece of cotton fabric, others will work but cotton is readily available. Soak it in vinegar until it’s dripping wet. Lay the fabric on a garbage bag outside and then place nails or other objects that will rust on the fabric in a design. Cover the fabric with another garbage bag and leave in the sun for 24 hours that will usually be enough. The vinegar and the sun speed up the rusting process. After it has sat outside for a day or so take the fabric and set it in a bucket of water with salt added. The recipe I used wasn’t very clear, but a couple of table spoons should be plenty. Let it sit in the bucket for 15 minutes and then remove. The salt sets the dye so that it should be fairly permanent. You will want to wash it after this, because it will smell a bit.
To read more about Daniel Tillman have a look at his Scribble Artist Interview, http://www.scribbleblog.com/scribble-artist-interview-with-daniel-tillman/
One of my favorite drawing exercises is to take an object (any object! like a house, or a butterfly or tree or a turtle) and draw it many times. Each time changing something. Draw as many different kinds of one object as you can imagine. Don’t worry about being true to the form of a “real” tree or butterfly or object of your choice. Allow yourself to draw out-of-the-box. Be imaginative! Enjoy! One of my drawings (HOME) grew out of this exercise.