What is "The Green Art Box?" A collection of environmentally friendly kids' art projects that are; clever, imaginative and easy-to-create! Inspired by the reuse of common household recyclables! A handy resource for teachers, parents
PROJECT OVERVIEW: Recycle a glass container into a beautiful decoupage vase. Glue tissue paper squares onto the glass vase creating a unique color pattern.
SUPPLY LIST: - Empty glass bottle/container that has the following: - good vase-like shape - smooth glass surface (no ridges or bumps in the glass) - removable wrapper (so that it is a plain glass "vase" when removed) **WARNING: The safest containers to use are empty food & beverage containers. Do not use a container that held dangerous chemicals/cleaners.
- colored tissue paper (2-5 different tissue paper colors) - glue - paper towel - scissors (optional)
DIRECTIONS: (refer to sketches above) 1) Find a glass bottle with the above qualities to use as your vase. Below are some container ideas for a vase: - glass salad dressing bottle (some have really unique shapes) - glass beverage bottle (juice bottles, soda bottles, etc) - glass vinegar or olive oil bottle (some olive oil bottles have unique square sides)
2) Have an adult rinse out/clean your vase container and peel off the outside label. *TIP: Soak in hot sudsy water to loosen stubborn labels. Let dry.
3) Select several tissue paper colors to design a pattern for your vase. 2-4 colored patterns work best.
4) Rip or cut uniform tissue paper squares to decorate your vase. Squares should be roughly 1/2" x 1/2" size for easy designing. Try to eyeball how many squares your vase will need (this depends on the size of your vase). NOTE: Ripping tissue squares will create a different effect than scissor cutting.
5) Starting from the bottom of your vase up... apply a THIN layer of glue about 1/2 way up the bottle. *NOTE: Do not cover your entire vase with glue or it may dry by the time you are ready to decorate. Decorate in sections instead.
6) Glue tissue squares onto vase pressing slightly on each square so that the entire tissue paper piece is adhered to glass. Dab any excess glue with a paper towel.
7) Create a pattern using the colors you selected. For example: stripes, polka-dots, swirls, squares, hoops, etc. Repeat the pattern until you reach the top of your vase and all glass is covered by tissue paper pieces.
8) Set aside to dry.
9) Fill vase with water and flowers! *TIP: There are many beautiful wild flowers and grasses that make a unique arrangement. Silk flowers are wonderful too!
Draw a Sitting Dragon
*Here’s a tutorial for drawing a sitting dragon. A print friendly PDF may
be downloaded HERE.*
1. Follow the steps on my handout to make the drawing shown....
8 months ago
Art: the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
Abstract Art: art that does not attempt to represent external, recognizable reality but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures.
Character: a printed or written letter or symbol.
Collage:a form of art in which various materials such as photographs and pieces of paper or fabric are arranged and stuck to a backing.
Color: the property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way the object reflects or emits light.
Color Wheel: a circle with different colored sectors used to show the relationship between colors.
Contrast: enhancement of the apparent brightness or clarity of a design provided by the juxtaposition of different colors or textures.
Creative: relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas, esp. in the production of an artistic work.
Decoupage: the decoration of the surface of an object with paper cut-outs, which is then usu. varnished or lacquered.
Draw: produce (a picture or diagram) by making lines and marks, esp. with a pen or pencil, on paper
Embellishment: a decorative detail or feature added to something to make it more attractive.
Font: a set of type of one particular face and size.
Pattern: a repeated decorative design.
Portrait: a painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving of a person, esp. one depicting only the face or head and shoulders.
Primary Color: any of a group of colors from which all other colors can be obtained by mixing (Red, Blue, Yellow).
Silhouette: the dark shape and outline of someone or something visible against a lighter background
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My illustrations are fun, colorful, full-of-life, and energetic. They are unique, yet trendy and will "dance" off the page! My style is whimsical, child-friendly and imaginative. Further, my illustrations are custom created to suit each client's specific needs.
I have over 10 years of illustration and design experience. I am a Summa Cum Laude graduate of The University of Akron, with a Bachelor of Fine and Applied Arts.
I am a published children's book illustrator, my work can also be found on many websites, blogs, newsletters, etc.
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