Sunday, 25 February 2018

Toilet Roll Castle

One of this weekend's crafting exploits was to make a kitchen and toilet roll tube castle for some of Jessica's characters. The rolls are wrapped in coloured paper and stapled together. The turrets are made from self-adhesive stuff (I really don't know what to call it!!!) from Home Bargains. Once I had cut the doors in, Jess added sticker windows and a few beautiful gems from her endless supply. Who doesn't love a toilet roll craft?!

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Kat's Melted Crayon Experiments

Kat's second request of the evening on Saturday was to do some melted crayon art. So, out came the crayons, the pencil sharpener and the baking parchment along with the iron and ironing board. She arranged the shaved wax on card before placing it between sheets of parchment paper and ironing over the top. We used the iron on its coolest setting and used lots of baking paper because the wax is pretty greasy and has a tendency to melt off the card so we needed to protect the ironing board. Although it does not always produce the most beautiful creations it is definitely an incredibly satisfying process.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Watercolour Mixing

Colour mixing has fascinated Jessica for quite a while now. It's a brilliant topic for experimentation and there are so many brilliant ways of playing with colours. We've particularly enjoyed using pipettes and liquid colours in the past. Today though, we just used a palette of watercolours and a brush. Jess used a crayon to repeatedly draw around a square tub and I encouraged her to overlap the shapes. She then painted each square with a different colour and was thrilled to find that the overlapping parts colour-mixed. Her preference for pinks and purples led to a somewhat less interesting image than we might otherwise have got but I really do try not to get too involved in these little projects.

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