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Hi y'all--

Just hoping someone will have a good idea for a craft/art project (more art than craft) that 2 competent 10 year old girls would find fun, that doesn't seem cheesy, but that can be adapted so a 5 year old could do it too.

Inexpensive would make it a slam-dunk win of an idea. I'd like it to be something not too hard but harder than, say, beading or foamies (teh shudder) or something. Also because I haven't put enough stipulations on it-- it needs to be complete in a single afternoon.

PLEEEEASE help me come up with something really unique and hellacool to do? And NOTHING papier mache...

So far potentials are:

lino prints
abstract subtractive sculpture (plaster of paris casts) (might be too hard)
Some kind of decoupage/make your own box/purse thing
collage -- found materials from nature into representational art. Maybe.
Batik? (dunno much about it)
In a pinch, jewelry.

Thanks everyone-- I really appreciate it!

*hugs you all like a buncha wonderful stuffed aminals or something*


Jun. 20th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Sure, they could draw their own images. Most block printmakers do that, actually, and don't base them off photographs. (And even when I trace lines from photos, I'll change or "repair" things.) If you decide to use the soft Speedball blocks, the kids could draw right on the rubber.

Things to keep in mind:
--If you're doing letters or numbers on the block, they have to be in reverse for them to print correctly. If the kids encounter any trouble with that, have them write/draw out what they want on tracing paper, flip it over on the block, and scribble over the lines on the back--everything will show up on the block in reverse.
--The consistency of the ink you put on the block is key. If you roll it on too thick, it'll smudge or fill in the carved lines. If it's too thin, you'll get a faint print (which I kinda like sometimes).
--Also, if you're using Speedball inks, shake and knead the tubes a bit before you use them. The pigments sometimes separate from the water base when they've been sitting a while.


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