Monday, October 20, 2014

Inspired by Picasso: Frankenstein

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Have you seen this adorable project all over Pinterest in the last several weeks? Me, too! It’s found on Squarehead Teachers and the descriptions says that the author saw this and took a picture of it. I love it!Halloween Art Project: Picasso's Frankenstein Have a Picasso print and a pic of Frankenstein... See what they come up with from there...

I volunteer in my daughter’s classroom with the art program. I go into her class and talk about an artist and do a project with the class with that artist as the inspiration. When I saw this, I knew I had found my project! Unfortunately, there are no instructions. You can look at it and figure it out, but I thought I would give everyone a tutorial to make it easy to collect the materials and follow instructions.

Materials:

construction paper (9 inches x 12 inches) - lime green, green, black, white, purple
black, fine point Sharpie marker
scissors
glue stick

Cut construction paper as follows: Picasso Style Frankenstein99

Lime green:
cut in half (6 x 9 inches) and cut in half again and once again (3 x 4.5 inches)

Green:
Cut in half (6 x 9)

Black:
cut in half (4.5 x 12 inches)
hair: cut a long strip - about 1 inch wide
eyebrows & bolts: cut a skinny strip (1/2 inch x 12 inches) – cut in half again
eyes & mouth: remainder section

White:
teeth & eyes: cut into quarters (4.5 x 6 inches) - one needed

(Do not cut purple paper.)

Instructions:
1. Draw pencil lines to divide a half sheet of lime green paper. The vertical line is about 1 1/2 inches in and the horizontal lines divide the paper into three roughly equal sections. I adapted the excellent directions about drawing a cubist portrait from Art Projects for Kids to figure out how to do the profile. (I also did this with First Graders last year and they did a great job!)
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2. Draw the forehead in the top section, the nose in the middle section and the lips, chin and jaw line in the bottom section. (Note: You don’t need to draw in the lips if you are making a large, open, mouth. I showed both ways in the instructions for making the mouth. You will want the chin and jaw line, though.) Cut along the profile.
 
3. Stack the lime green profile on top of a half sheet of green construction paper. Line up 3 straight edges. Cut off the bottom corner (opposite of the chin) through both papers at the same time to make outer lines of the face. (Mine is pretty round, but you may want to cut it more sharply to make it more block-ish.)
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4. Center the small piece (3 x 4.5 inches) of lime green on bottom center of vertically-positioned purple paper. Use glue stick to glue in place.
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5. Run glue stick along the profile line (side with the pencil marks) of the lime green paper, flip over and overlap on the green paper along the vertical edge that does not have the corner cut off, lining up the top and bottom edges and making sure it fits from left to right on the purple background paper. Then, glue all over the back of both faces and glue to the purple background page.
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6. Use the appropriate paper sections to make the hair, eyes, eyebrows, mouth, teeth, neck and bolts.

eyebrows and bolts:
Cut both skinny black strips of paper in half again. To make eyebrows, cut small triangles out of the bottom edge of 2 strips.
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To make bolts, cut the last 2 strips into half again. Glue one strip to another strip so that it is perpendicular. Then trim the edges until the bolts are the size you would like. Glue on the eyebrows and the bolts.
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hair:
Cut the 1 inch strip of paper along the bottom the same way you did the eyebrows. Glue to the top of the face lining up one edge with the edge of the paper and let the other edge hang off. Flip over to trim the edge that is hanging.
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eyes:
The trick to making the eyes is to break it down to simple steps and think about how a real eye looks. (Alternatively, you can just do a large, white circle with a small, black circle inside it.) Because this is Picasso-style, you will make one front view eye and one profile eye.

Use the white paper to draw a front view eye. Don’t worry if it takes several tries because you will flip it over to glue it on so your lines won’t show anyhow.
To make the profile view eye, you will need to make it appear as if it looking the wrong way since it will also be flipped over. To make this eye, start with the triangle shape – or alligator mouth, or “greater than” symbol – then, make the circular shape noting that it is nearly flat on the inside and it is concave – or c-shaped – on the outside. Be sure to make the eyes big enough. (You may notice note that mine were not and Frankenstein looked sad. So I did it again which is what shows in the final picture.)

Cut out the shapes you just drew except cut out the profile view eye like a triangle with one edge curved in the shape you drew for the inside of the eyeball. You do not need to cut around the eyeball part.
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Flip the eyes over and place on a scrap of black paper. Trace around the center top and bottom edges (or the whole thing – it doesn't matter) of the front view eye. (Show in red.) Use those lines as a guide to draw the right-sized eyeball on black.
Place the profile eye on the black paper so you have enough space to use it as a guide to draw the eyeball the right size. (Red arrows pointing to the lines – don’t forget to trace the side which is along the triangular piece.) Cut out the black sections of the eyes.
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Glue the black eyeball on the white front view eye and glue the whole thing to the green paper. Glue the white profile view eye to the lime green paper. Glue the black eyeball in place along the edge of the white paper.

Use a Sharpie to trace the edges of the profile view (triangular section only) and the front view eyes.
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mouth:
The mouth can be made a couple of ways. If you cut out the lips, you can make the mouth by using the Sharpie to show profile lips and front view lips something like this:
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To make the mouth more Frankenstein-like, you can use the black paper to make a rectangle the approximate size of the mouth. Then round off the corners to make a mouth shape. I tried to make mine have both a profile shape and a front facing shaping. (Not sure if that really worked – ha!) Glue the mouth onto the face.
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Cut a a long rectangle from the edge of the white paper. Then snip it into smaller rectangles for the teeth. Glue teeth in place in the mouth.
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Use a Sharpie to add features such as stitch marks (pictured in original source project above) if desired.

There you go – Frankenstein in Picasso's cubist style!
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Sunday, December 1, 2013

It’s December Already!?!

Wow – it’s really time to think about Christmas! Yikes! I’m not feeling on top of things this year. Luckily for me, other people are on top of things!
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Have you heard of the site Minted yet? This is a site whose mission is to “connect the world’s best design geniuses with a community of design-savvy customers…” What a great idea! And, let me tell you, they have definitely found amazing designers and products.

I am kind of a sucker for pretty papers and artwork, but this site really blew me away. I was mentally doing quite a bit of shopping while I looked through the site. I went to “Art Prints” first because I have been trying to hang pictures around here. There were so many things I loved, but the best part is that you can get prints in a variety of sizes and prices. So impressed!
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Of course, seeing as how I haven’t done a single thing about Christmas cards yet, I had to check out the Christmas cards. And, get this…you can upload your own picture and see how it looks in all of the cards at once. My favorite part of the whole site! There are so many amazing and gorgeous choices. Here are a few I love (and I could pick a whole lot more – there are hundreds of choices!) :

QuiltedClassic Stripes and Swashes
Merry Typography
It is going to be really hard to choose this year. I’ve never even thought about a postcard-style Christmas card, but I am really loving that option. I might have narrowed it down to these designs:
Pom Pom FunPostmarked
Santa Stop

So get to Minted and check it out! They have a blog, too, which is amazing, of course. I was really taken with the name of it – Julep – as well as the blog itself. Again, beautiful artwork and designs along with great DIY ideas and freebies. I liked this idea for illustrated portrait place cards:

Minted and Julep are well worth the time to sit and look a while!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Guest Post: Jenny from Party Pail

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve not been updating my blog frequently or sharing lots of projects with you. I really enjoy blogging, but it was becoming an obsession and was taking too much time away from my family and other responsibilities. Now, I take pictures of projects all of the time and have them stored so that one day I might be able to get back to the blog and still maintain some balance in my life.

I still get lots of requests for guest posts and advertising, though. Often, I turn people down, but I couldn’t say no to Jenny once I read her post. I love her ideas and she works with a fun party company with lots of ideas to share. You can read more from Jenny at the Party Pail site where she blogs here or shop and get ideas at the Party Pail product site. Enjoy her guest post and please stay tuned for projects as I can get to them!

 

Cooking Themed Birthday Party

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Does your child love to cook? Do you watch the Food Network and Top Chef together? A themed birthday party may be perfect for you and them. A Cooking Birthday theme is a great group activity, and you were going to have to feed all those rug-rats anyway, so why not get them involved?

· If your home doesn’t have the space to accommodate ‘too many chefs’ in your kitchen, consider renting a catering kitchen as your birthday location. It shouldn’t cost too much, and you’ll have all the space and equipment you could possibly need.

· Make chef’s hats for each child and let them decorate as a possible activity early in the day. They’ll have a lot of fun and look the part when you get started.

· Cupcakes are both simple and fun to make, and starting them early in the day will give them an opportunity to cool before the kids dive in to decorating.

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· Popsicles are another fun and familiar dessert that make a great party treat. All you need is an ice tray and your child’s favorite juice!

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Growing a Green Family

· Personal pizzas are a great way to let each kid participate and customize their own meal. Offer pita or whole wheat pizza dough and healthier topping options alongside or instead of the classic pepperoni and cheese.

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· Salad kabobs are as much for fun as food. Each child will get some veggies, but since they’ll make their own kabobs, they’ll only take the ones they’ll actually eat.

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· Crepes can be a fun and exotic dessert and activity. They’re actually pretty simple to make, lower on sugar than traditional cake, and they’re usually filled with fruit, which makes them both delicious and fairly healthy.

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Author Info:

Jenny Franklin is a bit of a birthday party savant. When she’s not busy planning and preparing, you can find her here.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Easy as 1-2-3


These next two teacher appreciation gifts were as easy as 1-2-3 thanks to some other great bloggers. The girls from Eighteen25 shared a free subway art printable HERE. (Note: The colors printed out much darker for me than the way they are pictured. I copied the printable into Photoshop to brighten the colors and change the size a bit.) All I had to do was grab a frame (I used an inexpensive 8x10 from Target), put it all together and wrap it up.
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Kristy at The Diary of Dave’s Wife made it even easier. Again, Avery picked out a soda, I printed and cut the printable, and we tied the tag on with ribbon. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
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And the best part is that they look so good when done. It didn’t cost a lot or take a lot of time to be thoughtful, but it makes a big difference to the person who receives it.

I’m off to make a strawberry pizza dessert for my middle school daughters’ teachers’ appreciation lunch. They didn’t want any part of taking gifts to their teachers – they are “too old for that,” according to them—so I am doing what I can get away with to let the teachers know we appreciate them.

What things are you doing for your children’s teachers this week?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Simple & Sweet Teacher Appreciation Gift w/ FREE Silhouette File & Tutorial

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I found this adorable idea at Qbee’s Quest. Her directions are easy and clear, but I wanted to do less work. My daughter has 3 teachers in her classroom--that's 3 of everything--plus, I know I will make these again.

I’m all about keeping things quick and easy so I used this idea to make my own boxes and tags on my Silhouette. Love that the cutting work is done for me! These were super speedy to put together.

I've made a free file of the Candy Bar Box Set to share so you can quickly and easily make your own adorable teacher (or anyone else) gifts.

If you don’t have a Silhouette, don’t stress. You can get the easy-to-follow measurements and instructions from Brenda in her post HERE.


Candy Bar Box Set Silhouette File {free}

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 Just click on the image to be taken to the download page. 
(There is no preview, but the file should download and then you can open it with your Silhouette software.)


Materials
free Silhouette file: Candy Bar Box Set
Hershey’s Bars
cardstock
ribbon
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Instructions

Cut everything out using the Silhouette and fold on the score lines.
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Use double-sided tape to stick the background rectangle to the scalloped background.
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Tape the message piece onto the background pieces
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Center and tape the tag on the front.
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Put double-sided tape along the edge of the cardstock (the flap), fold into a box shape and stick together.
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Thread a 20 inch piece of ribbon through both holes.
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Place the Hershey’s bar in between the ribbon pieces.
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Slide the candy bar into the box.
(This is what it looks like with the ribbon wrapped around the candy bar--but tuck it into your box.)
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Tie the ribbon into a knot at the top adjusting the length to keep the candy bar in place in the box.
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All done!
The best part is that you can easily change the size of the box using your free Silhouette file – you aren’t just limited to Hershey’s bars!

I’ve got a few more things in the works for Teacher Appreciation Week and just might get them posted before the week is up! ;)

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Thank you to all of the wonderful teachers we know!

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