Thursday, February 15, 2018

POM POM EARRINGS

Hello friends, welcome to m blog!! Today am sharing with you all four different types of earrings made using pom- poms.



When I was searching for pom-pom activities for my toddler I came across the idea of using them to make earrings , from pinterest. Since the weather is slowly getting warmer wearing these whimsical earrings are so much fun. So saved a few small pom-pom's from my daughter's stash and made these earrings.

These are very simple and easy to make. The main thing is to insert the headpin/eyepin through the pom - pom correctly. I found an easy way to do it from the site Honestlywtf. 



For this earring I have used blue beads and small blue pom - pom s


 I made a pair of hoop earrings using black pom- pom, black crystals and beads,


For this earring I used white seed beads danglers.

I used medium size pom-pom s and white pearls in this earring.


This is the assorted size pom pom pack I bought from walmart.

Hope you all like these designs. See you soon!!





Sunday, January 7, 2018

15 SIMPLE AND EASY DIY TODDLER ACTIVITIES

Hello friends, Welcome to my blog!! Wishing you all a happy and prosperous 2018!! Am very excited about today's post as its not the usual art and craft post that I share.This post is about DIY toddler busy activities using materials in and around the house. These are simple activities that are engaging and will promote independent play. 



Since its cold here in California am not able to take my daughter frequently out to play . Also many of her friends have gone on a vacation so the playdates are not happening. So I have to keep her occupied the full day inside the house without getting bored .  I googled about some ways I can keep her engaged and was surprised to see countless resources on keeping your toddler busy on a budget of $1.These activities also help in the development of gross motor, fine motor and problem solving skills. 

Below are some of the activities which I tried with my daughter.

1. ACTIVITIES USING POM- POM
She loves to play with these pom- pom balls and will get excited the moment she sees the box in which I have stored them. She likes to throw them all around the house. Though its little difficult to clean it is a very good gross motor activity or her. These are a huge hit among all kids who come for a playdate. 

Tissue roll pom-pom drop:
Initially she was more interested in removing the tape from the wall but soon she started dropping the pom- poms into the tube . This activity improves the toddler's hand eye co- ordination and fine motor skills.

Muffin tray color sort:
You can use empty egg cartons instead of muffin tray. This improves problem solving skills.


2.  ACTIVITIES WITH COLOR BALLS:
I got this pack of  100 plastic balls from amazon . My daughter loves throwing balls all around the house and these colorful ones are her favorite.

Paper cup basketball:
Covered the paper cup with color card stock and she has to drop the respective color ball in the cup. Though she is still learning to sort colors she loves to drop the ball into the cup.


Yogurt container ball sort:
I took 3 yogurt containers and covered them with color card stock and my daughter has to fill the container with the color of the container. She is still learning to do this so she completes this activity with my help. For her the fun part is to throw the balls once the container becomes full.


Cardboard box ball drop:
Of all the three ball activities this is her most favorite. Made holes in the packaging cardboard using exacto knife and she drops not only balls but even some of her favorite toys into it



3. PIPE CLEANERS AND BASKET:
This is the activity I give her when I prepare dinner or wash vessels. She will try to insert the pipe cleaners into the hole one by one and then remove everything . An excellent activity which improves fine motor as well as hand eye co-ordination.



4.STRAWS AND YOGURT CONTAINER:
Take an empty yogurt container and make holes small enough to insert straws into it. The pushing and pulling action improves fine motor skills


5.  ACTIVITIES USING POPSICLE STICKS AND RUBBER BANDS:
I bought a pack of 100 popsicle sticks at the dollar tree. For the first activity I will give her a few popsicle sticks and rubber bands. She has to put the rubber band onto the stick. This develops her problem solving skills.



This is her favorite activity and she can do this even for half an hour without getting bored. I will tie the rubber bands around the stick and her job is to pull the band out. Initially I made just two loops so the band is loose enough for her to remove. Now she is able to do more challenging task of removing a band tightly wrapped around two sticks together. Sometimes she tries to slide the band out and other times she pulls the band. Either way it will improve her problem solving skills.


6. MAGNETS:
A fail proof way to keep your child entertained as well as educate them. I bought these shape magnets from target dollar spot . When my daughter realized that they will stick to the surface and won't fall she screamed with excitement. She could play for hours with this magnets. She will stick all the magnets remove one by one slide them down etc. Later we taught her the names of the shapes and she grasped it very quickly. We tried to teach her the concept of shapes through books, pictures shape sorters etc. But it was only through magnets she learnt them. 



7. WASHI TAPE PEEL ACTIVITY:
 This is also a quite activity that will keep the toddlers engaged for a while. I usually peel the edges a little so its easy for her to peel the whole tape. You can also use different color tape and ask them to peel a color.



8. FOAM SHAPE FINDING ACTIVITY:
This activity I learned at the library and she loves this very much. I bought a pack of assorted color felt sheets from daiso japan and cut different shapes from each color. I had a black felt cloth that I
use for my craft purpose so used that as a base for this game. She loves smiley so that is the hidden object in this play. Will hide the smiley underneath one of the felt shapes and she has to find the hidden smiley. Every time she opens up a shape will tell the name of the shape and color. She will be very happy when she finds the smiley. A fun game which teaches shapes, colors as well as improves their problem solving skills.


9.PIPE CLEANER BRACELET:
My daughter is too small for this activity. The idea is to put the pony beads into the pipe cleaner and make a bracelet. These pony beads I got it from Walmart. Alternatively I ask her to match the color of the beads to the pipe cleaners. She tries to put the pipe cleaner into the beads and with repeated practice I think she will be able to make a bracelet soon. Since this activity is very challenging for her she always wanted to give it a try.


10. POPSICLE STICK MAGNETS ACTIVITY:


After she learnt shapes through magnets decided to try the same for teaching colors. So covered the popsicle sticks with color card stock and attached magnetic tape at the bottom. Took a white sheet and glued the strips of colored card stock. I bought a cookie sheet so that we can play with the magnets even when we are travelling. But more than the cookie sheet she loves to stick them upon the fridge. She learnt the colors quickly and matches with the colors on the sheet. Since I didn't include black and white color she is not very familiar with those colors.


An alternate way to play with these magnetic sticks is making shapes with them.

11. LACING SHAPES:
This pack of 3 lacing shapes I got it from dollar tree. My daughter is not much interested in this activity as of now.


12. CRAYONS AND NOTEBOOK:
All kids including mine loves to play with crayons. So we always carry this set of 4 crayons and a small notebook for her to draw wherever we go.


13. STICKERS:
My daughter is very fond of stickers that she likes to stick them all over her body. I got this Christmas themed sticker book at dollar tree. 


14. FLASH CARDS:
I got these two sets of flash cards at dollar tree. Initially she was trying to throw the cards everywhere but slowly started listening to the words. Then we would name a word and she will find that card for us. Now she has improved a lot and will say the word when she show the card. Flash cards helped her immensely in developing her speech and picture recognition skills.


15. WATER PAINTING:
 Sorry I didn't take pictures while we did this activity. I lined up two color card stock and gave her a new brush. We had water in a paper cup. I  had a brush for me and I dipped the brush in the water and painted strokes in the card stock. She saw me doing it and after a few minutes she herself started to paint. After forty minutes I had to stop this activity forcefully as the card stock has become wet and started to tear. 

For the first time the kids may not be interested in some of the activities.Initially they might not know how to play so they will get bored and will give up. But upon repeated exposure they will know how to play and slowly will get better at it. That will give them confidence and they will ask for more activities rather than screen time.

Do post your comments/suggestions.Hope you will also try these activities. See you soon with another interesting post.






Monday, November 20, 2017

WARLI ART CLAY MURAL

Hello Friends , Welcome to my blog!! Today am sharing with you all Warli art on a canvas board using air dry clay. I actually made this for my friend/ neighbor who bought a new house . 
This friend who herself is an excellent artist loves everything creative and handmade. Since she is from Gujarat decided to make a Warli art welcome sign for her new home. 


I used polyform air dry clay and artist's loft canvas board for making this mural. Here are some pics of the process. 

I referred the internet and finalized a design and did a rough sketch on the canvas board. Then cut out a triangular shaped template for the structure of the warli man. I made sure that all the warli men are of the same size. 


Once the clay work is over I let it dry for two days and then started to paint. I used Daler Rowney's black acrylic and folkart metallic gold colors. Finished the mural by applying two coats of varnish.





Thanks for stopping by. See you soon with another interesting post. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

ALTERED CARDBOARD BOX

Hello Friends, Welcome back!! Today am sharing an altered art project with you all.


Last week one of my friend invited me to her house for Navarathri. Since she likes art and craft I wanted to gift her something handmade. That's when this cell phone stand cardboard box caught my attention. As it was sturdy decided to give it a makeover and made this treasure/ jewellery box from it.



The first step was to alter the box so that it could have a horizontal opening. The beautiful fall themed pattern paper is from recollections brand. Decorated the box using golden lace and border punch. All the flowers are handmade using card stock and recollection punches. 


For the inside of the box I used black cardstock. The sentiment is handwritten on an oval chipboard using black sharpie. 


For easy and tight opening and closing mechanism I adhered a golden button and a loop. 

See you soon with another interesting post. Thanks for stopping by. I would love to hear to suggestions and comments. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

DIGITAL PORTRAIT PAINTING

Hello friends, welcome back!! Today am sharing with you all my first attempt in creating a digital portrait of my daughter. I made this painting for her first birthday which we celebrated a month back.


I wanted to create something special for her first birthday and that's when I came across the digital portrait painting class by Gabrielle Brickey in skillshare. Taking up that course gave me confidence to try painting my daughter's face. I used "Krita "software for the whole process.

See you soon with another post... Do leave your comments/ suggestions. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

T SHIRT DESIGN

Hello friends, Welcome to my blog!! Today I am sharing something different from my usual posts. My first attempt in designing a T shirt with the  art supplies theme for entering into the arty-outfit competition hosted by draw with Jazza.

I designed two T shirts incorporating the art supplies theme. As I was browsing for some T shirt design ideas I came upon this word art He"art". I decided to use this concept and drew a rough design on a paper. Then I scanned the image and using vector art created an svg file using inkscape. Inkscape is an open source software which is very useful for vector drawing.


The second T shirt is inspired by a tattoo design found in pinterest. I am always a big fan of zentangle art. So modified the tattoo design a little and created a zentangle themed T shirt. For this initially I drew it on a paper using sharpie and then scanned the image and tweaked the edges using inkscape pen tool.


Hope you all like my designs. Thanks for stopping by my blog . See you soon.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

ALTERED CAKE BASE BOARD

Hello friends Welcome back to my blog!! Am posting after a long time as I was busy with my one year old baby. Since this is the birthday season in our house we bought cakes to celebrate them. After consuming the cake the base board of the cake was very sturdy that it resembled a circular canvas. So altered it to a mixed media layout. 



I cleaned the base board using a wet cloth and then applied thick coats of gesso. For textures I scrunched the butter paper pieces ( tissue paper ) and pasted using glue Then applied some random textures using texture paste and stencils. I used diluted alcohol ink  and color shine sprays of teal , yellow and green color. Distressed the edges using brown ink and glued scraps of paper from DCWV paper pack. Stamped the sentiment , clock and tape. Decorated the layout using handmade flowers , pearls, beads and lace. 


Since my baby has started to move she is pulling everything from my craft table.Since most of the mixed media supplies are toxic and harmful I don't craft much these days. But will try my best to post as often as possible. 


 See you soon with another interesting post. Do share your comments/suggestions. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

JUTE / BURLAP JHUMKA AND EARRING TUTORIAL

Hello Friends, Welcome back!! Today's post is about jute jewellery making. Jute jewellery is becoming very famous now not only because of its light weight and unique aesthetics but also because its environmentally friendly.  It is fashionable and goes well with casual attire.This is my first attempt in working with jute.i thoroughly enjoyed the process as making and decorating these earrings are easy and less time consuming compared to other types of handmade jewellery.  I have a short pictorial for making the earrings. At the end of this post I have mentioned some links from where you can buy jute sheets online in India as well in US.


MATERIALS NEEDED:

1. Jute sheets of different color
2. Scissors
3. cardstock
4. Fabric glue
5.Glue gun
6. jewellery making rope or thread( waxed cotton thread)
6. Beads and stone chain for decoration
7. ruler , compass and pencil

JUTE JHUMKAS:

I referred the tutorial by Radhika of hobbycrafts blog for making this. I modified the process a little to make the jhumkas more sturdy.



 

  • Cut two circular pieces from card stock . The radius of the circle is the height of the jhumka . 
  •  Draw lines crossing the center of the circle. 
  • Cut the pieces into sectors as shown in pic3. 
  •  The bigger sector makes a larger cone and smaller sector makes a narrow cone. Here I have chosen a broader cone as it will be easy to embellish. 
  • Finalize the shape and size of the jhumkas before proceeding to cut on the jute sheet as jute sheets are expensive. 
  • Paste the cut card stock onto the back of the jute sheet to make it more sturdy.
  • Mark the point where the fold will come and embellish the rest of the jute fabric. 
  • Join both the ends of the sector to make the shape of a cone (jhumka) using a glue gun.
  • Slightly trim the top of the cone to make a hole to insert eyepin. 

JUTE EARRINGS:




  • To make one earring we need two pieces of jute fabric cut in the desired shape . 
  • Paste the jute sheet onto a thick paper. Here I have used a watercolor paper.
  • Cut the pasted portion of the paper and paste the other jute sheet on its back. So it will be two jute sheets sandwiched in between by a thick paper. 
  • Since the edges of the jute sheets are fuzzy we have to glue the jewellery thread to get a neat finish.
  • Decorate the earring with sequins or bling or wooden beads.
  • Punch a small hole at the top and attach jump ring.
I made two more earring by following the above procedure.



Hope you all liked this post. See you soon with another interesting post. 

Links to buy jute sheets:
In India: http://itsybitsy.in/search/?q=jute+sheets
US: http://burlapfabric.com/colored-burlap/colored-burlap-sheets?zenid=k4207t0ihec05ri1u6mf6bjjo0
Radhika's blog for jute earrings tutorial: http://radhika-hobbycrafts.blogspot.com/2015/09/jute-jhumkas.html