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Top 12 Basic Art Supplies

Running a craft business exposes me to a lot of art supplies. And I mean AH-LOT. I have sources all over the country but these are the top 12 materials I would really recommend for your home. They are great quality, very affordable and produce great work. They also make great stocking stuffers!

1. Coloured card stock. Great for cards, mixed media projects and paper punches, these papers are 65lb weight (that’s the thickness) and come in a variety of bright colours. Personally, I like a few packs of white and colour 3 for $15 at Michaels. 2. Elmer’s White School Glue. I find this glue is the best. It does not drip – thick enough to bond quickly for impatient hands $5.49 at Michaels. 3. Prang watercolour paint tray. These semi-moist paints provide brilliant, bold colour in the convenience of a tray. They last a long time and are very affordable at $4.20 each. The tray even comes with a very high quality brush. Yes please! At Spectrum Educational Supplies & Michaels. 4. Washi Tape. This super trendy tape comes in every pattern imaginable. It’s popular because it adds a brilliant pop of colour but it’s also super easy to tear and removes without ruining walls/work. Available for $2-3 a roll at Omiyage.ca. 5. Crayola Oil Pastels. This super set of 16 rings in at about $4. The best part? They are sharpened! Thank you brave genius who realized a flat top to a pastel is not helpful! These pastels provide bold colour and act as a great resist for mixed media projects. At craft stores everywhere. 6. Very Best Mechanical Pencil. I’m not a huge fan of mechanical pencils for kids but when you try this baby you’ll want to convert. It’s wider and easier to hold. The eraser is soft and erases easily. Happiness by International Arrivals. 7. Permanent Sharpie Markers. Okay, admittedly, this is for the slightly older kid. However they made my list because they make an excellent partner for watercolours as they don’t bleed and spread when you paint over top. Available at Staples.ca. 8. Alphabet stamps. Perfect for card making, working with clay or ink these find a million uses around our home – $1.50-$12 (size depending) at Michaels. 9. Waxed string. Super strong and easy to thread. These balls of string run about $7 a ball but last a long time. Available at Michaels. 10. Crayola Markers. A “tried and true” entry. These markers are good quality, wash well and don’t fade. What’s more, their water solubility makes them a great medium for blending with water. At Michaels. 11. Googly Eye Stickers. Turn any sketch into a hilarious character – or use them as an invitation for students to create a portrait. They come in 10 styles on a large roll of 2000. $6.15 at Spectrum Education Supplies. 12. Color-a-peel crayons. These large, sturdy crayons have a finer point – perfect for precision. When they get dull, simply peel away the wrapper to reveal more crayon wax. $14 at International Arrivals.

Happy creating!!

It takes a village…

This week I was in daughter #1’s class for art. She attends a holistic school with blended classrooms (more than one grade in each class) so projects have to appeal to a range of ages. This can be kind of tricky!

Her class has been studying architecture – so I thought it would be fun to discuss the exterior materials for a house. We brainstormed roofing and siding materials (shingles, board and batten, stone) and applied our favourites to these beautiful little houses. The houses came from my friend Pete who builds real post and beam houses, furniture et all. They were almost too pretty to decorate.

First, the sketched their ideas onto the houses with pencil.

Next, they added permanent marker and oil pastel. Water resistant materials were important here since we planned to use paint and didn’t want our lines to smudge.

Lastly, watercolour paint was added. Some also added paper details : chimney, shutters.

The result was a beautiful little village. So cute.

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To Market, to market…

I cannot wait for summer. Not just for the warmer temps (it has been freezing here in Ontario) but for all that summer has to offer: freedom from schedules, longer days and our wonderful farmers markets. This project was build on a brief to “promote local produce”. I enjoyed it so much I made an partner piece “eat real food”. Just looking at them makes me want summer. See you (and maybe these designs) at the market!

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Card stock collage on board

Cupid’s Arrow

Here’s another cute craft: Cupid’s Arrow.The idea was shown to us from the bright talent at 4 Cats while my daughter and I were there doing a  workshop. If you are looking for a great kid-parent activity consider their workshops. The staff is amazing.

We saw these arrows at the cash and had to come home and give them a try.

You will need:

Sharpie Markers (we used red, pink and black)

Feathers (3 or more for each arrow)

Polymer clay (we used Sculpey’s Hot pink and Red)

BBQ skewers

Tape (we used red washi tape

Shape the hearts with either a small cookie cutter or your hand. Poke the skewer in to make a hole. Remove the skewer for baking. Bake according to Sculpey’s instructions. Meanwhile, colour your skewers with the Sharpie markers. Tape three feathers to the end. Once cooked, you can glue the hearts to the end of the skewer. Glue the cooked heart to the end and voila! A beautiful present topper or add a tag and you’ll have the most creative Valentines on the planet. Happy creating!Image 7 Image 9 Image 11 Image 12

Happy New Year!

Happy 2015 from the Doodle Post!!

January 1 marks the start of a new year: 2015!

Around the world, many countries celebrate the new year with parties and fireworks. Countries under monarch rule (that have a King and/or Queen) traditionally await a speech from their leaders to hear of plans in the new year ahead.

The tradition of this speech came many years ago when countries in Europe were at War and needed to come together to pray for a safe resolution.

This month’s Doodle Post celebrates peace and brings wishes of a peaceful year ahead: Peg People for a Peaceful Year.

Once made, these people are meant to be a symbol of good leadership and peace for you, your family and friends in 2015.

Put them somewhere to remind you how lucky we are to live at a time where peace and safety are available to us. Peace be with you!

Happy creating.

Erin

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