With all the fine weather we've been having recently, me and the kids have been getting out and about creating artwork with natural materials. It's a fantastic activity for all ages - free, green (in every sense) and lots of fun.
You can see more of our creations… Continue
Added by Artful Kid on May 4, 2011 at 22:15 —
I have spent the last few weeks working on a massive stained glass panel to go into a double glazed unit.
The design is based on… Continue
Added by Amy McCarthy on March 20, 2011 at 9:01 —
I am currently organising a two part exhibition for Wirral Council to tie in with their various community events to highlight all things enviro in the region. I… Continue
Added by Alison Bailey Smith on March 11, 2011 at 14:07 —
Most creative business people start out as technicians who strive to maintain a creative well-being but necessity means they also need to learn the art of creating financial wealth. They are Artisans first and business people second and very few have been professionally trained in how to run a business. Erika Price, jewellery maker, commented on the blog that “5% of her time is creativity and 95% marketing” and many crafts people find this daunting. As a result the artisan… Continue
Added by Julia Pitkin on January 27, 2011 at 19:13 —
Continuing with my series on Land Art through the seasons, I have added a post about the icy artwork you can create during the winter. No special equipment needed, just warm clothing and imagination....
Added by Artful Kid on January 5, 2011 at 18:00 —
Finally, a use for all those miscellaneous and entirely useless bits and pieces that seem to accumulate in any house....
Further inspiration here....
Added by Artful Kid on December 7, 2010 at 14:12 —
This Sunday you can find me at The North East Art Fair
taking place at Sunderland's Seaburn Centre from 10am to 4:30pm. Admission is free and you can see works produced by artisans from across the region with various disciplines - watercolours, oils, textiles, paper and glass.
Read the rest of this post here -… Continue
Added by Victoria Baker on November 18, 2010 at 9:42 —
Over the last week or so I'd collected a whole stack of beautiful Autumn leaves for no particular reason other than the fact that they were so beautiful - especially with the colours made even brighter by sunlight or wet with the rain. So having got them all home I had to do something creative with them. In the end I did several different things, with the help of a laminator.
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Added by Artful Kid on November 11, 2010 at 10:01 —
So here at last is my final Featured Artist post. Over the last 12 months I’ve enjoyed perusing the wide variety of artwork that has been uploaded to the Artful Kids Flickr Group, and choosing which artist to feature. I’ve tended to choose artworks which seem to have most input from the child themselves, and where it looks like the child has not only really tried, but also enjoyed creating their artwork.
Come and take a look, and find out about the forthcoming opportunity to win… Continue
Added by Artful Kid on October 27, 2010 at 18:15 —
I’ve read and heard a few things recently which have made me realise how scared of mess many parents are. Quite a few have told me that they never do any art or craft work with their children at home, not because of any lack of interest or inclination, but simply because they’re afraid of the mess and clearing up involved. The opinion seems to be ‘lets leave that to school or nursery‘ or at best, to the proliferation of art activity clubs that have sprung up. Other art activities I have come… Continue
Added by Artful Kid on October 21, 2010 at 9:41 —
It's my blog's first birthday (or was recently) so I have taken a look back at the last 12 months, and selected some highlights of my blogging journey:
Read more here
Added by Artful Kid on October 13, 2010 at 18:19 —
This is an idea which I first developed as a kids holiday workshop about 10 years ago or more now. It was very popular at the time, so I thought I would resurrect it here.
Find out more here.
Added by Artful Kid on October 6, 2010 at 22:33 —
I’ve never been a particular fan of colouring books or sheets for children in general terms – I’d always felt that they are not especially creative, and that while useful perhaps for younger children, the doodle books which encourage children to draw and use their imagination are better. I think perhaps I have been something of a colouring snob.
Added by Artful Kid on September 29, 2010 at 21:13 —
Different eh? My good friend Nutty, from www.nuttyart.co.uk
who is a fabulous animal portrait artist, gave me permission to use one of her artworks on a bag. I have also done one with one of her photographs of her dog, the MOlly Diva Dog.
Hoping this shows off the idea of the custom tote bags I can make… Continue
Added by Lynda Norton on September 24, 2010 at 9:23 —
As the leaves start to turn, and already begin to fall, it seems timely to do a brief review of a book which I purchased following my post on Beach Art. Written by Richard Shilling and Julia Brooklyn, it is devoted to the kind of Land Art which you can do in the woods – not only in Autumn, but at any time of year. However in the Autumn, the art materials provided by trees are of course especially inspiring, both in terms of the variety of colour and the fruits that are available.…
Added by Artful Kid on September 20, 2010 at 21:36 —
Well, to cut a long story short. I have retired from Creative Boom
. It was a lot of fun and a great opporunity for which I have Katy Cowan
to thank. But...the magazine is going in a different direction and I decided I wanted to continue with writing up about creative events, projects and stuff in my neck of the woods, and to… Continue
Added by Illusio on September 12, 2010 at 17:45 —
This time of year is good for experimenting with natural paints and pigments. It’s easy to forget that in the not too distant past, all dyes and paints had to be obtained from the natural world, directly from animals, minerals and plants. The resulting colours may not always have been as bright as those obtained from chemical sources, but they have a beauty and subtlety of their own. As a teenager I got heavily into experimenting with natural dyes – I think I was not only an unusual teenager in… Continue
Added by Artful Kid on September 8, 2010 at 21:45 —
It’s been a while since I last added some new products to the Artful Kids repertoire, but I have recently uploaded some more framed watercolour prints to my NotontheHighStreet shop, depicting a Mermaid and a Pirate. They are the latest additions to a ‘series’ of 6, the others being a Flower Fairy, a colourful Knight, Jewelled Fish, and a dainty Ballerina.…
Added by Artful Kid on September 3, 2010 at 22:42 —
I’m always on the looking for new cost-effective ways of displaying children’s artwork, and I recently devised this one. I’m sure it’s not original, but I’m quite pleased with it nonetheless, so thought I would share it here.
Added by Artful Kid on August 27, 2010 at 12:35 —
For those of you who like, appreciate and buy the wonderful and whimsical art of Suzanne Woolcott of Gorjuss art, you may be aware that Suzanne has been very ill for quite some time. In fact Suzanne underwent a very serious spine operation a year ago that did not go well. It left her with a hole in her spine and consequently many complications, not least of which contracting meningitis. Throughout it all, both her and Grant soldiered on, creating art, running their business and caring for their… Continue
Added by Illusio on August 19, 2010 at 11:54 —