Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Washi Tape Easter Cards

I am always looking for ways to teach Tucker how to think of others, share kindness, and give of himself to help someone else.  I usually take advantage of holidays as great times to make things to give to teachers, friends, and family...if I'm on my game...which I was not for Valentines Day or St. Patrick's Day.  :/

Anywho!  This morning I decided that we should make Easter cards for his Bible Study teachers, and little treats for his classmates to help celebrate the most exciting news of all!!!  JESUS IS ALIVE!!!  HE IS RISEN!!!

We have been talking about how Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and 3 days later arose from the grave and is now in Heaven with God!!!  I am trying to reinforce those truths in as many ways as possible, so he has been sharing the Good News with those around him, and now through this craft!!!

So, onto the project!  It really is VERY simple to make!!! 

1. I folded a piece of card stock into 3rds, and and then cut it in half to make 2 small cards.
2. I drew an egg shape on the middle piece of the tri-fold, and then cut it out. 
3. Next, I laid out all of my washi tapes (which is quite a bit!!!), and let Tucker choose which ones he wanted to use!!!  He laid the pieces of tape on the page to the left of the egg cut out.  I told him he could put them whichever direction he wanted, and however he wanted!!!
It's ok if the pieces overlap, it just adds to the design!!!
4.  When he was all done with the 3 cards, I applied glue with a glue stick around the egg cut out, and then folded the left flap over.  (Turn over to see your cool egg design through the front!!!) To ensure that it would stick, I added a piece of tape to the middle of the card, too!

I just love the excitement of this verse!!!  It really captures the joy that the women must have felt when they opened the tomb and saw that Jesus was not there!!!  "He is not here; He has risen, just as he said!"  Matthew 28:6
5.  I added a yellow outline around the egg to make it stand out, but you can decorate it however you like!!!  Tucker also signed his name inside each card, since we have been practicing writing his name. 
Enjoy!  And, Happy Easter! :D

Friday, April 4, 2014

Tips for Painting with Your Toddler

Painting with your kids can be SO much fun!...if you know what you're doing, so your house doesn't become a toddler museum :)  I LOVE painting with the kids, but realize that a lot of my friends struggle with this for a few reasons.  Soooooo, I wanted to share some tips to help you be SUCCESSFUL with your kid's art!!!
1.  BE PREPARED!!!  No matter what project you are doing (painting, play dough, stickers...), prepare your space, supplies, and clean up tools before you introduce the project to your kids.

Cover your surface with newspaper, a cheap vinyl tablecloth, or some old rags.  Lay out your supplies, keeping the actually messy part (paint, dough...) out of reach until YOU'RE ready to hand it to your child!

2. Only Give a Few Options.  Now that T-Man is older, I ask him what color he wants to use...he will usually choose orange.  :)  So, instead of giving him ALL of the colors to paint with-which will turn BROWN very quickly :/, I give him orange (the color he chose), red (a darker color next to orange on the color wheel), and yellow (a lighter color next to orange on the color wheel).

I place his color choices on a paper plate, plastic plate, or any other "pallet" that you have available.  This way, he is not mixing all of the beautiful colors IN the containers that they came in, and I'm only giving him a small amount.

Use the Color Wheel below to help you choose your colors!!!

Livie painted for the first time yesterday!!!  I chose pink for her :)  So, she was given pink, red, and white.

3. Give Suggestions.  To maximize your child's creative freedom, merely give suggestions and encouragement while they're painting.  I hand them the paintbrush, and tell them to get some paint on their brush.  If they get all 3 colors, great!!! They will blend well together, and give beautiful contrast as they paint!  

As they paint, I will turn the canvas/paper as they go to make sure they can reach all parts of the painting.  This also helps keep all areas interesting :)  

Remind them to get more paint on their brush as they go.  You can also point to an area of the canvas that doesn't have paint on it yet to move them from the same spot that they've been painting in.

Leave some white showing on the canvas!!!  It acts like an additional "color!"

4.  Work in Stages. Once you've completed your first layer, let it dry completely!!!!  One of the most common approaches with kids is to let them use all of the colors at once.  Well, mixing all of the colors together makes brown...which is probably not the look you were going for :)

Once Livie's pink layer was dry, I gave her yellow, orange and white on her pallet.  Yellow is very transparent (see through), so layering it on the pink made it's own orange anyways, but again, the 3 colors together made a more beautiful color!!!

The other benefit to working in stages is that you're playing into your child's short attention span.  You should know now that each step that I've explained here will take minutes.  Yes, MINUTES!!!  You will spend more time preparing and planning than watching your child actually paint!!! LOL!!!  But, trust me, it's worth it :)

You can add as many layers of color as your heart desires, or stop when your desired "look" is completed!  Either way, this will be a memorable activity for you to share with your kids, AND a way to creative beautiful abstract art for your home!  

For more details, be sure to check out my other posts HERE and HERE!!!

Be sure to follow me on Instagram: kelbelle810  and use the hashtag #toddlerpaintings to show off your creations!!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Collaborative painting

The other day I made an extremely exciting $5 purchase at Hobby Lobby.  Using 2 40% off coupons, I bought Crayola watercolors (in the kid's section), and a square pad of watercolor paper (140 lbs. in the sketchbook section). 

Seriously $5 for a ton of fun...I mean, look at those COLORS!!! :D
I was super excited to try out these gorgeous pigments, but I was having a bit of a brain fart in the creative department...probably being pushed aside by the loads of laundry filling most areas of my living space :)...so I asked T to draw me some pictures on my new paper!!!

Of course, he was reluctant at first, "I don't know how!"  "No thank you."... and then I showered him with kisses and lovies and begged him, and he obliged...and I gave him gum :D

Anyways, before nap time, I was able to get 2 T-Man sketches.  To be quite honest, I really love the idea of collaborative art with the kids.  T and I painted a large canvas for our bedroom this weekend, and I just love it.  Seriously, toddlers create the most beautiful abstract art at this age!!!

So, after filling in some of his lines that didn't pick up well on the textured paper, I went to work with my new paints!!!
The Crayola's are so creamy and thick, but dry in VIBRANT, beautiful colors!!! 
Once the paintings were dry, I went back over with my thin black sharpie again, thickening some of the lines, and adding the dot details.  I think they may need a little more "doodling," but it's hard to do that when a 1 year old is literally pulling your shirt off while she's climbing all over you... #momproblems ;)  Anyways, she's next once I can get her to keep the pen on the paper and out of her mouth :D

And, just for fun, this was T's morning sketches on his chalk board.  See!  Beautiful abstracts!!!
Anyways, I really feel passionately about knowing how to paint with your kids.  This is SO SCARY for so many people- Trust me, I've talked to them.
I don't want it to be hard, or scary, so I plan on making a series of videos to prepare you and give you the tools you'll need to help your children make beautiful works of art!!!  So, stay tuned!!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

Elwood Colors n Cups- Night 2!

Last night was the second painting evening for the wonderful teachers of Elwood Community Schools!  We had several ladies from Tuesday's class come back and paint with me on Thursday!!!

The painting that they chose was the Fall Trees.  I think all of us were drooling over the gorgeous teal and orangy/yellow!

I love the quietness that falls over the group as they are focusing on their paintings...

...and the excited chatter at the end as they are all gushing over each other's work!!!  Great job, ladies!!! I had a blast, and can't wait to paint with you next year!!!
Thank you! :D

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Elwood Colors and Cups!

For the 3rd year in a row, Elwood Community Schools has invited me to do a Colors n Cups party with their teachers!!!

Last night we painted Dandelions together, and had a blast!!! All of the paintings were gorgeous!!!
Even from painting the background, each painting became unique.  I love to see that :)

Deb Durm is the one who coordinates all of this each year, and does such a fantastic job!!! 
Last night, she even created a poem to go with her painting!!!

The Dandelion

White sweet nothings, 
Float above the grass, 
Propelled by the wind,
Or better still the sweet puff
Of a child's breath,
Fist crushing the green stem,
Eyes closed in concentration,
Doing his part to complete,
The cycle of the green.

-Deb Durm

So beautiful!  Deb is on the front row, third in from the right! 
Thank you, ladies!  See you again on Thursday! :D

Monday, January 20, 2014


Here's just a few shots of what I've been up to lately!

I LOVE my studio!
Sketching before using my new Prismacolor markers!!!!
Mural in my friend, Courtney's, piano studio.  The evolution of the piano!
Still loving my planner!!! The organization, and the transformation! :)