Sunday, February 27, 2011

Collage and painting with the kids

We had Monday off from school and work last week.  I spent the day in the studio with Kara and her friend Sydney.  They love to create.  We spontaneously decided to make collages on canvas board from all of my scrap paper.  I then had the idea to share Kelly Rae Robert's book with them. Kelly is a mixed media artist that creates beautiful paintings which typically start with a paper collage. She paints with everything from her finger to bubble wrap. I thought her paint techniques would be fun for the girls to experiment with on their collages. They loved the idea.
You do not have to run to your local craft store for this project. Dig out your scrap paper! If you don't have scrapbook paper then get creative. What about all those subscription cards from magazines, clothing tags, old school work, junk mail (think envelopes), catalogs....are you getting the picture? We made our collages on canvas board that I keep around for projects. We could have just as easily glued our paper onto cardboard cut from cereal boxes. You just need a lightweight chipboard cut to size.  The glue of choice is Mod Podge. You'll need some inexpensive paint brushes to apply the Mod Podge. It does ruin the brush so keep that in mind.
 Sydney's paper collage
Kara's paper collage
The girls picked out their paper and cut and placed pieces until they were happy with their composition. I took pictures of each collage to help us remember the placement.  Then, we glued on each piece by first applying Mod Podge to canvas then back of paper.  Use a very thin layer of glue and press down hard to remove air bubbles. Any remaining air bubbles or wrinkles will disappear as it me!  
I even played a bit with some other materials to create a quick collage.  I was looking forward to painting with the girls. Which will explain the lack of pictures during the painting process. Sorry!  After the Mod Podge dried for 15-20 minutes, we applied coordinating paint with a brayer (rolled in paint) in various spots on the pieces.  I then gave the girls bubble wrap. They applied paint directly to the bubble wrap and then "stamped" it onto their canvas.  We also found a piece of mesh cotton that made a fun pattern and a gift card that made lines when dipped in paint.  The girls used their fingers too and applied paint around the edges of their canvas, like distress ink.  They really had fun. There is no wrong answer here.  You can paint with anything!

Didn't these turn out great?  I love to watch these little artists experiment with all kinds of mediums. Mixed media art is such a gift because there are no boundaries and no one technique to be mastered that defines whether you are an artist.  I only realized that a few years ago. I'm glad I can share this with my daughter at such a young age so that she can soar.  I'm looking forward to our next day off from school!

Speaking of Kara...We will be joining her for the district spelling bee on Friday. She won her school spelling bee last month! We are so proud of our little fourth grader. Will you do me a favor and say a little prayer that she has a great day?  We want her to be confident and feel proud of what she has accomplished. Of course, we'd be thrilled if she did well. She is one of the youngest so it will be a challenge. Have a great week! xoxo


  1. Oh wow, Vicki, pure fun--and they DID turn out great!!! How awesome. I sure hope you had a great weekend...sending hugs your way,

  2. What a great idea.I think I'll try this myself. The girls did a great job.
    Enjoy your blog,

  3. I love the girls artwork! Very creative!
    I'll say a prayer for Kara! Let us know how she did...I'm sure it will be her best!

  4. I love what the girls did, they are so pretty. Might have to borrow this one for the grand kids. Have a great week and thanks for sharing, Vicky

  5. Such a beautiful project and how wonderful to share it with the young one's! Best of luck Kara with the Spelling Bee! Thank you Vicki for stopping by and visiting. It is a pleasure to meet you also! Take care!

  6. Looks like such a fun, creative day~ and I'll be sending prayers and good thoughts her way for the spelling bee!

  7. Those collages are so cute! That's a great project. Thanks for sharing.


  8. What a great art project to do with kids! They did a wonderful job!
    Good luck and special prayers for Kara!
    Have a great week.

  9. Before I go into blabbering about how wonderful these masterpieces are, let me say that I wish Kara all the best! Will mention her in my little prayer, and Im sure she'll do splendid!
    I beleive theres someone special looking over our little angels, especially when they have their hearts into something. Its wonderful to see the girls being creative, I remember when my girls were younger, and we did similar arts and crafts... The collages are wonderful, truly. I keep all of my girls' since I ant them to see their treasures when they're older.


  10. Wishing Kara lots of luck!!! My 4th grader won her school spelling bee too!!! She went to the county to compete and lost the first round....but, it was a free day off school!!! Hoping she does great!!!

  11. May you and your little ones continue to soar as you expand your creative horizons.

  12. Wow! What beautiful pieces of artwork! I'm not surprised though, b/c they are both very creative. Good luck to Kara on Friday, I know she'll do great b/c she always gives her all! Have a great week Vicki!

  13. What a fun project! We are always useing modge podge around here, so we will have to try this sometime for sure!

    ~ Thanks for sharing :)

  14. Vicki,
    Thanks for tip about ETSY. I am not aware I changed anything, but will check that out. =)

    hugs and blessings

    barbara jean

    PS ready to see pin cushion??

  15. i love young, creative minds. lucky you that you have daughter to share your creativity with. their mixes media collages came out just beautifully. as for your little "speller"...congratulations to her! I placed second in our district's spelling bee eons ago! what fun! I will surly say many prayers for her. what an accomplishment! YOU GO KARA!

  16. those turned out really good, way to go girls!!!:) I may have to try one of those...Good Luck Kare~Bear, I know you'll do a great job on Friday!!! I'll be thinking about you!! xo ♥

  17. These girls are scary good, Vicky!! The dragon fly paper is one I put on our kitchen table when my daughter and I collaged the top of it a couple of summers ago!!
    Congratulations to Kara on the spelling bee!!!

  18. Hi Vicki, now that is beautiful artwork! Congrats to your daughter and I have sent a special little prayer just for her.

    Enjoy your day,

  19. Hello Vicki!
    The Girls Work is Wonderful! Your Girl takes after her Mom! Its so Much fun to do projects like this with your Children!
    Thank You for your Visit and Always Sweet Comments! My Sister Julie is a Treasure!
    Happy Tuesday!

  20. Looks like everyone had a great time and produced some beautiful art.
    Good luck to your daughter!! You have every reason to be so proud of her!

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