For Small Museum Visitors-Miniature Cord Painting after Regina Bogat

 

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Recently, I created this small replica of one of the contemporary pieces at the Blanton Museum of Art called “Cord Painting 14″ by Regina Bogat. This was done in an effort to encourage discovery and interaction for a group tour for young children, ages 3 to 5 years.

It was time consuming, but worth it.  I started with a small 5″ x 4″ white canvas. After painting it with two heavy coats of cadmium red dark, Using Bogat’s work as the model, I used a needle and poked rows of holes in the canvas, in an organized grid pattern (see photo) with 27 holes from one end to the other.  Only the top third of the canvas was used. I matched the colors of embroidery thread to the actual piece, as best as I could.  Knotting the threads from the back, I sewed them through and double-knotted the ends, snipping off excess thread.  The threads were left at various lengths.

After all the threads were sewn through and knotted, I restretched the canvas back onto the wooden frame by hand, and stapled it back in place.

This was an excellent interactive addition to our tour.  The small children loved to hold, explore, and play with the small piece as we talked about the larger work on the wall.  We looked for favorite colors, guessed what the back looked like, took turns making knots, and used our imaginations to talk about what could be hiding behind the cords!  Overall, the miniature art aided in maintaining short attention spans, encouraging curiosity, and gently redirecting the temptation to touch the art.

Here are the process photos!

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed weekend.  ~Scarlett

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Holiday Clothespins

I know, I know. It’s too early for Christmas, but you know how these art magazine challenges go. The holiday stuff needs to be sent in now!

I’m submitting these for the ‘Homemade Holiday” challenge for Somerset Life, so think  *holidays* for just a few minutes.

I took plain wooden clothespins and clipped them on a line outside and let them age for 3 months.

Then I gave them a wash of antique white.

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I decorated these clothespins with embroidery thread, wire, beads, tissue tape, and a few other odds and ends.  Last but not least, I sprinkled them with some frosty crystal glitter.

I recycled these magnetic calendars from last year, gluing pieces onto the backs of the pins.

Now they can be used as magnets, too.

A set of three would make a wonderful gift.

They can be used to display photos on the refrigerator, as a pretty embellishment on a package,  an easy way to clip a gift card onto the tree…I’m sure you can come up with many more uses for holiday clothespins!

This package is wrapped in butcher paper, netting from a bag of onions, and then tied with some tulle scraps, with the clothespin clipped on.

 

Thanks so much for coming by~

And if you’re visiting for the first time, please leave a comment so I can return the visit and see what you’re working on!

String Pumpkins

Around this time of year, the young crafters I know are eager to make just about anything that resembles a pumpkin.

We gathered orange embroidery thread, balloons, brushes, and whipped up a batch of paper mache paste (flour and water).

They covered the balloons in paste and started wrapping string around them.

They kept wrapping…

And wrapping…

And wrapping….

And when their balloons and their hands were both covered in paste, I figured it was time to let the pumpkins dry.

The drying took about 2 days.

And now I have to confess that I’m not always the brightest bulb in the chandelier when it comes to crafts that should be simple to do. Paper mache does not dry clear like other glues.  I forgot about that.  If it’s put on thick like my crafters put it on, your pumpkin will wind up looking more white than orange!

But we found an easy solution!  After the girls’ pumpkins were dry, we popped the balloons and got out some acrylic paints.   They painted their pumpkins all over with pretty fall colors. They loved it!

Crafting with kids is the best!  They love the process so much and aren’t discouraged if things don’t go exactly right.

They added felt leaves and fuzzy pipe cleaner vines and their lovely pumpkins were finished!

Hope you’re having a great weekend so far!