Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Blogs I Love

I love a good blog and I love to pass on what I find. So from time to time I will be sharing with you some of my favorites. Many of which you will find on my side bar.

I have mentioned before that I am a Design Girl Wannabe. You can also add to that Artistically Challenged. This would not be such a big deal if I did not have a highly artistic creative daughter who could draw, paint and create all day long. I am always looking for easy to teach art projects that don't require a lot of expensive materials or tons of skill on my part.

Recently I found a great blog called Art Projects For Kids. Every day, Kathy Barbro posts a new art project idea. Every Day! A NEW IDEA!!! I can't tell you how this site has blessed my life!

This year , I am experimenting with one of Kathy's ideas called an Art Journal. An Art Journal combines both art and words on the page. She posts Art Journal ideas on a regular basis. The reason I love this idea is that my highly creative artistic daughter also happens to loathe writing. So this is one way to help her work in her strength while also building up her writing skills!

Today we worked on the cutest self portraits ever! Now, this idea is not specifically an Art Journal page, but I converted it to fit in our journals. Here is the link for the how to: http://www.artprojectsforkids.org/2009/08/my-summer-self-portrait.html

And, you can see one of our portraits above! I think she turned out awesome! We made one small change by using words to describe ourselves instead of what we did on summer vacation. We also used watercolor pencils on the background and then went over that with a wet paintbrush. This just saves a ton of clean up time!

Looking Forward,

P.S. If you look closely, you can see that she "loves Star Wars" and "Jesus". Too cute!


  1. Thanks for this blog site Stacey!! I LOVE it!! I just tried the watercolor and crayon name project this afternoon...lots to look into!! Perfect my artsy kiddos :)

  2. Jonathan just brought home a blank posterboard in the shape of his body and picture of his face for the head. They are studying "all about me" in school. So we get to fill his body with things about himself! It will be fun to create this with him!

  3. She's going to illustrate books but not write them! :)