Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,
Last weekend I had a look at the numbers of our website, – the numbers of visitors and views. I am happy that I can report about very positive developments:
Our fabric painting network is getting more and more momentum!
More and more visitors come around and have a look at the webpage, and many are loyal friends now and visit the site regularly.
And it’s fantastic that now more of YOU – the regular visitors and loyal friends of Your Colourful Mind – decide to share their fabric painting projects with all of us.
This is great because it helps us to find new ideas and inspirations for our own projects.
Alice is one of those regular visitors who now also became an idea contributor. Thanks a lot, Alice, for your contribution and your engagement!
How to organize fabric painting projects with kids
When Alice (in her comment on post No 36) asked how to conduct stamping projects with her kids without using knives or other sharp tools, I recommended to have a look at our Pinterest board “fabric painting -stamping” (this is the link) where we collect stamping ideas from different sources.
Self-made kangaroo stamps for fabric painting project
Alice did so and now writes (email 27.04.16), “Thanks for sending the link to the pinterest page. I had a look at it with my kids and we got several ideas for our fabric painting projects. Finally, we decided to choose a kangaroo as the “design subject” and to apply different stamping methods.
I took an eraser and tried to carve a kangaroo. This was difficult! First I drew the shape of a kangaroo on the rubber, then I cut it out. I stamped on a blank apron. As you can see, my kangaroo looks a bit strange, its neck is too thick and its hopping doesn’t look kangaroo-like. The kids laughed a lot about it. But I like my kangaroo, it’s special, somehow.
My older daughter used a kangaroo-shaped cookie cutter to cut the shape of a kangaroo out of a big sweet potato. She used the stamp to print on a blank t-shirt.
We found that the main challenge is to get a completely even surface when you cut the potato into halves. If it’s not even the print also will not be completely even.
My daughter also used the cookie cutter as a stencil, on the back of her t-shirt. It worked both ways!
And my son used a stamp we created by gluing a little kangaroo to a bottle cap. But it broke off the bottle cap after just three stamping attempts. First, my son was angry but then he used the kangaroo as a stencil which was also easier to handle for him.
We spent a nice afternoon together working on our projects.”
Based on Alice’s email and the pictures, I think, we can compile
Some learnings on fabric painting projects with kids:
- Collecting and choosing design ideas together and preparing the project together helps to get everyone involved and motivated.
- It can be an enjoyable experience for the kids to see that their parents are not perfect all the time but nevertheless are happy with the results of their work. (This can be an enjoyable experience for the parents themselves, too. 🙂 )
- Be prepared that the chosen technique might not work out as planned and that switching to another technique can be the only solution.
- Therefore: To prevent disappointment and frustrations, especially with little kids, always have more than just one technique or tool at hand.
Thanks again, Alice, for sharing your experiences with us! And please pass our thanks to your kids, too.
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