Sunday, January 31, 2010

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Creating With Colors: Stamp & Mask Shapes (Heart, Car, and Dinosaur Egg)

This project stemmed from an idea I had to create a camouflage effect with stampers. So I thought it would be fun to experiment with various shapes and ink colors. My original idea was based on a set of Colorations Easy-Grip Dinosaur Stampers from Discount School Supply, but then I expanded the project to include other shapes as well.

Today's Project: Stamp & Mask Shapes

Ask your child to think of an object that has an easily identified shape. Then, with your help, your child will create a piece of artwork with stampers and then frame this artwork with a frame cut out in that chosen shape. (In our example, we made 3 pieces in the shapes of a heart, a car, and a dinosaur egg.)

Supplies Needed:

1) Each piece of artwork will require a sheet of blank newsprint paper plus a sheet of similarly sized colored construction paper.
2) A variety of Easy Grip Stampers (3 for each piece of artwork).
3) At least 3 different colors of stamp pads (We used Colorations Stamper-Perfect Washable Stamp Pads.)
4) A white crayon
5) A glue stick or all-purpose white glue
6) Scissors

Step 1: After your child has decided upon a shape to use for the frame, draw the shape on a sheet of colored construction paper using the white crayon. (My son drew the shape of a car.)

Tip #1: Try to choose a shape that is easy to identify and has a lot of open space in the middle.

Step 2: Using the tip of the scissors, snip a slit in the middle of the shape. Then use the scissors to cut the shape out, leaving the surrounding area intact, to create your frame.

Step 3: Select your 3 stampers and 3 stamp pads. Then assign one stamper to each color.

Step 4: Have your child start stamping on a sheet of newsprint, encouraging him or her to use all 3 stamps to fill the page somewhat evenly. Depending on the shape of the frame, your child may not need to fill the whole page.

Tip #2: Make sure your child is not afraid to turn their stamper shape sideways and upside down and also to overlap the impressions.

Step 5: Next check that the stamped area is enough to fill the construction paper frame. If it is, then apply glue to the backside of the frame and then adhere it to the artwork.

Tip #3: Since there may be traces of white crayon lines from the original sketch of the shape, it is better to use the other side of the construction paper as the front of your frame.

Step 6: Once the glue has dried, use the scissors to trim off the excess newsprint so that none of it is showing around the edges. You can also take this opportunity to trim the edges of both paper layers to make the artwork more centered, if needed.

Tip #4: As a special touch, you can ask your child to sign his or her name on the front of the frame with the white crayon.

Here is how our dinosaur egg turned out . . .

Sine the area to cover was much larger, my son designed to stamp double-fisted.

Here is the heart I made in honor of Valentine's Day . . .

My son very much enjoyed this craft because it was fun and easy, plus it gave him a lot of freedom to be expressive. He even asked me when we could do this project again.

Thank you to Discount School Supply for providing stampers and stamp pads for us to use in this project free of charge. No compensation was received for publishing this article.