Saturday, July 30, 2011

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Creating With Colors: Color-Coordinated Framed Kids Art


Do you ever feel like you need a little change in your room decor?  By little, I mean nothing major, but rather just changing the throw pillows, getting a new area rug, or finding new wall art.  Well, this project is for allowing your children to become involved in the redecorating by creating color-coordinated artwork that can be framed and will match the colors in your room.  This project is also very budget-friendly.  The only cost most likely will be for new frames and you can always opt to use ones you already own.

Today's Project:  Color-Coordinated Framed Kids Art

Ask your child (or children) to create two original pieces of artwork using all the designated colors at least once, while filling the whole paper.


Supplies Needed:

1)  2 sheets of blank white 8x10 paper
2)  2 empty picture frames meant to hold an 8x10 photo (with or without a mat)
3)  Assorted colors of crayons (carefully selected by you) in only colors that compliment your room
4)  Transparent tape

(Click any photo to enlarge)

Tip #1:  Using two identical 11x14 frames containing mats will give the artwork a more polished look.

Step 1.  Determine if you would like horizontal or vertical pictures and help your child to orient his or her blank paper correctly.


Step 2.  Present your child with the pre-selected crayons and ask them to fill the paper with a drawing of their choice.

Tip #2:  Some children will need help with what to draw, so it may be necessary to suggest a theme.  The more your child can do on his or her own, the more special the artwork produced will be.


Tip #3:  Sometimes it is wise to make your child aware that, although they should color all the way to the edge of the paper, they should not put any important elements close to the edges.  Depending on the frame used, some of the edges may be hidden by the frames or cardboard mats.

Step 3.  Place your first frame face down on a clean flat surface and remove the backing.  Using the transparent tape, secure the first drawing in the desired position (if necessary, depending on the type of frame you are using).  Then replace the backing of the picture frame.


Tip #4:  If using frames with mats, then it is best to secure the drawing to the mat with a small piece of tape on all 4 straight sides and on all 4 corners.  Doing so prevents any gaps that may appear between the mat and the artwork.

Step 4.  Repeat "Step 3" with the second picture frame and second piece of artwork.


Here are the results of our project . . . 

Both the children and I were very pleased with the results.  I think the children were surprised at how wonderful the room looks with everything coordinated and they are very proud that they were able to make such a huge contribution.