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Tree and Sky Collage

We made this a week or so ago on a rainy day…as we get closer and closer to the solstice, the sunsets and the sunrises are becoming quite dramatic.  I thought it’d be fun to celebrate this special time of the year with a little project with my kiddos.

How we made it:

First off, I drew out and scanned a template for the silouhette.   

The template file (click to open and download to print): tree_evening_trace2

I cut out the template and traced it with a white crayon onto black paper while the girls busily painted away at several sheets of sky.  It’s important to note that this project requires stout paper:  we used card stock for the sky and regular ol’ construction paper for the silhouette.  I then cut out our black silhouettes….thought maybe my oldest who is seven could handle the cutting, but it was tricky for me.  I recommend using a hole punch to start the “windows” between the branches.   I made a few moons with left over scraps of tin foil.  I also had an idea that if we poked small holes through the black, it might look like fireflies winking.  That didn’t really work….maybe if we’d made much larger holes and used a tissue paper background?  Anyway, I glued the silouhettes to the skies the next day (took the skies that long to dry out.)  We added the glitter swirls to give the project a touch of magic.

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I’ve had a few thoughts about this project….it begs for the silhouette to be done in differnt colors for different seasons…such as a white silohuette against a bright blue sky for winter…or a green silhouette with a meadow of flowers added…..Also, you could easily put an owl on a branch for make little glitter christmas lights…

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buildabird_stencilsHere’s another project I made alongside my kiddos:  various components to make your own little cute and whimsical birdie collages…..you can either print out the files, cut them out and trace onto paper as templates or import them into a program to color them in.  In ArtRage 2.5, I loaded them up as stencils.  We’ve played and played with them….haven’t made them yet with real paper, but I think they’ll be cute as the dickens with some of our scrapbook paper.  They would also be sweet cut out of seed catalogs and enhanced with  googly eye decorations.  Included are various birdie bodies, eyeballs, wings, decorations, feet, hats, tails, etc.  All files are in jpeg format so that you can open them easily with various programs.  To faciliate downloading, I’m hosting them on my deviant art account as zip files:  http://foxytocin.deviantart.com/art/Build-a-birdie-ArtRage-Stencil-123915805.    Ta-ta!

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Here’s what we made the other day using the ice cream stencils shared on this blog: https://paperplayday.wordpress.com/2009/05/15/ice-cream-artrage-stencils-templates-etc/

We printed the stencils, cut them out and used them as templates with scrapbook paper.  Good times….good times…..