22 Dec 2017 | 3 min Read
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Vacations are here! And it is time to involve the entire family in loads of fun and activity.
Creating art is a great family activity that can be enjoyed during vacations. Apart from routine crayon and colours, drawing and painting….this time I had decided to do something different and unique to keep my kids busy and active during vacation.
Sharing two amazing creative activities that could be used a great family activities to enjoy your vacation with fun and creativity.
Patchwork is an art that involves sewing together small pieces of fabric into a large design. The larger design and end result is usually based on repeat patterns built up with different fabric shapes. Usually, all kids love to collect different items and arrange them in box lids and the fabric is a part of everyday life. Spending happy times by playing with swatches of fabric samples could be a great variation.
Even though there are various patchwork sewing kits (especially for kids) available in stores, they are totally optional. In fact, a small collection of fabrics, basic sewing material and a desire to create your own masterpiece is enough for getting started.
The book, ‘Patchwork Folk Art’ is a great book, written by Janet Bolton to get started. This is a great book for beginners. Janet has explained each step of this traditional folk art in detail. She has started with the basic step of inspiration and fabric selection and then include the composition to exciting techniques for free-hand cutting and stitching, different shape formations, adding an object and finally framing the picture, she makes the entire process seem easy.
It is filled with great pictures, illustrations and eye-catching examples of Janet’s extraordinary work. So pull out your fabric, button and ribbon collection and get ready to have fun in the folk art tradition.
Scrapbooking is the second option for a good family art activity. Kids would love it. We all have special moments in our life. And photographs provide happy reminders of those special moments, places, peoples or occasion. By displaying photographs creatively we can create lasting momentos that will be a constant source of pleasure and joy for a family. Scrapbooking is ideal for that. In essence, the elements of a scrapbook tell us a story. What is the event? Where and when did it take place? All explained beautifully through the art of displaying pictures.
The book, ‘Complete Guide To Scrapbooking’ is a beautifully presented practical book (by- Alison Lindsay) to understand the art of scrapbooking. The first few sections teach us the art of creative image making by using different appropriate techniques such as photographic mosaic and transferring photographs onto fabric. You can learn how to use patterns effectively, in making colleges, work with paint, stamps, chalk, stencils, embossing, powders and even fabrics and stitch with the help of this book.
So these were my ideas to spend the quality time with kids. Will share more exciting art and crafts activity in upcoming posts, to keep your kids active during vacation. So stay tuned!
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