Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Emoji Face No Sew Pillow

No Sew Emoji Face Pillow
(These also make fun Sun Pillows)
Supplies needed:

Polar fleece
Google Eyes - 1.57 in. or 40 mm
Black, red and pink felt
Poly fill stuffing
Glue gun

I used two different colors of polar fleece just to make it more fun, but you could do yellow on both sides.  
Start by cutting the fleece in a 12.5 inch circle.
Put both the top and bottom together and cut the strips (about an inch wide) around the edge with an 8 inch circle in the middle.  I'm going to do this ahead of time for my students.

Cut up to the circle and then fold the strip and cut a short opening in the two strips to pull the ends through for the ties. (see link below for tips on this step) 

Face Patterns PDF:
Some of the shapes are backwards so when you cut them out the outline on the felt won't show - because you'll be turning them over.
These patterns and the googly eyes can make several different faces:

After you have the face you want, fabric glue or hot glue it on the center of the pillow.
(I used adhesive felt from Michaels- It's easier to trace and cut out on the paper backing.)

Now tie the strips around the pillow leaving an opening for the stuffing.
Here is a great link for this step: https://snapguide.com/guides/make-a-no-sew-fleece-blanket-wout-bulky-knots/
To tie the pillow take the tips of the strips and push them both through the opening you cut, pull them through evenly.
Stuff the pillow and finish the ties.
Emojis are super popular right now and I'm sure my students will have fun making their own!
  Student Work:

Friday, May 13, 2016

Russian Matryoshka Art Lesson

Although I've never had a set of these dolls I've always loved them.  We'll make ours out of paper instead of wood.  This is a nice lesson to introduce students to Russian Folk Art.

This is the first Set of Matryoshka Dolls, made in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin from a design by Sergey Malyutin, who was a folk crafts painter at Abramtsevo. Traditionally the outer layer is a woman, dressed in a sarafan, a long and shapeless traditional Russian peasant jumper dress. The figures inside may be of either gender; the smallest, innermost doll is typically a baby turned from a single piece of wood. Much of the artistry is in the painting of each doll, which can be very elaborate. The dolls often follow a theme; the themes may vary, from fairy tale characters to Soviet leaders. The matryoshka dolls are often referred to as "babushka dolls", "babushka" meaning "grandmother" or "elderly woman".

The Matryoshka Doll was presented at the Exposition Universelle in Paris tens years later, 1900.  They were so popular that they began making them in several places in Russia and shipping them all around the world.

Using a Template which can be printed from this Jpeg, cut out the four shapes.

I kept it very simple so that the students can decorate them however they want.
 Begin by putting a dot in the center of the bottom of the face.  Then draw the scarf from the dot to the outside of the Matryoshka with a curved line.
Draw a circle in the center of the scarf and then the two ends of the scarf - leaf shape.  
Put a dot in the center of the top of the head and draw the hair from the center to about halfway down.
Add facial features however you like, but the rosy cheeks are pretty standard.  
Add a short line from the center of the scarf on each side to begin the apron.
Connect the two lines at the bottom of the dress and add any decoration you wish.
I used colored pencils to finish them.

Punch holes at the base of each doll and add a brass brad to keep them together.
This is the traditional Matryoshka, but I also did a non traditional version.  I used the same patterns, but turned them over so the circle for the face doesn't show.

The sky is the limit with these, where ever their imagination takes them!

Student Work:

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

3D Japanese Koi Watercolor Art Project


I love doing Koi Watercolor paintings!  The blue and orange look so great together and there is no way for the student to feel unsuccessful - there is no right or wrong way to paint the fish!
I had seen several versions of this project on Pinterest but couldn't find the pattern for the fish so I made my own.  Here is a Jpeg version and the instructions to make them.  
Mine are printed on 8.5 X 11" paper.
I traced and cut out the shapes using watercolor paper.
I folded the front of the fish in half to make it easier to cut the slits for the face and the whiskers.
You will need to cut a slit in the top back of the fish for the fin to poke through.  You can just carefully cut a thin slice along the fold or use an X Acto knife.

The back fin is put in the cut along the back.

Now staple the two pieces together as shown.

Bend the front of the fish where the slits in the side are and then glue in place - I used a tiny dab of hot glue.

Fold the front fins so the fish can lay flat.

Fold the tail in the back so that it almost lays flat and put a curve in the tail before the staple.  
These look so much like they're swimming off the paper.

There are several varieties of Koi, but most have orange, yellow, red, blue and black.  I just added splotches of color and did wet into wet with those colors.
I'm going to show my students this chart for ideas:

You can play around with the eyes to give them a little more personality.

The water is simply two shades of blue done Wet into Wet and then sprinkled with salt. 
 I thought it would be fun to do a rectangle instead of a square for this version.

These can be made out of any kind of paper or even felt.  Patterned paper could be a fun option too!
The students will enjoy these beautiful maintenance free new pets!
Student Work: