Monday, October 1, 2012

Art Journals: Initial Page

This was the very first page we added to our art journal. It's a simple project, but the outcome is very interesting. It's very easy, and self-explanatory, so I didn't take step by step photos...just finished ones. But here's what you do, anyhow.

Painter's or masking tape
Watercolors, paints, Do-A-Dots, crayons, get the idea. Any of these things work great!
Your art journal (or a sheet of computer paper)

First, tape your child's initial onto the blank paper with the painter's tape.  I didn't have painter's tape, so used regular masking tape, and it worked just fine. I just had to be careful when I removed it not to rip the paper, but really, it wasn't that bad.

After the taped initial is in place, allow your children to completely cover up all the white areas of the paper. Let them experiment with different mediums....crayons and paint. Do A Dots and markers...whatever. My kids ONLY wanted to use Do A to them I said, go for it! This is your project!

Here are the finished pages. They turned out pretty neat!

Emma and Sophia filled in the white really well.

Elijah opted for the circle look. Very nice.

I helped Sophia with the placement of her tape, but she did do some of it. I did all of Elijah's taping.

This type of project would be fun to do with all sorts of things. You could cut out the shape of an animal or something, tape it on the plain paper and color around it. Or use black paper and white paint and make a silhouette. You could do all glue and glitter around the tape. Kids love glitter.:) The possibilities are endless!

I hope you all enjoyed your first day of October! We are having some serious Indian Summer weather where we live....97* today. So not Fall weather. Nevertheless, we are baking pumpkin snickerdoodles tomorrow!:) We'll be posting that recipe later this week, so keep an eye out!


  1. We are excited to do this project. Great timing too! Planning out crafts to do with homeschooling. this will be a great book for annabelle's writing. Thanks again.

    1. I'm so glad you are trying this out, Lea! It is so much fun!

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