My inspiration for this article about crafting with children, came from looking for wall art for our new studio. I kept coming across a saying by Pablo Picasso – Every Child is an Artist. With summer holidays approaching, what better way to keep children occupied, than letting them loose with some art.
This also got me thinking that children are so free with their creations, but as adults we are so self critical and don’t like to make mistakes. This limits us in our art.
“Every Child is an Artist” – Pablo Picasso
Over the summer get your children to create, and at the same time go back to being a child yourself. A bottle of Powertex Fabric Hardener goes a long way and is safe for children.
- Powertex Fabric Hardener
- Powertex Powercolor
- Acrylic paint (Secret Art Loft)
- Embellishments, scraps of card, shells, twigs, pine cones, clay pieces
- Scraps of material
- Old costume jewellery
Ideas for children’s Powertex crafts
On your days out, collect mementos. A trip to the woods, park or beach are great places to start. Twigs, pine cones and shells are easy to find. Use them to decorate a small journal cover. Old costume jewellery doesn’t need to be thrown out and we all have a bag of jumble that can be used.
Teach children about textures, let them feel pieces of bark, different shells or broken crockery. Buy a colour wheel and play around with mixing your own colours. The Powercolor pigments can be used with Easy Varnish, but also as a watercolour by just adding water.
These jigsaw necklaces are so easy to make and what is not to love about them? They can also be made into fridge magnets, a decorated journal cover (which can then be used to record your summer adventures), a small canvas or a door plaque.
Crafting with children
Art doesn’t need to be expensive but being creative does need to be fun. No rules, no criticism, and no such thing as making mistakes – happy accidents are often the best pieces we create.
So look forward to the summer holidays and I can’t wait to see what everybody creates. Please share your art work over on the Powertex Studio.
If you need any further inspiration check out all the lovely ideas and step-by-step guides here on the Powertex UK Mixed Media Magazine. Annette also has a family Powertex project tutorial, with an underwater theme. Take a look over at Purple Meadow Arts & Crafts Facebook page for details of our Junior Art Club.
Have a great crafty summer with your little ones, and release your own inner child.