Crafting with Children

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 journal by Jill Cullum
Small journal using shades of pink dry-brushing

Materials list

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.

Crafting for children with Powertex. Blue journal cover by Jill Cullum
All about the blues

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 ideas for children. Powertex jigsaw necklace by Jill Cullum
Jigsaw necklace

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.

Jill x

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas….


… especially with all the snow recently!  I hope everyone is keeping warm.
On the plus side, this is the perfect weather for staying indoors, hiding out in your craft room & getting creative, whether its making pieces to decorate the home, hand made gifts for loved ones or simply crafting for crafting sake!
For those of you with children or grandchildren, there is also the countdown to reindeer-led sleighs & a man in a big red suit & white beard bringing presents.  He goes by many names around the world – Father Christmas, Santa Claus, Saint Nicolas, Pere Noel, Weihnachtsmann & Kanakaloka (to name a few), but wherever you are in the world & whatever you call him, this is the inspiration for my make this month.
So to make a Santa inspired decoration, you will need
a Styrofoam cone, Powertex Red, Powertex Ivory (or White), Stone Art, Powertex Transparent, Paperdeco White, Easy Varnish, Powercolor Red, Powercolor Black & Colortricx Powerpearl
I started by giving the cone an initial coat of Powertex Red.  Powertex loves to stick to Powertex, so this forms a great base to work off.
While this was drying, I mixed up a quantity of Stone Art clay using the Powertex Ivory, & another larger batch of clay using the Powertex Red & Stone Art.  Wrap both batches separately in cling film to stop them from drying out.
Form the face using the Ivory Stone Art Clay.  I positioned the face about 2/3rds of the way up the cone, forming the nose from a ball of clay.  TIP: The clay can be smoothed by using a little water on your finger tip & rubbing it across the surface to blend the pieces of clay together.  Form the eyes using the end of a paint brush handle/your finger or similar.
The cone was then covered using the red clay.  Roll the clay out flat & apply to the cone, smoothing & blending the pieces together using a little water.
The Paperdeco White was perfect to add details like his beard, eyebrows & ‘fur’ trim on his hat & body.  I used Powertex Transparent for this to avoid colour transfer onto the red stone art clay, which would have happened if using the Ivory or White Powertex.  
Allow to dry.
The final stage was to add the details to his face – rosy cheeks/nose using Easy Varnish & Powercolor Red, eyes using the Powercolour Black & then a light overbrush with the Colortricx Powerpearl to add a frosty shimmer.
And here he is – all ready to deliver presents on Christmas Eve…..