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  • Kids' Summertime Creativity Boosters

    Summertime for children is a time of sun, fun and relaxation. It's also a great time for them to be creative! Crafting not only allows children to express themselves in new ways, it helps with self-discovery, gives them a sense of accomplishment, and builds self-esteem. And, they will have a fun time doing it. Just think, you may never ever again hear those two dreaded words: "I'm bored."

    Just Plane Craftastic

    Children will fly into DIY - Simple Kids' Crafts with 13 easy-to-make projects with little or no help needed. From flowers made out of muffin cups to airplanes made out of clothespins, their creativity will have no bounds!

    Clothespin Wooden Airplanes; DIY - Simple Kids' Crafts #7193

    Muffin Cup Flowers; DIY - Simple Kids' Crafts #7193

    Knot Your Ordinary Friendship Bracelets

    Bracelet yourself! You'll be in awe of what the younger crown can create with Friendship Bracelets Beyond the Basics. Taking friendship bracelets to a new level, this book's 19 designs make each bracelet as unique as each friend. Last but knot least, this is an excellent activity for siblings or friends to do together.

    Friendship Bracelets Beyond the Basics #6284

    Foam Is Where the Art Is

    Easy Foam Crafts is perfect for younger kids. The super easy craft projects are a joy to create and will inspire them to do even more. Some of the projects in the book are storytime play sets, so the creating is only the start of the fun. The children in your life will hit a foam run with any of these activities, and will be clamoring for more.

    Easy Foam Crafts #6107

    Crafting Never Felt So Cute

    From royal crowns to fishing games to gardens, the fun designs in Kids' Felt Cuties will keep children engaged and entertained. Patterns and step-by-step instructions make them all easy, with just a little bit of cutting, gluing and simple embroidery stitches. Let their gardens grow!

    Kids' Felt Cuties #7166

    Celebrating Friendship

    "A friend is someone who reached for your hand and touched your heart."
    -Author Unknown

    Friendship Crafts are a great way for kids to celebrate their best relationships, and be creative together. The designs in this book are fun for best friends to make together and share with each other. Projects include a secret notes necklace, best friends bracelets, BFF monogram; heart charms bracelet and a friends pillow with a photo sleeve. One or all of these projects are sure to be a hit.

    Friendship Crafts #6092

    Patch Me If You Can

    Children of all ages can spread joy and sparkly cuteness with Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Patches Book. Easy enough for young children and entertaining enough for teens, the 20 quick and colorful patches can add a personal touch to tumblers, phone cases, notebooks, and more. We'll discuss fabrics, adhesives, tracing techniques that will make a procraftinator out of any child.

    Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Patches Book #7682

    Looking for A Boulder Craft?

    This book will rock their world! The whimsical designs in Rock Painting will bring a smile to any child's face, and to your face as you see the pride in their creations. Step-by-step photos and instructions make each design easy to create. When they're finished, the rocks can sit on a shelf and look pretty, but they can also be used to create fantastic story adventures over and over again. Add a little sunshine to someone else's day by leaving them out and about for others to find.

    Rock Painting #7240

    For The Sheer Fun Of It

    Teach a special kids in your life how to knit or crochet—they wool love you for it! Check out our recent blog, Pass On Your Love Of Knit Or Crochet, for some awesome books that will guide you and and the special child in your life step by step. Ewe won't be sorry!

    Blog Post: Pass On Your Love Of Knit Or Crochet

    Now that your children have something to keep them happily occupied, you can enjoy a bit of summertime relaxation yourself! Their faces will be beaming with pride at what they can create, and it will inspire them to do more. You could say they will be riding into the sunset, happily ever crafter.

    Be sure post photo/s on social media and tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, so we can all enjoy their summertime fun as well!  

    -Leisure Arts

  • Chalk Coloring Added to Birdhouse with Mod Podge®

    I simply love my Leisure Arts' coloring books with their different themes! The latest one I used is also a new book from Leisure Arts; it is 6903 - Art of Coloring Nature. Having several wooden birdhouses at home, I wanted to incorporate using my coloring with a birdhouse. I got the perfect inspiration from another leaflet carried by Leisure Arts, 6569 - Family Activities using Mod Podge® products by Plaid. For anyone who used to decoupage, using Mod Podge® will be a breeze by comparison! Next, I explored using chalk pastels as my new coloring medium!

    For this birdhouse project, I used two books from Leisure Arts: 6903 - Art of Coloring Nature and 6569 - Family Activities showing the versatility of the Mod Podge® products by Plaid. For this birdhouse project, I used two books from Leisure Arts: 6903 - Art of Coloring Nature and 6569 - Family Activities showing the versatility of the Mod Podge® products by Plaid.

    I chose a page from 6903 - Art of Coloring Nature that had various designs with enough white space to easily add color using my chalk pastels. I was most excited about using a color for the vast amount of background space that seems to grow (ha, ha) as you near completion of your coloring in the main design area. I reviewed the Book Birdhouse project that is included in 6569 - Family Activities; I modified its steps and the products used to fit my current project.

    Chalk Pastels are a great medium to add a softer, yet intense amount of color to your coloring book designs. Chalk Pastels are a great medium to add a softer, yet intense amount of color to your coloring book designs.

    Chalk pastels give a softer, looser, or more impressionistic look to your coloring. Some artists would say it gives a more organic feel to a design. I love the way the colors remain intense and rich, with excellent coverage. I colored the background of my page first.

    Using Chalk Pastels, a neutral background color is added "loosely" without too much concern if it crossed over any black lines [see the upper left portion]. Then, use a cotton swab to spread the color evenly [see the bottom right portion of the page]. Using Chalk Pastels, a neutral background color is added "loosely" without too much concern if it crossed over any black lines [see the upper left portion]. Then, use a cotton swab to spread the color evenly [see the bottom right portion of the page].
    After blending the background brown color, I freely placed my colored chalk pastels in the remaining design spaces of the flowers, butterflies and ladybugs. I was not concerned if the chalk did not cover the entire white space because my next step would be to blend using a cotton swab.

    Loosely add some bright colors to the main pattern; flowers, butterflies and ladybugs are featured in this page from Leisure Arts' item 6903 - Art of Coloring Nature. Loosely add some bright colors to the main pattern; flowers, butterflies and ladybugs are featured in this page from Leisure Arts' item 6903 - Art of Coloring Nature.
    The after-effect of blending all of the bright colors. Be gentle as you loosely wipe over the Chalk Pastels with cotton swabs. The after-effect of blending all of the bright colors. Be gentle as you loosely wipe over the Chalk Pastels with cotton swabs.

    Now that my chalk coloring is done, I did not want the colors to smear. I sprayed my page with Mod Podge® Clear Acrylic Sealer; I chose the gloss finish. My next preparation was to spray paint my wooden birdhouse. I chose Krylon® Colormaster™  for indoor/outdoor use in a khaki color. As my spray painted birdhouse was drying, I considered what portion of it I would use to add my chalk pastel coloring book page.

    My advice is to read and then re-read the application process using the Mod Podge® product outlined. Easy steps and tips are outlined in the easy-to-follow instructions.

    Follow the Mod Podge® application directions specific to the product you are using. Leisure Arts' item 6569 - Family Activities outlines the Mod Podge® products with user-friendly tips and helpful hints. Follow the Mod Podge® application directions specific to the product you are using. Leisure Arts' item 6569 - Family Activities outlines the Mod Podge® products with user-friendly tips and helpful hints.

    To my amazement and delight, as the khaki spray paint was drying I realized that it was a very close match to the chalk pastel color I chose as my neutral background color. I could place my design almost anywhere on the birdhouse! I chose the left side of the roof and house, with cut out portions used as embellishments on the back side of the birdhouse.

    Following the Mod Podge® Classic Gloss application instructions, I added my coloring book page cut to fit the left portion of the rooftop and side panel of the birdhouse. After the colored designs were added, I applied Mod Podge® Gloss Sealer over all. Following the Mod Podge® Classic Gloss application instructions, I added my coloring book page cut to fit the left portion of the rooftop and side panel of the birdhouse. After the colored designs were added, I applied Mod Podge® Gloss Sealer over all.

    I couldn't resist adding some more cut designs onto the back panel of the birdhouse, too!

    I cut a free-form piece of my coloring book page and applied it using Mod Podge® Classic Gloss onto the back panel of the birdhouse. I like the visual effect of having some of the cut design area on the backside of the birdhouse; it assists to move your eye around the birdhouse project to view its different sides. I cut a free-form piece of my coloring book page and applied it using Mod Podge® Classic Gloss onto the back panel of the birdhouse. I like the visual effect of having some of the cut design area on the backside of the birdhouse; it assists to move your eye around the birdhouse project to view its different sides.

    I'm still playing with ideas regarding a final set-up inside my house where my birdhouse will live. My kitchen has great windows to view an open area with water and pine trees in the distance, or close-up viewing of a hummingbird feeder and patio flowers. Currently, I have a wooden bar stool near a window. Perhaps I could stack reference books on gardening and birds on it with the birdhouse on top of this stack?

    One idea: stack your themed items together: print books on birds, flowers, gardening, nature, and coloring! I'm still working on my setting: a wooden stool, a basket or a hanging shelf; the ideas keep coming to me! One idea: stack your themed items together: print books on birds, flowers, gardening, nature, and coloring! I'm still working on my setting: a wooden stool, a basket or a hanging shelf; the ideas keep coming to me!

    But, I might just make a more eclectic resting place for my birdhouse by suspending it from a ceiling, or near my Mac perched on a shelf with books on graphic art, impressionist painting and marimekko.

    Doesn't that extra bit of coloring onto the back panel of the birdhouse add so much more interest? It is a 3-D object so it really should have an interesting design element on more than one side. Doesn't that extra bit of coloring onto the back panel of the birdhouse add so much more interest? It is a 3-D object so it really should have an interesting design element on more than one side.

    Yes, I embrace both the digital and print worlds of life; it's part of my dimensional design. Whatever it is that you enjoy, incorporate some coloring into your world!

    Martha

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