Thursday 19 January 2012


(Goblin is 27 months)

Today Goblin and I made something really pretty which is quite amazing considering how full of snot we both are. We did also watch 4 hours of TV - so this kinda balances out my guilt.
Goblin really likes playing with the craft scissors Hublet bought for me. I saved a flower seed catalogue that came through the door the other day, and I ripped out some of the pages for Goblin to cut up. I discovered he's good at making the first cut but finds it quite difficult to move into the page with the scissors, so I cut strips so he could do single snips along them.
He did a pretty good job, and I finished it off round the edges making sure every last bit of canvas was covered. Then I left it to dry.  When we had quite a lot of pieces of flowery paper I got one of my bargain basement canvases and some PVA glue. Goblin set to work glueing the paper onto the canvas.
Meanwhile I searched google images for a good silhouette of a tree. You can draw one free hand but I am lazy so I usually go for the path of least resistance.  I think this collage idea would also work really well with a silhouette of a butterfly or fairy, and if you have more patience than me you could do something finer. 
 I printed out my silhouette and stuck it onto a piece of plastic (I used an old laminate printable). Then I cut the silhouette out (so the plastic was also cut). Then I used a gluestick to glue the plastic onto the magazine. Glue sticks are pretty useless glue so I was confident it would peel off afterwards without ripping the collage. However if you are a crafter and happen to have some spray mount to hand, that would probably be a better bet.
I then painted over the whole thing with white acrylic paint (I put a tiny bit of blue in the paint as well). I did try a layer of poster paint but it wasn't thick enough to go over the magazine so I would have had to do loads of layers. If your child is a bit older than Goblin (or your silhouette less detailed) you could probably let them do the painting bit themselves, but Goblin is a bit 'eager' and I was worried he'd dislodge the silhouette.
Once I'd painted the whole canvas (including the sides where some of the magazine had wrapped round) I peeled off the silhouette. Then I used a few cotton buds (Q tips) to remove some of the paint that had seeped under the thinner branches.
And hey presto, a really lovely painting. Its still a bit shiny in the photo because it hasn't dried yet - I was too excited to wait. Not bad for a 2 year old huh!
Now I wish I could claim I came up with this idea up on my own, but I didn't. I found a beautiful picture on Pinterest and traced it back to a guest post on the blog Tatertots and Jello.

I'm linking this to
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  1. Cute idea! My toddler loves to use glue so this is up her alley!
    Come by for a visit sometime!

  2. Whether it was your idea or not, I think you've done a great job, it looks so striking! And it'll make a great keepsake too. I'm sharing this on my FB page. Thanks!

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  3. Wow! What a VERY beautiful collage. I love it!

    Simply perfect.

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  4. I love the way your project turned out, what a great use for catalog clippings, and what a fun gluing project for little ones!!

  5. Your artwork is wonderful. Master D and I are going to try this out for sure!! And I hope you are feeling better x

  6. Cool, it looks great. I need to try this with my little ones!

  7. Wow, neat idea. Very cool project for younger children!
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

  8. That looks really nice! It would be good for older kids too, I think.

  9. Great Idea! I think i'll try Contact paper and see how that works. Do you have any experience with that?

    I used to be a stay at home mom now I'm a preschool teacher! I'd love to open my own school based on creative expression!


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