Monday, October 29, 2018

Andy Warhol Skulls

Halloween seems like the perfect time to recreate the Andy Warhol skulls in an art study for kids, and even if its not Halloween this is still a pretty fun project to try any time. Plus, this collage method makes it really easy for everyone to take home their very own famous piece of art.

You will need:

4 different color papers - 2 sheets of each
A printer
Elmers Glue
A skull image the one we printed is here

Step 1

Load your printer with one sheet of each color paper and print the skull image onto the sheet of paper.

Step 2

Carefully cut around the outside of the skull, make sure you start cutting from the bottom of the piece of paper as your going to be using more of the paper later on so you need to have the cut at the bottom.

Repeat with each skull image until you have four skulls in different colors.

Step 3

Next take each piece of paper left from cutting out the skulls and slice straight across so you have the shaded top part of the image to use.

Step 4

The last piece of cutting  you'll need to do is cut a shadow scrap from the discarded pieces of paper, depending on the color of paper your working with if you look carefully you might be able to make out the shadow from the original printed image but if not just cut a small curved shape similar size to the size of the lower part of the skull. 

Step 5

Now each child should be able to mix and match using the remaining 4 pieces of paper and the cut out items. You want to have one piece of each color. For example if you have a blue background you have a yellow sky, red skull and turquoise shadow. They also will each require a glue stick.

Step 6

Glue each piece onto the background paper to recreate the original skull photo. To begin add a sky. Then add the skull, you might need to angle it slightly so it fills the space in the background. Finally add the shadow under the skull.

You can repeat four times if your doing this at home with your kids or if in a classroom use lots of colors of paper and see how many different variations you can create. Have fun with it. What else could you create this way? Find other images to print out on colorful paper and create your own Warhol images.

10 (super easy) No Carve Pumpkin Ideas

At the beginning of October over on Instagram I shared 10 super easy ways to decorate a pumpkin without having to carve it. I thought it might be nice to put a quick round up of the 10 ideas here to make it easy to find them if your still in need of Pumpkin inspiration at the last minute.

1. Polka Dot Pumpkin

All you need for this is some confetti tissue paper circles and glue. Have the kids paint the pumpkin with white school glue and then let them stick on the tissue paper.

2. Kwik Stix Pumpkins 

We love our Kiwi Stix this rainbow pumpkin was a white snowball pumpkin but the darker colors worked well on the orange pumpkins too. Just left the kids use them like crayons on the pumpkin.

3. Tattooed Pumpkins

Honestly probably one of my kids favorites, and SO easy. All you need is a pack of tattoos we picked ours up at the party store nothing fancy. Have them wet a cloth and apply the tattoos to their pumpkins just as they would to their arms.

4. Oil Pastels

Oil pastels glide on super easily to the pumpkins - this was an orange pumpkin. You'll want to seal the pumpkin afterwards with hairspray to stop the chalk coming off everywhere.

5. String and paper fasteners

I think this was one of the favorites over on Instagram, super easy even for little ones. I like the paper fasteners because no pricked fingers but push pins would totally work too. Have the kids push the pins in and then wrap yarn or embroidery thread around the pumpkins.

6. Pom Pom Pumpkin

This one is my favorite but just a heads up its was a labor of love, my kids got bored of sticking pom poms on pretty quick and so I was left to finish the job. Hot glue was called in too because after the elmers school glue dried half the pom poms needed reattaching. Totally worth it though if you ask me.

7. Washi Tape Pumpkin

Need a mess free super cool pumpkin for a class party? I recommend the wash tape pumpkin. Seriously good for any age, you can even pre cut pieces of tape for tiny ones to make their own pumpkin. and just ook how awesome they turn out.

8. Chalk Paint Pumpkins

Takes a little beforehand prep but then this is another super easy idea. I resprayed all the pumpkins with black chalk paint then all the kids needed was the chalk markers to decorate with. We like Fun Chalk Markers because they are super bright. Check out our blog post where we created some fun halloween characters this way.

9. Scratch Art Pumpkin

This was this years completely new experiment and it was awesome. Have you ever made your own scratch art paper? Its super easy read how we make it here. Anyway for scratch art pumpkins we simply used a white pumpkin instead of paper - did I mention this was AWESOME. The kids loved it!

10. Comic Strip Pumpkin

Last but not least why not take collage to a pumpkin? We had fun cutting up old comic books but any magazines would work.  Add a little school glue and you have one cool pumpkin!

I hope you enjoyed our pumpkin fest this year as much as we did. 

Happy Halloween