After seeing some mushrooms being made on here, I thought it would be a cute idea for the grand kids to make some. I made a mushroom and another leaf man. Fun little projects to do now to get ready for this Spring.
Your shrooms are great but I love your leaf man!!! I use crystal glazes on my shrooms (cause I'm a lazy glazer :-), my favorite for shrooms is Mayco crystalite Sassy Orange. My absolute favorite crystal glaze is called Monet's Garden by Duncan.
Now I need the trees to get their leaves back so I can make myself a leaf man :-)
Oh... how old are the grand kids? I made turtle bowls with my neices/nephews years ago, they loved making them. Here are the steps:
1) Take a small bowl and line it with paper or plastic wrap (if you use news paper get it wet and it'll take the shape of the bowl easier.
2) Make coils and role them into spirals or s-shapes and maybe some little balls of clay.
3) As you make the coils/balls of clay, place them to cover the inside of the bowl.
4) Once you have the inside of the bowl sufficiently covered, smooth out the inside (making the coils stick together)
5) Add a head, 4 feet and a tail.
6) By that time the body should be dry enough to take out of the bowl,
7) Create a ring out of a coil and attach it to the bottom so the turtle is laying on its back.
It looks really cool, and the kids had fun; i think they were 8 and 10yrs old at the time. I think I have one that I made somewhere around here, I'll take pictures when i can.
Oh oh...I remembered that I had a picture of a turtle bowl. It's attached.
I also found a picture of my masks and attached that - it's another fun kid project.
When I lived in Illinois, I took classes at a local art center; they also had kids classes and one class made these masks -- they had like 30-40 of them on display and it looked so cook I did a smaller (only 6 masks) version for my office. The kids were so creative their display was much cooler than mine :-)
My 6 year old grandson made the little ones and he let his 4 year old sister help paint some. They love playing with clay. Those masks are the cutest !!!!! Another idea for the grand kids. Kids have the best imagination. The turtle bowl is cute, so many ideas on this forum. Love it !!!
thanks Chrissy these will be fun these 2 are almost 3 & 7
its looking like a rainy week we will need lots of hands on stuff to do.
love the faces ...lol
heres what the 3 year old did the last time she was here alone
Wow the grand kids are pro's! Love the little shrooms, and that cat is very cool! I suspect we may have the same playdoh cut out set :-) You could so glue magnets to any of those and hang 'em on the fridge!
I will be slabbing some clay the next time the grand kids come over and have them add the eyes, nose and lips. It will be outdoor fence art. We get the 4 & 6 year old a couple of times a week. I have a 13 year old grandson that comes over every other weekend. I can just see the look on his face when I tell him he's going to make a mask ... lol
oh yeah either holes for hanhing or magnets go on everything ..
I pickup cookie cutters when ever on sale .. we have a big box of cutters :)
this is what they ask to do most .. its the waiting for things to dry & fire that gets them ,,
Thank you !! The mushrooms and the leaf man were bisqued at 6 than painted with a low fire paint at 05. I used a sculpture clay, really gritty. They said it was good for outdoor use. I must get some more of that Spotted Kiwi paint. I do love the color.