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Paper-Perfect Jewelry

Start with Mom’s favorite colors or her favorite magazine.She’ll love that you took the time to up-cycle paper into an original jewelry design to celebrate Mother’s Day. What you need: • Cardboard (template) • Old magazines, direct-mail pieces, or any…

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That’s a Wrap!

You’re a collector and that’s awesome! You have stunning stones, sea glass, and shells from your beach trip. You even saved the minerals and rocks from that third-grade field trip to the mines. Here’s why: You can create original wrapped…

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There’s the Rub

Start your art with this photo-transferring strategy and go for a big finish by adding your own unique elements. What you need: • Acrylic gel medium (we use Liquitex gel medium in heavy gloss, but any clear acrylic medium works)…

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What Do You Stand For?

Art History is Not Linear (VMFA), a commissioned painting by Virginia-born artist Ryan McGinness, draws inspiration for its two hundred symbols from artwork in VMFA’s collection. Follow these steps and create your own screenprinted symbolic exploration of whatever you’d like.…

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It’s Global Cool!

A traditional snow globe is a unique and colorful decorative accent for any room. You might also look into commemorating a special vacation or sports season by crafting a snow globe tribute. What you need: • Glass jar with a…

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Deck Those Halls!

Make garland for the holiday – or any day! Just change the colors and the shapes of the pipe cleaners. What you need: • Yarn • Pipe cleaners • Cardboard swatch (about 3 inches wide) • Scissors, ruler • Streamers,…

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Prints with Panache

Make fantastic cards and unique gifts with this creative process that starts with photographic images. What you need: • Plexiglass, acetate sheet, or flat and smooth linoleum square • Photos of yourself, friends, and family • Water-based print-making ink or…

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The Power of Art

Many artists work with fabric as a means of creative expression. Use your powers of creativity to make a superhero cape and let your imagination soar!         What you need: • Fabric (bed sheet, tablecloth, extra large t-shirt,…

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Easy Image Transfer

Use printed images and easy to work with oven-bake clay to create a unique piece of art for wearing, giving, or displaying. What you need: • Image on paper from a laser printer • Oven-bake clay (Sculpey) • Spoon •…

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Crafting a Capgrosso

The big-head, or capgrosso, is a traditional Spanish art form made of paper maché and donned for parades and celebrations.Use a similar technique to make a maraca or puppet. What you need: • Small pieces of flat cardboard • Small…

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