Mar 6, 2012

Mod Art (made by the kids!)

As you know, I'm mobile posting and unable (temporarily) to upload my pictures so I'm sharing a post with you today that I originally shared on my friend Jenny's blog SIDAC! So here you have it: Today I'd like to share with you a fun and simple project that you can complete with your children in less than 30 minutes. 
I hope you enjoy!

Mod Dot Art by Kids

There are endless perks when you become a parent (like non-stop snuggling) but one of my absolute favorites is that I can commission my children to make artwork for my home at anytime! Children are especially exceptional at making "Mod Art". 
If you frame a collection of their works in a group or pairs on your wall, you will be amazed at how great this looks and impressed at the "gallery" look it gives any nook in your home. 

We like making "Mod Dot Art" using the top rims of empty jars. I've put together an easy tutorial for you if you'd like to try this at home with your little artists!

Materials Needed:
White Art Paper or even Copy Paper
Acrylic or Tempera Paint
Shallow containers for the paint
Different sized empty jars or bottles, cleaned. 
Two matching frames

Step 1: 
Lay out paper, small shallow containers and your jars of varying sizes. Fill the shallow containers with paint (one color per container) and smooth around if necessary so that it is evenly spread along the bottom of the container. 

Step 2:
Dip the open lid side of the jar into the paint and "stamp" it onto the paper. 

Step 3: 
Repeat with each jar in each color until a design is created.

Step 4: 
Once painting is finished, allow to dry

Step 5: 
Once dry, frame your artwork (I like using the thick acrylic frames you can inexpensively find at craft stores)

Step 6: 
Hang on your walls and shout "Hooray!" 

 Have an awesome day!

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Unknown said...

I love this idea, I'm pretty sure my tiny artist would end up smearing paint all over the canvas but it would still look cool, I love kid art.

Caroline said...

Hi small + friendly! :) I say that smeared paint is about as mod as you can get! I bet it would look fab! p.s. we smeared a good bit too but lucked out with a couple of pieces with the circles intact. Plus, we used cheap copy paper (and framed them in inexpensive acrylic frames) so while it looks like canvas-- it's really just framed paper! Inexpensive, accessible and kid friendly!

Susan Anderson said...

It's so good for kids to create something and then have it actually become part of the decor. That is the gift you give your kids often.

And I'm sure their self esteem blooms because of it.


ellen said...

forget the kids - I want to make these!! :-)

Caroline said...

Thanks, Sue! I sure hope so!

Caroline said...

I know, Ellen! I made a few of my own and then the kids told me I was hogging all the paint! ;)

karen said...

I really do like this one - so fun and cheerful! Maybe I'll just try this myself, seeing as how I don't have any kids handy. Better yet - I'll forward it on to my daughter. Her girls love art projects.

Caroline said...

You know what, Karen? You could do just about anything with this project-- like even use gold paint on an actual canvas with the same look but just more grown up colors ( if there is such a thing)! I bet you would pull it off

Unknown said...

This is so cute! I love this! I actually would love to do this myself...haha