Thursday, April 28, 2011

My First Blog Award!!

Thank you to Hannah at Art. Paper. Scissors. for the Versatile Blogger Award nomination! I couldn't find who started this award, or what it was really for, but none the less, I was honored to received it, and excited about all the new visitors I've had to my blog because of it. Once I started the "awardee process" to nominate others for this award, I felt kind of guilty because it has taken me sooooo long to complete this post--so please don't feel obligated to "pass it on" if you don't have time. I did, however, have a lot of new blogs I've been reading over the past few months so I wanted to regcognize them. Hope you enjoy learning about some great new blogs that I've discovered!

Awardee Steps:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link them back to your post.
2. Share seven things about yourself.
3. Pass the award fifteen recently discovered bloggers. (Most of mine are recently discovered, but very well deserving!)
4. Contact these bloggers and let them know they've received their award.

Here's my 7 "Very Random" Facts About Me:
1. I have been married 16 years.
2. I have three children, one cat and two dogs.
3. I love, love, love fresh flowers-especially tulips, peonies and gerber daisies.
4. My life verse from the Bible is Hebrews 12:2
5. I love decorating (on a budget) and looking at decor magazines/blogs.
6. I'm a huge harmonizer and avoid conflict.
7. I'm great at starting new projects constantly, but can never seem to finish them.

15 Bloggers also deserving of the Versatile Blogger Award:

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fun with Watercolor

Here's a fun way to mix things up with watercolor paints while having some fun learning color mixing and warm/cool colors. I did this project with 12 kindergarten students and it took approximately 1, 45 minute session, and 1, 20-30 minute session.

Supplies needed:
2 large pieces of white construction paper
Watercolor paints (primary colors-I used liquid)
Watercolor brushes
Cray-Pals/Oil pastels
Table salt
1/2 water-1/2 rubbing alcohol mix in spray bottle
School Glue

On one sheet of paper instruct the students to draw an ocean floor landscape with bright oil pastels-coral, seaweed, sand, shells, etc.

On the other sheet of white paper, instruct the students on how to draw an octopus.

Now have fun mixing up some warm colors to paint your octopus. While the paint is still wet, spritz with alcohol mixture. This should produce a spotted effect. After this paper dries, instruct students to cut out their octopus.

Next, let students mix up cool colors. Before painting, wet the landscape background and then apply paint. This will cause colors to run and blend together. Before paint dries, shake on an ample amount of table salt for a really cool effect. After this paper dries, have students glue their octopus to their background.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!

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