Salt Painting for Summer Art Projects

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Recently I was introduced to a new form of textured painting called salt painting.  Basically, you take glue cover it with salt, then drop watercolors on top to absorb the color.  Well, can I just say, “Wowza!”  This is such a fun technique and it creates beautiful art work that children can really be proud of.

A quick pinterest search for Salt Painting is sure to inspire you to try this out, but today I wanted to share our own Salt Painting Project: Koi Fish Watercolor

I created a Step-by-Step photo tutorial you can follow to make this project with your own children.

Of course they will want to make their own creations as well, so after you show them this technique, give them the supplies and let them spend their Summer day creating!

Tip: Use Foam Core Board or Poster Board for this project.  The weight of the glue and salt overwhelms carstock, and you’ll need something a little sturdier.  (Construction paper glued to cardboard would work well too.)

Here is an example of another project my daughter made with this technique:

SaltPainting

 

SaltPaintingTutorialIsn’t that beautiful!  This would be a fun way for a Tween or Teen to add some custom art to their bedroom!

Check out the full tutorial here: Salt Painting fo Kids

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Koi Watercolor Art Project for Kids

KoiArtProjectPinKoi fish are beautiful carp that hold special symoblism in Japanes culture.  Koi ponds are placed in beatiful, tranquil settings and japanese gardens.  Encourage children to learn more facts about Koi before you create this stunning project.

Materials:

  • PosterBoard
  • Watercolors
  • Salt
  • Glue
  • Eye Dropper
  • Pencil/Paintbrush
  • Reference Photo

Suggested Resources for a Unit Study:

japanesecelebrations tokyo      japan     japancrafts


Art Project Tutorial:

Step 1

Choose an inspiration photo for your project. Using a pencil lightly sketch a drawing on your poster board.

Step 2

Using glue and a paintbrush fill in the shapes you just drew.

Step 3

Cover the glue with table salt. Let dry for a minute then turn your board over so the extra salt falls off. If you wait to long to do this the glue will flatten out under the weight of the salt and your shape will be distorted a bit.

Step 4

Using a water dropper, fill your water color paints with water. Mix well then used the dropper to slurp up some colors.

Step 5

Drop the watercolor over the salt and watch it spread out and blend.

Step 6

Use your photo reference as a guide, but don't feel you need to stick with it exactly

Step 7

Finish dropping colors on your board until you're happy with how your project looks! Let dry and give this project to a friend!

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Japan Fan Craft

FanCraftPinAnother fun way to make Japanese Paper Fans! You can use our premade fans to color or paint abeautiful picture….or use our printable fan
template and let children design their own! This is a fantastic group activity as each project turns out wonderfully unique.

Materials:

  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Glue
  • Stapler
  • Beads
  •  String or Raffia

Suggested Resources for a Unit Study:

japanfancraft   JapanFan   japanesecelebrations       japan


Art Project Tutorial:

Step 1

Turn your paper over to the back, and fold up the edge about an inch. Crease well.

Step 2

Turn your paper over to the front, and fold folded in Step 1.

Step 3

Turn your paper over to the back again, and fold the edge up again. You're making a an accordion like fold.

Step 4

Repeat the above steps of folding until you have reached the end of your paper. If it doesn't line up, just trim it off.

Step 5

Pinch one end of the paper, and fold it upwards. You can staple it from here, or use Raffia or String to bind it.

Step 6

Wrap your Raffia around the bottom end of upwards so that you wrap over it as you go.

Step 7

Wrap all the way up to the top of the fold, and tuck the extra Raffia under your wrap with a pencil.

All Done

You now have a beautiful Japanese Fan you can add to your resources.

Option 2: Step 1

Fold the paper like an accordian as you did above.

Step 2

Fold the paper upwards in the middle.

Step 3

Optional: If you like you can add a layer of glue between the paper to keep it together.

Step 4

Pinch the bottom of the fan to make the handle. Use the Raffia, and start at the top. Leave a good 5 inches for the beads. (see photo)

Step 5

Wrap the Raffia around to the bottom, and tuck the extra in with a pencil.

Step 6

Add your beads to the 5 inches you left out at the top of the handle. Secure by tying a knot with the last bead.

Step 7

Now you've got a beautiful paper fan with decorative beads!

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Japan Lantern Craft for Kids

LanternPinAnother fun way to make Japanese Paper Fans! You can use our premade fans to color or paint abeautiful picture….or use our printable fan
template and let children design their own! This is a fantastic group activity as each project turns out wonderfully unique.

Materials:


Suggested Resources for a Unit Study:

origami      OrigamiBook   japanesecelebrations       japan


Art Project Tutorial:

Step 1

Fold a single sheet of origami paper in half as shown

Step 2

Cut strips on the fold almost to the end of the paper. Leave about half an inch.

Step 3

Open your paper and roll it up in the opposite direction as your fold, pinching the paper together at the sides.

Step 4

Staple your paper near the top. Punch a hole for your string. Punch an additional hole exactly opposite of your first hole.

Step 5

Use a bit of raffia or twine and thread it through your lantern

Step 6

String up a bunch of lanterns on the same string for a beautiful decoration.

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Japan Paper Fan Craft

FanCraftPin2Another fun way to make Japanese Paper Fans! You can use our premade fans to color or paint abeautiful picture….or use our printable fan
template and let children design their own! This is a fantastic group activity as each project turns out wonderfully unique.

Materials:


Suggested Resources for a Unit Study:

japanfancraft   JapanFan   japanesecelebrations       japan


Art Project Tutorial:

Print Fan Template

We have three printable fan templates for children to decide from, or you can give them a blank template and they can design their own.

Step 1

Color in your picture. We used Colored Pencils because this fan is very detailed.

Step 2

Use the watercolors to paint in the background.

Step 3

ou don't have to fill in the entire makes a pretty effect too!

Step 4

Turn your fan over and glue a popsicle stick to the back as shown.

Step 5

For extra strength, you can add two more sticks to make a "Y" shape. Using hot glue is a quick way to get these finished, but should only be used by teacher or older students.

All Done!

Once the glue is dry your fan is ready to be used. These make fun classroom decorations and generally children want to color MORE than one so be sure to have multiple copies on hand to send home with them.

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Japanese Carp Kite Craft

KoiNoBuriOur Japanese Carp Kites (or more accurately windsocks) make some really beautiful projects for children to make when learning about Japanese culture.  This would be a wonderful end of the unit project for your students or co-op
groups.  Older children might prefer to make these out of fabric see our fabric painting tutorial here.

 

 

 

Materials:

  • Construction Paper (we used 12 x 18)
  • Tissue Paper (Dollar Tree)
  • Crepe Streamers (Dollar Tree)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Hole Puncher

Suggested Resources for a Unit Study:

japanesecelebrations tokyo      japan     japancrafts


Art Project Tutorial:

Step 1

We picked up some inexpensive tissue paper from the Dollar store. Cut U shapes for the scales through all colors.

Step 2

Optional: Get your glue ready on a paper plate, and use a brush to apply it

Step 3

On the long side of the paper, apply a strip of glue, and show children how to glue down their scales.

Step 4

For younger children, you can draw lines for them to follow, so that they're scales overlap nicely.

Step 5

After you finish the first row of scales, add in second row of scales on top of the first. You want each layer to slightly cover the previous one.

Step 6

Continue to add in additional layers of scales, overlapping each previous row. Stop when you're a little over halfway full.

Step 7

Glue a thin black strip of construction paper on top of the final row. This is optional, and just makes the scales look a bit more "Cleaned-Up."

Step 8

Cut out two eyes for your carp, and glue them on your construction paper, spaced as shown in the photo.

Step 9

Cut a variety of colored Crepe Paper Streamers, about 2 feet in

Step 10

Turn your paper over, trim the sides of any extra overhanging scales. Don't trim the bottom, just the sides.

Step 11

Apply a layer of glue along the bottom edge of your paper.

Step 12

Glue on your Crepe Paper Streamers.

Step 13

Roll up your paper (with the scales on the outside) Staple or glue along the edges to keep it together.

Step 14

Punch holes on each side of the paper, and tie a piece of yarn to each hole.

All Done!

Hand your windsock in a nearby tree. When a breeze gets going your windsock and streamers will come to life.

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Sumi-e Painting for Kids

SumiePinSumi-e is a form of Japanese painting involving a bamboo brush, ink, and rice paper. Even young children can learn the different techniques and brush strokes of this ancient, and still modern art form.

Materials:

  • Sumi-e Ink
  • Paintbrush
  • Rice Paper
  • Practice Material:
    Watercolor Paint
    Construction Paper

Suggested Resources for a Unit Study:

sumie Sumi-e is the timeless art of Japanese brush painting. Sumi-e works are typically made up of just a few brushstrokes, but the graceful birds, fish, and plant life they depict seem to move on the page. This portable kit contains all the materials youll need to get started, plus an instructional booklet covering the history of sumi-e and step-by-step techniques to master the four basic strokes necessary to complete any painting  Click Here


Art Project Tutorial:

Purchasing Supplies

This portable kit contains all the materials youll need to get started, plus an instructional booklet covering the history of sumi-e and step-by-step techniques to master the four basic strokes necessary to complete any painting. With young children you'll find you run out of paper quickly. I have them practice strokes on chalkboard with just water, or a paper towel, then when they are ready to do their final work we move to the rice paper.

Step 1

Wet your brush and spin the tip to form a point.

Step 2

Prepare your paper. We picked up a roll of You can cut your paper with scissors or draw water lines to separate it. After you draw your water line, you can tear your paper quite easily.

Step 3

Mix your ink! Our kit came with some black and red ink sticks. (You can pick up additional colors here). show the children how to grind it in the water to create the color.

Step 4

Dip your brush into the ink. You just want a little bit of ink here....not a lot. The rice paper is very thin and a lot of ink will make it smudgy looking. Provide a towel for children to dab off the extra.

Ready to Paint!

Now you're ready to paint! Use quick strokes and practice leaving a "pointy" tail at

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Japanese Fan Crafts

Just in time for the Summer heat!

(Seriously, my kids are on either side of me fanning away……Loving it!)

Anyway e made two different kinds of fans, and my kids love them both.

Japanese Fan Craft


Japanese Crafts for Kids

For the second fan I made up a few printable templates for anyone else wanting to make some cute paper fans


Japan Crafts for Kids

I had tons of fun decorating one too!


Click here for Photo Tutorials.

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Framing it all……

Just in case
your children make something fantastic while learning about Japan

Which is likely to happen,
with all the amazing art techniques they’ll get to explore)

Show them how to make this fun Origami frame to present their art:

Japan Crafts for Kids, Children's Crafts

This frame has an adorable little Fishy I dug out of my new scrapbook set…

See, I told you I would use it.


Anyway,

Chances are you’ll find just the right Woodprint, Haiku, Caligriphy, Sumi-e, or photograph to put inside!

Wrap it up, and send it to Grandma.

Japanese Crafts for Children

These are so much fun you’ll want to make one for yourself….

….and you can because they’re Super Duper Cheap.

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Origami by Me: Printable Pocket

I Loved Origami as a kid.

L-O-V-E-D it

So this was really a treat to be able to teach Sissy (who is 6) some cute little Origami characters.

However, the only easy thing I could remember was a paper cup.

And since she wasn’t ready to be tackling Cranes and Inflatable Goldfish I went online to find some easy, kid friendly Origami instructions.

So here are a couple of the links we used:

Origami for Kids w/ Printable Instructions


Origami for Kids

Origami Crafts for Kids

Now we didn’t have any Origami paper, so we used Construction Paper (lighter kind) and our Crayola Pastels to color in the creatures where needed. And to give them a little personality, we added in some mismatched Googly Eyes.

(Trust me, Origami Cuteness is all in the Googly Eyes!)

So without any further ado,

Here are Sissy’s Origami Animals:

(which totally need some adorable names to go alongside them)


This is “Tacky” because he reminds me of Tacky the Penguin.

This is “The Mad Hatter”

And finally “Horton” (He needs a little pink flower don’t you think?)


And then I had to figure out what we were going to do with them all. So I made a cute little printable pocket (which will soon be featured in our Japan Lapbook) for her to store all her cute little Origami animals.


Don’t they just look adorable all tucked in like that!


You can print your own Origami by Me Pocket here:

Origami by Me Printable Pocket

Just fold on the line, and glue the sides together
(No there’s no fancy Origami folding to make the pocket…I just whipped out the Elmers)

Have Fun!

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