Tuesday, May 25, 2010

summer craft ideas (part one)

a couple years ago, the three of us gathered our kids together once a week for craft day. craft day usually included a fun craft, some food (of course) and the kids taking off to go play with each other as soon as they were done.

this week we will be sharing some of the crafts that we made. with summer break just around the corner, they might come in real handy.

today's craft:  black magic art
(idea found here)

what you need:
* light colored cardstock
* crayons
* sponge brush
* black acrylic paint
* something to etch with (fork, toothpick...)

first step:  using your crayons, get a lot of color on your cardstock. the more the better. dust off all wax when you're done coloring.

second step: squeeze some paint right onto your picture. spread out with foam brush. once dry, apply a second coat.

third step: once paint is dry, etch a picture onto the paper so that your crayon art underneath shows through.

and here's all of our art...


  1. Can't wait to try this with my kids! Thanks for the great idea!

  2. You can do this with black crayons over the colors too! :)

  3. I remember doing this when I was young. They are beautiful!

  4. I am so doign this with my boys this summer. Thanks for the fun art project.

  5. That just jumped to the top of my "to do" list!

  6. We used to use the black crayon over top and it worked great. My kids love this kind of paper. They often bring it home from school with their creations etched on it.

  7. Thank you for sharing....I'll look forward to more. We are done with school today and need lots of ideas for crafts...weather isn't the best yet.

  8. Great idea. Love crafts to do with kids- can't wait to see more!!

  9. I featured all of your great kid craft ideas on my blog today!They were all genius!


  10. WOW! you have managed to take me back to my childhood in a total instant! I forgot all about this! Happy days! thanks for sharing. becs

  11. forgot to mention....Kim sent me!

  12. For anyone searching for the original post, it's here:


  13. is there a specific type of paint that will not crack, or must the paint be very thinly applied?