There is no better time than the holidays to create your own artwork with the kids! Jones Segarra has shared a lovely holiday craft with us that will have you feeling like a professional artist. We love Jones’ classic artwork for kids, and you can use her style as inspiration for your magical holiday creation! Spend an afternoon creating a fun, seasonal memory with the kiddos. Here’s what you need:
-Scrapbook or decorative paper
-Scrap pieces of wood (Home Improvement stores have tons)
Step 1: Trace around your scrap piece of wood with a pencil onto the paper you would like to use as a background. Cut it out slightly smaller than what you have traced.
Step 2: Cut out various shapes from your other papers to be used as the main image on your block. For example, cut out circles for a snow man.
Step 3: Using a paintbrush, paint Modge Podge onto the back of the background paper. Place it onto the wood. Make sure you rub the top of the paper to get out any wrinkles or bubbles.
Step 4: Now paint Modge Podge onto the backs of the shapes you cut out and place them onto the block. Gently rub off any Modge Podge that gets on top of the paper with a paper towel, but don’t worry if some still remains.
Step 5: Add details like eyes, stars, scarf, etc., with acrylic paint!
Step 6: Paint the sides of the blocks black. Dip paint brush into water quickly. There should now be watered down black paint left on it. Quickly run the brush around the edges of the front of the block to add dimension and to make it look old. Let dry for about 15 minutes.
Step 7: Repeat steps for the back of the blocks!!
Step 8: Seal the blocks on the front and sides by painting on a thick layer of Modge Podge. Let dry 15 minutes and repeat. Once dry, give the back of the blocks two good coats as well!