Hooray, Inktober is here! My teen and I are already two days into the challenge and loving it. You can follow the Inktober prompts online, subscribe to the campaign for tips and updates and definitely hashtag your drawings #inktober and #inktober2019 wherever you share your works!
Miniature crafting is one of the coolest forms of crafting. It takes incredible patience and skill. The smaller your creations get, the more concentration and steady hands you need. Check out these teeny, tiny handmade vases, for example. Can you imagine the time and effort that went into them?
If you've ever used any of Keri Smith's wonderful books like Wreck This Journal or Finish This Book, you've probably played with the drippings of coffee and other foods to create art. You just dribble a bit on the page and either collect it or make art out of it and it's so much fun.
Have you ever thought of transforming antique ceramic dinnerware into something entirely new, wearable and artful? Artist Gesine Hackenberg did and the results are incredible! From necklaces to earrings and more, the Amsterdam-based artist creates all kinds of pieces from old plates.
When it comes to stained glass, there's nothing that's much prettier than this style of art. If you were to purchase the materials to make real stained glass, they can get quite expensive, but you can also mimic the look and feel of this art with cheap materials at home just in time for the holidays.
Dragons are all the rage, and where you might have once glued googly eyes to a mailbox or your shoes, now it's all about the dragon eyes. Artist Dragonarium does just that and sells her cool creations, but did you know that it's easy to do it yourself? This semester my daughter's been in a geek art class run by a friend of mine and she taught us how to put dragon eyes on journals! Here's a cool tutorial to teach you how to do it.
Do you love to ink? Share your skills this month with Inktober! It's a fun and easy challenge: all you have to do is draw something in ink every day. That's it! To participate, you can also share your creations on social media with the hashtags #inktober and #inktober2018. Artist Jake Parker started this tradition in 2009 as a way to practice inking and now it's a phenomenon as October as candy apples and pumpkin guts!
Halloween is only a month away. Are you costume ready? Crafting a costume is a fun way to prepare for the big event and it doesn't have to cost more than the scraps of fabric, hot glue or thread you've already got at home. In fact, costumes can often be made by just layering, pinning, and strategically placing items you already have on hand. If you don't enjoy sewing, for example, you can still craft this cute no-sew bumblebee costume.
Are you looking for a fun way to paint without the same old brushes and tools? Try your hand at magnetic painting! Magnet painting combines art and science for a truly STEAM activity that both adults and kids are sure to like. You can use any magnets you have on hand to go through the paint or get a set just for this activity.