For 2022, our team has created a tie-dye and claymation challenge kit with bonus Wild Stencils (nature-based art) and easy paper marbling.
We’d love if you shared your creativity with us – @comoxvalleyarts and #cvfamilyday2022 to help us see it on facebook & instagram.
Note: Supplies are limited, don’t delay!
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In the Family Craft Kit Supply Pack
Supplies to find around the house:
Here’s a recipe for easy, quick, non-toxic, long lasting playdough:
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/4 cup salt
1 Tablespoon vegetable Oil
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Food coloring (4 drops-ish)
Using stop motion animation your family can create a movie to enjoy together. Collect anything you feel would help to build your set and bring your story to life. Get your imagination running!
Using a free app and a smartphone or tablet (or old-school video camera if you have one), you’ll be surprised how simple, and FUN, this process can be!
Clay provided, plus other inspirations. Use your tie-dye and postcard paintings as backdrops!
By Beth & Birdie
Stop motion animation is made by taking a series of pictures and playing them back in sequence quickly, just like a flip book! Simply, download a Stop Motion App onto your phone or tablet.
The app will help you to take the pictures, play them back in sequence, and save them as one continuous video file when you are done. It is soooo easy!
Some apps, like Stop Motion Studio (that’s what we use), will allow you to edit, add a soundtrack and even titles and credits. You can then share your movie with all your family and friends!
You can use anything to make a stop motion animation. You could use toys or figures, a white board or chalk board or clay.
The more photos and the smaller the movements, the smoother the animation will be. It all depends on what style you are aiming for.
Start with a simply storyline.
It’s helpful to plan out at least a little so you know where your movie is going!
Once you have your story idea, start to design your movie.
Then, get into production!
Use a tripod if you have one, or simply prop your device up on a stack of books.
Make a scene in a box, or simply let your characters walk around your kitchen.
My family had this little scene set up on our kitchen table for a few days.
We made a backdrop out of blue construction paper for the sky, and green construction for paper for the ground. We used clay to make characters and spent time together building, moving and taking pictures of the characters.
Set your first scene. Then, simply take a picture, adjust your scene slightly, take another picture and repeat until you are happy with your story.
You could finish a short video in a matter of minutes, or you could leave your scene set up and work on it for days. The options are endless. Sit down with the family and try it out today!
If you need a little more help, we taught ourselves how to make movies after watching this excellent Stop Motion Studio video on youtube. (see above) This video is for the free version of the app.
Make miniature clay characters to tell your story! You can even combine other crafts here – add feet with a piece of cardboard, or arms/branches/wings with paper sculpture – or use figurines you may already have!
The clay included in your kit is natural clay. If you want to get really creative, you could plan out your characters and create different variations, and then dry (see below) and paint before you start shooting.
Natural clay will dry slowly in the air, so it’s fairly easy to use it for without it getting too dry before you’re done. You can also wet it again and re-use it.
Try using tools you probably have around the house – poke holes with a pencil, squish a fork in for lines, push it through a strainer for hair, roll it out with a rolling pin or a glass.
Of course, you can also use plasticine, polymer clay (fimo), and playdough!
While decorating for an event Sherry and her creative partner April Dawn Brass devised a safe and economical method to bring tie-dye to the masses.
Sherry believes that tie-dye should be for everyone.
These kits will give you the necessary skills to tie-dye EVERYTHING!!!!!!!
Remember, you need to have patience for the best results!!!!!!!!
In kit: Blue, Yellow, and Red paint, a square of white fabric, elastics, string, and gloves
Supplies to find at home: Fork, Newspaper, drop sheet, and water
Prepare you workspace
Dampen your cloth
Dilute your paint
Lay out your fabric and decide what sort of folds you’re going to make. Spirals, pleats, scrunches, twists… you can get creative, there is no “right” way and you never really know what you’re going to get!
Once you’ve gathered up your fabric and secured it with string or elastic bands, start applying your watered down paint. You can adjust the intensity of the colours by adding more water… more water = lighter colours. You may want to divide up the paint in the kit to get more variety.
Apply healthy amounts of paint to cover the fabric. You can leave white space too if you wish.
Once you’ve decided you’ve added enough paint, leave it to dry. DON’T UNWRAP IT TIL IT’S DRY!
When dry, unwrap and enjoy! (And post your results for us to see! #cvfamilyday2022)
Take a walk with the family to some of your favourite spots in nature and collect things small rocks, shells and leaves to create postcard size paintings.
In kit: coloured paper, black and white paint
Supplies to find at home: Drop cloth (eg. old sheet or table cloth), 1 toothbrush or firm paint brush, 1 fork, 2 lids to hold paint, 2 containers to hold water for cleaning fork (1 for white, 1 for black) and 2 painting rags
This project is very messy, prep yourself and your workspace: use an apron or wear your messy clothes, lay out a drop cloth, and have your clean-up supplies on hand.
And worry not… there is no wrong way to do this! Let your creativity fly!
Shaving cream marbling is always a hit with the kids! This tactile activity can be a bit messy, but the result is worth it! Best of all, because of the alcohol in the shaving cream, there is no drying time, the marbling effect will dry instantly!
All you need is some food dye, (alcohol ink or vegetable ink works as well), shaving cream (foam not gel), and some cardstock (thick paper, not printer paper). Popsicle sticks are handy, but you can use a chunk of cardboard too, just something that you can use as a scraper.
The dye can stain your hands, so if you are worried about that; either wear gloves, or a bit of coconut oil will make cleaning up a lot easier. Cut your paper into fun shapes before you marble, or marble full sheets and use them as stand alone pieces or collage material.
You could do this activity in a cookie sheet or in a glass baking pan to contain the mess, or you could just put down some newspaper or a plastic tablecloth. Use what you have! Experiment! Have fun!
April Dawn Brass is Swampy Cree from Opaskwayak Cree Nation, has resided in the Comox Valley BC for over 15 years and now calls Royston BC home. April is an inter-disciplinary artist, arts administrator, curator and performing artist (just a few relevant items in her skillset). She has been honing her various skills in the arts for over 35 years and believes in leading with intentions of the future. She has dedicated her life to the arts and the development of the arts. She has allowed the path to organically present itself while educating herself and sharing her knowledge when applicable. Art for April is all-encompassing and she strives to make art accessible to everyone young and old. April is now confident to launch and present her professional practice.