sunburst painting.

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Milo had been gifted with some new watercolors from santa this past christmas so I scoured pinterest to find some uses for them. I came across these DIY Sunburst paintings and I thought this could be a fun little project for him.  When I showed it to him, he frowned and said “oh, that’s hard.” But then I told him its kind of just like coloring in the lines, but with paint! He agreed to work on one and we went to town on it.

I took a look at the drawing on the blog, and tried to replicate something like that using a pencil. I outlined the edge with washi tape, so he didn’t paint onto the table. Our version is a bit bigger than the ones she made because I thought it would be easier for Milo to paint.  I showed him how to use the watercolors and how to paint within the lines. We had fun picking all the colors and seeing how the blend together. The blending part was VERY cool to him!

We let it dry, then I erased all the pencil lines and removed the washi tape.  I hung it up with milo’s other works of art – and every time I would pass it I would smile…After one day of staring at it, I knew it needed a frame. This was too pretty!  Now its hanging in our kitchen and I’m super proud of my little guy’s beautiful painting.  I definitely see some more of these in our future.

358. clay ornaments.

ornaments

Milo and I made these clay ornaments using a recipe I found on pinterest. We rolled out the dough, cut them out using cookie cutters, and then baked them and let them dry. We painted them, used sharpies and glittered them. We had alot of fun doing it, and are giving some as christmas gifts.

1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup water
In a medium sized pot combine the cornstarch, baking soda, and water. Stir this mixture over medium-low heat. You are going to stir this mixture until it is smooth and no longer feels stuck to the bottom of the pot. Stir constantly, after a couple of minutes, the mixture will begin to thicken. When it looks like smooth, thick mashed potatoes, remove the pot from the heat. Spoon the ball of dough into a bowl. Cover it with a damp cloth until it’s cool.

When the clay has cooled, knead it on a smooth surface dusted with cornstarch. To avoid cracking you need to make sure the clay is well kneaded before rolling. Knead in a little more cornstarch if it feels sticky. Store the clay in a sealed bowl or bag. It will keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge. Bring it to room temperature before you use it.


Line the baking sheet with waxed paper if you want to let them dry naturally. Turn them every day to avoid curling. This just takes longer than drying them in a low temperature oven.

Preheat oven to 175 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out clay to 1/4 inch thick on a surface lightly dusted with cornstarch. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Transfer shapes to the prepared baking sheet. Use a straw to poke a hole in the center top of each decoration Place them in the oven for about an hour, turning them over halfway through cooking.