Monday, October 22, 2012

Art with Kids - Vicki Smith

Vicki Smith is an artist with much experience as an illustrator... her work has been printed in magazines and on brochures, menus, calendars, and posters - but she also delights in teaching art classes for children. Vicki generously shares her ideas on Art with Kids. The blog features projects that are perfect for introducing a variety of techniques to children, but I have a feeling adults just might enjoy them too.

Texture Print

She explains each project so that it sounds truly doable. I know I'd love to try my hand at textured printmaking now that I've seen how it's accomplished.

This printed paper wallet is quite nifty. Vicki details how to make it, but first you'll need access to weeds... I can send you some, ha! She arranged them on a sheet of paper, photocopied it, and constructed the wallet with a few simple cuts and folds. It would make a nice little holder for business or credit cards.

paper-wallet

Vicki decorated these glass candle holders by first sketching a paisley design and then turned it into a colorful covering for all three pillars by making copies, adhering them to the glass with Mod Podge, and adding a final coat as a sealant.

Paisley Candle Holders

I've always been curious about creating gelatin prints... Vicki takes the mystery out of the process.

gelatin-prints

She has an Etsy shop where you'll find an assortment of illustrated masks along with handmade books, prints, cards, and more. The owl or fox would be perfect for Halloween, make believe, or wall art. Vicki uses pastels and copies the richly colored images onto card stock.

owl-mask

fox-mask

One last project to show you today... this jumping jack paper doll is also in Vicki's shop, but if you'd like to make one for a child or better yet, with a child, you'll find the directions here.

Jumping Jack Doll

Visit Vicki's blog, Etsy shop, and see another couple of projects she did earlier this year for Whip Up... making handmade paper from newspaper and crafting assemblages. Thanks for sharing your talents, Vicki!



11 comments:

Maureen said...

My favorite here is the charming jumping jack paper doll. Lots of wonderful art projects.

Vicki Smith said...

Thanks you for writing about my blog and Etsy shop! Happy Halloween!!

Handmade in Israel said...

Th wallet is particularly lovely! Some great ideas.

Anonymous said...

Great colors--especially the masks. Nice projects for kids as well. John in NYC.

Anonymous said...

The Art With Kids blog is beautiful. I like Ryan's mouse. What a nice entry.

- Eliz.

SUGANTHI said...

So many fun projects for kids on her blog.The masks look amazing.

Teddie Seeley said...

Thank you again, Ann. She does do some beautiful things.

Shirley said...

Woweee!! Vicki is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing her work with us. I knew she was a fabulous illustrator and book maker but had no idea of her art blog for kids (and adults!). I'm a fan!

Melissa Kojima said...

I love Vicki's artwork. I added her to my Etsy favorite shops. The paper masks are my favorite. She sure is talented.

Linda Hensley said...

Wonderful post and wonderful art. Thanks for sharing!

mim pi said...

very creative

my compliments for you

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