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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Inspired Wednesday - Wear Your Art

I firmly believe that children learn more when they're fully engaged in their education.  Plus, the more senses that are engaged, the more they learn.  Art can be a great way to add color and texture to their work.

We love to learn about the art styles of each location that we study, but sometimes we like to break loose and do something different.

Sometimes, we want to wear our art.

My Big Helper was ecstatic to paint a St. Patrick's Day shirt during our Ireland study.  She enjoys art and painting and loves dressing up, too, so this was right up her alley.

This project is way easier than it seems, and you don't need many special supplies.  

Here's what you do:  
  1. Stretch your t-shirt over a jelly roll pan and pull tight with masking tape.  Center the place you want to paint.  
  2. Sketch your design with chalk or a fabric pencil.  
  3. If not using fabric paint, mix one part acrylic paint with one part fabric medium.
  4. Paint your design.  Using a special scrubber brush for fabric does make the task easier, but even regular brushes will work.
  5. Allow to dry overnight.
  6. Wash and dry to set the paint.
You could incorporate this project in a variety of ways by painting:
  • a picture of a famous landmark
  • a top ten list
  • a famous artist
  • a symbol
  • a holiday design
  • a character study
How do you change up your art projects?

Last week Rachael from Diamonds in the Rough linked up a post about the blessings of being a homeschool mommy!  To find out more, visit Diamonds in the Rough - and Rachael, please visit our Inspired Wednesday page and take the "I was featured on Washed Up Inspired Wednesdays' button back with you.  

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  1. You know I love this! I also feel that hands on projects are one of the best tools for learning. Great shirt!!