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BTRT Patterns (on Etsy)

Wednesday, 3 July 2013
Who doesn't love a craft that is simple, relatively tidy and takes a while to complete?!
These fun little mosaic pictures fit the bill!

I have a bunch of Paint Chip crafts pinned on Pinterest.
I even gave them their own board.

For the longest time I have been pinning these crafts but baffled about one thing.
Where do all the paint chips come from?
Some of these crafts must use 100s!

I asked on Facebook and on Etsy, to see if anyone would reveal the secret source of the paint chips.
So my best guess is that people just waltz into the nearest paint store and load up.
Or maybe they swathe themselves in black and tumble in ninja-style?

I went with a little from column A and a little from column B.
In a paint store out of town.
And I still feel like I pulled off a major heist.
And a little bit guilty, too.

Rowan and I had a big craft day after the heist,
but the computer ate the pictures of our horse mobile and cityscapes.
So on a rainy day last week, we snagged:
• Glue Stick (or craft glue)
• Scissors
• Construction paper  and
• paint chips
• pencil & eraser
and headed over to craft with Rowan's buddy Blake.
Both kids chose a 1/2 sheet of paper in the colour of their choice.
Using a pencil they sketched a simple shape (a fish and a snake).
And then, with my cutting help, they began to create their mosaics.
We used larger pieces for Blake (just turned 6) to keep him engaged with a do-able task,
and Rowan (nearly 8) used much smaller pieces and completed her mosaic over three sessions.
Both kids insisted on pasting each piece, but I would suggest simply covering a small area with glue and applying pieces. It is tidier and enables them to move pieces about for a best fit more easily, and ensures the corners stick down.

Begin with the central motif/ shape and decide on its colours.
These should contrast with the colours that will be used to complete the background area.
{{Blake choose water colours for the background and golds and oranges for his fish.
Rowan made her snake all one colour and the background a rainbow of other colours.}}

Cut simple straight edged pieces in the desired size range.
Stick 'em on.
Great review of shapes and nice work for their spatial skills!
Thanks to the Happy Hooligans blog for the inspiration and the shared guilty feelings
{she does reveal how she gets her samples!}
Enjoy ♥♥


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