Monthly Archives: November 2013

  • Art Ideas Blog Two: Quilling Craft Creations


    This wonderful paper craft is intricate and engaging, with so many amazing possibilities. Here we'll show you how to make a happy little toucan sitting on a branch, inspired by Lika Hanyuu's blog.

    What you'll need:

    • Lots of coloured paper (green, white, orange, brown and black in this instance!)
    • Pencil to sketch out your toucan friend
    • Scissors
    • Cellotape
    • Patience!

    Step 1:

    Quilling Craft Creations, step one

    Carefully cut some green paper in a wavy fashion to create the foliage beneath the branches that you've cut from the brown paper. Arrange them on the white paper as above.

    Step 2:

    Quilling Craft Creations. step two

    Using some more green paper, cut some strips to form your leaves for the ends of the branches.

    Step 3:

    Quilling Craft Creations, step three part one

    Roll and curl the strips.

    Quilling Craft Creations, step three part two

    Squeeze the curled paper between your fingers, shaping them into leaves.

    Quilling Craft Creations, step three part three

    Affix your leaves to the end of the branches using cellotape.

    Step 4:

    Quilling Craft Creations, step four part one

    Roughly sketch our Mr (or Mrs) Toucan, following the shapes on the example above.

    Quilling Craft Creations, step four part two

    As with the green paper before, curl and roll strips of black paper, this time following the shape of the sketch of our happy little toucan friend.

    Step 5:

    Quilling Craft Creations, step five part one

    Continue to build up the feathers and body of the toucan, carefully following the shape of the sketch. Remember to use strips of orange card for the beak!

    Quilling Craft Creations, step five part two

    Carefully perch our newly formed toucan friend onto the branch, sticking him down with cellotape so he doesn't fall!

    Quilling Craft Creations, final piece

    Lastly, slide him in to your A4 Double Gallery Picture Frame, next to another one of your fantastic arty craft projects (here we tried another quilling project against black paper).

    Have you tried this? Let us know in the comments below or post your photos to our Facebook Page.

  • Art and Kids by Artists

    You will have noticed that we regularly use the quote 'every child is an artist’ made famous by Pablo Picasso. We do this as the Articulate Gallery shares this belief with Picasso; it is a cornerstone of the company and a focus for everything we do. Every child is, in our eyes too, an artist. We hope that as we grow and develop as a company that we will meet more and more people who believe, as we do, in the power of creativity in children. In the meantime, Picasso has further inspired us to go and find out what else artists have been saying over the years about kids, creativity and art.

    Here is what we found, along with some of our favourite works by these artists: The Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci

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    'Art is the queen of all sciences, communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.' - Leonardo Da Vinci

    Did you know? - Leonardo Da Vinci was a vegetarian

    Damien Hirst

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    ‘Art is childish and childlike.’ - Damian Hirst

    Did you know? Damien Hirst won the prestigious Turner Prize in 1995.

    Pierre-Auguste Renoir

    Photo credit: wallyg via photopin cc 'I arrange my subject as I want it, then I go ahead and paint it, like a child.’ - Pierre-Auguste Renoir Did you know? - Renoir once met and painted a portrait of composer Richard Wagner.

    Marilyn Monroe Print by Andy Warhol

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    ‘Art is anything you can get away with.’ - Andy Warhol

    Did you know? -  Andy Warhol is famous for his "pop" paintings of everyday consumer goods, including Campbell's soup cans, and screen-printing portraits of celebrities like Marilyn Monroe (pictured).

    Henri Matisse

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    'The artist has to look at life as he did when he was a child. If he loses that faculty, he cannot express himself in an original way.' - Henri Matisse

    Did you know? - As a gift, Henri's mother gave him his first art supplies, and he fell in love with painting.

    Girl Before A Mirror by Pablo Picasso 1932

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    ‘It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.’ - Pablo Picasso 

    Did you know? - Picasso's first word was "piz", short for "lápiz", the Spanish word for "pencil."

    So we are clearly not alone in this belief and have shared these beautiful quotes throughout the website for you to enjoy. We hope this has further inspired you to enjoy arts & crafts activities with your children. If you're stuck for ideas, please have a look at the Art Ideas category on our blog!

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  • Top 5 Fireworks Night Craft Ideas For Kids

    top five fireworks night craft ideas for kids, Tissue Paper Bonfire

    5. Tissue Paper Bonfire from Fun Family Crafts. You can almost feel the warmth from this fearsome looking tissue paper bonfire.

    top five fireworks night craft ideas for kids, glittery fireworks scene

    4. Glittery Fireworks Scene from the Nurture Store. An inspiring use of glitter and glue - the two staples of on page firework creation!

    top five fireworks night craft ideas for kids, Spin Art Fireworks

    3. Spin Art Fireworks from PlayDrMom. What an arresting and brilliant way of capturing the explosive beauty of fireworks.

    top five fireworks night craft ideas for kids, Fireworks Nightscape

    2. Fireworks Nightscape by Merrily Me on Flickr. A wonderfully evocative collage - the colours just leap from the page.

    top five fireworks night craft ideas for kids, 3D bonfire and fireworks

    1. 3D Bonfire and Fireworks from Lightly Enchanted. The colours are so incredibly striking, the glitter so sparkly, and the 3D effect so eyecatching that you'd swear you were looking at a real firework display for a moment. Wonderful!

    Have you tried this? Let us know in the comments below or post your photos to our Facebook Page.

    Check out our Eco Gallery Frames! Perfect for schools and families who value their kids’ artwork as well as the environment, they can be easily decorated and proudly display some sparkly Fireworks Night artwork for an extra special take-home gift.

    Have a happy and safe Fireworks Night from The Articulate Gallery!

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