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Art: Experimenting with new materials

making a masterpiece

In December, my mom gave us some decorative star anise to play with. Emma had the idea of using it in a collage. She wanted to attach it to the paper using paint, so we added some food coloring to glue to turn the glue into paint. She stirred the food coloring in carefully with toothpicks, and also used the toothpicks as tiny paintbrushes.

painting with toothpicks

She dipped the anise stars into the dyed glue to attach them to the paper. Once she ran out of glue I added some regular washable paint. She used the orange paint and a toothpick to paint one of the stars, and then turned her attention to painting one of Johnny’s toys – good thing the paint was washable!

emma's masterpiece

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MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

12 thoughts on “Art: Experimenting with new materials”

  1. Elisa | blissfulE

    I love the natural shapes – lovely idea!
    .-= Elisa | blissfulE´s last blog ..at Catherine’s birthday party =-.

  2. This turned out so beautiful and it looks like she was really concentrating on her art! I’ve never heard of decorative anise stars – what a unique art project! (You could link this up to the Art Box. ;) )

  3. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog

    She looks so intense! I love how she came up with such an original project!

  4. Emma’s anise collage turned out lovely. It’s clear from the pictures that she was very absorbed in painting her stars.
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..StArt – Missing Math =-.

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