Paint, Chalks and Pastels

A collection of our kids’ art projects and crafts that use paint, chalk, and pastels

This process art spring craft for kids combines fabulous folk art style with fun, experimental painting techniques for a bloomin' lovely spring art project!

Make: DIY Folk Art Bunnies

Oh process art fans, do I have a fab spring surprise for you…! The floral detail on these comes courtesy of one of my favorite art friends, and if you’re not already following Julie Curtin on Instagram, you’re missing some…

A beautiful and easy mini rainbow pillow kids can make on their own using chalk pastels.

Make: DIY No-Smudge Chalk Pastel Rainbow Softies

Our spring season is filled with days to celebrate and occasions for gift-giving. From St. Patrick’s Day to birthdays to Mother’s Day, I’m always trying to think up ideas for small but special handmade gifts the kids I work with…

These DIY recycled art pennant pins are a fun way to reuse an art project and share the love with your favorite chums on Valentine’s Day!

Make: Recycled Art Heart Pennant Pins

With Valentine’s Day coming up, it seemed the perfect occasion to share a little heart-based art. I’m on a major mission this year to further “green up” our art practices, and though it can be really challenging at times, I’m…

A DIY peace and love paper wreath. Use watercolor washes on our free templates to create this lovely handmade holiday keepsake. | via barley & birch

Make: A Watercolor Peace & Love Paper Wreath

PEACE & LOVE. I’m sending it your way on the wings of butterflies and doves for Craftmas with these lovely DIY watercolor peace & love paper wreaths! The magic upcycling Susie from Handy with Scissors and I are sharing handmade treasures…

This constellation process art project uses everyday household items to create your kids' names in the stars!

Make: Name-in-the-Stars Constellation Process Art

Autumn skies are my very favorite kind! Once September hits, we have the most beautiful sunsets, with ripples of pinks and purples. On a clear night, it fades into a soft, quiet black and the stars in the fall sky…

Easy DIY unicorn scratch - a super fun kids craft and simple art project (free template included)!

Make: Easy DIY Rainbow Unicorn Scratch Art

Everything’s coming up unicorns and rainbows! Have you ever tried scratch art? It’s SO colorful and one of my favorite projects to do with kids, who always seem to love scratch-off anything. I was able to repurpose an existing printable…

Inspired by patterns found in nature, kids can make lovely mixed media flower collages. This beauty of a project combines art theory and science with stunning results!

Make: Modern Mini Flower Collages

It has been absolutely beautiful outside lately, so we took a little nature walk yesterday to pick out some favorite blooms, do some serious observing and gather inspiration for some nature art. When checking out one of MY personal faves…