Posts Tagged ‘kids art project’

Artwork by You!

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

One of the best parts about selling a creative product is seeing what people make with it!  We always welcome submissions from customers and friends.  Here are two recent submissions.

Beautiful earrings and pendant from the Collage Jewelry Kit

A gorgeous art book made with our Bookmaking Kit

Feel free to email info@artterro.com or share it on our Facebook page whenever you have a new project to share.  It can be very exciting for kids especially, to take pride in their art by sharing it with the world.  Happy crafting!

Family Artist Profile

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Family with art journal kits

This week, we interviewed a whole family of amazing artists.  Heidi, Adrian, Isaiah, Kimana and Declan are friends of Artterro and they also modeled in our recent photo shoot.  They are Madison-based homeschoolers with a cat named Topaz, and we chatted together about family art projects, kittens and creativity.

Art Journal

Declan’s Favorite Things

Color: red

Food: cheese

Animal: kittens

Thing to do: chemistry projects, like mixing things up  (His mom Heidi notes: “Declan once made barbecue sauce by accident. And it was good!)

What is your favorite kind of art project?

I like marble art.  And the image projector (Heidi explained: “This was a project where we drew an image and used a plastic film to create a reflection that seemed to float in the air.”

Kimana’s Favorite Things

Color: blue

Food: pizza

School Subject: math

Outside activity: soccer

Animal: kitten

What is your favorite kind of art project?

Drawing.

What supplies do you like to use?

Pencils and colored pencils.

How do you decide what to draw?

I’m not sure.  My imagination.  I like to draw abstract shapes and designs.

Have you always liked art?

Yes!

Has your style changed a lot over time?

When I was little I only drew circles and people.  I learned how to draw other things by looking at other people’s drawings.

What kind of art technique would you like to try in the future?

Painting.

What’s your favorite Artterro Kit?

Bookmaking.

Mailbox made from an Artterro box

Kimana's mailbox made from an Artterro box

Isaiah’s Interview

What is your favorite kind of art project to work on?

I like graffiti-style art.

What supplies do you like to use?

I have these paint markers that are pretty cool.

Have you always liked art?

Yes, pretty much.  (Heidi: “He’s been drawing since he was 2)  Yeah, I started scribbling when I was two.  I used to draw lots of whales and sharks.

What’s your favorite Artterro Kit?

The Art Journal Kit.

Heidi’s Interview

What kind of art do you enjoy?

Currently I’m really into mixed-media.  I use a mixture of pen, colored pencil, paper, beads, etc.  Artterro kits actually kind of helped me get into that, because I had all these extra materials from your kits, so I decided to put them together.

What do you like about mixed-media art?

I like that you can add layer after layer with whatever you want, and just keep working on it until you decide it’s done.

Are there any art techniques you’re interested in learning in the future?

We’ve been dabbling with needle felting, and I’d really like to learn more about it.

Art art material caddy made from an Artterro box

Art material caddy made by Heidi with an Artterro box

Thank you Heidi, Isaiah, Kimana and Declan!  You inspire all of us here at Artterro with your creativity and passion for art!

Inside Our New Bonus Projects

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Happy Earth Week!  As you may have noticed, we’re celebrating with a huge relaunch of our products, tons of giveaways on Facebook, free shipping on any order at our web store (see below), and much more.  Today on the blog, we wanted to highlight one of the most exciting new features of our line–now each kit comes with TWO bonus projects!

bonus projects!

The outer box can turn into a dollhouse, mailbox, special storage case for art supplies, or anything you can imagine!  In the example above, Forrest covered it with scraps of denim, including a pocket for the front, and our production assistant Sierra sewed on all sorts of felt and ribbon to jazz it up.  Now it’s a fancy place for extra felt pieces, beads, etc., plus tiny scraps can fit in the outside pocket.  Pretty creative, huh?

felted box

Here’s another special storage box adorned with needle felted trees and birds.  The possibilities are truly endless.

When you open up a kit, you’ll see a sturdy cardboard tray that slides out.  Once you’re done with the project, the empty tray can be transformed into a beautiful frame for your finished artwork.  Here’s one we painted and filled with Wire & Bead Art Kit samples for an upcoming trade show display:

wire and bead frame

We hope that everyone who buys or receives one of our kits will be inspired to create something special with the sturdy packaging, and maybe even looks at packaging in general in a new way.  Imagine all the fun stuff you can make when you see boxes as art supplies rather than garbage!

This week at our web store, enjoy free shipping on any order!  Use code FREESHIPNOW through May 1st.  We can’t wait for you to give the new kits a try!

Introducing Our New Deluxe Bubble Wand Kit

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Deluxe Bubble Wand Kit

We’re very excited to debut our new Deluxe Bubble Wand Kit along with the rest of our relaunch.  It is a great spring and summer activity, so keep it in mind for any upcoming birthday boys and girls!

You might be wondering how it’s different from our original Bubble Wands Kit.  Well, when we were planning the relaunch, we decided to combine the Garden Art Kit and the Bubble Wand Kit.  They’ve never been our best sellers, but they are way too much fun to discontinue.  One brainstorming session later, we thought, “Let’s turn them into one awesome kit called the Deluxe Bubble Wand and Garden Fun Kit!  Well that would be quite a mouthful.  So we decided to simplify the name, but still include all  the gorgeous materials and fun project ideas from both kits.

star wand

The kit includes enough sturdy copper wire (thin and thick gauges), glass, wood and shell beads, to create two beautifully intricate bubble wands plus several wire and bead sculptures for decorating your garden or potted plants.  One of our favorite bloggers even made a Wire-Wrapped Tree Suncatcher with her kit!

suzy's suncatcher

It’s a great kit for families to enjoy together, especially because you end up with two toys to play with all summer (and many summers to come)!

We hope you like it!

Family with bubble wands

Happy Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Earth Day message

Happy Earth Day from all of us here at Artterro!  This is one of our favorite holidays.  We like to celebrate it everyday, of course, but it’s awesome to have one day when everyone celebrates together.

This year Earth Day is extra special for us, because we just debuted our new and improved line of eco art kits.  We chose this week for a reason.  We wanted to highlight the fact that our concern and respect for the environment informs everything we do, every choice we make, and every product we develop.

When we started to redesign our packaging, our goal was to create a more attractive presentation for our customers and add more value to the product itself.  It can be difficult to add to a product without making it less eco-friendly, but that’s exactly what we set out to do.  We worked closely with our box producer, Green Bay Packaging, to design a 100% recycled, sturdy box in a fun shape.  We also added a 100% recycled inner tray that would help protect our materials and keep them organized while you work. The tray also allowed us to ditch the plastic bag that had previously held our materials–so exciting!

New boxes

Both the box and the tray can be re-purposed as bonus projects.  Turn the box into a special storage box for your art materials, a dollhouse, mailbox, or anything else you can imagine.  The tray makes a perfect frame for finished artwork.  Paint it gold for the museum masterpiece look!

bonus projects!

We printed glossy, recycled paper bands at Green Solutions Printing.  They have been printing our inserts since we started Artterro!  We love that they use wind power, recycled paper and soy ink, without sacrificing image quality one bit.  That was essential, since our new bands show off a ton of artwork we hope will inspire you!

Wire & Bead_samples

We also added extra eco materials, including more wool felt shapes, beads and jewelry findings, and useful tools like needle threaders and soy-foam pads for felting.  And we replaced our bead bags with a biodegradable version, which was a longtime goal of ours.

Whew!  That’s a lot of changes for the better.  We’re excited to share them and to celebrate Earth Day with you!  Thanks for reading.

A Look Back at Artterro’s Eco Packaging

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Did you know we have had over five different kind of packaging over the years?  Developing a product is a complicated process, and we’re always trying to improve and make our customers happy.

Packaging 2006 and 2007

Here are our first two packaging versions, back when our name was Arttogo (Art-to-go).  The one on the left is minimal in the extreme!  All the focus was on providing beautiful, quality materials, rather than a big fancy box.  At that point, Forrest was selling the kits mostly at community events and to friends and family.  The version on the right came about after she started working with Jennifer Conn.  Jen was then working as a freelance graphic designer, and now she is a co-owner and the Creative Director of Artterro.  The packaging was a big improvement, but still quite minimal and eco-friendly.

packaging 2008 and 2010

Here we have our redesigned inserts in 2008 (still in a reusable bag that hangs from a hook).  In 2010 we took a big step forward–we created a box that made our products look more like the special gifts they are, while still being eco-friendly and allowing customers to see exactly what they’re going to get.  Plus, it turned into a bonus project–a frame you can decorate to display your art!  Pretty fancy, huh?

You’ll have to stay tuned until Monday (aka Earth Day Eve) to see what our next big step forward looks like.  We couldn’t be more excited to share it with you.

Sneak Peek of the new Artterro line!

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

We can’t show you everything until the official debut next week, but here are a few sneak peeks of our new packaging.

Artterro: Where creativity comes naturally.

What do you think of our new tagline, Where creativity comes naturally?

made in madison

Now we can show off our hometown pride right on the box!  And we wanted to let people know that our packaging will be greener than ever.

new side panels

The goal is for our kits to jump off the shelf–how do you like the bright colors we chose?

sustainability

We wanted to make sure everyone knows what Artterro is all about: Creativity, Beauty, Joy and Sustainability.  And of course that it’s fun for all ages!

Stay tuned for the big announcement next week, which also happens to be the week of Earth Day – what a coincidence!

Eco Valentine Crafts: Decorations for Kids

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Valentine Decorations for Kids

It’s awfully fun to to spread the love with heart-shaped decorations on Valentine’s Day.  You can go the traditional and elegant route with doilies and pink tissue paper, or try something a little more offbeat.  Here’s a perfect Valentine-themed project for a play date, classroom activity or family craft night.   It’s open-ended–pick out whatever papers, beads and other materials you want, and create Valentine ornaments to hang all over the house.

DIY Paper & Bead Valentine Ornament Project

What you’ll need: sturdy paper, thread, beads.

  1. Thread a needle (if you’re using small beads) and tie a big knot at one end.
  2. String some beads.
  3. Glue two hearts together with the thread in between.
  4. String more beads.
  5. Repeat as many times as you like, leaving enough room to tie a loop at the top.
  6. Hang your lovely ornament from your mantle or attach it to a special gift.  If you make several extra-long ones, you could even fill up an entire door frame–perfect if you’re hosting a Valentine party!
Creative, simple valentine decoration

For more Valentine craft ideas for kids (and adults!), check out last year’s Valentine blog posts.  We also made Valentine paper bouquets, a heart garland and heart cluster ornaments!

Frida the Cat Loves our Fancy Handmade Felt!

Friday, January 24th, 2014

It seems even cats appreciate good quality art materials!  Forrest recently discovered that our natural wool felt was a big hit with Frida the cat.  Have you ever made your own pet toys?  Keep an eye out for a DIY cat toy post coming up in February!

cat playing with handmade wool felt toy

Make Art Happen! Setting Up a Family Art Station

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

One of our goals for this blog is to help you incorporate arts and crafts into your family’s daily rhythm, no matter how short on time, space and experience you may be.  It really can be easy!  You don’t need a gorgeous family art studio right out of Dwell Magazine, or a walk-in closet full of high-end materials.  Just a couple of shelves or drawers, a place to sit, and a few essential, affordable supplies.  Here are some simple steps to get started:

1. Stocking Up on Art Supplies for Kids

Kids really don’t need fancy art materials when they are first learning to draw, color, and create, but they do need sturdy, quality tools that work well.  Here’s a shopping list to use as a guide.

  • plain paper
  • construction paper
  • plain journals or mixed media paper pads
  • glue sticks or white paper glue
  • coloring tools (crayons for younger kids, colored pencils and markers for older kids)
  • kids scissors (with rounded edge) for younger kids and quality scissors for older kids (make sure they are the right size)
  • storage container for paper and tools
  • recycled materials from around the house (magazines, newspaper, empty plastic containers, ribbons, wrapping paper, etc.)

2. Family Art Supply Storage

Set up a small family art station at or near a large table or in the kitchen (we find that most kids like to be near adults or other family members when they create).  This could be a freestanding cabinet, some shelves in your pantry, or a desk or end table with a drawer or two.  Here’s Forrest’s art cabinet, which is fairly large because it includes homeschooling materials as well.  Note the baskets, magazine holders and cups– feel free to be creative when you look for containers.  And don’t worry too much about being perfectly organized.  They’re art supplies, not library books!

Art supply cabinet organization

3. Make Art Happen!

Have the station where your child can easily reach it, and teach him or her how to get materials and how to put stuff away. Young kids love being independent, and it’s great to build on that skill at an early age. Drawing can be a fun and relaxing thing for kids to do in the evening when they are waiting for dinner. It’s also a great time to spend together at the end of a long day. And any time you can sit down and do a family art project with an older child or tween, it’s such a great opportunity to talk.

Let us know if you have questions about what to buy or how to organize your family art station!

More resources:

Check out all the recycled containers utilized in this organized art cabinet, from The Art of Simple blog.

Last year on the blog we talked about the convenience of having a mobile art station (for kids or adults).

A fun selection of supplies to jazz up your stock of basic essentials, on the Design Mom blog.