I’ve considered myself a crafter for as long as I can remember…but somehow I just recently discovered Mod Podge.
Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve done two projects, and I think I am hooked! For both, I used my girls’ watercolor designs to create a collage on canvas. I just love the way they turned out!
My girls love to paint with watercolors. For the first canvas, I let them do their thing, with no input from me. When everything was dry, they helped me cut their creations into different pieces. My favorite is the striped page that my A painted. We cut it into strips, and we used Mod Podge to adhere it to the canvas. (I will say that A was a little apprehensive when I suggested we slice and dice her artwork…but she loves the final product now, too.)
The next project I directed a little more. We were invited to a “Very Hungry Caterpillar” birthday party, and I had the idea to create a small canvas for the birthday girl. Referencing our copy of the book, the girls did a big patch of watercolors in green and blue, along with some red and yellow to one side.
Once the paint dried, the girls used my paper punches to cut out the segments for the caterpillar. We also stamped the birthday girl’s name on some extra watercolor pieces to add to the canvas.
We adhered everything with Mod Podge, and I painted the few last details (the legs and antennae). I love the way this turned out, too!
At 5 1/2, my girls were very active in all stages of this project. Mod Podge is water-based, so they were able to play a big part in putting the canvases together.
My mind is spinning with what I want to do next. Among many other ideas, I see lots of new uses for the girls’ watercolor creations. For one, I can’t wait to create a Christmas tree collage this winter!
Do you Mod Podge? And Mod Podge or no, do you “upcycle” any of your kiddos’ artwork?
(I have to credit this great blog I found, Mod Podge Rocks, with getting me started. There are some wonderful tutorials on the blog, along with so many fun ideas.)