Use everyday items at home to create postcards—two ways
Giving someone a picture you've made is a wonderful way to share art. But what if that person isn't close by? You can send art in the mail, too, by making one-of-a-kind postcards. It's a great way to surprise friends and loved ones with a message that's guaranteed to make them smile when they open the mailbox.
Teacher and visual artist Wyly Astley from the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, a community art program that works with Amazon, shows you two ways to make eye-popping postcards. The first one involves stamping on colored paper by dipping objects in paint and pressing them on the surface. Wyly uses a potato masher, a funnel, and other kitchen tools, but you can use anything you want (with permission, of course).
The second postcard idea is a totally wild way to use shaving cream. You'll make what looks like a colorful cloud by adding streaks of food coloring to the shaving cream and then transferring the whole thing to paper. If this sounds a little messy, it is—but that's part of the fun! Follow Wyly's tip to use a baking sheet as your work surface to help keep things contained.
What you'll need:
- Baking sheet
- Acrylic paint
- 6"x8" pieces of colored paper
- Paper plate or other surface to use as a paint palette
- Household items to use as paint stampers
- Shaving cream
- Food coloring
- Chopstick, fork, or skewer
- Ruler, bench scraper, or other straight-edged object
Virtual Kids Week activities are intended for children with involvement from a parent or guardian.