Badge: Seuss Art

SArt_04w_URLCreate or inspire others to create art based on Dr. Seuss.

 

 

Steps

 

1. Get inspired.

Look through the Seuss books or online to start your inspirational journey. Make notes on the colors, design elements and more that you can incorporate into your art / craft projects. Bookmark any sites you want to return to later.

2. Take a picture.

Create a Dr. Seuss photo booth. Make props or boards to put your face into so you can be in the picture. Use these pictures for display or to inspire your own Seuss story. Start by brainstorming items you can make for your photo booth.

3. Recreate Seuss.

Using materials you have on-hand, create a creature or other item from one of Dr. Seuss’ books.

4. Doodle.

“If you doodle enough, the characters begin to take over themselves.” Practice your doodling skills. What things do you see appearing in your doodles?

5. Hat fun.

The cat had a very special hat, but Bartholomew Cubbins had 500 hats. Make your own hat.

6. Decorate it.

Perhaps you’d like to create your own Who-inspired Christmas tree? Can you take your old shoe and make it look cool? How about altering a book to make it a piece of art? From flat printable sheets that you can draw on to actual items that can be recycled and reused for art, explore what you can “decorate” for more fun.

7. Cooperative creatures.

Divide a sheet of paper into threes. Have one person design the top of the creature, one the middle and one the bottom. Share your unique creations.

8. Beastie show and contest.

Sometimes you have your own design for a beast or a Who. Determine your own requirements and host a contest or create a zoo to discover the most ferocious, largest, smallest, loudest, quietest or other “est” you can imagine. Let others explore the beasties in your unique art show. Don’t limit yourself to drawings. Clay, paper mache and recycled materials can be used in this project.

9. Imagination creation.

Use items around your house and create something unique. Give it a name and a reason for being.

10. Seuss sayings.

Start with a Seuss quote and create art around it. You could simply use cool lettering and write it out. Of course, you could also change some of the letters into characters or creatures, add drawings or stickers, etc. Share your creation with others.

11. Backgrounds.

Look at the backgrounds in the Seuss books. Get out your paints and create your own backgrounds that you might be able to use for decoration or in a play based on Dr. Seuss characters.

12. Bookmarks.

Who doesn’t need a bookmark? Create bookmarks to coordinate with specific Dr. Seuss books. Remember, younger children may prefer those they can color while teenagers may want to design their own.

13. Birthday card.

Create the largest birthday card — ever! Then, challenge yourself to make the smallest one.

14. Online art and crafts.

Search the numerous sites online for additional art and craft ideas. Incorporate one or more into your own unique Seuss event.

 

Supplements Available

 

SUPP_Seuss_Foldovers.pdf

  • Three people create a unique creature by adding their own design for a head, body or legs.

SUPP_Seuss_Hats.pdf

  • Four hats to decorate or make your own!

SUPP_Seuss_Trees.pdf

  • Two Christmas trees to decorate or make your own!

 

Sites to Explore

 

 

To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_Seuss Art

 

Badge: Build My Legacy

BuildLegacy_URLYou may think your story is unimportant. However, how many times have your kids asked what the world was like when you grew up? They love to hear stories of you and themselves. By documenting your own story, not only can others experience your stories, they can see how you interact with your world.

NOTE: This badge program builds on “Tell My Story” which encourages sharing stories of your life through storytelling.

 

Steps

 

1. What do you want to leave behind?
Perhaps you want to leave stories of your life? Dreams you have achieved? A special experience that changed your life? Make a list of the items you wish to share with future generations. This might be your own stories or from your family.

 

Telling your story

2. Short stories.
You might be interested in telling short stories. Think of a funny or embarrassing moment in your life. Make notes about how you might tell that story.

3. Long stories.
Perhaps you want to go beyond just a moment in time. Create a brief outline of a longer event such as a vacation or sport season you participated in. Make notes about how you might tell the story.

4. Writing.
Most people think of written stories when they think of telling a story. Write a short story about yourself. It can be short or long, encompassing something as simple as the first time you did something or complicated like experiences during a week at summer camp.

5. Storytelling.
Oral traditions have been around longer than written ones. Tell your story to others. Record your telling as well as the questions you are asked afterwards. Use the questions to help improve your oral story.

6. Skit or plays.
Skits or plays allow you to tell your story through many mouths. After documenting your story, ask others how they perceived the same events. Create a skit trying to keep to the authenticity of many points of view.

7. Puppets.
Create a puppet show based on your story. You can use shadowgraphs, sock puppets, marionettes or any other movable personification of yourself to tell your story. Perform your story for others.

8. Art.
Create a piece of art that reminds you of a story. Share your story with someone else. Ask if they can see the links between your art and story.

9. Photography.
You can have photos of people and locations in your stories. A series of photos can allow you to tell a story as well. Try telling your story through photos alone. Add brief quotes or comments as triggers to remember the story behind the photos.

10. Combining words and art.
Journals, whether written or art, are a great way to tell your story. When you open a diary or journal, you feel like you are taking a glimpse into someone else’s life. Start a journal to tell your story.

11. Digital.
Tell your story with digital media. Record your story as an audio or video file. Perhaps you might want to start a personal blog or podcast. Perhaps digital photos can be included in your legacy. Send these files / links to friends or distribute on YouTube.

 

Creating a story

12. Mundane?
If you feel like you don’t have a story to tell, start one today. Find a way to start making a change in your life, the lives of those you love or your community. Explore your passions and start now. Keep track of your story as you create it.

13. Service.
Giving service to others affects your life as well as other in a positive way. Find ways to give service that allow you to start creating a story.

14. Build.
Start and build a business. Build your reputation with organizations where your expertise can benefit them. Start your own cause or significantly improve another. Build a garden to share with your community. Move beyond “Service” in Step 13 and push yourself to make a difference.

15. Create.
Create art. Create music. Create a blog that offers inspiration and hope. Create something from your own mind that you can share as a story.

16. One on one.
Choose a person who needs help and build a relationship. Help them start their own legacy. Document their stories. Or perhaps just spend time to brighten someone’s day and record their stories to carry on their traditions instead of your own.

 

Combining stories

17. Participate in an event.
At a family reunion or get-together, have a few stories prepared and ready to go. Record the event to get additional ideas, stories and more. Once started, you’ll find many people like to share their stories.

18. Contest.
Select a theme for your stories and ask others to contribute their own stories. Create a contest for your family and friends to join. You can give serious or silly awards for your contest. Create a montage of stories and share it with others to vote on so even if someone doesn’t participate, they can be part of the fun.

19. Online archive.
Create an online archive for yourself or allow others to join. You can have as much or little control over submissions, organization and more. Ask others to help maintain the archive if they are better at certain tasks than you.

20. Publish.
Collect your stories and publish them to offer inspiration for others to start building their own legacy. You might want to publish a single story or a group of them. You might instead choose to share how you took your own journey or help others to start theirs.

 

Sites to Explore

 

To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_Build My Legacy

Badge: Zendoodle

Zendoodle_URLDo you doodle? Zendoodle involves creating doodled patterns in predefined areas. It is an easy technique done in black and white. Anyone who can doodle can do this craft technique. .

 

Steps

 

1. Reduce stress. You’ll notice that both references use the word “zen.” The act of creating repeating patterns is relaxing and requires focus. It is a great activity to help reduce stress. While working on this badge, make sure to have a place you can focus and work without interruptions.

2. Basic materials. A pencil, a black permanent fine line marker and smooth paper is all you need. Thicker paper is better so the marker doesn’t leak through it. Find these materials and a clean, flat surface to work on.

3. YouTube. Check out the videos on YouTube to see how to Zendoodle. You can purchase kits and books, if you really enjoy this technique. Watch at least two videos completely to see how this technique is done.

4. Research patterns. There are many patterns available online. Start at tanglepatterns.com or Flickr. Save the patterns you like or continue to Step 5.

5. Pattern collection. You can doodle the patterns you find. Use cards or a notebook to keep your collection. When you create Zendodle, you will have a variety of patterns at your fingertips. To help, the Enrichment Project has printable ATC-sized cards available.

6. Small Zentangles. Create a few small Zendoodle. Start with a simple shape, draw inside to define your pattern areas and fill it in.

7. More complex. You can create Zendoodle letters, frames or outlines of recognizable shapes — animals, insects, flowers and more! In addition, look beyond paper and pencil. You can Zendoodle on fabric (quilting), paint on 3D shapes, or create anywhere else you can doodle.

8. Where to use Zendoodle. Here are a few ideas. What else can you come up with?

  • Altered art
  • Artistic trading cards
  • Dishes
  • Greeting cards
  • Journals
  • Postcards
  • Quilts
  • Scrapbook pages

9. Practice. Practice your new skill. This is very time consuming, so most of your time will be spent on this step. Remember, you are doodling so there is no “right” way to do it. You’re also supposed to be relaxing, so don’t rush yourself.

10. Color. When you first experiment with color, copy your Zentangle and color the copy. You do not want to mess up your original after spending so much time with it. Make sure you’re happy with your color choices before altering your original.

11. Share your Zendoodle. Share your finished shapes, unique patterns and more with friends, online groups or even the Enrichment Project’s Flickr group.

 

Supplements

SUPP_ATC_PR_Zen Frames.pdf

SUPP_ATC_PR_Zen Patterns.pdf

SUPP_ATC_PR_Zen Steps_01.pdf

SUPP_ATC_PR_Zen Steps_02.pdf

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Sites to Explore

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To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_Zendoodle
 

Badge: Rubber Stamp Basics

Badge: Rubber Stamp BasicsRubber stamping is a craft kids of any age can do successfully. You can start without spending a lot of money. Various stamping techniques allow you to continue improving your skills and expanding your knowledge. Specific techniques will be explored in additional badge programs.

Your number one concern when crafting is your tools. We’ll focus on stamps, supplies and beginning stamping.

 

 

Steps

 

1. Examine rubber stamp materials.
Rubber stampers joke that they will stamp anything that doesn’t move. This isn’t far from the truth. Rubber stamping allows you to personalize clothing, cards and more. Look through this list and see what you might want to embellish with stamps.

  • Balloons
  • Bookmarks
  • Business cards
  • Coasters
  • Candles
  • Cards
  • Clay pots
  • Frames
  • Jewelry
  • Magnets
  • Ornaments
  • Ribbons
  • Skin
  • T-shirts
  • Tablecloth / napkins
  • Walls
  • Wrapping paper
  • And much more!

2. Rubber stamps.
All “rubber” stamps are not made of rubber. In addition, some may be attached to a base while others need to be temporarily attached for stamping. Investigate different types of stamps. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

  • Mounted, flat
  • Mounted, roller
  • Unmounted
  • Rubber
  • Polymer
  • Foam
  • Digital

3. Anatomy of a rubber stamp.
When you purchase mounted stamps, there is a mount (usually wood or acrylic block), foam and the rubber. Depending on what you plan to stamp on, you’ll need each of these in varying degrees.

The mount itself is the flat part of the stamp, giving your stamp stability. Your foam gives your rubber the flexibility to make sure the entire rubber surface comes in contact with your stamping surface evenly.

Purchasing unmounted stamps will save you a lot of money, but you need to find a mounting system that works for you. Polymer stamps which attach directly to a solid surface may need a sheet of foam under your stamping surface to work the same as a traditionally mounted stamp.

Examine the types of stamps in Step 2 and see how these three items interact with many stamp materials. Which do you need to eliminate to stamp on non-flat surfaces, if any?

4. Rubber stamp characteristics.
Rubber stamps are not created equal. Some work better for certain applications. Different characteristics of stamps and their limitations are listed below. Look at images of rubber stamps to find examples of these characteristics and explore any additional you find.

  •  Fine detail — These stamps have fine lines that do not show well on items like fabric.
  • Shadow — Large, usually simple shaped stamps that are solid or have gradients – can be used for layering.
  • Deep etched — Raised surface of the stamping area is vastly higher than the base. The deeper the etch, the better the impression. You need deep etch for stamping into clay.
  • Bold designs — Large solid areas of rubber without a lot of detail, good for using with any material.

5. Rubber stamp designs.
Rubber stamp designs are incredibly varied. You will notice there are “trends” that hit the stamping world. A certain theme will become very popular such as “Asian” or “fairies.” Choose your favorite search engine, visit Flickr, or find another image site and look at rubber stamps. List designs you find that speak to you. How can you use these images in your own creations?

6. Rubber stamp storage.
Before purchasing stamps, you need to seriously think about storage. Wood mounted stamps take up a lot of room. Polymer stamps can be damaged easily if not stored properly. If you use unmounted stamps, how will you quickly find what you are looking for? Look at stamp storage systems and decide what will work for you.

Think about indexing your rubber stamps as well to eliminate duplicate purchases. Indexing also makes information available for card swaps, magazine submissions, etc.

7. Rubber stamp maintenance.
Taking care of your rubber stamps will extend their lifecycle. This will also contribute to your storage decision in Step 6. Avoiding sunlight is incredibly important. I always use modge podge (or equivalent) on the wood surrounding my foam / rubber to reduce ink stains and make cleaning easier. Research ways to clean and extend the lifecycle of your stamps.

8. Rubber stamp purchases.
What do you need to look for in a quality rubber stamp?

  • Deep etching
  • Lack of defect
  • Quality of foam
  • Size (Smaller stamps are easier to use.)

Where can you get rubber stamps? Look at your local craft stores, discount stores and online. Compare rubber stamp characteristics, materials and design.

 

Moving beyond rubber

9. Rubber stamp supplies.
These are only the most basic supplies. As you move away from being a beginner, your stamping supplies will grow. Before you purchase any supplies, check your home. Use what you already have to determine what you like before spending a lot of money.

Materials to stamp on include paper, fabric and clay. Paper is the best to start with as it is inexpensive and readily available. Often, making cards is a great way to start as a final card can be a first success within minutes of starting a project.

“Inks” may be anything from inkpads to bottled acrylic paint. These are applied to the rubber to make your impressions. Inkpads come in dye (fast drying) and pigment (slow drying) varieties. Also, you’ll see some inks, such as “Staz-On”, are specially designed and may need a specific material to clean the ink from your stamp. Make sure you read your directions before applying “inks” to your rubber.

Coloring materials may include markers, colored pencils, watercolors, chalks or anything else you can use to color in the details after making your impressions.

10. Rubber stamp accessories.
Again, most of these items you will already own. Collect them in a box or basket. Try them out before purchasing any more accessories.

  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Self-healing mat
  • Ruler
  • Bone folder

Let’s get to it!

11. Getting a good impression.
Here are a few suggestions for getting good impressions. What other ways might you get a good impression?

  • Stamp on a stable, flat surface
  • Place a few sheets of paper, foam placemat, etc. under your stamping material in case the ink goes through.
  • Ink your stamp by patting the inkpad to the stamp or vice versa. Make sure it’s completely covered.
  • Stamp on a scrap piece of paper first if you’re using specialty paper
  • Apply firm, even pressure – DO NOT ROCK
  • Large stamps need more pressure, smaller stamps need less
  • Lift the stamp up straight from the paper
  • Experiment!

12. Back to kindergarten.
Remember when life was about staying in the lines? Once you have your stamped impression, you need to color it. This is the step where your creativity shows. One rule for this — have fun!

13. A few impressions more.
Once you have stamping down, you may find that stamping a few extra images is a good thing. You can color them as you’re watching television and keep them in a box for those “I need a card now” moments. You can also use them for collage, scrapbooking and a slew of other paper crafts.

14. Selling your stamped items.
As you get better, you may find you want to sell items you stamp. In Step 6, we mentioned indexing your stamps. Each stamp company has their own policy for how you can use their images. When you purchase a stamp, you’re agreeing to use it for your personal use. “Angel companies” allow you to sell items with their images on them. Most do not allow digitizing their images. Read the usage policies for a few companies and compare them.

15. Learning more.
In addition to the links following the badge steps, there are many printed items for you to explore. There are stamping magazines you can peruse to learn more about stamping. These include:

  • RubberStampMadness
  • Stamper’s Sampler
  • Card Maker Magazine
  • Scrap and Stamp

You can also visit your library for a variety of books on the subject of rubber stamping.

16. What happened to digital?
Digital stamps (digi stamps) are black and white computer images that print out looking like a traditional stamped image. The draw is the lack of physical storage needed and the ability to manipulate an image by resizing, flipping and more. They are limited to printing materials that go through your printer and must be cut out. Depending on the material, you may be able to transfer the image to a non-flat material. Look at a few digital stamp companies. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of digital stamping. Is it for you?

 

Sites to Explore

 

To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_Rubber Stamp Basics