03 Aug 2012
in art, links, School Stuff
We did school and Hannah had a cute program for language arts. (But, I found out it’s only available if you are on K12.) We finally got a copy of Animal Farm for Bethany to read; that took a lot of effort, it was at the library after all (their catalog system was screwed up.) Everyone is going to do a project this afternoon – melted crayon blocks, but this morning Bethany finished up her art that is being dropped off tomorrow. The theme is ‘used’ and you have to reuse things in the art. Here is: Little leaf lost.
Is it wrong to compete against your daughter? I dunno, but here is my piece that is also getting dropped off tomorrow in hopes of being in the show at the gallery, it’s called: 13 pieces of Pi (hah!)
Melted crayon blocks (and rocks.)
We heated the blocks and rocks up in the oven set at 350 degrees, the rocks are very hot and the blocks are not as hot when you take them out in about 5-7 minutes. This is a great science lesson: which conducts heat better?
Do not touch the rocks! They conduct heat way better (but Hannah still touched the rocks.) We kept the rocks in the oven and worked on the blocks.
The crayons went over the wood smoothly, the point is to NOT cover the whole area (watercolor resist will be used when they are dry.) But, if you don’t want to watercolor, then cover the whole area on each side.
When the blocks cooled off a bit, we put them back in the oven so we could draw on the other sides.
The rocks are really cool, the crayons melt fast and look very glossy, but when they dry they look rather dull. So, I would gloss the rocks when they are dry.
Here are the blocks after a watercolor wash.
I am going to coat them with a clear gloss when they dry.
So, that was really fun and a good way to use up some crayons.
And, perpetuating the myth that we win things a lot, I won tickets to the Rocky Mt. book and paper fair tomorrow, so yeah….I won. We’re going to check out books and paper and see old books and new books and maybe come home with some books, who knows? At any rate, today was good, the weekend will be awesome (in the 80′s tomorrow!) and hopefully your weekend will be good too.