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Draw your wish list!

Rama Hughes's Illustrated Wish List

If it’s not worth drawing, it’s probably not worth having after all.

Posted by rama on 11/08/13 under IF Kids,Projects,Rama,the art of living
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Rama Hughes’s Sketchbook

Sketchbook page by Rama Hughes

For those of you who enjoy sketchbooks as much as I do, HERE is a peek at one of mine. Like all my sketchbooks, it’s mostly filled with drawings of family, friends, favorite places, and things around my home. Since I received this particular book as a gift though, I’ve been sharing pages online and, since I seem to be on a roll, I thought you might enjoy the drawings too. I hope so.

Sketchbook drawing by Rama Hughes

Posted by rama on 07/24/13 under artists,children's illustrators,Rama,the art of living
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IF Kids Project :: Quilling

Imagine by Erin Casner

Quilling is a technique involving rolled, shaped and glued strips of paper.  During the Renaissance monks and nuns embellished book covers with quilled images.  Artists today are taking the art form to new levels, such as this delightful piece by Erin Casner.  Casner’s work combines a joy for color and texture with typography.

Babushka by Yulia Brodskaya

Russian artist Yulia Brodskaya‘s is known for her intricate paper-based designs.  Her clients have
included Neiman-Marcus and Starbucks.  When not working on quilled illustrations for clients,
she creates artworks such as the one above titles “Babushka.” This detail of her art shows how
intricate quilling can be
Detail of work by Yulia Brodskaya

Interested in trying quilling yourself?  Here are some resources to get you started:

How to Quill

Inna’s Creations

Kinder Art

Posted by Thomas James on 06/12/13 under IF Kids,Lettering,Lindsay,Projects
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IF Kids :: Art Kits for the Road



Summer travels are just around the corner.  Are you ready?  Here are some ideas
to keep little hands occupied during long road trips.

I love this sophisticated journal (featured above) by CherieBee, but of course a basic journal is easy to construct with minimal effort.

You will need:
8.5″ x 11″ paper in assorted colors
8.5″ x 11″ cardstock in assorted colors
envelopes –  assorted sizes, all smaller than the the cardstock
glue stick
3-hole punch
3 clip rings
chipboard covers

Let’s create!
1.     Punch 3 holes into your paper, cardstock and chipboard covers.  Consider adding a few journal pages that
provide space to draw and with lines to make writing easier such as these free printables from
Teachers Pay Teachers.
2.     Glue envelopes onto several sheets of cardstock for collecting paper ephemera – ticket stubs, menus, etc.
3.     Arrange paper and cardstock in an order of your choice.
4.     Add the covers and bind together using the clip rings.

Crayon rolls keep the most basic of art essentials neatly organized.  This tutorial from
Pretty Prudent will have you making one in a snap.  Make two – one for crayons and one
for markers.

Posted by Thomas James on 05/29/13 under IF Kids,Projects
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Artist Kevin Waldron

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Kevin Waldron is an Irish born illustrator currently living and working in New York City. Kevin makes beautiful picture books for children with funny characters and bold colours and shapes. Kevin’s first book Mr Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo, unveiled Mr Peek, his eccentric and amazing zoo keeper character and it won the Bologna Ragazzi Award Opera Prima Award in 2009. The sequel Pandamonium at Peek Zoo was released in April of this year.

Have a peek at Kevin’s work on his website and you can follow him on twitter too.


Posted by Thomas James on 05/24/13 under Authors,cartoon,children's art,children's illustrators,Clío,creativity,design,digital,IF Kids
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IF Kids: What Artists Do with Tape


"Sum Times" by Aakash Nihalani

Tape, that sticky stuff we use to seal packages and mend pipes, is a flexible medium for creating art, whether paintings, sculptures or installations.  With the range of colors and patterns now available, the possibilities are endless.  Brooklyn-based artist Aakash Nihalani uses it to draw attention to the mundane, filling the space with wonder and surprise, while Rebecca Ward uses it to make her intricate, large and colorful installations.

Tape Art Work (1)


Want to try making art with tape?  Here are a few blog filled with ideas to get you started!

Use it as a stencil or masking device when painting.
IF Kids Project – April 17, 2013
Laurie Freeman’s Blog

Make a collage.
Mother of All Trips
Art Projects for Kids

Create a sculpture.
Creative Jewish Mom

Posted by Thomas James on 05/01/13 under IF Kids,Projects
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What Artists Do with Paper

Jen Stark Piece of an Infinite Whole

While paper is frequently used in drawings it is a less common material for sculptures.  Jen Stark slices through layers of paper to create her colorful works of art.  The colors explode forward or draw the viewer closer into her galaxy.

Jen Stark Coriolis Effect

Jen Stark Radial Reverie


Jen Stark Sunken Sediment


Interested in trying your own hand at making art with layers of paper?  Check out these blogs for some fabulous ideas for kids (of all ages!).

Small Hands Big Art :: Topographic Paper Sculpture Art

GMG Art :: Paper Lace and Layers

Schutz Art ::  Paper Molas

Show us what you created!   We would love to see them!  Post them on our IF Kids Facebook page .

Posted by Thomas James on 04/24/13 under IF Kids,Projects,reviews
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IF Kids Project :: Masking Watercolors

IFkids_banner  masked watercolors 3


Watercolors are a flexible medium.  One technique to create layers is to mask areas of the paper prior to adding a wash
of color.

You will need:

  • watercolor paper
  • flat watercolor brush (size 2-4)
  • watercolors
  • painter’s or masking tape
  • non-stick scissors

Let’s create!

masking watercolor


For this sample I used painter’s tape which for some reason I have in abundance around my home.  You could also use
masking tape.  I don’t recommend regular tape as it is difficult to remove.  For the star, I cut two triangles and then overlapped them.masking watercolors 2

Add several washes of watercolor.  As I was going for a night sky theme, I chose blues and purples.

Allow your paper to dry thoroughly.  If you are anxious to see the results, use a hair dryer or heat gun to speed up the drying process.  Once dry, remove the tape and proceed with the rest of your painting!

Show us what you created!   We would love to see them!  Head over to the IF Kids Facebook page or my Facebook page to share them!

Posted by Thomas James on 04/17/13 under IF Kids,Projects
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Kate Moross is THE coolest.

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I had the utmost pleasure of hearing British illustrator and designer Kate Moross speak last weekend at the Offset Design Conference in Dublin.

At just 27 years old Moross blew the crowd away with her witty banter, unbelievable charm and incredible work. Never taking herself or her work too seriously Moross gave the crowd advice on fear (ignore it), the creative ‘wall’ (it doesn’t exist) and following one’s desires (always, always).

Kate Moross is unbelievably cool and mature and you’ll want to hop on twitter right away and follow her. Be sure to check out her website too for more beautifully illustrated type work and video work and design work and branding and clothing and shoes and and and…is there anything this girl can’t do?

Posted by Thomas James on 04/12/13 under cartoon,Clío,creativity,design,digital,Lettering,pattern
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IF Kids :: Three Primary Colors



Teach your children about the primary colors with this catchy song by OK Go for Sesame Streetthen make this recipe for finger paint and do a little color experimenting of your own.

Posted by Thomas James on 04/03/13 under IF Kids,Projects,reviews
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