Thursday, 22 September 2011

A Song Quiz - Fill in the Girl's Names!

A Song Quiz!
I have put together another Quiz - in this one all the answers are girl's names!

There are twenty Song Titles - just fill in the girl's names...All well known songs and so an opportunity to have a sing-along with your group...Enjoy!

A Song Quiz (When a new screen appears, click on File and then Print)

Just in case, I have listed the missing girl's names on a separate sheet!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Here is your October 2011 Calendar to download and print!

Summer seems to have slipped by and so Autumn is upon us - the leaves are changing colour, ready to fall, so get out your paints and be creative with all the glorious golds and yellows of the season...(if you live in the Southern hemisphere, you, of course, are going into Spring - no problem - just paint your leaves in different shades of green!)

Click here to print your October 2011 Calendar (When a new screen appears, click on File and then Print)

Have a good October, wherever you are - and thanks for visiting my Blog!

Friday, 16 September 2011

Painting Wild Flowers with Wet Watercolours!

This is a very exciting way to paint wild flowers, as you never know what you will end up with!
As you are painting watercolours "Wet on Wet" (wet paint on wet paper) it does its own thing - great fun and easy to do, so very suitable for your groups. And you get great results, even for the "un-artistic"!

You will need...
Watercolour paper (as you are wetting the paper, you will need watercolour paper - anything else won't work!)
Watercolour paints
Black pen - waterproof ink. (I used Staedtler Pigment Liner 0.8, but any similar will do)

Get ready...
Mix your paints before you wet your paper.
I mixed green (2 separate shades - one darker)
Flower colours - I mixed Yellow (2 shades) and Crimson

Wet your paper by brushing over with clean water.
Wait a few minutes and then using a large brush, wash on the lighter green with upward strokes and feather the top edge. While still wet, apply the dark green - let some of the light green show through.

Next - check if your paper is still wet - if not then re-wet the top of your picture. (careful not to go into the green area)

Then apply the colours you have prepared - just load the brush with paint and then touch the paper and the paint will spread by itself. Put different size blobs of the different colours - in random order (these are wild flowers - not planted in rows!!)

Lastly, take your brush and flick (hold the brush parallel to the paper and tap it sharply, with your finger, just below the bristles) small blobs of paint randomly over the whole picture. Do this with all your different flower colours.

Let it dry thoroughly (I use my hair dryer on low heat to speed up the drying process)

Once the paint is dry, take your pen and draw in your flowers. Try to draw freely - don't be too precise - the paint is not precise, so the drawing must too be "Random"!
To make it look natural, have some flowers "side view".

Scribble in grass at the bottom, over the green area. Stand back and admire your work...!

Have fun!

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Felt Fish Wall-Hanging Tutorial - Fun and Easy to Do...!

Fish Wall-Hanging

A simple felt wall-hanging - fun and easy to make!

You will need...

Sheet of felt for background  - mine is A4 size, but any size will do.
Scraps of coloured felt
Buttons - for eyes and other decoration
Embroidery thread - various colours to match / contrast with your felt
Sewing needle
Narrow Ribbon or cord to hang with - 60cms
Thin Wooden Dowel - 40cms

Print out the fish templates (When a new screen opens click on File and then Print - there are two pages of fish templates) - or use your own fish patterns if you have some.

Using the patterns, cut out the fish, from the scraps of felt.

Fold under and pin a hem of about 3cms along the top of the background (check that the wooden dowel will slip through here)

Lay the fish on the background felt - when you are happy with your design, then pin the fish in place.

I have given you different fish to work with - choose your own design and layout - or copy mine if you would rather.

Take each fish and sew on the button in the eye position - just a couple of stitches to attach it and then lay the fish on the background and continue to stitch on the button, but now attaching the fish to the background.

Attach all the fish in the same way and using simple running stitches, fix the fish bodies to the background - see in picture below.  Just a few stitches are needed, to keep them in place.
 Add extra buttons if you wish.

Finish by sewing down the hem with a running stitch, insert the wooden dowel and attach the ribbon.

When doing this with your group of elderly folk - try putting them into pairs or small groups. The whole wall-hanging might be too much for one person to complete, but even just sewing on an "eye" button will make each person feel a part of the project. Then those who are more able, can then carry on and complete the wall-hanging!

Hope you have fun! Please leave me your comments below, to tell me how you get on...!