Friday, 26 October 2012

Fishy Fun! We Made a Fish Mural at Mencap!

This Fish Mural was put together over two afternoons...

Firstly we printed out fish shapes (search in Google Images for "Fish Templates" - lots to choose from there!) and after these were painted and decorated, with stripes and dots (from sponge shapes) we left them to dry and started sticking blue tissue paper right across our surface as "water".

Some pebble-printed decorative paper was used for the "rocks" and strips of green tissue stuck on as "seaweed".

When the fish were dry, we cut them out and glued them into position.

As a finishing touch we added a treasure chest, crab, skeleton, diver and submarine!

Our mural is quite large, but you can make it any size or shape you want. If everyone in your group wants to make their own "fish tank" you can size it right down to an A4 - just reduce the size of the fish accordingly...

Fish are such fun to paint - enjoy creating your patterns and choosing your fishy colours!

Monday, 8 October 2012

Decorate a Ceramic Tile!

We had a lovely afternoon at Mencap, Braintree (UK) decorating creamic tiles. We used white tiles (left over after bathroom tiling!), but any colour is fine, as long as it has a smooth surface. As you can see from the pictures, there are many bits and pieces that can be stuck onto a tile - easy, creative and such fun to do.

We used felt flowers and leaves, self- adhesive foil, buttons, flat-bottomed beads, wool, lace, other sewing trimmings, self-adhesive stickers, and bows.

We used tacky glue, glue spots and double-sided sticky pads to stick it all together!

There is this tutorial and more in my eBook - click here to have a look!

Completed tiles can be displayed, by standing on a plate holder or attaching to a tiled wall, with double-sided adhesive pads.