Who needs paper when mounds of sycamore bark covers the backyard? If you’ve followed the blog for awhile you have probably seen this bark used in a variety of ways. It’s a FAVORITE natural medium of ours that falls from the branches of our sycamore trees and during our last storm it was covering the backyard. I have stashes of it waiting for new ways to incorporate it into projects and some extra special pieces I have displayed as their own objects of art. Something I find so endearing is that I will spot a little collection of it and then I’m told ” I was saving this for you mommy, do you want to keep it? “. They know it’s a favorite treasure of mine and they take it very seriously! I have made a sculpture with it here, and tucked valentine love notes in it here.
With this last collection we experimented by adding color to the bark and using stencils. Oil pastels seemed to work the best with the rough texture of the bark and next I think we’ll experiment with opaque watercolors and paint.
Enjoy this last bit of summer and if you spot any interesting bark near your house try using it as a canvas for art.
It’s great to be home after a fantastic, but long, family road trip out west. We started out driving from Kansas City to Moab and explored Arches National Park (which is truly unbelievable) journeyed on through the desert, took a drive through Yosemite, connected with dear friends in California and hiked through the Calaveras Big Trees State Park. It was an unforgettable adventure and will post more about our hikes soon.
In the meantime … This boy was cooped up in the car way too long and could not wait to make something the day he came home. We found this simple experiment he could do himself with a little assistance the first time. He had a blast and it’s much safer than a real explosive!! We moved it outdoors after mixing up the vinegar and water, because it indeed explodes. It’s perfect for the 4th and requires a few simple ingredients… vinegar, baking soda, plastic bag, and a paper towel.
Simple directions here for Bubble Bombs from Exploratorium. They have a great website that I’m anxious to further explore.
Have a happy and safe 4th of July!
So, I have decided to add at least one weekly experiment (maybe more) into our summer routine. I thought it would be easy enough just to add on the ingredients to our grocery list (if we didn’t have them at home) and commit to doing at least one new experiment a week. This one for GAK bubbles was a huge hit and we spent a good couple of hours making and playing with the GAK slime and making bubbles. This recipe is a little different than typical GAK and is so much fun. I found it here at Twodaloo. We used regular elmers glue, not the clear elmers, but followed the rest of the directions. We played with the consistency a little, but the finished gak made excellent bubbles. I love the simplicity of ingredients. Elmers glue and Sta-Flo liquid starch, with an optional couple of drops of food coloring.We used large straws only because we had them handy, but I would have to agree that they make better bubbles than smaller ones.
Not sure we can top this one, it was so much fun for all of us. We are on a quest now to find a bulk supply of elmers glue. James wants to share some GAK for his birthday!