Project Ideas

School has started and summer is officially over, crazy.  My oldest son Liam is now a 1st grader and it is so different having him gone all day.  We spent the last week of summer up at Bear Lake with our family (pictured above).  My mother-in-law asked me to design a simple lake-themed logo for our family shirts. I made a lino cut print by carving my drawing out of linoleum.  It was a fun little project.

There are a few project ideas I want to share with you....

Have you seen this crayon melting project yet?   I can't wait to try it with my kids!

I think you would enjoy these art DIY's from Oh Happy Day.  I want to make these abstracts, and I think this potato print project is so easy I would do it with my kids.

This colored pencil jewelry is way cute for an artsy child or an art party.

Do you wonder what to do with all of your kid's art?  Here is a solution you might like: shrink art collages.

Need an excuse to make some art?  I bet you can find an art contest in your community.  I am making a painting for my Church's International Art Competition.  My son Liam is entering the Reflection's Contest again this year.  If you are unfamiliar with the Reflection's Contest, it is a national art contest sponsored by the PTA.  I encourage you to find out if your local elementary school participates in the contest.

I hope you are having a great week!


  1. Thanks for sharing; I love the melting crayons and make your own abstract. I plan to try out both with my 9 year old niece.

  2. I've been working through your online class with my daughter (who is also going into Grade 1 this year!). I think that this weekend we will add in that melting crayon project!

    Doing the projects in your course has inspired the whole family and my daughter is now requesting an art party for her birthday this year! I have it pretty much planned out but might be adding the coloured pencil jewelry in there too.

    Thanks for the great links!

    Will you be doing another course in 2012?

  3. Hi Dani! Hope you are doing well! I miss your posts! Any chance you have another art class in the works for this spring?

  4. Hey Dani. I just wanted to let you know that I featured your self portrait (symmetry) bulletin board on my blog. I love the idea!! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Dani are you going to do another art class?

  6. I really want to buy your art class cd and it's not working. How can I go about doing that?

    1. Jamie, I am so sorry for your trouble. I just checked and it seems like everything should be working fine. If you have trouble purchasing it, please email me at daniute@msn.com and I would be happy to email you a copy of the PDF. So sorry for the inconvenience!!