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With Father’s Day just around the corner, a homemade father’s day craft as a gift is just the grand gesture your little one may need, to make a lasting memory for their dad! Here are two easy Father’s Day gift ideas that you can teach your child so that they can gift their dads, this Father’s Day.

1. “I love you to the moon and back!”

No Father’s Day is complete without a wishing card! Gifting a home-made one is a wonderful way of letting someone know how much they mean to you. Here are steps for you and your child to make a greeting card for Father’s Day.

What you will need:
• Cardboard papers of a variety of colours: black, white, red, yellow and orange
• Scissors
• Hole puncher
• Yarn (optional)
• Black marker
Camlin White Glue

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Using the scissors, cut out the shapes needed for the rocket. As shown in the picture, you can use yellow paper for the rocket, orange paper for the circle windows, with triangles for the top part of the rocket. You can use the white paper for making stars.

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Using the glue, stick the body of the rocket in the middle of the black paper. Stick the red triangle on the top of the rocket and the orange triangles on the side of the rocket, as shown in the image. Stick the stars in the background.

Step 3:

Using the hole puncher, punch holes in the bottom part of the rocket. Next, the yarn has to be threaded through the holes. If your child is too small to use yarn, you can give them cut strips of orange and yellow-colored paper.

Step 4:

Using the black marker, write down your special message inside the rocket to finish off your card! You can make it creative with something like – “Dad, I love you to the moon and back!”

Once the glue dries, your card will be ready to be gifted!

https://bit.ly/2WcRH58 2. “One day I will follow your footsteps, dad.”

Kids often watch their parents dress up for work and imagine what it would be like to go to an office. They make up stories and play dress up!
“A tie and boots, buttoned up too!” Isn’t that how dads are often portrayed when dressed up for work? This Father’s Day, surprise him with a card that reminds you of him!

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What you will need:
• Colourful card papers
• A sheet of regular paper (for the bowtie)
• Colourful papers
• Buttons
Camlin White Glue
• Scissors
• Marker
• Glitter (optional)

Step 1:

Take a green coloured paper and fold it into a half.

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Using one of the cut papers, fold it in a zig-zag manner.

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Once you have the paper folded in a zig-zag manner, fold it in half as shown in the picture below.

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Apply glue on the fold. Cut out a thin strip of red paper and wrap the paper with the glue around the centre. Once done, your bowtie will be ready.

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Take a white paper and cut a strip out of it. Fold a yellow paper for the card. Glue the white strip to the middle of the yellow paper.

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Using glue, stick the bowtie on the paper, as shown in the image below.

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Glue the buttons along the white strip of paper.

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To finish your card, simply open the card and write down your message!

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These were two simple and fun ideas for DIY gifts for Father’s Day. Which one of these two card ideas will you try? Do let us know in the comments section!

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With an aim to bring everyone a great experience to create and enjoy art – we, at Camlin, have come to make learning fun for everyone! We are committed to deliver superior quality products to meet all of the diverse demands of the customers all over the world. Below are a few campaigns that won many hearts for Camlin.

Bringing Colours to Dharavi

In 2014, we aimed to create an opportunity for the underprivileged, on Indian Republic Day. Growing up, most children scribble, doodle or draw a mixture of colourful circles or lines. Why should any kid miss out on this wonderful chance to play and learn with colours? So, we decided to take colours to the underprivileged kids in the slums of Dharavi.

Our product hampers were shared with these kids. We asked them to share with us how they would like to celebrate India. The kids then shared their ‘Celebrate India’ art with us along with what inspired them to do so.

Camlin Experience App

Our website features a vast variety of art materials and stationery products. To make sure that the customers understand how the product’s application will look on paper, in 2014, we created a web-based app that gave users a chance to experiment with the products, online, before they made the purchase. Our research showcased that children were getting addicted to digital gadgets which used technology to develop interest in art. However, after using this app, they developed interest in real colours.

This web based ‘Experience App’ won a Gold at the DMAI and a Bronze at the Goa AdFest and the ABBYs.

Mobile-based Experience App

Following the success of the web-based ‘Experience App’, we created and launched the world’s first virtual canvas on mobile! This greatly increased the number of people we could reach, to provide them with a chance to experiment with our products, virtually, before going in for the purchase! The invitation to try the app was spread across all of our social media handles. The mechanism did not differ much from the earlier version – all the users had to do was download the app and then choose the medium and the size of the brush to create virtual art. In doing this, we nurtured a new breed of upcoming smart phone artists.

Camlin Plays with Google Doodle

In 2016, when Google announced its new logo made out of crayons, we took the opportunity to show how playful the brand can be! To welcome the logo change and to highlight the product connect with the crayon-drawn Google Doodle, a video named ‘Love the Change’ was created by us. The video ended with a message – ‘If its crayons, its Camlin’. Through our Twitter account @KokuyoCamlin, we shared this video with @Google in less than 12 hours of their logo change and soon the video went viral! It garnered a large number of views on all of our social media pages.

The first online Kaleidoscope Ganesha

To celebrate Ganesh Chathurthi, while simultaneously making the brand look cool, exciting and contemporary, we launched a platform where Ganesha devotees could create a virtual version of their favourite Ganesha Murti’s decoration. The users were given a blank canvas and our products which they could use to create a festive design around the Ganesha Murti of their choice.

As the user coloured the canvas, it was rendered in a beautiful kaleidoscopic design.

Once they had experimented and created a kaleidoscope, the user was then invited to spread the festive spirit by submitting their creation in the gallery or sharing it in the form of a GIF on their social media channels.

A Gyroscopic Rakhi Innovation

Every year, sisters look for innovative ways through which they can wish their brothers for Rakshabandhan. In 2016, we came up with ‘Gyroscopic Rakhi Innovation’ – the first every Rakhi maker, online. The Gyroscopic Rakhi Innovation was an app that gave people a new way of virtually celebrating Rakshabandhan, especially if the brother and the sister are unable to meet in person!

Users were invited to use our products virtually to create their own unique Rakhis. Once done, the users could submit their creation in the gallery or erase the whole canvas and start afresh.

The application was promoted via posts on Facebook, asking users to create their own unique Rakhis. Finally, the users were to share their creations on Facebook, tagging their brothers in the post.

#FanArtProject

In 2017, we tied up with Bahubali 2 as their stationery partner. The movie was filled with stunning visuals, making it the perfect subject for creating more art! To make things interesting, we conducted an online contest on Facebook wherein the iconic scenes from the movie were hand-picked and given to users to recreate using our products. The response from our Facebook fans was outstanding! We received artwork from thousands of users, making this campaign a super hit!

With the phenomenal entries that we received, we took the campaign up a notch by compiling some of the best artwork into an animated movie trailer starring the artwork shared by the contestants!

Camlin Launched New Notebooks

In order to create excitement for our newly-launched notebooks, we created a new campaign. To make the activity fun and engaging, we asked users to share their own unique designs. Lucky winners had their designs printed on the covers of our newly launched notebooks. The designs we received were truly amazing and soon this campaign went viral among the art-enthusiastic audience. The contest received over 7,700 crowd sourced artworks! 5 of the best designs were chosen to be printed on the new range of notebooks launched.

Camlin Canvas of Courage

To pay homage to the heroes of the unfortunate incident – the Mumbai Terror Attacks on the 26th of November, 2008, artworks were created to tell the story of these unsung heroes and an exhibition was held for the same. These paintings were presented to the Office of the Police Commissioner of Mumbai. We believe in the philosophy of ‘Art for a cause’, and on the 10th anniversary of the tragic 26/11 terror attack, a small tribute was paid to the brave Mumbai Police and other martyrs for their acts of courage, through these paintings, by students of JJ School of Art. To take this initiative forward, around 30 children of police officials were invited for a craft competition at the Camlin Studio at KidZania, R City Mall. The winners of the competition were gratified with Camlin gift hampers. This event was shared via our social media.

Camlin makes learning fun

We have been actively trying to make learning fun and we know that when the learning is fun, it’s more effective. So, we asked parents about the role that the brand has played in making learning enjoyable for their children and recorded their answers. We got some really interesting replies. We published the video and asked viewers to share their experience of how we have made learning fun for them or their children, to win amazing prizes! 3 lucky entries won prize money and top 100 entries won gift hampers. This contest garnered a lot of engagement and thus we have been successful in adding the fun element to learning.

It has been a great journey – both online and off-line, where we got to do many interesting activations and events to fulfill our goal of making learning fun! We sincerely hope that we continue doing so while also offering you with creative solutions!

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The summer season brings sunny days with the vibrancy of flowers and fruits! Summers are also vacations at school – so if you are artsy, why not make the most of this free time by creating new craft ideas? This paper flowers craft idea is a fun summer paper craft idea through which you can get the colours of summer into your home!

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What you need:
Camlin White Glue
Scissors
Colourful craft paper

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make paper flowers for summer!

Step 1:

The first step is to get the different parts of the flower ready. This includes cutting out a spiral for the flower. Choose different colours of papers for each part, as shown in the image below, and cut out the different parts using scissors.

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Place the fattest strips that were cut out, in an equal angle to each other, and then glue them into place.

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Repeat step 2 for a different set of strips and glue them in the center of the bigger circle, as shown in the image below.

Step 4:

Twist the yellow spiral into a coil and stick it in the center of the flower, as shown below.

Step 5:

Now stick the stem and the leaf to complete your flower and set it aside to dry.

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Once the glue dries, your summer flowers craft is ready!

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Did you like our summer paper flower craft idea? Do let us know in the comments section!

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One of the best things about using paper mache in craft is that it is very simple to make. The key is to keep an open mind and sculpt whatever you choose to. Paper mache can be used to not only make home décor but also school projects. This art project uses recycled paper which makes it eco-friendly! Learn how to make paper pots this World Earth Day, to make something ‘tasteful’ out of something ‘wasteful’.

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What you need:
• A plastic container
• Magazines
Camlin White Glue
• Water
• Recycled tray
• Plastic food wrap
• Masking tape

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To make a recycled paper mache pot, follow the below steps:

Step 1: Cut paper

Have a look at the magazines you have and pick the papers you would like to use. You can choose any colour you like. You can also use multiple colours to make it beautiful and vibrant – like that of a gorgeous summer garden! You can cut the pieces into any shape – triangle, circle and rectangles. Sorting out the colours in different sections can really help make the process easier.

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Once you have set aside the paper you want to use, start preparing your pot by wrapping the plastic food wrap around the container. This will ensure that the paper mache does not stick to the base of the pot. If need be, secure the plastic to the top part of the container you used. Just be sure not to stick more paper on the plastic, as it will get difficult to remove the pot after it dries.

Step 3: Gluing part 1

Next, prepare the glue by adding just a little water – avoid making it runny or too diluted. Keep this mixture in a low-sided tray.

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Once you are done with the top part of the container, turn it upside down and continue sticking the papers on the base of the container. Repeat the same steps as the ones you followed to stick the papers at the bottom of the container.

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Let the container now sit until the paper dries completely. Depending upon how thick your paper layers are, papers will take about 48 hours to dry – give or take.

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Once the container dries, remove the masking tape. Take the plastic wrap off the container. Be careful and gentle throughout the process.

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Once you pull the plastic wrap gently from inside the container, cut off the edges of the paper.

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Once the edges are done, your recycled paper mache pots are good to go! You can use these to store stationery, as pen-holders or even pot faux plants to decorate your desk.

Did you like our recycled paper mache pot idea for World Earth Day? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Summer vacation is just around the corner and the excitement is palpable in the air! It is now when the children find enough time to indulge in their hobbies. Experimenting with postcards is a fun summer idea that makes for beautiful designs!

What you will need:
Camel Canvas Roll
Camlin Wax Crayons
Brushes
Students Water Colors
• Sponge

Follow the steps to learn how you make your own!

1. Post Cards with salt textures: https://bit.ly/2X2azVn

Using water colours, paint the canvas. Just before the colour loses its shine, while the canvas is still wet, sprinkle some salt over the painted area.

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Once the paint dries, brush off the salt. You will see flower-like patterns left by the salt on the canvas.

Once the paint has dried and you see the unique formation, you can use it as your background to sketch beautiful designs.

Below is an image that you can use for inspiration!

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This just an example, you can draw anything – be it flowers in a garden or the sky! The canvas is all yours, so have fun with it!

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With a sponge, exquisite designs can be produced on the canvas! To create these fun designs, simply dip the sponge into a palette with the watercolour of your choice and create unique designs on the canvas, as shown in the above picture.

Once the paint dries up, you will get a canvas with an interesting design formation. You can use this as a background to start sketching your designs using a marker, in the colour of your choice.

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Once you are done with the design, your postcard, made using a sponge, is good to go! Make any design of your choice and hang it up proudly!

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In this technique for making a postcard, we will be using wax crayons to create unique designs, as wax resists water. To start, begin drawing a design of your choice, with a white wax crayon on the canvas.

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The marks left by white wax crayons can be seen when kept under a light. Once you are done with sketching the design, begin painting over it.

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The paint won’t replace the design you had sketched using the wax crayons, as shown in the picture below.

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Once the paint dries, your postcard, using the wax crayons, is ready!

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Did you like these ideas? Do let us know in the comments section below!

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Life for an autistic child can be quite challenging! As parents, helping them make the most of their life, has its own share of struggles. You may be a tough parent, but there is no reason you can’t also be a fun parent!

This World Autism Day, we want to create autism awareness by shedding light on ‘Colour Therapy’ – which is a method that uses a combination of light and colours to treat physical ailments and mental condition such as Autism.

https://bit.ly/2I07Gjz Understanding Autism

Autism is a spectrum condition, in which the severity of symptoms may vary from person to person. However, there are certain symptoms that are found most commonly. These include difficulty with communication and social interactions, obsessive interests and repetitive behaviours.

Perception of Colours

Certain colours stimulate the brain and create excitement or a feeling of danger, while other colours will have the opposite effect on the human mind. Autistic children are born sensitive, so if they see a colour that stimulates the feeling of being in danger, they will stay away from this colour as much as they can.

It is important to remember that because of structural abnormalities that appear in the brain of autistic children, it is harder to integrate and process sensory information. This also includes visual information. Continuous exposure to strong colours can put the brain of an autistic child into overdrive. Thus, they need to be surrounded by muted or subdued, lighters shades of colours.

Benefits of Colour Therapy:

● Attempt to reduce the severity:
Since autism is a spectrum condition and its symptoms can be anywhere
between severe to mild, colour therapy really helps the children affected by autism to stay calm.

● Reduce their discomfort:
Part of colour therapy is to be aware and conscious about the colours that your home environment has. Since, the home is one of the few
environments, in which you have most control, make sure to select muted tones of colours for the furniture and walls. This will help the child to function without discomfort as much as possible.

● Helps understand your child better:
Find a Colour Therapy specialist who will personally work with your
child to understand how your child responds to different colours. This will help you relieve your stress, knowing that you are helping them feel better, while they make their way through life.

● Boosts self-confidence of the autistic child:
Colouring is something that they get praised for. This will give them a feeling of self acceptance, pride and joy.

● Helps parents bond with the child:
Colouring is an activity you can do with your child. It will help you bond with your child better.

Colouring can impact positively:
It is a calming activity that is also a self expression tool for these children.

What you can do

To find out how your child responds to colours, you can introduce them to crayons at an early age. This will not only help your child find out which colours they can work with, but also help them learn colouring itself, which can be an immersive and a healthy exercise to help them have fun while learning.

Due to their condition, they may not be able to hold the usual crayon in a proper grip. To overcome this problem, Camlin has introduced the Camlin Child Grip Crayons. They are super smooth to use on paper and designed in such way that holding them is easy. Camlin Child Grip Crayons are available in 5 vibrant shades. Additionally, the colours are also washable from non-porous surfaces.

Moreover, they are child-safe, non toxic crayons, that have been specifically designed to help enhance the child handgrip. Therefore, these crayons not only enhance motor skills, but also improve hand-eye coordination, making them a good learning tool for autistic children. So connect with your little ones through colouring!

This World Autism Day, join us in pledging to make life easier for these children by creating autism awareness. Every little step counts. All the best!

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Summer vacation is a much awaited time in a student’s life. Creating art and craft is a great way to spend time during vacation as it makes learning fun! This particular craft project is a two-in-one fun fiesta where you will learn how to make paper flowers and also the pot that goes along with it.

What you will need:
• Glue gun
Camlin Crafty White Glue
• Scissors
• 8 cupcake liners per flower
• 1 button/jewel per flower
• Pipe cleaner/stick
• Tin can
• Tissue paper
• Mod podge
• Foam paintbrush

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make paper flowers with cupcake liners. You can teach your toddler this fun summer vacation craft idea, this year!

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Gather all the tools needed for making this craft.

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Also get your cupcake liners ready. You can use either just one colour or multiple colours of cupcake liners for this vibrant bouquet.

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Fold each of the cupcake liners in a half as shown in the above image.

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Fold the liner further into a quarter, as demonstrated in the above image.

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Next, fold one of the quarters further in half and then fold down the tips in the opposite direction from each other so that it has the folds of a Chinese fan.

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Take two liners and, using the glue, stick them together. Hold them together for about 30 seconds, after which you can set it aside to dry. Next, glue two more liners together and hold them together tightly. Repeat this action until all the cupcake liners are glued in pairs.

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Gently stretch all the pairs of liners into a circle as shown in the image above.

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Turn the flower and glue a button or a jewel in the center.

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Using a glue gun, stick a pipe cleaner to the back of the flower to make the flower’s stem.

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Repeat all the steps to make a bouquet.

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Gather all the materials kept aside to make the flower pot.

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Cut the colourful tissue papers into straps as shown in the image.

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Paint the tin can, with the foam brush, using the Mod Podge and stick them around the tin. Once the entire can is covered in colourful tissues, simply add the flowers and your DIY pot is ready!

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If you liked this craft idea, do share your thoughts with us in the comments section!

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Playing with colours can be a lot of fun, whether you are a kid or an adult! While colours and water are splashed around enthusiastically, during Holi, preschoolers can enjoy the vibrant colours and something new! There are many ways that Holi can be celebrated with colours, like…

This Holi, make learning fun by trying these 3 Holi Art and Craft Ideas for Preschoolers, with your kids!

1. Handmade Holi Cards:
Toddlers have a lot of energy and can get quiet restless if their energy is not given a proper direction. So, don’t be too surprised to find your preschooler still wanting to play after playing a full-fledged colour Holi with friends! Showing them how to make handmade Holi cards can be fun and a novel learning experience for the little ones. Holi cards can also be fun gifts that kids can gift their friends during the festival of colours!

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What you will need:
• Craft Paper
Artists’ Oil Colour 12 Assorted Colours Set
Camel Large Rectangular Palette
Camlin Brushes
Camlin White Glue
• Leaves and flower petals
• Cut slices of ladies’ finger and star fruit

Here’s how to make a handmade Holi card…
1. Take the craft paper and show the kids how to fold it in the centre, for making the greeting card. Repeat until you have the greeting cards ready to be painted.
2. Help them add the paint colours of their choice in the palette.
3. Now cut the vegetables and give these to the kids for using.
4. Show them how to dip the cut vegetables into the paint and imprint it on the craft paper. Allow them to repeat until all the cards are done.
5. Show the kids how to stick the flower petals and leaves on the card and watch them unleash their creativity!
6. Allow the cards to dry; the cards are ready!

2. Fun Floral Frames

You can explore your creativity with kids through colourful floral frames, this Holi!

What you will need:
• Cardboard Paper
Artists’ Oil Colour 12 Assorted Colours Set
Camel Large Rectangular Palette
• Scissors
Camlin Brushes
Camlin White Glue
• Leaves and flower petals

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Here’s how to make a floral frame…
1. Cut out a picture frame from the chart paper and hand it to your child.
2. Allow your child to decide how they want to arrange the leaves and flowers petals on the picture frame. Let them make as colourful an arrangement as they can.
3. Next, the leaves and the flower petals can be pasted on the picture frame and set aside to dry.
4. You can also use these frames for your family and friends’ Holi celebration pictures.

3. Wall Hanging for Holi

The vibrant colours of Holi can be inspiring for your mini-artists. Wall hangings are a great way to use this inspiration to make simple yet beautiful home décor.

What you will need:
• Cardboard Paper
Artists’ Oil Colour 12 Assorted Colours Set
Camel Large Rectangular Palette
• Used/old tooth brushes
Camlin White Glue

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Here’s how to make a wall hanging for Holi…
1. Ask the kids to dip the toothbrushes in the colour of their choice.
2. Now the kids can create interesting and unique patterns on the cardboard by spraying the paint on it.
3. Once the kids have finished spraying all the colours of their choice onto the paper, allow it to dry.
4. Once dried, hang it up as home décor!

These were 3 Holi art ideas for kids! If you liked them, do share your thoughts with us in the comments section below! We hope that you have a safe and Happy Holi!

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When it comes to painting or colouring, most artists have a preferred medium that they like to work with. Some prefer oil painting, while others water colours; some others prefer using oil pastels. However, no one gets pro at painting, overnight. The best way to figure out the medium you would like to work with the most, is to try all of them. This means starting from the basics and practicing, once you find out which medium you like the best.

In this article, we will be discussing how to use oil pastels to depict a tree in the foreground, with an open field for a landscape in the background.

What you will need:
• Orange toned pastel paper
Camlin Oil Pastels
• Charcoal
• A reference photo of the tree

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Here is the process of how you can colour using oil pastels:

Take a look at the tree and observe the shape. Begin by drawing the shape of the tree with the charcoal, on orange – toned pastel paper. Choose an orange-toned pastel paper as it is a light tone and makes for a nice contrast for the blue sky. Also, using a warm tone like light orange, will help create a warmer feel to the piece – like a summer day. The horizon can be defined by using a dark shade of colour.

https://bit.ly/2NKaKku Getting the sky right

Starting with drawing out the tree and bushes near it, with charcoal, will help blocking the darker shapes on the paper; add the lighter shades later on. Since pastels can be used to colour in layers, you can start with covering the background first. Once the background is done, you can cover the foreground and the middle ground.

Use a combination of sky blue and medium blue from the oil pastels. It is common to use a lighter shade of blue while colouring the sky. This time, use a relatively darker shade of blue to make sure that the light clouds can be shown through contrast. You can always make the blue of the sky lighter once the clouds are done.

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Use white for the overall colour of the clouds and a lighter shade of grey for the shadow of the clouds.

Soften the darker clouds by applying an additional shade of lighter grey, for a transition effect, with the highlights being coloured in white.

Getting the foreground and the middle ground right.

Once the sky is set, you can start working on colours for the middle ground and foreground of the picture. Start by colouring the tree that is the focal point of the picture.

Block the shape of the tree by using a dark yellow-green colour. Apply this colour directly over the charcoal sketch. As you colour, the charcoal that was already coloured in, will mix with the dark yellow-green tinge, giving the tree an overall darker shade. This application of colour may seem strong and intense at first but as you continue colouring, you will notice that the intensity of the colour reduces. Apply the same shade of dark yellow-green at the bottom of the horizon.

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In order to develop the mass of the tree, continue colouring layers to it. After dark yellow-green, give highlights of a lighter shade of yellow-green above the shadowed areas. Burnt sienna should work well as the colour for the tree trunk. You can use a richer version of blue mixed with the previous shade, to create a cooler tone of blue, as shown in the image.

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Use a shade of yellow ochre for the distant field and burnt sienna for the foreground.

Use black to create a slight contouring effect along the borders of the leaves of the tree. This will give the tree a depth that looks natural. Since most of the tree will be fully coloured in, only few gaps will be visible. Fill these with the light blue that you used to colour the clouds. Within these gaps, you can show branches of the tree using black and light cream shade.

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Use a variety of colours such as black, yellows, browns, blues and cream for the distant landscape.

Create tall green grass in the foreground using a dark yellow-green colour. Apply burnt sienna and a rich shade of blue as well, to the grass, to make sure that the colours in the whole picture stay within the same tonality.

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Add depth by colouring the grass with a lighter shade, like yellow ochre and light yellow-greens.

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To complete the picture, add a few bright-coloured strokes and dots on the grass in the foreground, to give it the impression of blooming flowers.

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In conclusion, when painting such detailed pictures using oil pastels, it is important not to allow the details to overwhelm you. The key is to focus on the relationship between the different shades and values of colours used. Allow the picture to take shape under your scrutiny while trying to get it all right. To gain success with oil pastels, there need to be multiple applications of various colours that are rich, for depths within the scenery, to be visible.

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Can one get away with awful handwriting during exams? No! Even the smartest kids in class can’t get the best marks if their handwriting isn’t legible. Get into the habit of working on better handwriting now. In order to do that, start from the basics. Beautiful handwriting is pleasant to the eyes, easy to read and always appreciated. The trick is to practice enough to make it a habit, so that you can maintain the speed of writing, while also writing in the most beautiful handwriting you can produce.

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Here are some strategies to improve handwriting:

1. Invest in the right set of materials:

Buying a pen that writes smoothly or the best mechanical pencil that you can find, can be a real boon when it comes to your journey to bettering your handwriting. Pick a pen or a pencil that makes you want to write with every day!

2. The technique of holding a pen:

Did you know that most people hold a pen too tightly, when writing? This affects their handwriting. A tight grip actually strains the muscles in the hands thereby causing you to have a cramped handwriting. In order to be able to allow your handwriting to flow, keep the grip while holding your pen relaxed.

https://bit.ly/2HepqYT 3. Write using proper body parts:

Most people think that they are supposed to write keeping the arm locked in, in a particular position, and only use the hand to write. But, that is not the best way to write. To see the difference, write down as usual, with the above mentioned position. Compare this with writing without moving your fingers, instead move your arms. You will find it a bit awkward at first, but you will notice how much this exercise frees you up and helps you write smoothly.

4. Get your posture right:

The way that you sit while you write also affects your handwriting, immensely. Moreover, if you slouch or lean when you write, the changing of positions can make for inconsistent handwriting. In order to maintain proper posture while writing, you should keep your back straight, relax your shoulders, position your feet at an angle of 90 degrees, preferably, so that you sit straight up while allowing the chair to support your lower back.

5. Stretching works:

Just like you stretch before exercising, stretching is a good idea before beginning to write. Flex your fingers, turn your wrists in circles and rotate your arms in circles to loosen your body up before writing. You may question the use of stretching as a way to improve the handwriting, at first, but eventually you will realize how it helps in the transition to better handwriting – by providing strength and better control to your hand and body movements, while writing.

6. Slow it down:

Some of the people with the best penmanship may also be those who write at a pretty fast pace. This may wrongly lead you to believe that writing fast will also help you better your handwriting. But, writing is really not a race and certainly not the kind that is beautiful. Slow your speed down to allow it to be a part of your muscle memory. It will get faster in time. For now though, being deliberately slow while learning better handwriting will help you.

7. Morning pages:

Journaling is said to have a therapeutic effect on an individual. Doing it early in the morning is a wonderful way to begin the day, if you are up for it. If not, find time during the day, when you feel most expressive, and write down your thoughts slowly onto paper. Practice your best handwriting while doing so, to get into habit.

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