How To – Create Your Own Paint!

So many arty activities use paint, and whilst an ARTventurer household is never without such a staple. I know many of you may not have quite as much me! With that in mind, here are some simple paint recipes for you to create your own paint at home.

This is the simplest paint recipe that we have – although at the moment I know flour is hard to come by so please be a responsible consumer and don’t go buying flour, particularly for this activity.
This one is LOTS of fun but it can be tricky to get right! You really need the heat so not one to be made with little ones but they will really enjoy using it!
Now this one has had mixed reviews for us as we have some non-jelly fans – but it is definitely worth a try if you have jelly at home. Plus it tastes AMAZING!!
This is our favourite for this fabulously sunny weather. Can be made easily using an ice cube tray and lolly sticks – or use an ice lolly mould if you have one handy. Just watch out for little ones popping ice into their mouths. It is a great sensory experience but please be mindful of choking hazards.

These are just some of our favourite painting recipes. Give them a go and send me over a picture if you do. Please don’t make any unnecessary journies for supplies, Stay home and keep safe.

Missing you all lots,

Linsey, and Arty Bear xx

One Step At A Time…

Small changes made every day, become a catalyst for something bigger.

As a busy, working mum of two awesome girls.  I have had to make a number of life changes to bring ARTventurers to Inverness.

When I saw the post above, it made me stop and realise just how far I have come in my ARTventurers journey.  As soon as I came across the website for ARTventurers.  I knew it was something I needed to be involved in.  Since then, I have tried to do something every day to reach that goal.  Now we are only a few short weeks away from our very FIRST ARTventurers class in the Highlands.  It proves the theory that everything is achievable, just one step a time.

Feeling overwhelmed is a natural response when we are faced with a new challenge.  I use a number of techniques to help me cope with that feeling.  Other than breaking things into lists! My favourite technique is designed to make you pause and take stock of what is going on around you.  I am sure it has an official name – but for now, we will go with ‘Take 5’.

Stop. Think of 5 things you can see, 4 things you can hear, 3 things you can touch, 2 things you can smell and 1 thing you can taste.  This not only forces you to take a pause, but it also forces you to reconnect with your immediate surroundings. It also works well for both adults and children alike.  It is something I often use when my own kids are obviously struggling in a moment. Give it a try and let me know if it works for you.  During our Baby, Toddler and FAmily ARTventurers classes, our senses are hard at work exploring all the time – although we don’t recommend exploring taste – unless you count the yummy biscuits and juice at the end!

On the subject of kids emotions and feelings.  I recently found a great book for helping young children understand emotions and that sometimes we all feel a little blue and that is ok.  Hopefully, we will be able to bring some book-related art activities to our Family ARTventurers and Little ARTventurers classes in Dingwall and Balloch sometime soon.  It’s important to help kids understand from a young age that we all feel blue sometimes, and that’s ok. In the meantime check out www.lucysblueday.com. It is such an inspirational site.  I have bought two books already one for the girls and one for their school!

Where to find a class

For more details on how to join us at a class, check out our Events Booking page https://www.artventurers.co.uk/inverness/book-a-class-2/

We currently have classes booking in Balloch and Dingwall with a third class booking soon for the Nairn area.

Have a great day!

Linsey xx