Making Wall Worthy Kids Art with Stencils

Stencils are a great way for kids of almost any age to make wall worthy art. As long as they can hold a painting utensil or sponge, then they should be able to transfer paint onto the prepared stencil surface and have it result in something pretty decent!

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We recently took advantage of a cold rainy afternoon to do an art project compliments of Stencil Revolution. I picked out a neat seahorse stencil to go with our beach house renovation decor and set it up so my three-year-old son could do the painting.

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The first thing we did was head to the hardware store to get a piece of wood to use as a base. I also had a second Halloween themed stencil, so I got a 4ft. piece of wood to fit them both for just $9. After cutting it to fit both stencils I still had enough left over to make something else. After cutting the board to fit, I stained them a navy blue. You can also paint the boards a solid color.

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After the stain was dry, I taped the stencil where I wanted the design to be. My board wasn’t as wide as I should have been, but I just went with it. I realized later, as my son was really going crazy slapping on the paint, that it is best to have all the sides taped down really well. I was only able to tape down the top and bottom so it slipped a tiny bit, but not enough to mess it up in the end. You do need to have it secured better than we did if you want a crisp stencil edge.

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With our surface prepped, next we mixed our paints. We used acrylics in a metallic teal, blue and a dash of white. Our painting tool or choice was a sponge painter. My son took to sponge painting with gusto, scooping large blobs of paint out and slopping it down as I scrambled to make sure it wasn’t splattering beyond our small art mat.

At first I kept trying to limit his paint and show him how to do it, but then I just let him go with it and his unique blob painting technique actually resulted in a really cool texture! The bubbles and lumps make it look almost like the seahorse has scales.

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I made sure every spot was covered and then Mr. Impatient had to see his creation immediately, so I removed the stencil and we were both very excited to see something so pretty! I’m sure you’re probably supposed to let it dry and then remove it so you don’t risk smudging it, but it was hard enough to stop the flailing little arms from smearing the whole thing while it was on so I figured I’d better show him and then display it up high where he couldn’t touch it.

After I removed the stencil, I immediately rinsed it off and the acrylic paint easily came off with a little scrubbing. The stencil is made from laser cut 12 mil Mylar and can be used over and over again. It can also be cleaned with paint thinner if you choose to let the paint dry on it and have a harder time cleaning it off. Acrylics will usually wash off or peel off easily though, even when dry.

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So you can see our seahorse doesn’t have super crisp edges and isn’t “perfect” but I think that adds to its beachy vibe. I just have to add a little hook to the back and I’ll be hanging this little masterpiece on the wall. And thanks to StencilRevolution.com for sending the stencil for this fun little project!

I Don’t Want to do The Thing

So, this is me today:

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I keep sitting down and trying to do The Thing I’m supposed to be doing and it’s just not happening. Actually typing about not doing it is the closest I’ve gotten to doing it. And therefore, I’m almost giving myself a pat on the back for half-assly doing The Thing without trying. Good good! You wrote 61 words so far, write just a few more and we can call it good enough and press publish.

I haven’t had much time to actually sit down and think today, and in the few moments I have been able to have computer time it’s like all my thoughts just get jammed up and then come lumbering out in a weird cumbersome way. So then I just scroll through Facebook until my son realizes he hasn’t asked me for food in the last seven minutes and I have to go back into Mom/servant mode.

There are actually a TON of things I could be doing on the blog right now. Products to review, SEO to brush up, drafts to edit, photos to resize…and I just don’t feel like doing a darn thing. My fire seems to have fizzled a bit today. Life kept throwing things at me. Like if I was the fire and those things were snowballs. So one by one they piled up and now I feel sort of like a pile of unmotivated slush.

But tomorrow is a new day. Time to shake it off. Try again. See if I can catch that spark. My fire may go up and down, but everything is fine as long as I make sure that pilot light never goes out.

 

Mogix Makes Portable Cell Phone Power that Fits in Your Pocket

In this era of cell phone dependability, we never want to get caught with a drained battery. Mogix makes it easy to avoid the dreaded dead phone experience with their ultra thin 5000mAh portable cell phone chargers that easily fit in your purse, baby bag, glove compartment or even your pocket.

Mogix sent me their Portable Power Bank in both black and white to try out for the blog, and I was immediately impressed by how slim and lightweight they were. The sleek design and 3.8 oz. weight make it easy to stash these in my “mom bag” without adding to its ever-growing bulk. Smaller than an iPhone, but powerful enough to charge any cell phone or small USB-friendly device in a matter of hours, this is definitely a handy little gadget.

The first thing I did was plug it in to make sure it had a full charge. It comes with a charging cable for the power bank, but you use your own regular phone charging cable to connect your phone. They recommend charging it about four hours or just leaving it plugged in overnight. Once the four little lights on the front are all lit, you are fully charged. You can check the amount of charge by pressing the little button on the front. For this particular charger, you can get one to three phone charges out of one battery charge and about 500 charges overall.

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Once it was fully charged, I let my phone get down to around 8% left on my battery before I tested it. I used my usual phone cord and plugged it into the USB port on the Mogix charger. I checked it after about 30 minutes and I was already up to 45%.  After that, it took about two hours to get a full charge. The good thing is you can use the phone while it’s charging, so no need to wait around for it to finish. After it charged, the battery lights on the Mogix only went down to three, so it appears I could probably get a few charges out of it before needing to recharge.

The battery will shut off on its own and not keep charging, so your device is protected by an auto shut-off and temperature control system. The Mogix also comes with a 90 Day Satisfaction Guarantee and 18 Month Warranty.

It was easy to use, fast to charge and didn’t take up much space. I’ll definitely be keeping one of these stashed in our “go bag” that we take on our bike and park adventures!

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