Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Make Your Own Masterpiece Magnets

I love this craft project because at the end you have a collection of miniature masterpieces that you can look at and play with every day. This is a simple and fun way to bring art into your daily life (just like reading this blog!).

Supplies Needed:

Clear marbles that are flat on one side
(use the largest size you can find)
Small printouts of masterpieces
Small, round magnets
White glue
Hot glue gun and sticks

You’ll need to ask an adult for help with this one.

Search online for pictures of your favorite paintings. At the end of this post are links to some of my favorite artists. Try searching this website for images before you go elsewhere. You’ll probably find what you’re looking for. You can make the pictures smaller by copying them to a word processing program and resizing them.

Print some pictures and cut them to the size and shape of the marbles. It’s okay if some of the picture is cut off. You may even want to cut one painting into many pieces and make one magnet with each piece of the painting. Be as creative as you want!

With a paintbrush, spread a small amount of white glue over the flat side of a marble. This should be a very thin layer of glue. You want it to dry clear so the picture will show through.

Let the marble dry.

Put a small dab of hot glue onto a round magnet and press it to the back (flat side) of the marble.

Repeat for each magnet you make.

Use your masterpiece marbles to hang your own artwork from the fridge!

**Links to favorite artists**

Vincent van Gogh

Claude Monet

Edgar Degas

Jackson Pollock

Piet Mondrian

Salvador Dali

Pablo Picasso

Henri Matisse

George Seurat

Sandro Botticelli

Johannes Vermeer

Leonardo da Vinci

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