FREE Cut Out & Colour: Animals in Christmas Sweaters

It’s that time of year again… So, here’s a little present for you. Something to do during the Christmas holidays.  Cut out and colour Mr Badger and Mr Bear looking smart in their Christmas jumpers. Hang them on your tree or use them as gift tags or give them to your friends..  Click here to download the printable PDF.

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Now you can colour and cut out Mr Badger and Mr Bear!

If you would like your animals to hang, stick a piece of folded ribbon or cord to the inside and then glue back and front together.

 

Merry Christmas!

As usual, please feel free to share this free thing but remember the copyright for these images belongs to Jools Wilson and you may not use them for any profit making activity.

Thanks

Jools x

 

 

 

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Printing on fabric with your inkjet printer.

Printing on fabric with your inkjet printer! I saw a tutorial for this on Pinterest. I was slightly dubious and concerned I would end up with a printer full of tangled inky threads, but I tried it anyway…

The fabric I used was cotton and fairly thin. It worked beautifully and I covered some notebooks. I’ll be experimenting with coarser fabrics as well.

I used images from my sketchbook which I scanned and arranged in photoshop, but you could draw your artwork at A4 and then simply scan and print.

Now I’m thinking about all the other things I can use this technique for…watch this space.

 

Make Your Own Pug in a Box

Download and make a pug in a box. Then give it to someone. 🙂

Click here for the free PDF to download.

If you need help with how to make your Pug in a Box, visit my Hug in a Box page and follow the method there.

Please share, make pugs, give them to people, take photos and show me.

Copyright is the property of Julie Wilson. Download for personal use only.

 

 

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(How to) Screen Print a Bear!

 

How to make a screen print on fabric with very cheap materials.

IMG_3153I’d been wanting to print tote bags to sell on my shop for a while.  I looked at commercial printing but it was expensive and required having large quantities made, home screen printing with photograph emulsion sounded complicated and I rejected lino printing because I just hate cutting it.  Luckily, I found several tutorials on the internet for different methods of screen printing.  I experimented a little, and used various of the ideas I’d seen. This is how I did it.

You Will Need:

  • An old picture frame
  • Voile
  • PVA glue
  • Jam jar with lid
  • Paintbrushes
  • An old credit card
  • Fabric to print onto
  • Screen printing ink for fabric
  • A design to print

IMG_3152First you need your design. I drew my unicycling bear very roughly on paper then scanned it, completed the design in photoshop and printed it out the size I wanted it on the bags. You can just draw the design to the size you want or find an image on the web.

Next I took my piece of voile and stapled it to my picture frame. It needs to be as taut as possible. Keep the staples to the back of the frame as it needs to sit perfectly flat on your fabric while you are printing.

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I put my printed out design under my frame and traced it onto the voile with a ballpoint pen.

(I left some of the detail out as I was happy to add it later, but it’s up to you how much you want to trace. Paper under screen so you can see the drawing.)IMG_3143

 

 

The next stage is to start painting on your screen with a blocking agent.  I used a 50/50 mixture of PVA glue and water.  Simply put glue and water into a jam jar and shake thoroughly!  I also added a drop of acrylic ink to mine so that it was easier to see where I had painted.

IMG_3145The idea is to block out all the areas you wish to remain white.  Prop up your frame so that it’s not touching anything underneath and start painting on the glue mix with a fine brush. Once you have painted round the outline and added the detail use a larger brush to block in the big white areas. Allow the glue to dry and then repeat with a second coat.

Allow to dry thoroughly.

 

IMG_3144Printing!

I made a test print before I started printing on bags. If you find you have made a mistake you can gently rinse off the ink under the cold tap, allow to dry, add more glue and dry before printing again.

To print you will need to put something underneath your fabric. I have a vinyl tablecloth and I put a piece of mountboard inside the bags. A plastic bag should work fine, but whatever you use make sure it is flat and smooth.  It’s also a good idea to iron your fabric before you print on it.

IMG_3150Place you frame on the fabric where you want to print.  Make sure the voile is in contact with the fabric. You can see in the photo that I weighed the top my frame down with a large stone.  Dollop a large blob of the screen printing ink at the top of your image and drag in across the image towards you with an old credit card. If you haven’t put enough ink on, don’t worry, just add some more and keep going. (I also tried applying ink with a brush but it didn’t work as well as this method.)

IMG_3146Once you have covered your image with ink you can carefully lift your frame off.  Put your fabric aside until the print has dried thoroughly. If you want to print another, carry straight on, or carefully rinse the ink off of your frame to use again.

The ink I used needs to be fixed with heat. Cover the image with a tea towel and iron as hot as you can on both sides. (Check manufacturer’s instructions for IMG_3147the ink you use.)

This sounds complicated but it was really fun to do!

 

 

IMG_3157My Unicycling Bear tote bags are available to buy on my Etsy shop.

 

 

Hug in a Box – Free to Download and Make

Download and make a hug in a box, then give it to someone who needs a hug.

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You will need:

Cardboard or stiff paper for your computer printer

Glue (eg PVA)

Scissors

Instructions:

Click on the image below and download the PDF

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Print out the PDF file onto card or stiff paper.

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Cut out the 3 images at the bottom of the page.

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Fold the box along all the dotted lines. It will help if you gently score the fold lines first.

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One at a time, apply glue sparingly to corner tabs and glue to outside of box. Hold each corner in place until dry.

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Score base foldline on bears and unfold again. Apply glue sparingly to base.

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Stick bears into base of box pressing down firmly. Hold until dry. When the glue is dry, fold bears up into box.

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Stick the label on the front of the box.

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You’ve made a hug in a box!

 

 

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Free Colouring Sheet!

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I’m busy drawing some new illustrations for the poem ‘Where Do Your Parents Go At Night?’ by Dom Conlon.  I’ll show you those when they are all finished. In the meantime, I’ve made this colouring sheet based on one of my new drawings.  Just click on the picture above to go to Inkology.co.uk and download the colouring sheet for free!

Don’t forget to show me or Dom the results! And let your kids colour it too. x

 

New! Free Kids Activity Sheet to Download…

…..for those rainy Easter weekends.

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My Astro Poetica aliens are little green men… What do you think an alien would look like?

Astro Poetica colouring sheet free to download from Inkology.co.uk

Also..previously on Inkology.co.uk by me and free to download:

Cats colouring sheet

Astro Poetica Mini Origami Book to print out and fold

Astro Poetica Colouring Sheet

There are also loads of stories and poems with illustrations by talented artists free to read on Inkology.co.uk

An article about this colouring sheet is also available on the child friendly version of my blog: joolswilsonkidsstuff