CollageCollage is one of my favorite techniques. Collage (From the French: coller, to glue) is a technique of an art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.
A collage may sometimes include newspaper clippings, ribbons, bits of colored or handmade papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas.
Iris foldingIris folding is an easy technique based on paper folding and creating beautiful patterns. You can use it for making greeting cards, tags, scrapbook elements, or large designs to your room that can be framed. The most interesting part is a texture and depth you feel when handling such pattern.
Any type of paper for iris folding can be used, but the common wrapping paper works best. If you want your children to do it, let them go with unfolded color construction paper. My son (8 yrs.) was able to do a beautiful simple Christmas tree for his grandma :-). See below. We used patterns from fantastic site: http://www.circleofcrafters.com
PaintingPainting is one of my favorite hobbies, so I paint a lot. But if you don´t feel comfortable with painting, you can use rubber stamps instead and color with watercolors.
DrawingDrawing works well for personal greetings and postcards. It´s easy, fast and the effect is unique and wonderful. Whatever tool you use for drawing - pencil, permanent marker, charcoal, pen, ...
Tea bag foldingTea bag folding is a paper craft also known as miniature kaleidoscopic origami. It was created in Holland by a woman named Tiny van der Plaas. According to the story, she was in need of a unique and decorative birthday card. As she sat thinking, she began absently folding a colorful tea bag envelope that was on the table. Voila! Tea bag folding was born.
Unlike more traditional origami, tea bag folding uses several small identical squares of paper, usually eight of them, folded exactly the same way. These are either interlocked or they lay side by side. The end result is a symmetrical medallion which can be used on cards or as ornaments.
Actually, it reminds me a kind of patchwork technique. It´s a really fun craft. The best paper is wrapping paper, it´s easy to fold and cheap. The result then looks very nice :-)
Decoupageis the art of decoration by gluing colored paper cutouts onto a decorated object in combination with special paint effects, embellishments and so on. Commonly the object is covered by cutouts from magazine, paper towels, tissues of special from purpose-manufactured papers. Each layer is sealed with varnish until the "stuck on" appearance disappears and the result looks like a real painting. I used this technique for card-making and it works really well.
EmbroideryEmbroidery is the art or handicraft of decorating fabric or other materialswith needle and thread or yarn. Embroidery may also incorporate other materials such as metal strips, pearls, beads, quills, and sequins. Embroidery is most often recommended for caps, hats, coats, blankets, dress shirts, denim, stockings, and golf shirts. Embroidery is available with a wide variety of thread or yarn colour.
A characteristic of embroidery is that the basic techniques or stitches of the earliest work—chain stitch, buttonhole or blanket stitch, running stitch,satin stitch, cross stitch—remain the fundamental techniques of hand embroidery today.
String Art and SpirelliString art, or pin and thread art, is characterized by an arrangement of colored thread strung between points to form abstract geometric patterns or representational designs such as a ship's sails, sometimes with other artist material comprising the remainder of the work. Thread, wire, or string is wound around a grid of nails hammered into a velvet-covered wooden board. Though straight lines are formed by the string, the slightly different angles and metric positions at which strings intersect may give the appearance of Bézier curves (and often construct good approximations of quadratic Bézier curves).
SpirelliOther forms of string art include Spirelli, which is used for cardmaking and scrapbooking, and curve stitching, in which string is stitched through holes.
String art has its origins in the 'curve stitch' activities invented by Mary Everest Boole at the end of the 19th Century to make mathematical ideas more accessible to children. It was popularized as a decorative craft in the late 1960's through kits and books.
Rubber stampingRubber stamping, also called stamping, is a craft in which some type of ink made of dye or pigment is applied to an image or pattern that has been carved, molded, laser engraved or vulcanized, onto a sheet of rubber. The rubber is often mounted onto a more stable object such as a wood, brick or an acrylic block.
EmbossingEmbossing is the technique at which the paper and other non-metal products is raised by using specific tools to accomplish the task.