Tag: art for kids

Wonder pets for the walls.

Ok, say it with me…. Awwww. A huge pet peeve of mine when it comes to kid décor is the overabundance of safari and other unoriginal animal themes. However, thanks to the new Animal Print shop from animal photographer extraordinaire Sharon Montrose, I’m a convert. Baby animals for your baby’s room? Perfect fit. Commercial photographer Sharon Montrose blended her passions for photography and animals, becoming the go-to pro for animal photography and we can see why. Her new publicly available series the Little Darlings are incredible individual intimate close ups of baby lions, tigers, bears and a variety of other...

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Lion Love

I just found the absolute perfect baby gift if you’re looking for something sweet, personalized, and indie. In fact we love it so much, it’s one of the first items we knew we wanted in our baby shower gift guide this year. This personalized lion print with the new babe’s name on it is just super sweet. The drawing is whimsical (this isn’t a National Geographic lion, don’t you worry) and the personalization in a fun font adds a thoughtful touch. Here’s a cool fact. Did you know that lions sleep for twenty hours a day? This sounds a whole...

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A coloring book to inspire art, creativity and belly laughs

A little bit Shel Silverstein, a little bit Mo Willems, a little bit Seuss, a little bit Lemony Snicket, and a little bit Taro Gomi. If those names–especially together–sound like your idea of heaven on paper, then you’re going to love this awesome new coloring book for kids from Calef Brown. Dragon, Robot, Gatorbunny (yes, Gatorbunny is one thing, not two) has the subhead Pick one, draw it, make it funny! and that should give you a good sense of why your kids will never want to put it down. This wonderfully imaginative book from the illustrator of my...

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Turn your child’s favorite toy into amazing artwork

I’ve always liked the idea of decorating a child’s room with fine art photographs. If the colors are great and the subject is cool, it can make a room feel so fresh and modern. So I’d say bright, colorful photos of classic children’s toys fit that bill perfectly. Especially when they’re your own children’s toys. And these come from the brand new, just opened Etsy shop of a super talented, award-winning photographer. I’m totally in love with these fine art photographs of classic toys from photographer Jamie Horton that she originally made for her own sons, from their own...

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Girls that aren’t afraid to get muddy, we salute you!

Forget sugar and spice and everything nice; more and more parents are looking for art that depicts heir daughters the way they are, and not the way they were in Victorian times.  You may remember our post on the princess who saves herself. In artist Amanda Visell’s newest print series, she takes on girls who are completely unafraid to: get dirty, explore, dream big, and be themselves. I really appreciate how Amanda Visell breaks out of the defined gender molds–not that there’s anything wrong with rainbows and glitter, but you won’t find them here. Every time I look at...

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A great twin gift for double the fun

Twin gifts can be among the toughest to find for new babies–that is, if you want something more unique than two matching onesies and hats. That’s why I love this art idea. Barcelona artist Judy Kaufmann is an extremely talented artist that celebrates the beauty and closeness of twins. Her Twins artwork could be a great gift for new parents of multiples.  Her colors are bright, her characters are quirky, and there is just so much to see. It will look great in a nursery, and just as awesome in a teenager’s room.  The artist is so talented, there’s lots to love...

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Beastly and silly coloring fun? Yes, please.

Open ended coloring books are simply divine. They give children (and adults–I admit, I love to color!) just enough of a prompt to get things going. The finished pages from your kids are pure magic. In the case of My Beastly Book of Silly Things: 150 ways to doodle, scribble, color and draw, the pages keep getting more and more awesome.  Draw owners that look like their dogs, a boy and his boogers, and more, more, more. This is not your ordinary coloring book.  Author/illustrator Vincent Boudgourd has such a unique style that is equal parts imagination and whimsy....

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From the gulf stream waters to the redwood forest

My kids have always been fascinated by maps and globes, which I think is great. One of my greatest dreams is to raise children who love travel. So we love looking for postcards, artwork, and books that commemorate some of the places we’ve been. But I haven’t seen anything like this incredible papercut art. Layered papercut art from Crafterall would be cool if you don’t even realize they’re topographical maps and not abstractions. There’s everything from New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee where I spent my summer camp years, to the great island of Manhattan to a gorgeous blue and white...

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Editors Best of 2011: The coolest kids’ art and decor

One of the fun things about planning for a baby is planning how to decorate the nursery. Then, planning on how to transition it from a baby room to a kids’ room. Allow us to present some of the coolest art and decor ideas from 2011. Creative Thursday Growth Charts Liz: We adore Marisa’s work which you might recognize from the nursery in Up All Night, or just from her wonderful etsy shop. This growth chart (at top) is a lovely improvement over the pencil marks on the door. Chooch Magooz Custom Artwork Kristen: I can’t say enough amazing things...

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A portable easel for whenever inspiration strikes

My kids are what you might call serious artists. No they aren’t selling their paintings for thousands, they just can’t leave the house without a bunch of arts and crafts stuff–just in case inspiration hits in the minivan, I suppose. Fortunately, one of our favorite brands for neatly-designed, high-quality kids’ toys has come up with a portable easel for an artistic playspace on-the-go Long-time CMP favorite B. Toys’ Take it Easel—gotta love their creative product names—pops up to be a two-sided magnetic easel with a whiteboard on one side and blackboard on the other. Hooray for families with two...

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Creativity inside the box

I love living in Boston, but every once in a while something so great comes along that it gives me serious New York envy. The Moomah NYC creative arts cafe is one of those things. But for those of us not within taxi distance of their organic cafe, cool classes, and drop-in kids craft station, they’re offering some of their craft projects now in handy kits just in time for holiday gift-giving. These kits include everything — down to the kid’s scissors — so you can bring the arts home, or really, anywhere you go.  I love the Imagination Creation Do-It-Together...

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Children’s art that lives forever

I’m one of those mothers that’s a professional organizer’s nightmare. I can hardly bear to part with a single one of my girls’ drawings, whether it’s a 3-D art class project, or a scribble on a napkin. So I always love ways to turn kids’ creations into more formal keepsake pieces, helping to validate my love of all that delicious early artwork. Chooch Magooz is a shop providing those very services, and from what I can tell, what she does with personalized childrens artwork is just gorgeous. Scan your child’s work into a jpg file and she’ll recreate it...

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Luchador Love

Nacho Libre happens to be one of my all time favorite movies. Something about Jack Black in “stretchy pants,” as he calls it, just puts me in a good mood. Well these posters bring out the giddiness in both me and the kids. Rebecca Paragine is my kind of artist–whimsical and full of energy. Her newest pieces are based on luchador wrestling culture from Mexico, and I can’t help but chuckle. I want to hang them all up because I really can’t pick a favorite print. The vibrant colors, the funny faces, and the silly names all make me...

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Simple, seasonal crafts for the not-so-crafty

Back before I had kids, I was actually pretty crafty. But add four bundles of joy and I’m struggling to think of something to make for dinner, let alone what to do with empty egg cartons. Well, thanks to this new book from one of our fave craft bloggers, Marie LeBaron, I can whip up seasonal activities in a matter of minutes, most of which don’t require me to spend a ton of money at the craft store. I’m already a huge fan of Marie LeBaron’s lovely blog Make and Takes so I’m not surprised that her new book...

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U is for Underground – That’s our kind of ABC Book

M isn’t for mustache. I checked. But if you dig retro-modern design and a book that feels like buttah, you’re going to want this one for your kid’s bookshelf… or your own coffee table. Paul Thurlby’s Alphabet is a swoon-worthy collection of paintings so hip that they look like you dug them out of a lime green vintage suitcase on Portobello Road. The artist often uses old book covers, postcards, and vintage ephemera to add to the charm, so the images have a worn texture and delicious warmth that you don’t usually see in ABC books. I love the...

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Your kid: The next Paul Klee

I’ve tried to encourage my tween’s intense love of all things art since she was a wee thing. To fuel her fire, we have loads of art books from “open-ended” coloring books like Rosie Flo’s and those by Taro Gomi, to more academic tomes with pages of famous artwork from which she can draw (heh) inspiration. Our latest find brings together the free drawing she loves with the works of some of the world’s most famous artists, and it is the perfect addition to any young artist’s studio, even if that “studio” is also your dining room table. Let’s...

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Memory meets Modern Art

We played lots of board games in my house growing up, and with a 4 year age difference, there were few my sister and I could both make it through without quitting. (We in fact have never completed a game of Monopoly to this day.) One of the few games we both loved however was Memory. And now there’s a gorgeous new version of it, that kids will love as much as their art fan parents. I was fully down when got the chance to check out the new Modern Art Memory game from Ammo books. Already having nostalgic affection for Memory, I...

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Animal themed nursery prints with a French accent

As I have mentioned here before, I have a real sweet spot for nursery art prints. While my daughter’s room may be the size of your suburban walk in closet, I will always keep an eye out for another something special to squeeze onto her tiny walls. Especially when it’s accompanied by a cause as nice as this one. Once again temptation presents itself with the discovery of the smart animal series from Tiny Us. We have already declared our love for Virgine Dreyer’s noble charity project and her mission to raise funds for Presence, a special institute for handicapped...

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Not all princesses need saving

Ever on the lookout for clothing and decor for girls that portrays the strong, amazing kids that they are, I was so happy to find this series of posters. Artist Amanda Visell has created a wonderful quartet of strong girl posters with messages from I am my own captain to my favorite, I can save myself. I adore her illustration style, and so do folks who have put her talents to use on animated series like the Simpsons. You can grab each one for $30 or if you just can’t pick among them–and I wouldn’t blame you–then you’re in...

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4 great craft gifts for kids. Instructions optional.

Maybe it’s because I am so lacking in the artistic/crafty gene, but I’ve always preferred arts-and-craft kits that call for a heavy dose of imagination. In other words, I could never get my final product to look anything like the picture on the box. For all those kids like me, I’ve pulled together a few new craft projects for when you’re feeling super crafty, or happy to make something that’s nothing like what you expected. –Christina My sister can turn a cardboard box into an architectural marvel, though I think she’s going to be impressed when she sees what...

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