preschool

Spring Inchies

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It’s been rainy, rainy, rainy here the past few days! Not to mention cold and dark. It isn’t June – it’s Juneuary! I crack myself up.

When you work with children, multiple rainy days in a row calls for some creativity, arts and crafts. And sometimes, the quicker the better, to hold little ones’ interest. And that’s why I love inchies so much. You can make multiple works of art in about ten minutes. I love mounting them all on one piece of construction paper, then laminating them

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(I apologize for the quality and tint of that photo – the lighting wasn’t great.) Our inchie wall gallery!

Inchies are based on the concept of That Artist Woman. I tried water colors and pastels, but having no water color paper on hand, it didn’t work out too well. I tried construction, printer and regular painting paper – no dice!

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I love mixed media artwork. Each inchie is made from a different medium. The yellow flowers are pieces of construction paper surrounding a little marker dot, the suns are colored pencil, the rain is crayon, and the butterflies are marker.

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Work-in-progress photos are the best!

The project was pretty last minute, and that’s a reason I love these; they don’t require too much prep work!

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Here’s another project-in-progress my coworker was doing with the kids while the inchies were going on.

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That Artist Woman has lots of ideas for inchies. Alphabet inchies, summer, fall, holidays…I’ve made many as gifts for parents, and my kiddo and I have made them as gifts for friends and family. They look really cool and artistic when they’re framed.

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Here are some fall ones I made with my daughter years ago. I have been in love with the inchies concept for a long time now.

Go forth and make some inchies! Let me know what you make!

#nantucket.knitter or tag @nantucket.knitter on Instagram with any photos you take of your projects!

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