Projects

Tie-Dye T-Shirts with New American Pathways

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Hello Paint Love viewers!

On March 28th, we had the pleasure of hosting a TIE-DYE PARTY with New American Pathways! All the kids received a plain, white t-shirt and created  beautiful designs!

 

This event was led by one of our lead artist, Penny Treese,   and her daughter, Gabby. Penny Treese is an encaustic artist. She has volunteered and worked with New American Pathways for almost four years!

Since it was a lovely day and we all know how messy tie-dying is, we did it outside. Gabby showed the kids a simply design to create spirals on the t-shirt. The shirt was sectioned off into four parts and the kids had their pick of any color dyes. 

 
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The designs came out amazing!

We then prompted the students to rinse their t-shirts with cold water so the dyes will set.

Even though the kids got dyes all over their hands, it was worth it! Because the messiest projects are the best projects!

Jewelry Making with Wellspring Living

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This past Friday we had a jewelry-making session with the girls from Wellspring Living and metal artist, Cat Goolsby. Wellspring Living helps Domestic Sex Trafficking victims (DMST) develop the courage to move forward and the confidence to succeed. 

Almost ten girls came to learn how to make rings and necklace pendants. We used copper wire and pliers to shape rings and pendents into the Egyptian spiral. No other tools were used. This was truly a hands-on jewelry making session. The Spiral represents the pattern of growth and evolution. It represents infinity and continuity which symbolize innocence and rebirth.  

 

The Egyptian spiral truly represents how these girls are. They are growth, evolution, and innocence. Through everything they have been through, they will grow and achieve infinite possibilities. 

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Gratitude Journals with See Beautiful

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Last week, we collaborated with See Beautiful to make gratitude journals. See Beautiful is an organization that aims to empower young people to see beautiful in themselves, in others, and to create more beautiful in the world. Paint Love currently partners with two See Beautiful Clubs: 4/5 Academy and Globe Academy.  This project was collaborated with Globe Academy and led by Lead Artist, Liz Carson from Kate's Club. 

Liz started the project by asking what gratitude means to each person. She demonstrated how to make an accordion-style journal and what kinds of things they can draw in it. Kids could draw people, places, and things that they're grateful for. 

 

The unique thing that Liz suggested is that instead of drawing the actual people their grateful for, they should draw something that represents them. Something that is personal and unique to them. It makes the journals even more personal. 

 

Some students drew animals to represent their parents, others drew sports or even superheros! 

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It was so much fun talking with the kids and seeing how they depict the important people in their lives! We loved helping these kids make these unique journals and look forward to working with See Beautiful again!