Thursday, 30 June 2016

Make Edible Paper in 3 Easy Steps

ediblepaper3You can whip up this super-easy edible paper in as little as 15 minutes and use it for secret messages, decorative foods, and more!

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Human-Sized Griffin Puppet Wows at Maker Faire Kansas City

griffin2This is probably the closest a person can get to meeting a mythical griffin in real life.

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5 Ways to Find Time for Making

piworkMaking time for making can take some strategy when you have a full time job and family obligations, but it's not impossible.

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These Custom Night Vision Goggles Don’t Even Look Homemade

IMG_20160529_182810We were super impressed with these custom raspberry pi powered night vision goggles. You won't believe they're DIY.

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Crush Cans Effortlessly with an Arduino-Powered Arm

Photo by Hep SvadjaUse an Arduino and an H-bridge motor circuit to build an automatic can crusher

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Deadpool’s Disembodied Head Shares a Catchphrase When It Holds Your Gear

uprightJulia needed a place to rest her cool, new headphones when she wasn't using them, so her dad made a quipping Deadpool head.

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3D Knit Your Own Clothes with Kniterate

All images courtesy of Gerard Rubio.You might say that the relationship between textile production and computing has always been a little close-knit.

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State Library of Queensland: Something Wicked This Way Comes

This year we have the distinct pleasure of hosting updates from Dr. Matt Finch, with whom we’ve worked on a number of LAIP features, as he serves as Creative in Residence at the State Library of Queensland, Australia. He’s working to support the work that State Library staff do to plan and implement large-scale cultural programming for a huge swath of the Australian library community. Enjoy! ~Laura

by Matt Finch

A rumble of trucks in the night. Lights flickering in the dark, just beyond the city limits. At dawn, a familiar smell of candy floss carries on the breeze. A sense of anticipation suffuses the whole town.

The carnival has come to visit once more.

Or is it the library?

Last time on Library as Incubator, we talked about the Signature Team at State Library of Queensland (SLQ), a “seven-fingered fist” responsible for creating year-long themed programs and partnerships in a state three times the size of France. That’s a tall order for any organisation, but when you also have to provide activities and events for a major city-centre venue in the same year, it’s nigh-on impossible.

That’s where the library’s Regional Partnerships team come in. Luckily, impossible is their specialty.

Regional Partnerships

“Our job is to keep the 340 libraries across Queensland FIT,” says Deb Miles, the team’s executive manager. “We give them funding, ideas, and training.”

Like most of her team, Deb is not herself a librarian. A formal social worker and community development officer, her eclectic resume also includes running restaurants, working in a pineapple canning plant, and front of house roles with a roving funfair.

Deb’s not the only regional outreach officer who has a carnival background. Michelle Hughes, Coordinator of Public Library Services for SLQ, is one of the team’s fully qualified librarians, but she’s also a biker and former journalist who also had a “spangles and sequins” phase as a trapeeze-swinging circus aerialist.

“We’re trying to support and inspire people across Queensland – our mission is inspiring the state’s creativity forever,” explains Michelle. “But it’s the public librarians who inspire me. There’s a lot of spreadsheets to be completed in my job but when I hear what they’re up to in the regions, that’s what keeps my enthusiasm up. I’d never have thought of putting robots in a swimming pool, for example – but Logan City Libraries are planning just that, using waterproof Sphero devices.”

Project Officer Tammy Joynson is another ex-journo and former teacher who cut her teeth on regional newspapers before ending up on the front lines of public library engagement.  “That time in the newsroom gave me curiosity and an instinct for finding the human story behind social issues and technological change.”

I recently teamed up with Tammy and her colleague Eva Ruggiero (who also drove trucks for a travelling carnival!) on a robot game design project which let me understand what it was like for a state body to work with regional communities.

Australia can often see communities in terms of cities versus regions, with rural areas sometimes feeling treated as second class citizens. This tendency has to be fought. Events I ran in regional New South Wales like the infamous zombie siege showed that rural areas can actually be more resourceful and better suited to swift innovation than some urban settings.

There’s also a digital access problem, in a country of 23 million people spread out over a landmass which is bigger than Europe and in places very inhospitable. It’s simply the case that Australian regional internet access is still very patchy – although modern day agriculture is more advanced and computer-based than ever before. The question for us is often: how do libraries engage rural communities in the digital age?

By going out and listening, of course.

The Case of the Cotton-Picking Robots

This led to me sitting in the cab of a combine harvester for a day out on the Darling Downs, home to Queensland’s cotton industry. By spending that time listening carefully, and paying attention, we saw that even small family farms were loaded with digital technology.

“Sixty years ago these farms were worked with horses,” one farmer said to me. “What will we be using sixty years from now? Will we even be in the fields?”

This inspired us to create a package of youth activities using Ozobots: tiny programmable robots which follow lines drawn on sheets of paper. SLQ sends Ozobots out to libraries across the state, where staff like Toowomba’s Jo Beazley devise amazing activities.

Ozobots

Ozobots play on local maps as part of SLQ’s 2016/16 grant to regional libraries. Image by activity creator Jo Beazley of Toowoomba Libraries.

How can we support such regional libraries, especially ones which may have very limited staffing, to run play sessions – but also not stifle their creativity and expect them merely to implement our instructions?

Tammy, Eva, and I came up with a two-tier game using the Ozobots to let children play at being at farmers of the future. Pretending that the Ozobots were “Universal Farming Machines” of the year 2050, players had to overcome various challenges to successfully plant a field full of crops. Small regional libraries could simply play this game using our rules, the Ozobots, and some pens and paper.

But for librarians who were keen to do something different, we challenged them to expand on, adapt, and rewrite our game to make it better. We used our farm visit to approach the agricultural sector for sponsorship and prize money to offer the regional library who created the best adaptation.

The challenge is always to offer creativity, freedom, and flexibility alongside support for already-busy regional librarians. We try to light small sparks and fan the flames which might ignite greater things further down the line.

Bridging The Digital Divide

For Strategic Projects Officer Eva, these kind of games could seem a little tame. Prior to her library role, she worked in health promotion and has a decade’s experience working with injecting drug users.

“There’s less phlebotomy involved in my current role,” she laughs, “but at heart there’s a great overlap between public health and public librarianship. They’re both about empowering members of the community, no matter who they are, where they’re from, or what they do.”

Eva often works alongside Senior Project Officer Lyn Thompson, herself a former nurse – although Lyn has also been a senior retail manager and has visual merchandising skills to boot. They’re always in demand when a project is in the final stages of design and presentation.

Lyn has a special focus on working with older people and the Tech-Savvy Seniors program.

“There’s a surprising number of people who still don’t even know what a mouse is. There are some people who haven’t touched or connected with the technological changes of recent years, so haven’t seen the relevance of what it would bring to their lives. There was 93-year-old gentleman from Rockhampton who had assumed the Internet was something for young people, all games and trivia; we helped him to research his interest in horses and poultry.”

“The Digital Divide isn’t just about older people, though,” she says. “We have youth programs and programs for seniors, but we also have a lot of people in the 35-50 age bracket who need help with new technology. And they’re also the age range we’re trying to encourage into public libraries.”

The team’s newest member is fine artist and librarian Janet McGuinness, who worked with refugee communities in Victorian libraries before heading to the Sunshine State and working at Noosa Council library. Janet recently supported the rollout of the Welcome Toolkit for community engagement, working in a team of nine librarians from across the state: “We’ve developed a tool to help libraries design, devise, and deliver their own community engagement outreach programs.” You can download a PDF of the Toolkit here.

Creative and clever, determined but responsive to the communities they serve, the Regional Partnerships team are an example of how non-librarians work within library organisations to support their mission of access to knowledge and culture through research, play, and learning.

When you hear the RP team approach…it’s like the carnival coming to town.

To find out more, get in touch with the team at RegionalPartnerships@slq.qld.gov.au

Matt Finch is the 2016 Creative in Residence at the State Library of Queensland and author of the newsletter Marvellous, Electrical. Find out more at www.matthewfinch.me 

 



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Noble Gases Turn into a Light Up Rainbow with a Tesla Coil

noblegasesA Tesla coil is the only thing powering these glass tubes filled with noble gasses, creating a glowing rainbow.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

A Video Sampling of National Maker Faire 2016

smartHomeTake a little video tour of last weekend's National Maker Faire.

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Bose’s New Bluetooth Speakers Are Made for Modding

boseBuildThe BOSEbuild Bluetooth Speaker, designed with makers in mind, is meant to be modified and customized.

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What Shape of LED Should I Use for My Project?

TechnoChic_LEDexploration (1)There's a wide variety of LEDs on the market, in different shapes and sizes. Choose your LED with these things in mind.

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Build a Rechargeable Rocket Launcher That Shoots Over 300 Feet

rocketsThis rocket launcher is portable, rechargeable, powerful, and awesome looking! Watch as it launches rockets 300 feet away.

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“An Evening to Paint” at North Carolina Wesleyan College’s Pearsall Library

by Melissa Knox

My name is Melissa Knox, and I am the Circulation Supervisor at Pearsall Library on the main campus of North Carolina Wesleyan College. “An Evening to Paint” was such a simple art project for people of all ages. While we aimed for student involvement, it quickly became a program for staff and community. The idea was to give the students who were on campus during the summer, when there is nothing on campus to do, a way to express themselves. As the idea came to life in my mind, I contacted the person I knew could instruct this project, Allison Haislip.

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And perfect she was!

She immediately came out to the college to walk the area inside and out of the library to see where would be the ideal space to work with approximately 10 students. We decided within a few moments to do the event outside on our terrace, in the evening around 6:00pm so as not to be too hot, and to provide the paint and canvas for the students. As soon as all of this was decided, I made flyers and hung them up while getting a couple of our work-study students to pass the same flyers out. Then I created an event on Facebook that exploded.

Paint 2Once the word was out and we asked for people to sign up through the event on Facebook, everything took off. Before we knew it, there were 20 people signed up and growing. We ended up having to turn some away because the cost was beginning to exceed budget. Capping the program at 20 allowed us to go ahead and purchase:

  • 1 dozen 16 oz. bottles of acrylic paint
  • 24 paint brushes
  • 20 16×20 canvases

In order to make this all work, Allison and library staff had to make some arrangements, such as bringing in more tables and chairs, covering the tables with tablecloths, and setting up paint stations for each attendee.

After all the hard work, it was time for the real fun to begin– and this event was amazing! Of course, more than 20 people showed up, but there was concentration along with laughter and chatter all around the terrace. We already had some tables on the terrace, and with the use of a couple other tables and chairs, everyone was comfortable and Allison was able to instruct everyone on the art of painting a simple but lovely tree representing each person’s imagination entwined with their personality.

Paint 3

For the next “Evening of Paint” event, students will continue to be able to paint for free, but others from the community will have to pay a small fee to offset the costs. We plan on doing everything the same way, but incorporating music, and of course, using another picture format to challenge the imagination. It was great how everyone worked together to make this a relaxing evening, and to bring the greater community into an academic library space!

*All photos taken by Breanna Cutler and Allison Haislip

 

Melissa Knox bioMelissa Knox has worked in the Library field for almost nine years now with a background in youth services and childhood development. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion from Liberty University, and is pursuing her Master’s in Library Science.



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Made in Baltimore: Makerspaces as a Hub for Workforce Training

Accent wall in lobby made with reclaimed floor baords from DETAILs. Photo by Will HolmanIn a tough gig economy, being trained on the latest tools and having a wide range of skills can make all the difference when job hunting.

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Monday, 27 June 2016

Play Pinball in Virtual Reality with Real Haptic Feedback

pinballopenerBuild the “PinSim” cabinet controller and play VR pinball with real flipper buttons and an accelerometer-based nudge system!

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Test Your Grip Strength with a DIY Carnival Game

Figure ABuild a carnival-midway strength tester game using strain gauges and a comparator chip

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Monster-B-Gone Keeps Kids Safe from Creepy Bedroom Critters

MonsterBGoneOpenerNEWBuild a (pretend) bedtime scanner to repel creepy critters — so easy a kid can operate it.

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Race Tiny RumbleBots with a Hand-Cranked Raceway

Rumblebots-FullTrack2 copyInspired by a Make: article, here’s a hand-cranked classroom science project that’s also a lot of fun.

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How to Prank Your Friends with Moldable Plastic

oops creamerUse moldable plastic to create great new practical jokes!

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Create a Raspberry Pi Photo Booth for Your Next Party

Photo by Hep SvadjaUse the new Pi 3 to make a touchscreen photo booth that instantly uploads to Google Photos!

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Make a Wi-Fi Enabled Light Switch Turner Onner

lightswitchturneronner-2-copyUse a servo to flick a light switch mechanically — without ever touching 110V power — with this Wi-Fi “Turner Onner”

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Sunday, 26 June 2016

“Vance Maker” and the Joys of Making with Kids

vanceMaker_1Those moments you spend with your kids making things will likely be some of your most cherished.

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This Week in Making: VR Prototypes, Spy Surveillance, and Leaked FAA Regulations

ValvePrototypeVIsit-52 (Medium)This past week we took a look at Valve's VR prototypes, learned how to make a super small spy bug, and got word of possible drone regulations

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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Last Chance to Share What You Make at the Largest Maker Gathering in Europe

mfr little figuresThere are still a few days left to submit your application to exhibit as a maker at the largest show and tell in Europe. The fourth annual Maker Faire Rome takes place October 14–16 at the Fiera di Roma, and if you’re a maker, you absolutely can’t afford to miss […]

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Making a Convincing Ant Man Helmet Out of Found Materials

antMan_1Mikaela Holmes improvises a sweet Ant Man helmet using trash and found objects.

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Weekend Watch: Tiny Home Living with the Von Thompsons

bus-houseThe Von Thompsons are living a charmed life in Washington in their converted school bus tiny home. See how they make small living spaces.

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Friday, 24 June 2016

DiResta: Key Hook

unnamedIn this week's episode of DiResta, Jimmy makes a simple row of hooks to store keys or wrenches.

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Use Your Smartphone as Your Car Key with an NFC Lock

nfcphoneAdding an NFC unlocker to your car allows you to open your vehicle with your phone, or an NFC ring.

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This Robot Monitors Avalanche Conditions So You Don’t Have To

RoverCurrently, the only way to assess avalanche danger is to hike up a snowy mountain and look at the conditions in person. Robots would be better.

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Make a Teeny Tiny FM Spy Transmitter

This is the finalized unit. It measures only 0.05 square inches.Oh! I just realized something... they're call spy "bugs" because they're the size of bugs. This FM transmitter is the size of a lady bug, specifically.

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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Making a Train Yard for Ticket to Ride

trainYard_1Need to organize your trains for Ticket to Ride? Why not build some train yards?

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Featuring: Ragnhildur Johanns

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in 2014. We love Ms. Johanns’ work so much we had to bring it back for another round!

We love book art here at the LAIP, and every once in awhile I like to mine the internet for all things book art, just to see what fabulous things can be made from discarded texts.  Today’s feature is Ragnhildur Johanns, a captivating artist I stumbled across on one such trip down the rabbit hole. Her beautiful sculptures, which combine book art and poetry, are not to be missed! Enjoy! ~Erinn

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The library at the Iceland Academy of the Arts has best librarians ever. They have a disco ball and a record player and a completely different approach to the library that is fresh and fun at the same time. ~Ragnhildur Johanns

Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work!

Ragnhildur Johanns (RJ): I was born in Reykjavík, Iceland 1977. I graduated with a BA degree from the Art Academy of Iceland in 2010 and I have been working on art and writing since then. I work with text, with performance, and more, but I do seek to work with poetry in my art.

The object book is the possibility of a poem and I have been generating poems from the books that find their way to me. I do not need for the poetry to be readable, but it is sufficient to me that the possibility of the poem is visible through the object. Each and every word pulled out of the book is carefully chosen to form a context-free romantic/erotic poem. The poems are extracted from the books, the sentences never leave the books and are not glued in, just pulled out and left there, and the book itself becomes part of the poem.

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In addition to my work as an artist I run the website http://ift.tt/1qqqOXH, which covers the Reykjavík art scene in a visual way. I also publish a magazine on contemporary art in Iceland with a group of friends called Endemi.

LAIP: What are you working on right now that you’re excited about?

RJ: At the moment I’m setting up my new studio and that is taking all my time for now– but it gets me so excited since I quite love the space and can’t wait to start working again

LAIP: How have libraries informed your creative work?  Tell us about the first library you remember playing a part in your artistic development.

RJ: I would say that the library at my hometown of Hafnarfjörður in Iceland had a lot to say about my upbringing in an artistic sense. I was not brought up to read for my amusement in my house, but I knew early that I really enjoyed reading. I was quite young when I started using the library regularly and I did read a lot. I remember going from one shelf to another trying to figure out what I wanted to read and even though they say “never judge the book by its cover” that is what I did because I had no idea what I wanted to read at the time.

As a teenager I knew what appealed to me and I started reading a lot of poetry and I haven’t stopped since.

I’m sure that this sort of an upbringing in the library as a young child has a lot to do with my fascination with books and not just the written word but the book as an object.

 …my fascination with books…is not just the written word, but the book as an object.

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LAIP: Can you describe a particular library-incubated project for us?  

RJ: The work entitled “SemSé” started as an idea at the library. I saw a lot of books that were being given away, books that no one wanted to read anymore and were taking up too much space at the library. The work consists of 100 books that were not wanted anymore, not only from the library but also from people that wanted to clean out their bookshelves.

 

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LAIP: As an artist, what would your ideal library be like?  What kinds of stuff would you be able to check out, and what could you do there?

RJ: My ideal library is located at the fine art department at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. It’s full of many awesome things– books on arts, artists, artists’ books, and theory texts, but it also has the best librarians ever. They have a disco ball and a record player and a completely different approach to the library that is fresh and fun at the same time.

 

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15 Fab Labs and 112 Projects Come Together at Maker Faire Lisbon

2J1C0196Maker Faire Lisbon has some incredible collaborations between makers of all types

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Is Manufacturing in China Right for Your Product?

aero-9559-1_jpg_project-bodyChina may seem like the obvious answer to your mass production needs, but there's some things you should consider before you commit.

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Amy Davis Roth Shares What it Takes to Be a Full-Time Maker

Amy Davis Roth of SurlyRamics.After losing everything, Amy Davis Roth turned a desire to create into a successful jewelry business from scratch.

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The Affectionator Lets Your Dog Pet You

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 3.44.16 PMSure, you enjoy petting your dog and giving Fido treats, but what if your dog wants to pet you and give you treats?

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

April Wilkerson Talks Hair Management for the Workshop

hairStick_5Hey, longhair! Make a wooden hair stick and put that hair up if you're working in the shop.

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Fashion a Mini Belt Sander Attachment for Your Dremel

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 9.14.27 AMHey ho, I'm sanding! With a mini belt sander attachment for your Dremel you can take your sanding projects on the go.

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Repurposing a Drill Press into a Wooden Lathe

Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 9.00.40 AMEverything you need to make a wooden lathe is right there in your drill press.

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

The Joys of Restoring Vintage Tools

toolRestore_6It's fun to find old tools at flea markets and garage sales, restore them, and add them to your collection.

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Maker Faire Singapore Celebrates Lifelong Learning

mfs aerialMaker Faire Singapore is adding new initiatives to encourage life long making

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Vote for Your Fave: Jack Link’s Hangry Hack-A-Thon

Maker_Faire_Lucas_Saugen_Day3-0208Who should win the Jack Link's "Hangry Hack-A-Thon" contest? Vote for the maker you think has the most beefed up idea!

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Exclusive: See the Secret Prototypes We Found in Valve’s VR Lab

ValvePrototypeVIsit-4 (Large)I just felt like we needed a ridiculously long gallery of Valve's prototypes to satiate the curiosity of our readers.

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MakerJam Energizes K-12 Education with Themed Hackathons

makerjam3Amazing things happen with MakerJam, which gets kids involved in making with themed events that emphasize creativity and collaboration.

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Pages to Projects: Milk Painting

This post was originally published on May 1, 2014.

Our good friend Rebecca Dunn is back on the Library as Incubator Project with another great post in her popular Pages to Projects series! She shares how to incorporate elements of art education and appreciation into storytime; if you’ve been inspired by Rebecca’s projects or have used her storytime plans at your library, we’d love to hear about it!  Share your experience in the comments or on social media. ~Erinn

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by Rebecca Dunn

After a long, cold winter the weather is slowly warming up and spring is becoming more of a reality. Finally! Blue skies! With the change in weather, spring is a popular time to host weather themed storytimes. A classic read for toddlers and preschoolers about clouds is It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw, a simple book that stimulates the imagination when it comes to shape recognition.

A great complimentary project to activate those amazing, creative little storytimer minds is the art (and science) of Milk Painting.

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This is Pages to Projects. Let’s do this.

I’ve seen a few milk painting projects making the rounds on Pinterest, like this one. After testing it out, I thought it would make for a fun follow-up project after reading Looks Like Spilt Milk, not only because one of the materials used is milk, but because it is an imaginative and easy process-based craft. Bonus points: There’s a teachable science moment. Huzzah!

Here is what you need for Milk Painting:

  • Milk (almond or cow)
  • Liquid watercolors or food coloring
  • Cooking pans or dinner plates
  • Dish soap
  • Watercolor paper or cardstock
  • Toothpicks or Q-tips or both
  • Eyedropper (optional)

I’ve tested both almond milk and whole cow milk. They both do the job. For those of you nervous about using paint in storytime, I’ve listed a few tips about how to manage projects that tend to be more on the messy side below.

I used cooking pans, but you can also use sturdy disposable paper or plastic plates. If you want to use cooking pans, ask your coworkers if they wouldn’t mind bringing some in to be used to educate the young minds at the library. To prep, fill pans or plates with a thick layer of milk. Don’t worry about keeping the milk cold, because it’s actually better if it’s warm. I highly recommend doing a demonstration first. To start, drop a few drops of either food coloring or liquid watercolor into the milk pan. Now, this is the magic part. You are going to add drops of dish soap using either a cup with dish soap and an eyedropper or the actual squeeze bottle. When the dish soap enters the milk pan, the colors rapidly disperse.

In a scientific nutshell, the quick movement of the colors when the dish soap hits the pans is the protein in the milk reacting with the polarity of the soap (Further explanation on that here.)  Like I mentioned before, it’s better if the milk has been sitting out for a bit. Cold = slower reactions. You’ll have more intense chemical reactions if the milk is room temperature or warm.

After the dish soap is added, let the milk painting begin! With a toothpick or Q-tip in hand, play with the colors, spiraling, mixing, and marbling.   Now if you want, you can stop right there, especially if you have a younger crowd. Or take it one step further by capturing the milk paintings on paper. Beforehand, cut your paper so that it fits entirely in the dish if it doesn’t already. Early on in the milk painting process before all the colors are mixed together, lay a piece of paper on the surface of the milk so that it’s floating (don’t submerge), and then peel off and lay flat to dry. The results, once dry, are pretty as can be. Bring this project full circle back to It Looked Like Spilt Milk by asking what their finished milk paintings look like to them.

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Tips for this project or using paint or other messy materials in the library:

  • Cover tables with disposable tablecloth or butcher paper for easy clean up
  • Keep old tshirts on hand for kids that are wearing something caregivers would rather not get painted on.
  • If you don’t have a sink nearby, baby wipes are great for getting paint off fingers.
  • Try doing the activity or project before storytime to allow drying time.
  • Ask for the caregivers to help out not only their children, but other children near by who may need assistance. They are usually more than willing to help.
  • For projects that are not quite dry, offer to keep them at the library until storytime next week (this encourages attendance the following week!) or during their next library visit.
  • Place the projects in a space they can dry while families collect books to check out, play on the computer, etc. (Okay, so maybe this is a ruse to get them to utilize the library a bit longer!)
  • Instead of taking the project home right away, make sure the child’s name is added to the project and create a display, or gallery if you will, of the finished artwork once dry. Not only will other patrons enjoy viewing them, the storytime kids will be so proud to find their pictures hanging in the library when they return.
  • Start with a project that’s low maintenance that you’re comfortable with– like this past Pages to Projects Salad Spinner Art.

 

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IMG_2347Rebecca Zarazan Dunn is a children’s librarian for the Chattanooga Public Library, and a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker.  When she’s not having fun at the library or wrangling her own kiddos, she can be found at her blog home, Sturdy for Common Things.



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WOVNS Turns Digital Designs into Made-to-Order Textiles

WOVNS Design and FabricWe've seen print on demand knitted goods before, but WOVNS is jumping into the tech of textiles with jacquard.

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Monday, 20 June 2016

“Make It Go” Turns Makerspace Collaboration into a Game

make it go headerMake It Go offers makerspaces around the world the opportunity to collaborate and co-create a kinetic artwork!

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7 CNC Fixturing Tips for a Small Shop

066hi resIf you have small delicate material or large objects without flat surfaces, you can still get a good grip for your CNC with the right fixturing.

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HandiDrone Brings FPV Flying to People with Disabilities

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BuddyBot Is an Adorable Robot Programmed Entirely with Swift

BuddyBot"The biggest highlight for me is seeing how excited my daughters are getting about robotics."

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Sunday, 19 June 2016

This Week in Making: Dancing Drones, eBook Bargains, and DIY Autonomous Cars

Summer-of-Making_Make_WorkbenchThis past week we were dazzled by drones, released an amazing Humble Bundle eBook deal, and learned more about DIY autonomous cars.

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Saturday, 18 June 2016

Weekend Watch: Everything from LED Skateboards to PVC Dog Showers with Glenn

glennGlenn from the DIY Creators channel on youtube shows a number of cool builds with detailed instructions. Get excited to make something!

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Live Updates: National Maker Faire 2016

CeVL6_YW8AAL7Le.jpg_largeFollow us throughout the day as we cover all of the action at the 2nd annual National Maker Faire in Washington, DC.

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Friday, 17 June 2016

How to Make a Speed Square Holster

2eevbjmIf you find yourself using a speed square a lot, consider making this simple holster from a piece of square PVC.

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President Obama Proclaims: This Is a National Week of Making

OBAMMAAAAWe recommit to sparking the creative confidence of all Americans and to giving them the skills, mentors, and resources they need...

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How to Hack a Power Wheels Car in 4 Weeks

image05With just 4 weeks before the big race, we modded our first Power Wheels and raced our Bananaghini at Maker Faire Bay Area.

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The Zander Lander is definitely one tricycle that’s a mobile work of art

The three umbrellas on the Zander Lander are driven by three independent electric motors, which add to the tricycle’s unique visual. (Image courtesy of Paul Norton via leozander.blogspot.com)The Zander Lander is a tricked out trike perfect for cruising the desert and fun to take to Faires.

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7 Vans Converted into Tiny Homes on Wheels

van1If the stationary life is getting you down, here are 7 van conversions to help inspire you to get on the open road.

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