This file includes Arts and Crafts, and Puzzle Pages.
Also see Colors, Games, and Needlework and Quilts.
Only a person who can live with himself can enjoy the gift of leisure. (H. Greber)
If you or a family member has a hobby like car racing, bicycling, rodeo, fishing, hunting, etc. you might find you have more photos than you want to put in your family albums. A special hobby album is a good solution. My daughter is making a hunting album for her husband. She is not opposed to hunting but didn't really want numerous photos of dead animals and unshaven men in grimy clothes mixed in among photos of family birthdays, Christmas, etc.
A collector's album can document a special or valuable collection. It can also control clutter. It might be easier for someone to let go of things they are no longer really interested in if they have a photo to remember them by. It is much easier to store one photo album than various boxes of shells, stuffed animals, Barbie dolls, rocks, etc. If the hobby has some items that are flat or small you could include a few of them along with the photos. Be sure to include the child in some of the photos.
- Art for Art's Sake
- Art Imitates Life
- An Artist at Heart
- Artist at Work
- Artist in Training
- An Artist's Apprentice
- Be Bold: Color Outside the Lines
- A Budding Picasso
- Caution: Artist at Work
- Ceramists Get All Fired Up!
- Chalk it Up to Talent
- Chalk Talk
- Creating a Masterpiece
- Creative Minds are Rarely Tidy
- Exceptional Artistry
- Imagine That
- Just a Pigment of My Imagination
- Let the Picture Paint Itself
- Little Picasso
- Look What I Made!
- The Magic Paintbrush
- Magicians are a Vanishing Species
- Our Little Artist
- A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
- A Pigment of Your Imagination
- Pint-size Picasso
- Sidewalk Picasso
- State of the Art
- To Imagine is Everything
- Actually, my artistic knowledge is so tiny it could fit into the brain of an art critic. (Michael Kilian)
- The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. (Aristotle)
- Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. (Thomas Merton)
- Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better. (André Gide)
- Art is a lie that lets us see the truth. (Pablo Picasso)
- Art is like a flower, it blooms with creativity.
- Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. (Twayla Tharp)
- The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.
- Art teachers are primarily colorful.
- An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world. (George Santayana)
- The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. (Emile Zola)
- An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it. (Paul Valery)
- Artists can color the sky red because they know it's blue. Those of us who aren't artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we're stupid. (Jules Feiffer)
- Crafts fill my days--not to mention the living room, bedroom and closets.
- A creative mess is better than tidy idleness.
- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. (Scott Adams)
- Creativity takes courage! (Henry Matisse)
- Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. (Henry Ward Beecher)
- Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. (Pablo Picasso)
- Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that talent to the dark place where it leads. (Erica Jong)
- Fiber artists use fuzzy logic.
- Fiber artists dye laughing.
- The greatest thing about being an artist is that no one can tell you you're not.
- The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art's audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public. (Paul Gauguin)
- I'm creative--you can't expect me to be neat too!
- If I paint fast enough...does it count as aerobic exercise.
- If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. (Vincent Van Gogh)
- Just because no one understands you it doesn't mean you're an artist.
- Leisure, some degree of it, is necessary to the health of every man's spirit. (Harriet Martineau)
- Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. (Stella Adler)
- Magicians are just fooling themselves.
- My friend really likes to make pottery, but to me it's just kiln time.
- My husband let's me have all the craft supplies I can hide.
- Old crafter's never die, they just get more bazaar!
- Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do. (Edgar Degas)
- One person's junk is another person's treasures.
- The purpose of art is to stop time. (Bob Dylan)
- The reluctance to put away childish things may be a requirement of genius. (Rebecca P. Sinkler)
- Science is everything we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Art is everything else. (David Knuth)
- There is a very fine line between 'hobby' and 'mental illness'.
- There's nothing more exciting than starting a new project.
- When a habit begins to cost money, it's called a hobby.
- When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art. (Paul Cezanne)
- When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college--that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, "You mean they forget?" (Howard Ikemoto)
- Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
- Without art, the crudeness of reality would make life unbearable.
You might want to use a Big Book for this or you can make reduced color copies or take photos of the larger items rather than use the original. It is nice to take a photo of the child with some of his current artwork.
Put Something In
(Shel Silverstein--who is greatly missed)
Draw a crazy picture,
Write a nutty poem,
Sing a mumble-gumble song,
Whistle through your comb.
Do a looney-gooney dance
'Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That ain't been there before.
Songs about Painting
- Behind a Painted Smile - The Isley Brothers (1968)
- Bucket of Bright Red Paint - Dave Fromer (2005)
- Crimson Paint - John Smith (2007)
- Dream Painter - Connie Smith (1973)
- Gonna Paint the Town - Clinch Mountain Boys (1958)
- I'll Paint You a Song - Mac Davis (1970)
- I'm Gonna Paint Me a Bed of Roses - Merle Haggard (1983)
- Impressionism - Stan Kenton Orchestra (1950)
- Let the Picture Paint Itself - Rodney Crowell (1994)
- Paint a Rose on the Garden Wall - Slim Whitman (1949)
- Paint By Numbers - Al Stewart (1980)
- Paint it Beige - Telenovela (2007)
- Paint it Black - The Rolling Stones (1966)
- Paint it Emerald Green - My Life Story (2007)
- Paint Me Loving You - The Drifters (1970)
- Paint Me Orange - Nerissa Campbell (2005)
- Paint the Town and Hang the Moon Tonight - J.C. Crowley (1989)
- Paint the Town Beige - Robert Earl Keene (1993)
- Paint the Town Blue - Robin Leed and Lobo (1985)
- Painting By Numbers - James McMurtry (1989)
- Painting Pictures - Don Adams (1966)
- Paintings in My Mind - Tommy Page (1990)
- Picasso - Coleman Hawkins (1948)
- Picture No Artist Can Paint, A - Bobby Darin (1960)
- This Painting - The Psycho Sisters (1994)
- Wedding of the Painted Doll - Owen Bradley Quintet (1951)
- You Don't Have to Paint Me a Picture - Gary Lewis and Band (1966)
- You Painted Pictures - The Spaniels (1955)
- Another Piece of the Puzzle
- Bits and Pieces
- Puzzle place
- Three Across
- Without You My Life Would Be Incomplete
- You Are the Puzzle Part That Completes My Life
- You Complete Me
- An optimist is a man who starts a crossword puzzle with a pen.
- The best place to use big words is in a crossword puzzle. (Brian Koslow)
- Do I rue a life wasted doing crosswords? No, but I do know the three-letter-word for regret. (Robert Brault)
- Don't bother me...or I'll have cross words for you!
- Egotism, n: Doing the New York Times crossword puzzle with a pen.
- The nice thing about doing a crossword puzzle is, you know there is a solution. (Stephen Sondheim)
- Pieces of the puzzle put together make the picture whole.
- You are the missing piece of the puzzle of my life.
When it's boring
Because of rainy weather
Nothing's so fun as
Putting a puzzle together.
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Cutting Tips for Puzzle Pages
When doing puzzle pages where you are cutting a die-cut or template shape out of pictures. Tape all pictures together on the back at the sides and corners where they meet. Then turn over the pictures (all taped together), make sure they are all right side up, and then trace the shape you want. Works with the circle cutter too.
I also did six pictures (two across, three down) and used the wavy ruler down the center. One page I separated the photos and put paper between and journaled on it. The other I just separated slightly. Great for landscape pictures that I didn't want to crop. (cut the pictures apart right through the splits, separate slightly when you put them on the page)
Puzzle Page Using a Central Die-cut
(These instructions are for a 12 x 12 page)
- Choose the photos; six horizontal photographs work well on a 12 x 12 page.
- Choose a central die-cut (or use another photo, cut into a shape with a template). Large, simple die-cuts are easiest to work with--such as: airplane, anchor, angel, bow, Christmas tree, dump truck, fish, heart, school bus, trophy, and wedding cake.
- Crop photos to fill the page, allowing about 1/8" gap between photos. For six photos on a 12 x 12 page, crop to 5 1/2" x 3 3/4".
- Arrange photos on the page, but do not adhere.
- Place the die-cut on the photos in desired position and CAREFULLY trace around it with a sharp pencil, making 'score' marks on the photos.
- Cut the photos about 1/8" outside the score line. You will discard the piece with the score line on it.
- Reassemble the pieces on the page, testing for fit. Trim pieces if necessary.
- Carefully adhere photos and die-cut to the page.
- The die-cut makes a good space for journaling.
- A page protector should be used to protect the small pointed areas from being lifted up.
More Puzzle Page Ideas
- Use large pieces from kids puzzles to cut photos and paper for journaling on.
- Use one of the templates available.
- Cut a large shape to fit on the page and cut photos to fit inside the shape.
Crossword Puzzle Page
Make the whole page look like a giant crossword puzzle. The one I saw was 10 squares across and 11 squares down drawn with a black pen. The black squares were paper. The black squares were on: Row 1 #4; R 2 - #3, 9; R3 - #3, 10; R4 - #2, 10; R5 - # 3, 4, 5, 7; R6 - # 5, 8; R7 - #1, 9, 10; R8 - #2, 6; R9 - #3; R10 - #8; R 11 - #5, 10.
Starting on the 6th square of the first row the word "Friends" was written down. On the 4th row the word forever was written between the two black squares so that it intersected with the 'e' in the word "friends". Here is a sketch to give you a better idea. (Polly G.)
You could use other titles. You could put cropped photos of friends or wallet size photos in the small white squares or photos with dark backgrounds in place of the black squares. You could make the squares bigger and have less squares.
Crossword Puzzle Invention
English journalist, Arthur Wayne is credited with being the inventor of the modern crossword. The diamond-shaped puzzle appeared in the New York World on 21 Dec 1913. In 1924, the New York Times decided that crosswords are a 'sinful waste' and refused to print them. They finally relented in 1942.
Songs about Puzzles
- Another Piece of the Puzzle - Ray Sharpe (1971)
- Crossword Puzzle - Barbara Mandrell (1984)
- Crossword Puzzle No. 1 - Larry Hosford (1976)
- Jigsaw Puzzle Blues - Fleetwood Mac (1968)
- Picture Puzzle - Kate Wolf (1977)
- Pieces of a Puzzle - Steve Kolander (1996)
- Puzzle, The - Gene McDaniels (1963)
- Puzzle of Love, The - Beverly Buff (1963)
- Puzzle Song (Puzzle in a Song) - Shirley Ellis (1965)
- Puzzles - The Yardbirds (1967)
- Puzzles of My Mind - LaWanda Lindsey (1970)
- Three Across - Chris Wall (1999)
- You're a Puzzle - The Jive Five (1966)