Experience the highly viscous nature of Quicksand this week with our "Quick" craft. Our Quick Sand (literally quick to make) is a science project plus sensory craft project rolled into one!
Jul 23, 2014
Jul 21, 2014
I'm still working on my series of botanical paintings and I'm also focusing a bit on fungi too. Mushrooms fascinate me because of their ability to grow so rapidly. Some sprout and are fully formed overnight. Elusive and resourceful they find life in unexpected places. They are the perfect subject for a curious mind.
Their lack of chlorophyll distinguishes them from green plants and instead of making their own carbon food supply from the air, fungi use carbon materials already prepared by green plants. The ultimate in resourcefulness.
All plants have adaptive qualities but those that seem to thrive in the most difficult environments or have evolved in unusual ways for their own survival are pretty important for us to study. We can learn so much from their habits if we pay attention.
Jul 16, 2014
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Jul 2, 2014
I just got back from a vacation in South Carolina with my children. Inspired by the flora there, I'm starting to paint again. I'm most interested in unusual plant life and this one in particular Sarracenia flava or the Pitcher Plant, really fascinates me. It's carnivorous. Carnivorous plants, trap and use animals (mostly insects) for nutrients. The ultimate of survivors, they have evolved this way because they live in places where the soil lacks the nutrients they need to survive. This adaptation is both thrilling and fascinating to me and for this obvious reason, inspires me to create.
I'll try and update you as I move along in this series of paintings. Definitely a shift in direction from my regular work (mainly centered around crafts) but I'm betting if you follow along here, it's because you appreciate all sorts of creative adventures!
Need a great Wild Kratts summer boredom buster craft? With a few simple supplies you can make your own Wild Kratts puzzle! Learn how with our video this week!
p.s. I think these would make great Wild Kratts theme party favors for a birthday, don't you?