Saturday, October 29, 2011

Maori Doodle Kids - Steppn Boy Envelopes

Maori Doodle Kids - Steppn Boy Envelopes

Download Maori Doodle Kids - Steppn Boy Envelopes

Go get the Steppn Boy Writing Paper


Friday, October 28, 2011

Maori Papers for Crafting

Maori Papers for Crafting

You'll need some papers to do your Christmas workings with. Here's what's coming up for you in November:

The plain papers. Textured - you can use these as backgrounds to base or layer other printables on.

The patterned papers.

Here you can see portions of the papers that show the detail in them. Good for some of the templates I'm woking on now for you to download (later):

Christmas Trees Template
Christmas Stocking Template
Christmas Card Template

These papers will be available as an ebook, but only to newsletter subscribers - so go sign up!


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Basic Tiki - Add Spirals

Basic Tiki  - Add Spirals

Following on from the previous post, here are a couple of basic tiki to add your spirals to. Shoulders and hips (arm and leg sockets).

Just click on the pics to go get them.

Drawing Maori Styled Shoulders and Hips - Spiral Practice

Drawing Maori Styled Shoulders and Hips or arm sockets and leg sockets.

A lot of time when you look at Maori carvings, there are bigger spirals on the shoulders and hips and smaller spirals on the elbows or knees.

Looks like its time for some spiral practice.
 For download today are four practice sheets to help (or introduce you) to spirals. Basic instructions are on the sheets. Have some fun with this.

Download Spiral Practice Sheets


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Way to Wrap Candles

A Way to Wrap Candles.
Quick and easy.

Coming up soon-ish are some wraparounds  you could use for this project.

You Need:

Paper (approx A4)
Candles ($2 shop)


I printed out some red paper from the Maori Pages for Crafting download.

Fold the short edges under for a nice edge.

Fold paper in half and grab your candles.

Make a cut on each side of the candles as shown.

Tape edges together to hold candles firm.

Slip a bit of ribbon behind candles and tie a bow.

Add decoration to hide tape. This one from Holly and Cherry Clipart download.

Tuck paper sides under candles and wrap with cellophane. Scrunch top and tie with ribbon. This cellophane is a bag that had stickers in it.



Friday, October 14, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ideas for Maori Christmas Discs

Ideas for Maori Christmas Discs

What are you talking about?

Cupcake Toppers

For your Christmas party. Print out and attach to toothpicks or skewers and pop into your cupcakes. You could have images on both sides of the sticks or just one side. Up to you!


Rewards or prizes for Christmas games. Easy peasy. Fold a piece of ribbon, cut a 'V' shape in the ends. Attach folded end to the back of the disc. Use them for decoration.


Decorate your party setting. Grab a squarish piece of tissue or paper and scrunch it up in the middle. Place a disc in the center.

Stick to cardboard or foam tray, make a hole in the top, add string and hang on the tree.
Gift tags.

These discs only available to newsletter subscribers which will be issued in November 2011.

Decided to make some of the stuff into ebooks so related stuff stays together. There are a quite a few downloads for Christmas...


Maori Doodle Kids - Steppn Boy

Maori Doodle Kids - Steppn Boy

Right click and save to your computer

Download Maori Doodle Kids - Steppn Boy notepaper


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Maori Christmas Discs

Been busy on the Christmas thing... got to finish off the files, but I thought I'd start to show you what I'm working on... so far...

Maori Christmas Discs

Coming up for the Christmas Season are these discs. They'll be available in five colours.Click the pic for a better view.

12 to a page, they carry these messages:

Ngá mihi nui mó te Kirihimete
Wishing you a very Happy Christmas

Meri Kirihimete
Merry Christmas

Ngá mihi o te wá Kirihimete
Greetings for Christmastime

Ngá mihi mó te Tau Hou
Greetings for the New Year

Ngá mihi o te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou
A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Ngá mihi mó te wá ténei
Season's Greetings

Grab them here.

Stay tuned for ideas on using them...


Monday, October 10, 2011

Add Faces to People and Colour

Add Faces to People and Colour.

Grab your pen, add faces, expressions and hair to these plain people.Then grab your colours to complete them.

An activity for the kiddies. Reinforce vocab for facial parts, emotions and colours.

Download Add Faces to People and Colour


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Painted Stones

Have I done this? Heck yeah! I get mine from the beach.

Fresh air and contemplation.

This activity is great for all ages. If you haven't done so already, take a look at the drawing series How to Draw a Koru. Plenty of ideas there about how to decorate your stones.

As in the previous post about painting stones, these stones have a spiral.

This stone was not undercoated, just drawn on with black vivid and painted. Its nine years old now and used as a door stop. You don't even have to use paint - Vivid or Sharpie pens are great on thier own. The Koru Panel Example shows how easy it is to make something look cool with only one motif.

Don't be limited by colour choice. Go nuts and use any colours you want. I made a whole heap once, they look pretty cool altogether.

This is a small stone (approx 3 inches width) about 15 years old, and was a gift to guests at a Kuia's birthday do. Te Maunga Taranaki - Mount Egmont.

I really hope you have a go at this. It's a lot of fun.


Paint Stones

Cool wee nature gifts. Easy, quick and fun. Suit all ages and stages.

You Need:
Undercoat (optional)
Vivid/Sharpie pens
Acrylic paint & brushes
Varnish (optional)

Preparing Stones
Gather your stones. Smooth rounded ones are great.
Wash them and let them dry (about 15 mins on a good day).
Undercoat them if you like (I used ceiling paint).

Painting Stones
Draw your design with pencil.
Go over your design with marker.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Manaia Colouring Page 1

Manaia are thought to have a guardian-like nature. They have been called bird men and have also been portrayed as a fish type creature. Here's a thing I did in chalk pastels a while back.

For you today.... from my sketchbook...

Manaia Colouring Page 1

Download Manaia Colouring Page 1 


PS A big shout out to Jo and her students in Auckland! Yes there will be Christmas Craft with Maori theme - working on it now. Be on blog in November.

PPS I been re-learning some software. Pain in the nono. That's why I ain't been here. Also real life happened, so had to go tend to that. Aaarrrrghhh! So eyes hangin' out (tired), going to curl up on the sofa with a cuppa and toast and catch a movie while there's no-one here and a bit of quiet. :)