Thursday, March 31, 2011

Maori Easter Goodies

Coming up soon is a series of images to use for making Easter Cards. Basically, you cut and glue the pictures onto your card bases and arrange them how you want.


* Three pages of Maori Easter greetings
* Three pages of Maori Easter egg images
* Three ready made Maori Easter cards to print
* Two pages of Maori Easter bunnies (not on the preview)

You can make card bases from ordinary A4 office paper by folding in half lengthwise and then folding width wise. It will be strong enough for a simple card.

There will also be a couple of special craft projects! (Eeek! Gasp!)

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Maori Inspired Lined Paper

Maori Inspired Lined Paper for you this time!


Download Maori Inspired Lined Paper

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Boy Poster

Boy Poster. For the wall or other decoration.


(I named mine Kara, you choose a name for yours!)
Download Boy Poster

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Am busy gearing up now for Easter, so look forward to some goodies soon!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Girl Poster

Girl Poster. For the wall or whatever.


(Mine's called Ema). You name yours! :)
Download Girl Poster

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Marae Sticker Page

Marae Sticker Page.


Eight to a page for your projects.
Download Marae Sticker Page

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Maori Gift Box to Colour #2

Maori Gift Box to Colour #2


Six matching mini gift tags.
Download Maori Gift Box to Colour #2

If you want one already coloured:
All Occasion Gift Box

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Kowhaiwhai Colouring Page 5

Kowhaiwhai Colouring Page 5


Download Kowhaiwhai Colouring Page 5
Password is 'rafter' (no apostrophes)
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Maori Doodle Kids - Swanky Boy Stickers

Maori Doodle Kids - Swanky Boy Stickers


20 to a download page
Download Maori Doodle Kids - Swanky Boy Stickers

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Maori Doodle Kids - Swanky Boy Envelopes

Maori Doodle Kids - Swanky Boy Envelopes


Two to a download page. Stickers to come.
Download Maori Doodle Kids - Swanky Boy Envelopes

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Big Marae

Greetings! Just had a request for a big marae, so here 'tis. A3 size.


Download Big Marae

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Make Your Own Maori Pendants

Fashion your own taonga with bits and pieces around the house. Maori arts and crafts project. These are a lot quicker to make than you might imagine. Have a go!


You Need:
* Maori Pendant Shapes pattern
* Foam meat trays
* Old ballpoint pen
* Craft knife
* Acrylic paints
* String
* Big, blunt needle


Method:

Trace or copy your designs onto the back of the foam meat trays with the old ballpoint pen. Add designs to the pieces if you like.


Cut away the design with the craft knife. I found just pressing the craft blade quietly and slowly through the foam worked better for cutting curves. Foam doesn't like you trying to cut curves, so you've got to trick it. Remember Nail and String Art? - Getting curves from straight lines? That kind of thing applies here. Little, straight cuts. You'll get to know and get the hang of it with a bit of practice.


Paint the pendants. Just dab the paint on so little bits of black from the meat tray shows through - like pounamu. If you're mixing your paints - yellow and blue make green. You'll need quite a bit more yellow than blue. Using acrylics is cool, because they dry fast.


Thread with string. Cut your length of string. Knot the ends and thread the opposite end (which should be a loop) through the taonga with the needle. Pass the knotted ended through the loop, and there you go!

Well Done!!!

A mix of shapes here to work with including tiki, mere, toki and a dolphin.


Download Maori Pendant Shapes
Password is 'taonga' (no apostrohes)

Notes for Younger Children
Younger children can work with simpler shapes, like circles, ovals, oblongs. Kiddie scissors work well with the foam trays. Holes for threading can be made with a hole punch.

Happy Crafting!

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About Foam Trays

A heads up for cheap/free craft materials. Polystyrene meat and vege trays you get from the supermarket are a good source of cheap art supply. They give you bulk without the weight in your art and craft projects and are easy to handle.

Preparing Foam Trays
Wash with hot soapy water and dry well.

Using Foam Trays
Easy to transfer design with an old ballpoint pen. Just pop your pattern over the tray and draw over it with the pen.

Easily cut with scissors or craft knife. A hole punch works well too.

Easy to paint.

Safety
Work on sheets of newspaper to catch all the little left over bits, so you can scrunch it up and get rid of them. This stuff is NOT good to inhale.

Ok, that out of the way, let's get on with it!

Happy Crafting!

:)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Paper Boy Doll

Paper Boy Doll. Time for a boy paper doll.


Just trim and glue, nice and easy, with four figures for decorating things. This one is Hamiora, but you choose any name you like for yours!

Download Paper Boy Doll

Marae Paper Toy
:)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Colouring Page - Fantasy Fish

Colouring Page - Fantasy Fish. Quite a few postings today, been another busy one!


Good for practicing patterns on, if you like! (Bing! There goes another idea for a set of tutorials!)
Download Colouring Page - Fantasy Fish

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Colouring Page - Tane#2

Colouring Page - Tane #2. Yeah well, this is another Tane. No good just sitting around in my sketchbook, so here he is.


Download Colouring Page - Tane #2

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Colouring Page - Tangaroa

Colouring Page - Tangaroa. This Tangaroa has hair like seaweed and a fish tail!


Download Colouring Page - Tangaroa

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Colouring Page - Tane Mahuta

Colouring Page - Tane Mahuta. This Tane has hair like a tree.



Download Colouring Page - Tane Mahuta

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PS This post for Pukeatua Kohanga Reo in Wainuiomata. Kia Kaha people!

Maori Doodle Kids - Swanky Girl Stickers

Maori Doodle Kids - Swanky Girl Stickers.

You get 20 girls in black and white to colour, decorate or use as-is for your projects. 
Download Maori Doodle Kids - Swanky Girl Stickers

:)

PS A huge shout out to the tamariki at Pukeatua Kohanga Reo in Wainuiomata and Whaea Lynne. I hear you all have been doing some cool works! Say 'Hi' for me to Alvin the guinea pig and Fred and Ginger the rabbits. Much love to you guys! :)

Maori Doodle Kids - Swanky Girl Envelope

Maori Doodle Kids - Swanky Girl Envelope to go with all the other Swanky Girl stuff to make a set.


Lines for address and sender.
Download Maori Doodle Kids - Swanky Girl Envelope
:)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Maori Doodle Kids - Swanky Girl

Maori Doodle Kids - Swanky Girl. Had a bit of fun yesterday making some Maori Doodle Kids move. Thought it would be cool to introduce you to them. This one is Swanky Girl.

I've decided she can stay at your house if you treat her well. She likes a cuppa tea and toast.

Save to your machine. Just 'right-click' and 'Save Image As'

She is also on some writing paper.

:)

Monday, March 14, 2011

New Zealand Word Charms - Orange

New Zealand Word Charms - Orange. Spangly word art with gems, like the last post only in orange with a blue border. Real cute close up. Enjoy!

You get 12 to a download page.
Download New Zealand Word Charms - Orange

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PS Happy Taranaki Anniversary Day!!!

New Zealand Word Charms

New Zealand Word Charms. These are real cute close up. You could use these in all sorts of ways.

Jewelry for your page! They look like sparkly enamel and the little hearts, moons, stars etc look like wee gems, all with a gold border. Slightly spangly!


You get 12 to a download page.
Download New Zealand Word Charms
:)

PS Happy Anniversary Day, Taranaki!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Maori Pendants and the New Zealand Flag

Maori Pendants and the New Zealand Flag


Pendant shapes with the New Zealand flag backdrop.

Download Maori Pendants and the New Zealand Flag
Password is 'pendant' (no apostrophes)
:)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Colouring Idea for Your Koru Design

Lesson 10 of a series of 10

Well Done for those of you who decided to try these lessons! I hope you found them a heap of fun!

Go to the beginning, Lesson 1: How to Draw a Koru

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Carvings and New Zealand Flag

Carvings and New Zealand Flag

In keeping with the flag thing, here are those carving shapes from an elsewhere post coloured with the New Zealand flag.


Password is 'nz' (no apostrophes)
:)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Using One Line to Make a Koru Design

Lesson 9 of a series of 10
Go to Lesson 10: Colouring Idea for Your Koru Design
Go to the beginning, Lesson 1: HHow to Draw a Koru

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Game Ideas for Maori Dice

Game Ideas for Maori Dice to help reinforce numeric vocab.

Maths  Players give the answers in Te Reo.

* Add die totals
* Subtract smaller dice number from the larger one
* Multiply


Actions  Assign actions to each number for example:

tahi: hop on right foot
rua: swing left arm around
toru: do the bump
whā: say 'yippee'
rima: nod head
ono: turn around

Methinks there be certain hilarity with this one!
Okay, you've got your ideas, and now you need the dice!

Go get it! Maori Dice

:)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Refine Your Koru Design

Lesson 8 in a series of 10

Go to Lesson 9: Using One Line to Make a Koru Design
Go to the beginning, Lesson 1: How to Draw a Koru

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Kids and Marae Colouring Page

Kids and Marae Colouring Page


Download Kids and Marae Colouring Page
Password is 'kiddies' (no apostrophes)
:)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Filling Shapes with the Koru Motif

Lesson 7 of a series of 10





Download Shapes to practice on

Go to Lesson 8: Refine Your Koru Design
Go to the beginning, Lesson 1: How to Draw a Koru

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Kowhaiwhai Colouring Page 4

Kowhaiwhai Colouring Page 4


Download Kowhaiwhai Colouring Page 4
Password is 'rafter' (no apostrophes)
:)

Maori Notepapers Galore

A heads up for those letter writers out there. This writing paper is called 'E Ipo Darling Notepaper'


I've been busy making a heap of writing papers, two to a download page, lined and unlined. Got that busy that I decided to put them on another blog.

Categories are:

* Traditional design
* Kowhaiwhai
* Postmark
* Stamp
* Motif
* Face Design
* Eye Design
* Maori Doodle Kids

So if you want to go check them out, proceed on over to Maori Notepaper!

:)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Filling In Your Koru Design

Lesson 6 in a series of 10

Go to Lesson 7: Filling Shapes with the Koru Motif
Go to the beginning, Lesson 1: How to Draw a Koru

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Carvings to Colour In

Carvings to Colour In


Download  Carvings to Colour In
Password is 'carving'
:)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Making Another Connected Koru Design

Lesson 5 of a series of 10

Go to Lesson 6: Filling In Your Koru Design
Go to the beginning, Lesson 1: How to Draw a Koru

:)

NZ Flag

NZ Flags for the patriots or others.


You get eight to a page.
Download NZ Flag
Password is 'flag' (no apostrophes)
:)

Making a Connected Koru Design

Lesson 4 in a series of 10

Go to Lesson 5: Making Another Connected Koru Design
Go to the beginning, Lesson 1: How to Draw a Koru

:)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

All Occasion Gift Box

All Occasion Gift Box


A generic wee gift box to suit all occasions, 'birthday', 'congratulations' or 'just because'. Suit gift giving for males and females. Six matching mini gift tags.

Trim box, cut out the slots, fold along dotted lines, grab the two rounded edges and pop the slotted ends over them.

Download All Occasion Gift Box
Password is 'gift' (no apostrophes)

:)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Finishing Your First Koru Design

Lesson 3 of a set of 10

This is only one way to fill the space, look about at Maori design to see other ways.
Go to Lesson 4: Making a Connected Koru Design
Go to the beginning, Lesson 1: How to Draw a Koru

To see what you can do with this new knowledge have a look at the Koru Panel Example. You might want to have a go at it!

:)

Vintage Tiles

Vintage Coloured Tiles to be used for stickers, accents in your craft projects.


You get 12 tiles per page.

Download Vintage Tiles
Password is 'tiles' (no apostrophes)
:)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Making a Koru Design

Lesson 2 of a series of 10.


Go to Lesson 3: Finishing Your First Koru Design
Go to the beginning, Lesson 1: How to Draw a Koru

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Maori Dice

Maori Dice. Sometimes you need dice for a game - or you just need to learn Maori numbers...from one to six. Or you need to learn the numbers, but are lazy and want to play a game instead.


Either way, use the dotted dice until you think you've got it, then graduate to the dice without the dots.

You get two on the download page. Instructions are on there, but basically you:

Method

* Trim die
* Fold along the bold lines
* Glue tabs (in order shown on page)
* Wait a while between each gluing section, so die will keep their shape
* After the last glue and wait, turn die upside down, so the weight will help keep their shape
* If you use card, after the last glue, put something (light) on it to weight while they dry

Download Maori Dice
Password is 'dice' (no apostrophes)
Happy gaming!

 Want some Game Ideas for Maori Dice?
:)

How to Draw a Koru

Here begins a set of lessons (ten in all) about drawing and designing with the Koru motif. The koru is the fern frond before it unfurls. It is a basic in Maori design.

Have fun with it. Don't worry about being perfect. The lessons are pages from one of my notebooks. They are small, easy snippets of information.

Practice drawing these. Do them facing everywhere, big and small, fat and skinny.

Go to Lesson 2: Making a Koru Design

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