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We LOVE Felting!

Blog, How-To's, Visual Arts / January 9, 2015

Sheep’s wool can be transformed into felt using the technique called wet felting. This process involves moisture, heat, and pressure. Warm soapy water makes the wool slippery, and causes the fibers to open up. With agitation and pressure the fibers get tangled together. After the excess water is squeezed out and the project is dried, the finished product is soft and durable much like felt bought at a craft store. By layering and arranging different colors of wool these children have created unique pictures.

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Origami Butterfly How-To

How-To's / October 6, 2014

Souls Palette Arts loves the origami paper crane but patients also enjoy folding many other origami projects including boxes, cats, and dogs. Here are the directions for a beautiful origami butterfly. We recommend this project for anyone over the age of seven.

These origami butterfly instructions were found on goorigami.com

Origami Butterfly

How-To: Magic | Disappearing Card

How-To's / September 14, 2013

Travis is at it again! Our children and adult patients love having Travis around to ease their everyday stresses with his magical illusions! This one is sure to impress your friends! Try it out!

How-To: Magic | Disappearing Coin

How-To's / August 9, 2013

Everyone at Soul’s Palette knows how special our volunteer Travis is to the organization and his patients. His magic brings happiness and relief to many children and adults who are suffering life threatening illness. Watch as Travis Barlock lets us all in on one of his magical secrets. Look for more secrets unveiled by Travis in the future!

Explosion Box How-To

How-To's / July 13, 2013

This “Explosion Box” is a great paper project for both children and adults.

Yours may be a gift, keepsake, self portrait, visual journal, or even a map.

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How-To: Finish your preemie baby hats

How-To's / March 28, 2013

Click here to download a PDF of the instructions below >

Easy Baby Hat – Rolled Brim


Preemie (newborn, baby, toddler) to fit

11 (12-13, 14-15, 16-17)” head circumference.

Instructions are given for the smallest

size, with larger sizes in parentheses.

When one number is given, it applies to

all sizes.



In St st, 24 sts and 34 rows = 4″ (row

gauge not crucial)



Width: 10½ (12, 13½, 15)”

Length: 5½ (6, 6½, 7)”, with brim

rolled up.


Special Abbreviations

CO: Cast on

Dec: Decrease

K: Knit

K2tog: Knit 2 together

Pm: Place marker

Rem: Remaining

Rep: Repeat

Rnd(s): Round(s)

St(s): Stitch(es)

St st: Stockinette stitch



With circular needle, CO 63 (72, 81, 90)

sts, pm and join in rnd, being careful

not to twist sts. Work even in St st (knit

every rnd) until piece measures 4½ (5,

5½, 6)” from cast on edge.

Next Rnd (dec): *K7, k2tog, rep from * 7

(8, 9, 10) times. [56 (64, 72, 80) sts]

Knit 2 rnds even.

Next Rnd (dec): *K6, k2tog, rep from * 7

(8, 9, 10) times. [49 (56, 63, 70) sts]

Knit 2 rnds even.

Next Rnd (dec): *K5, k2tog, rep from * 7

(8, 9, 10) times. [42 (48, 54, 60) sts]

Knit 1 rnd even.

Next Rnd (dec): *K4, k2tog, rep from * 7

(8, 9, 10) times. [35 (40, 45, 50) sts]

Knit 1 rnd even.

Next Rnd (dec): *K3, k2tog, rep from * 7

(8, 9, 10) times. [28 (32, 36, 40) sts]

Knit 1 rnd even.

Next Rnd (dec): *K2, k2tog, rep from * 7

(8, 9, 10) times. [21 (24, 27, 30) sts]

Knit 1 rnd even.

Next Rnd (dec): *K1, k2tog, rep from * 7

(8, 9, 10) times. [14 (16, 18, 20) sts]

Knit 1 rnd even.

Next Rnd (dec): *K2tog, rep from * 7 (8,

9, 10) times. [7 (8, 9, 10) sts]



Break yarn leaving 10″. Using tapestry

needle, thread through rem sts twice,

pull snug and secure. Weave in loose



Embellish as you wish. Gently block.

Duct Tape Rose Pen How-To

How-To's / March 19, 2013

Step One: Measure the tape and cut the petals.

Cut 24-35 strips of duct tape for the petals.  each strip of duct tape should be measured and cut 2 inches long. The flowers petals can be any color of duct tape or multiple different colors.


Step Two: folding the petals.

Take one 2inch strip, sticky side up and fold down one corner so that you are left with an “L” of stick.


Step Three: Forming the flower

Cut a small square of duct tape and cover the end of the pen to create the center  of the flower. Then, take your first petal and wrap it around the end of the pen. Continue to wrap each petal so the points are staggered.

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Step Four: Making the stem

Measure a strip or green tape the size needed to cover  the pen from the cap to the base of the flower. Wrap the strip of green tape around the pen.

Step Five: Finishing touches

Cut a half inch piece of green duct tape (or what ever color you used for the stem. Then cut that into 4 equal squares. Stick the squares to the base of the flower evenly spacing the points.

How-To: Zentangle

How-To's / March 12, 2013

Zentangles are structured and contained doodles. The Zentangle technique is easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun for many ages and abilities. This art form increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction, and an increased sense of personal well being.

Here are five easy steps to get started!

1. Draw a border outlining the shape of your zentangle. It is very common to use a square shape. (You can also try a free hand scribble or a animal outline.)


2. Draw strings. Strings are lines that divide the shape into individual sections.


3. Fill one section with a repetitive pattern. Don’t spend too much time planning the pattern, just draw.


4. Repeat with each section. Change the pattern with each section.


5. Add color or shading as desired.


Here are a few other Zentangle ideas we found on google.