This is an activity I did with some young friends, 5-8yrs old. Watching me working, the kids were fascinated by the materials strewn over the table. So I let them have a hand at the design process, coordinating colors, textures & themes. What they came up with was playful and fresh.
We used vintage-style victorian lace appliques, placing beads and embellishments on them. Mikey, the scientist of the bunch, enjoyed looking at them with his pretend microscope (binoculars) while we talked about the details in coral or carnelian, learning about shapes that nature takes. Young Bella mixed silver chain and black pearls with soft pink coral beads. I noticed the girls were much more careful with their choices of color and placement. But according to Mikey, when it comes to design theory, more is more.