I love kids.
I love my kids.
And I love art.
Ooohh! I love it! (and I miss it!)
I pretty much love any form of creative expression, so when I am not photographing my kids, or making some sort of crafty or yummy thing for my kids, I force them to make something creative for me. It works for us. :)
I have several examples of these projects. Here is one I don't believe I have shared, though I could be wrong. After the third or fourth baby, things get a little hazy.
Anyway, I have been scouring the internet to find a photo of my inspiration piece. (to no avail) I was in the Pottery Barn Catalog in about 2008. It was a simple black and white primitive painting. I am sure there is an artistic term that I have forgotten from art school, but it was the style of painting where the design comes from the removal, rather than the application of the paint. Anyone?
Here's what we did:
I used a Hobby Lobby coupon to buy a great big (wrapped) canvas. I always prefer big when it comes to canvases...and desserts. But that's another matter.
I covered the canvas in black paint and waited for it to dry completely. I have no photos of this process, but trust me, you can handle it.
After the canvas was very dry, I dressed my little munchkins in shabby clothes and smocks. And gave them some white paint and a few drops of colored paint (knowing this meant we would NOT be coming up with that chic black and white look...though now that I am thinking about it again, I am tempted to get another canvas an try that one next.).
I let them coat the canvas in their now-pastel goodness and then use their fingers to create designs in the surface.
Here is the result:
Note that this is not the type of project they can do without supervision, unless you are into the look of "mud". You will need to tell them to stop touching the paint in some spots before they blend it too much...or pull off so much that the design gets lost... you be the judge...the conductor, if you will.
Most of all, try to enjoy the creative process...and of course, the final product!