Of course, I'll have to bake some cookies (or go back to bed!) to fight the "blahs".
A different little pick-me-up the kids and I did one day was...of course...another art project.
A while back, my daughter saw this quilt:
She loved the light and bright floral mood of it.
With that in mind, I wanted to make a piece of art, using my kids hands, to create a bright, happy piece of art that I could display. We were thinking bright, tropical, floral and fun. To be honest I am not sure we accomplished that. But art is sometimes a process.
We had fun and we learned a few things about balance and color (I hope).
Here's what we did:
1) I grabbed an abandoned canvas from the
dungeon basement. Then I painted over it with the background color. We chose bright turquoise-blue because I love it!
if you look where the arrows are pointing, you can see that this is a re-used canvas. In a painting like this, where they will gob it on, you will never know the difference so go ahead and recycle!
2) I made the center of the flower first, with a contrasting color. We used a large foam stamp thing to create this part. You could use anything. Even a half of a potato. ;)
2) We chose a color to make the first tropical flower.
3)Next, I painted the kids' hands and had them stamp them around the center like flower petals.
4) We just kept going...one flower for each kid.
5) At the end we critiqued our work.
It's not a masterpiece.
I didn't anticipate how hard it would be to get that "balanced", but not linear look with 4 flowers. I needed one more kid. Anyone got a spare? Ok thanks....next time. ;)
We liked that it kind of looked tie-dyed and that it is summer-y and bright. I like that I can see each hand and what size it is. *sniff* who opened their fingers...and who tried something different with a closed hand...
Well, anyway, it's another idea for you. I'd love to see you make a masterpiece out of this project. Let me know if you make something similar. I'd love to see it!