Sunday 28 August 2011
Saturday 27 August 2011
My lovely friend Alicia has a blog on face book all about gratitude, Alicias 365 Moments of Gratitude Project and its an everyday reminder to me to be thankful. She inspires me all the time with ideas for play and living with sincerity. Check it out, while were talking gratitude she told me her little boy had been loving playing with block cities and his dinosaurs, so inspired Flynn and I dusted off the blocks and had a fantastic godzilla-ish time.
Thursday 25 August 2011
combine one paddle pop stick some sticky tape and a cut out colouring in picture voila. We took ours into the sandpit the boys enjoyed burying, pretend watering, and feeding them bits of leaves. Not to mention the fire engines rescued the birds and bugs from multiple fires.
Tuesday 23 August 2011
Sunday 21 August 2011
Thursday 18 August 2011
Thursday 11 August 2011
Wednesday 10 August 2011
(above) Next I took some bubble wrap, painted the wrap with some white paint and Flynn and i pressed or stamped it onto the board, it leaves a nice repeated print. We randomly stamped away, then did another layer with a brown (burnt sienna) we did that immediately so it would smudge a bit with the white. You don’t have to be precious as the desired effect is that haphazard random look. Then I took a small plastic cup mixed about 2 tablespoons roughly of water with a bit of paint and Flynn was allowed to flick, dribble it across. It works best with a sharp flick of the wrist. Together Flynn and I flicked lemon yellow and green (mixed from cadmium yellow and ultramarine blue) with gusto. (below)
When this was all dry I drew / scribbled diagonally across the lettering to give it some more definition with a red coloured pencil. Then I added some tiny dotting details in burnt sienna brown mixed with a dash of ultramarine blue, where I thought the large t-rex was going to make him a bit more impressive.
Then using your carbon paper trace the lettering over again, lining it up carefully, and any other shapes you want, Its a bit hard to see the outline of the diplodocus but in real life its visible enough to work with. The next step is magic, fill in your negative space around your lettering and dinosaurs!
I did 2 layers for the background an ultramarine blue, the darker one let it dry then dry brushed a ultramarine mixed with white blue over it. Dry brush is as it sounds a brush dipped into the paint and don't dip it into your water. I went back in after this and added a little bit of white and brown for eye definition. I hope this was explained well enough, go ahead and try your own version!
PS. Eli reached up to the table I was working on pulled this jar without me noticing, broke it and I caught him as he was about to shove broken glass a paint into his mouth!! man that was close, I need eyes in the back of my head.
Monday 8 August 2011
Finger Paint = squishy fun
Ps... Before I let him lose with the paint it hake as many pieces of clothing off as I can and I prep the paddle pool or bath for a fast and easy clean up because @ 3 when they have had enough of something that it they have had enough.
Sunday 7 August 2011
A while ago I got Flynn to paint some canvases for his bedroom it took 3 sessions of painting to get the canvases as filled up as I wanted. The less white space left the better for this project. He was encouraged to use crayons paint glitter and to really go for it with enthusiasm. I have three others that I have left intact they are beautiful abstract pictures that I will put up in the house but for his room I wanted something a bit more boyish. Dinosaurs was the obvious answer for him, but this would work equally well for any silhouette. I asked his permission first before I altered his paintings then I drew out some dinosaurs and painted the background white. It took 2 layers of white to cover the colourful paintings, and it was slow going around the edges but I’m really happy with the results. I will take a photo when they get hung, must hassle tortoise about that this week. I am working on a tute about this that will work out even if your kids are past the abstract painting stage, or you could do for yourself.