There's something so sweet about children's art.
The pure whimsy of it. The total abandon with no concern about "what it will look like" or "who will like it". They draw. paint. mold. create. That's who they are.
I admire their joy for art. Their incredible ability to embrace the moment and just jump right in.
I want more of that for myself. More letting go and giddy anticipation about art, in whatever medium that may be.
We settled down this past weekend for a bit of evening creative time. The summer has allowed for a more flexible bedtime routine, at least once in a while. What better reason to stay up alittle later than a bit of art?
I found with this project that my children needed very little direction. Other than a "these pens are permanent" speech they were set to go. There being only one real incident in that regard with my littlest. I'm sure the marks will come off in 3 - 5 days? weeks? years? right?
My four year old drew a road runner and a man feeding a lady bug. Do you see it?
He spent the most time getting the colors saturated enough for his taste. Maybe from his watercolor love? I'm not sure. His head down while drawing in zen mode. Lovely for me to see. Usually he's the one flying from one arm of the couch to the other. Nice to witness him absorbed in his project.
Watercolor, drawing, art, playdoh, working with the big daddy in the kitchen. All calming things.
All good things to remember.
My eight year old drew a city with fireworks, rain, rainbows, and shooting stars. He's become fascinated with singing the star-spangled banner to us at least twenty times a day. Just so patriotic of him.
He's also the one that, had I given him unlimited canvas to work on, would have provided me with a month of sewing to put them all together. This project was a huge hit with him.
Another good thing to remember.
My littlest drew and drew and drew and scribbled. She had a ball and the only tense moments happened when she was handing the marker back to me in a "wielding a sword" kind of way. I managed to stay mostly clear of permanent pen marks. she on the other hand...well.
The fourth child is such an interesting study. She's not even two and yet she wants to do whatever the big siblings are doing. Frustrating for her sometimes. I stand amazed at what she can do already.
Thought I'd mention the supplies needed to do this in your own home.
Regular canvas. I used duck cloth. Whatever color you chose. The white will make the most of your marker colors but I did get a few other canvas colors to experiment with. Wash your canvas first if you plan on laundering your bags or creations later.
Cut them out to whatever size you would like depending on the zipper you use. Mine were 9 x 11 and I used a 9 inch zipper. Assemble in standard zipper pouch fashion.
The sharpie markers are easy to find. Any office supply store will have them as well as most fabric stores.
A bit of ribbon. Some embroidery floss and a jangly something just to make the zipper easier to pull.
Cut and begin creating. Easy right?
My real problem is that I "can't stop". No fabric is safe with me at this time. Just look at those helpless muslin bags I found lying around. They didn't stand a chance.
Are you enjoying this as much as I am?
Have you tried it yet?
Okay, I promise that tomorrow there will be a different theme on the blog. Three posts back to back may be too much or it just might show you my absolute excitement about this whole project.
Until tomorrow friends,