(No, I haven't forgotten about Summer Dress #3 -
next post, I promise!)
Today Emily, Jenna and I got to do some painting. This is
something we enjoy very much but do very seldom because
of Kate. When Kate is older and no longer paints herself,
sucks on paintbrushes, or climbs onto the table and sits on
other people's wet artwork, we will do this more often, and
with a lower heart rate. Dave occupied Kate for the first part
of our happy session this morning so E and J were
able to be fully engaged in their creating.
Because this is meant to go on the walls of their room, they
painted directly onto white foam board. I got ours (they were
20" x 30") from the local craft store for $1.50 and cut each
into six 10"squares. We used the little skinny sponge brushes
and regular tempera paint undiluted. The girls got to pick
and mix the shades they wanted.
Two of my favorite pieces by Emily: flower and butterfly.
impressionistic shape, then covering it all up with more
paint. I love her bicolor landscapes (top row, left
and bottom row, middle). Kate returned from playing
outside when the girls were mostly done, so it was
safe to let her do one of her own (middle row, left).
When free expression time was over and we had a lot
of left over paint and boards, I did these funny
geometric pieces for Emily's amusement and to show
her some simple regular /repeating patterns
Then it was time for lunch so everything got
cleared away and the boards left to dry.
The boards warped a little when they were dry, as
expected. Tomorrow I will probably brush their
undersides with water and let them dry again, maybe
pressing them flat under something heavy as they dry.
Also must remember to spray fixative on the fronts
to preserve the paint.
If the girls' walls actually had color (instead of the current
bland ivory), we might have left more of the picture white.
But their room badly needs color, so we went all out.
I initially bought the boards for an alphabet wall in
their playroom, but decided to shelve it for now and let
the girls just do something fun for themselves.