This summer, on one of the rare not-so-sunny days, the kids decided we should have an arty party. I wanted to experiment with painting on canvas, maybe using it to cover the seat cushions on a couple of free chairs I picked up on the side of the road. So I figured this was an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone, and got out some canvas I’d bought a while back – seconds that were on super-sale at a local art store – and some paints, brushes, sharpies, and blue tape. I thought it would be fun to experiment with making patterns on the canvas with paints and blue tape, something I’d never done before. Well the kids, of course, went in their own direction.
Miles is not a big fan of paint. I think it is unwieldy for him. He prefers sharp pencils and fine tipped pens, and makes very detailed line drawings. Like these:
Nadine, on the other hand, likes patterns and bright colors, and when she sets out to draw, she does stuff like this:
I’m somewhere in between. For this project though, I just started drawing patterns on the canvas with a sharpie and painting swatches of color, as well as cutting out pieces of blue tape to make stencils to block out the paint. It was totally fun, although I’m not sure if it will work or the chairs. I think the canvas it too think and the paint makes it even stiffer. But that’s why I was experimenting.
Of course the stuff the kids did was the best. Nadine asked me to make some 3-D letters for her – a large one on each canvas of her initials. Then she got out a ruler and started using the colored sharpies to make lines all over the place. I was skeptical, but I love what she did:
Miles just started drawing monsters with a sharpie, incorporating the letters of his name. I thought it was so awesome, and when he finished it I asked him if wanted to paint it in. He said, “No, but you can.” And so I did. And I loved doing it. It took a while, but it was a great little escape, and I loved the way the paint absorbed into the canvas in a way that made it really easy to stay within the lines. Most of all, I loved the way it came out. I have to figure out a better way to hang it in his room, but this will do for now:
I just love arty parties. I wish we had more of them. My kids couldn’t be more different when it comes to art projects – and their art is such a reflection of their personalities. Thankfully they each are, obviously, incredibly talented.