Sunday, April 29, 2012

Making a mess

I have so much fun doing arts and crafts with Theo.  I used to draw some when I was younger, but didn't really experience much art outside of school.  Actually, that's not entirely true.  My mom is really creative.  She works with ceramics and photography.  But neither of those are that easy to do with children.  Now as an adult I love to paint and I'm so glad Theo shares my enthusiasm for the hobby.  Best of all, he doesn't mind that I'm not very good!  Like me, he just likes playing with color and getting a little messy. 

Here's a pic of him working with me on one of my bloom true canvases.

And some pics of him working on a big canvas we pinned to our wall.  I'm going to end up having to paint the floor and paneling because we're making such a mess but it's worth it!

And this is how the bloom true canvases are coming along.  The first is on layer 12,321...or that's how it feels anyway.  The second is on layer 7 or 8.


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Bloom True painting class.

I took an online painting class called Bloom True taught by Flora Bowley.  It was all about painting freely, intuitively, from the heart.  I'm analytical and critical in my painting, at least I have been in the past, so this class was really outside my comfort zone.  In fact, the class was technically over in March and I am still working on the canvases.  But it was so inspirational and FUN! 

We put down layer after layer of color without thinking about the end result, without expectations or a plan.   We also alternated warm and cool colors in the beginning to avoid muddiness.

There were many layers like those above and then we added symbolism - again just following our heart and not putting too much thought into it. 

Those two shapes a little down and to the left of the middle represents hummingbirds. They're supposed to be tenacious, protective, stronger than they look.  And their wings beat in the shape of the infinity symbol so they also represent eternity.    

Some close ups!

I am not finished yet...I have no idea when it'll be finished or how it'll look.  I have another canvas I'm still playing with too.  But painting this way is so freeing and scary.  I loved it.  Thanks Flora!

The Ol' Melting Crayons Project

I love crafts. I love color. I love finding fun projects to do with Theo.  This one I found on pinterest was perfect!

We took two pieces of construction paper and glued them together for extra support.

We put some glue down - it was serious glue, not Elmer's. 
And we laid the crayons down across the top.

We let it dry overnight.  In the morning we melted it with my old blow drier; it doesn't get very hot and I'm impatient so I had it on high. The crayons splattered everywhere!  I'll probably have specks of color on our dining room table and chairs forever lol.

Here's Theo admiring the final project.

I figured out how the timer on my camera works and we took a picture of us with the end product.  Someday I'm going to hang a bulletin board in his room and I'll be sure to pin this on it.

DIY Lamp from books

I saw a craft ideo on pinterest that immediately made me think of my brother.  It's a Stacked-Books Table Lamp.  The whole thing probably cost about $30.  It did take a little work - we screwed up our first effort and had to start fresh, but was fun and Brennan and I got to work together on it.  Most importantly, I like to give Adam really personal gifts and I felt like I found something he'd get a kick out of.

You can follow the link above for detailed instructions, but here we are working on it.

We took a stack of classic hardcover novels plus a couple of our favorite books (I snuck a Nancy Drew in there and I think Brennan added Wizard of Oz.)

 Brennan had to clamp the books down and drill a hole through them.
 We bought a lamp kit at Lowe's and stuck the pipe through the books.  Brennan had to try several drill bits and screws before he found the right fit.  He screwed each book into the one below.
 I cut out some pages in the bottom book so the chord would have somewhere to go.
 Yup, I contributed!

 And, as Theo would say, Ta Da!  A new lamp for Adam's desk!

Painting on Book

For my brother's birthday, I thought it would be fun to have Theo paint him a picture.  But I wanted it to be special and since Adam is an avid reader and book Blogger (see, I decided Theo would use pages of books as his canvas. 

First we put mod podge down on an old, unfinished painting of mine.

Then we laid pages from a couple of books/comics down. 

Pat! Pat! Pat it down!

We let it sit for a couple minutes to dry.  I'm pretty impatient so it didn't sit long before we brought out the paint..

And then Theo went to town finger painting. 

Happy 29th Birthday Adam!