I haven't posted too much about art activitiesÂ in a while, have I? And if you looked in our studio right now, you'd see piles of fabric, freezer paper scraps, and t-shirtsÂ with stencils and appliquesÂ inÂ various stages of completion. Not pots of paint or bowls of collage materials.
I'm still trying to find a balance with the new things in my life. For one thing I've started crafting and sewing more lately. And then started the etsy shop as a way to generate some sort of income. I'm also about to start an art class for toddlers (in addition to the art group)… AND I amÂ trying to enjoy the summer and my family. And keep the garden alive.
So where's the art?
The truth is, we haven't been doing much of it. Partly because of our vacation and out-of-townÂ visitors, and also partly because of all these new things I'm addingÂ to my juggling act. I just haven't quite mastered it all yet. But the art won't stay out for long! I promise.
Since we haven't been doingÂ muchÂ art in the past week couple of weeks, I'm going to post my wish list of artful activities I'd like to try with Maia and withÂ the art group.
First, I really want to try Tracy Hildebrand's handmade paper shapes. I think it would be a great project for the art group, but want to find an old thrift store blender first. I have to admit our blender is pretty old, but IÂ rely onÂ it everyday for smoothies, so would hate to kill the motor.
We have a library book called Violet's Music (I forget whoÂ recommended it–one of you). In the story, Violet makes a "horn" out of a toilet paper roll painted and collaged with feathers and other interesting tidbits and then goes on to play it all day long. I'd like to try that with the art group, and maybe also collaged cardstock crowns.
Some things I want to try soon from myÂ Making Things book:Â Â printing with potato shapes, roller printing with cardboard shapes glued to a rolling pin, bed friends (pillow dolls), a leaf skeleton ironed between sheets of wax paper, simple looms, and quickÂ batik cloth.
Some more ideas…
Homemade paints from MaryAnn Kohl's First Art, including cold cream paint, egg paint, fragrant paint, Jell-O paint, and mud paint.
Splatter painting, drip painting, and spray painting from Susan Striker's Young at Art. They sound like great outdoor activities for the summer!
Also, Sharon Lovejoy's Stepping Stone Gallery! And her beanpole teepee or moonflower tent. Oh, and etching the pumpkins when they get big enough and watching the drawings grow with the pumpkins!
Do you have any ideas for me to add to my list? I haven't been reading any blogs lately so this list is mostly from my bookshelf. I want to make sure that we keep the art in our life, so I'm making a list and posting it on my wall. I'm going to aim for doing one a day with Maia or with the art group. So send on your ideas!!
And thank you.