Yesterday was Harry's birthday. Maia and I have been in planning and making mode this past week, talking about what he likes and how we wanted to celebrate. We each made him a t-shirt (hers was a monoprint with fabric paint, mine was a first try with photo paper transfer). And Maia also made this turtle print, which I just love.
The circle was a monoprint on a cake pan. First she rolled the paint over the bottom of the pan (much like when we did monoprinting with the acrylic box frames)…
Then she drew the turtle shell design in the paint with a q-tip. These two pics are actually from when she did the monoprint t-shirt, but the technique (and color) are exactly the same, so I decided to include them here.
After printing the cake pan monoprint, I painted the side of her fist and helped her print it as the turtle head. Yes, it was my idea, not hers, but she liked it and wanted to try it. I usually try not to impose my own ideas on Maia's art, but did this time.
She used her fingers to print the feet and tail as well.
Harry loves his new turtle print! Here Maia's writing Happy Birthday on the window with window crayons. She also made a pop-up birthday card, helped blow up the balloons, set the table, and decorated the cake. This girl gets so excited about birthdays!