My daughter & I have been having fun with ink blots since she could speak. It has always been fascinating to hear what she saw in her blots. The other part of forming them are that they are just plain pretty to look at & lots of fun to make.
One of the reasons that I love painting & drawing with my daughter is listening to her explain to me what she is creating. She wields such a wonderful story with each stroke of her paint brush or marker. I love watching her. I could just stare at her for hours & listen to what she has to say.
Here she asked mommy to draw a monster for her, but with a little instruction Mai was able to draw her own. It is a little faded, but it was a pretty good representation I thought. The baby monster was trying to find the mama monster & was running fast and it was so windy. The dots are the baby monster’s foot prints. Adorable!
We do a lot of painting in our home. We use different mediums of paint. We dabble in water color, acrylics & even Cool Whip paints. Aside from experimenting with different paints we like to paint on different canvases as well. We have painted on cardboard & paper plates, wax paper & over the weekend we painted clay.
We used a simple clay recipe:
2 1/2 cup of flour
1 1/4 cup of water
1 cup of salt
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir. Use hands to knead the clay in the bowl until all flour and water is absorbed.
We rolled out the clay with a rolling pin.
Mai made hand prints in the clay & used cookie cutters to make a lovely piece of abstract clay artwork.
We baked our clay projects at 250 degrees for 2 hours. This will vary depending on thickness.
Our little Picasso went to work.
Tonight we tried something a little different, tin foil painting.
Mai & I painted designs & pictures on a piece of foil & then pressed a piece of blank paper over the painting. We rubbed a hand over the paper & transferred the painting onto the blank paper.
Mommy made a tree & then was asked to make a heart.
Mai made a beautiful painting as well. This was a doggie. He was very tired & wanted to lay down. I do love that imagination.