Since the birth of my second little boy Finn in January of this year, I decided I needed some one on one time with my 2 year old son Gus. I also really longed for that quality time in my art studio. As most of you know, time is not something you have an abundance of with a newborn. With all that in mind, I started to paint with Gus in my studio every Sunday. To my surprise he took to it (because believe me I've tried to make him paint with me in the past). I loved all the fun quality time we had together on these projects. I posted a few photographs us painting on social media, and now wherever I go parents and friends approach me. They tell me how much they love seeing Gus paint with me and how they want to do the same with their children. So for my fellow parents here is a post with tips and tricks. These will get your toddler to really enjoy and take to a painting project, while having fun and making a memorable quality painting as an end result.
TIP number one:
Tape your paper to a flat surface. This is important (it is called stretching paper): by taping the paper down and letting your painting fully dry after you have your fun, it will ensure that the paper will come out ripple free! The paper expands when wet, and after a few hours will shrink back down flat when dry.
What you will need for your underpainting first (WET) layer:
Optional Supplies: Get creative!
Take look around your house for absolutely anything they can scrape, dab, dip, mark-make, or paint with!
These are great for arts and crafts or outside totally resistant to pretty much anything. I prefer to just go with stripping Gus down to his diaper because everything I am using is non-toxic.
Now throw on some fun tunes, get messy, and channel you and your child's inner artist!
If you have any questions please contact me I will be happy to help!
In light of recent events I have decided to post a few of our day-to-day activities to inspire a few others who are not used to having the little ones at home. I was initially freaking out, until I realized today that I have been actually doing pretty much this for 5 years plus. I am just upping the fun (so we can think about anything else in this terrible time for the world) and get off of our devices (which is adding to the anxiety). The boys are having such a blast, I'm loving reading everyones ideas, and am genuinely looking forward to experience more with my kids! MY AIM is for them not to remember that we got hit by a virus, but to remember it as: that time we were home with our MOM with no school and it was the BEST STAYCATION EVER! LOVE to everyone!