Carnevale Masks


Carnevale Masks

I came across these masks by Spanish artist Neusa Lopez. She calls this series Carnevale. They are so colorful and creative and BIG! A little cardboard, a little paint, some glue….amazing what a few art supplies can create.

I love them and I hope some day we can make them here at home. Thanks for inspiring us, Neusa!

Summer List 2012


Summer List 2012

Last day of school was Thursday. It’s officially summer vacation and we are quite literally jumping for joy! Here is our Summer List 2012:

1. swim + boat / 2. outdoor movie / 3. red velvet ice-cream sandwiches / 4. pipe-cleaner letters / 5. finger knitting / 6. fiesta pom-poms / 7. cloud dough / 8. melted bead bracelet / 9. bowling / 10. beach tic-tac-toe / 11. pom-pom garland / 12. yes day / 13. popsicles / 14. outdoor dining / 15. God’s eye / 16. roller coaster / 17. smoothies / 18. danny, the champion of the world

See my Pinterest Summer List board for links to all of these grand ideas!

Ideal Art Supply Cupboard


Ideal Art Supply Cupboard

It’s official…summer is here! Time for lots of arts and crafts. If you are like me, you want to keep the crafts simple. But what are the best art supplies to keep at hand in your cupboard? Believe me when I tell you that you need very few. Often we just use the same three: watercolor, markers, glue.

Design Mom blog had a great post this week about stocking your art room, or cupboard as they called it. They focus on the best 15 items, and it’s geared somewhat towards younger kids. But I think this supply list is not only a great start, it’s a great end! What more do you need?

Tip: My one favorite addition would be to keep a box of scraps to use for collage. My kids love collage and glue of any kind. It’s a wonderful tool to teach layering and depth.

Scrap Paper Collage


Scrap Paper Collage

This was move-out week! We rent our house out in the summer and spend weeks cleaning out closets, sprucing up rooms, and leaving behind empty shelves that are clean and ready for a new family. Since school is out for my little guy, he had to fend for himself for many hours each day (without making a mess!).

There was a pile of scrap paper in the art room, left over from a banner we’d made. While I was upstairs scrubbing stickers off my daughter’s wall, my son was busy creating! I was able to catch the tail end of his project on camera, before he raced off to score a goal (he was Clint Dempsey that day, kicking the winning goal for Fulham).

I asked him where he had learned to do such a cool, 3-D collage. “Margot taught me, of course,” he said. Margot, his beloved art teacher at school, is my new hero.

When you teach kids to make with what they have, you give them a gift. Necessity is the mother of invention!

Scrap Paper Collage:

All you need is scraps and a glue stick, and a whole piece of paper to glue it on to (cardboard would be best). Cut or rip the scraps. Twist them, fold them, pleat them. Glue them down, and make sure to make a “bridge”. This is when you take one long scrap and glue it across other pieces. Voila! Simple.

Daddy Portraits


Daddy Portraits

Being a good dad is a hard job, and can often go unappreciated. This year, the kids spent some time painting a portrait of their dad and writing him a special note to let him know that he really is one of the best.

I like the way my oldest took her time and glanced over at her dad while drawing to make sure she got it right. I like how my middle used a black outline and colored in her background. And I like how my youngest chose a special skin color and used his dad’s favorite colors.

Happy Father’s Day!!!