Thursday, July 23, 2020

Artist-Inspired Playroom Art

The art in our playroom was looking a little tired so the kids worked on some "artist-inspired" projects this week that turned out SO CUTE!!!





Mason was up first and he created his own Morris Louis-inspired painting by putting drops of acrylic paint at the top of a piece of paper, then turning it upright and spraying it with water creating the color "streaks".




  

If you do this project make sure you put a tray or something under it because you'll have a ton of paint water drip off.


We set Mason's out in the sun to dry and think it looks SO COOL framed.



Griffin was next and she painted a Georgia O'Keeffe-inspired watercolor flower.

First she drew her flower using a gray crayon (she needed to be able to see the outline but we didn't want it too dark) and then got to work with her watercolors.  She made the flower large on the paper and then picked a contrasting color for the background to really make it pop and be reminiscent of O'Keeffe's work


She used her regular crayola palette as well as liquid watercolors and it turned out so pretty.  She loved doing this project so much she wants to make more flowers next week to put in the frames over her bed!



For Luke's project we took inspiration from Alma Thomas's beautiful abstract pieces.  She was the first African American woman to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum in New York and I knew her almost-pointillism style would be right up Luke's alley. He started by picking his colors (he ended up adding a few more in) and picking out flat brushes in various sizes...



Then he made lines of various size brush strokes until the paper was full.


I absolutely ADORE his final product!



This was back at Christmas time...


... and now!  




Happy Thursday and happy crafting, friends! :)

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  1. What kind of paper did you use?

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    1. ahhh! I totally meant to include that info! We used 12x12 watercolor paper for all three projects

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  2. Love this! What type of paper did you use?

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    1. ahhh! I totally meant to include that info! We used 12x12 watercolor paper for all three projects

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  3. Wow! They are all great, but Luke's is my favorite!!!

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  4. These are so beautiful! I was hoping you were going to say you got them somewhere I could buy some too. Your kids are so talented! Love the pieces!

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  5. so fun! All the pieces looks great! Keepers for sure!

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  6. What a great idea! I love how each piece is based off of a different artist, and they are all so special and unique!

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  7. This is so cool!! Morris Louis was my great grandfather’s brother!!

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  8. I love how each piece shows their personality!

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    1. Yes! That's my favorite part too! I feel like if I hadn't told you which piece belonged to each kid you could still figure it out.

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    2. They're all SO GOOD, and definitely could have picked out which of your children had created each piece without you identifying it first!

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  9. I love these ideas, thanks for sharing!! Will be doing some with my kids! What frames did you use to frame and hang these? I love the look!

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    1. Thank you! They're the RIBBA frames from IKEA and the openings are 12x12 :)

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  10. yup. griffin is officially better at drawing than me!

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  11. These look great! And I’m sure they learned some things about the artists, too!

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  12. You have the BEST IDEAS.. everyday I can’t wait to read your blog!!! Creativity flows through you.

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  13. Love these!! I am always excited to read your blog, I love it!! You are so creative.

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  14. Their artwork is amazing!! What a great idea! Wonderful memories for you! Could you please tell me where you got your bookcase in your playroom?

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