Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Hope that you all have a very Blessed Christmas!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Thanksgiving and Art

The Thanksgiving holidays were wonderful with family. We had a crowd with Becky's family and mine along with Pat and Greg joining us. Terry, Jr., Melisa and Michael were with her family this year but we'll all be together at Christmas at Becky's home. As usual the four wheelers got a workout; big kids, little kids, it doesn't matter they love zooming around the property on it. Becky and I can't watch.

Todd, Lori and the girls came up on Wednesday and spent till Sunday. Lots of fun for all of us. Todd took each of the girls deer hunting with him. Lori washed lots of dishes for me, and we all ate and ate and ate. They hiked, played lots of games, and watched movies too.




Bailey busy at work
Alexandria, Bailey and Ava's Artist Trading Cards
Lori and Ava getting started
When the girls come up we always have art projects, so this time was no exception.   I wanted to try to find something that would be fun for all of them to do together.  So I introduced them to artist trading cards.  These are little cards 2 1/2" X 3 1/2" that artists paint, collage, draw or whatever they want to do to create what they want to express on the card.  Each of them made there own card and we ran out of time or we probably would have made more. 

Alex and Todd taking a Break

I got each of them their initial made out of chipboard so they could do whatever they want on it.  It can be hung from a ribbon or in a wall grouping of their things.  I gathered up all kinds of papers, fabric, sequins and jewels for them to collage with.  They bedazzled their letters with all of the embellishments of their choice.  Lori helped and we managed to keep everyone on track to complete their artwork.  Bailey is the one who really concentrates and plans her project.  She really got into it and collaged fabric all over her letter before she started adding other things.  I think everyone, even Lori had a good time with the glue and scissors.

Alex wanted to make a Christmas card, Bailey did the frog by the pond, and Ava and Lori did the Princess and paper dolls card.  If you have kids of all ages I think they really do get into it once they get started.  You can use photographs, magazines, stickers whatever you have on hand, you can even cut just card stock to whatever size you want and let them get started.  I assure you it's additive and quiet.  Just Google Artist Trading Cards and see what all people do with them.  I've done some that are encaustic that I'll post on my artist section.