Infant Painting – Happy Valentines Day!

Since the hubs was at an all day wrestling tournament, I had the pleasure of being able to spend my Valentines Day with the cutest 6 month old I know!  (He is my nephew, so I might be a little biased)  I love getting to spend time with him, and it was nice to be able to give my sister and brother in law some time out of the house.
Being Valentine’s Day and all I thought it would be fun for us to make a project for mom and dad while they were out.  But what kind of project could I do with a 24 month baby?  I was able to find all kinds of recipes for edible finger paints, but I wasn’t sure that was the best way to go.  He has only just recently started foods, so even though the paints are edible he hasn’t had any of the ingredients.  Handprint projects are always fun, but that wasn’t really something he could do on his own, it was a more Auntie directed project.  So I was off in search of something we could do that was mess free and involved some independence on his part.
Off I went to Michaels, of course with my 40% off coupon in hand, for a few materials.  I settled on a small canvas and some paints.  I pulled out some painters tape and spelled out LOVE, how Valentine appropriate.

Canvas, painters tape, and a little bit of paint

I put dabs of paint in random places all over the canvas, and I sealed it into a large gallon sized plastic bag.

Spread out the paints
Place inside of a gallon sized plastic bag and seal closed.

I grabbed the boppy, and figured I would first see if he would “finger paint” through the bag.  He was somewhat interested, but no overwhelming response.  So it was time to brainstorm a better option…

He is a master at tummy time, but wasn’t too enthused
Definitely succeeded in squishing it around somewhat

What’s better than the Johnny Jump up!  Now that he loves, and clearly couldn’t tell that he was doing work! (sorry for anyone bothered by the blurry photos, it was intentional to preserve his privacy :))

Better way to go!  He jumped all over that paint!  And it was total mess free!

After I put him down for a nap, I took the finished project out of the plastic bag and pealed off the painters tape.

Finished project inside the bag, zero mess to clean up
Slid it right out of the bag
Peal off the paint, and tada!  Adorable

Very colorful with lots of texture.  Good work kiddo!
How did you spend your Valentine’s Day?
 

 

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Wall Art

As I’ve stated numerous times before, I really don’t have the steadiest painting hand.  So why do I keep trying to paint?  Guess a little practice really never hurt….

After my cheap painted makeover of this small 2 case bookshelf last week, I’ve been trying to think of how to display it.  I really love the rich dark grey with white accents, and I found a couple fun and colorful baskets to display in the bookcase:

I also found some cute turquoise and brown baskets, which I would also like to include.  Ideally, I think I will be returning to Ocean State Job Lots for a second bookcase, so that I can paint it up and have a matching set.  But that meant that I needed some art work to tie all the colors together.  Right now my color scheme was grey, white, pink, green, turquoise, and brown.

If you remember from my feature last sunday, I highlighted Leslie over at Onesie Twosie for her creative and geometric wall art project.  I’ve been dying to try my hand at this, so what better time?

I found 2 left over 11×14 canvases, in my box of craft goodies, that were left over from another project.  I decided to start with the circles.  In order to trace my circles I found the metal top to a candle that was about 3 inches across.

I started at the top of my canvas and started tracing the circle.  I did tape a ruler down to make sure that I stayed in a straight line.

I continued to make rows of even circles until my whole canvas was covered.

Then I went back and added a second layer of circles, evenly spaced in between the original rows:

Here is my finished canvas with all the circles traced:

Next I grabbed all the bottles of acrylic paint I had lying around, and started mixing and matching to come up with the right shades of paint.  Remember, I was sticking to the color scheme of grey, white, pink, turquoise, brown, and green.

As you can tell from the textbook sitting under my paint…this was more fun than studying!

The next step was to start filling in the overlapped areas, I started with one color at a time, and pretty much filled in at random:

 I continued to add colors as I went, here’s what I came up with:

Because the overall goal is to paint a second bookcase to match, I decided that it might be nice to have two paintings rather than one.  I decided to stick with the geometric pattern, but give squares a try.  I searched for a good square to trace and came up with a bottle of nail polish remover with a square bottom!

I followed the same steps as above.  Trace rows of even squares:

Then go back and evenly overlap the squares:

Then I started filling in the overlap area with paint.  There were more squares than I expected, so I did add a few colors, like yellow and orange.

The square painting did involve some touch up work, but I’m pretty happy with how they both turned out!

Here is how they look above the bookcase.  Again, I used the same bookcase for each of these, but the plan is to paint a second one so I have a matching set!

 Now I just need to find two frames, and will probably paint them the same grey as the bookcase, so have some continuity.  Thoughts?  I will be sure to come back with the final reveal…no promises on how soon that will be!

Another thing that I’m excited about adding to this little reveal…remember the cute little yarn wreath I made earlier?  I found some really fun yarn that matches my color scheme for the bookcases perfectly!  What better way to tie everything together than to use another wreath?

 How fun is that yarn?  I kind of think it looks a little bit like a piñata, but I love how fun it is!  And tell me that doesn’t match just perfectly!

 My to-do list is starting to expand over what started as a tiny fun project!  Here’s whats left:

*Get and paint a second bookcase
*Get and paint frames for the geometric art
*Make flowers for the wreath
*Hang artwork and wreath
*Find a permanent home for the bookcases

Good thing February Vacation is only a week away!  Another reason why I love working in the public schools…

Can’t wait to be able to finally share the finished reveal with you all!  Thanks for sticking around!

Simply Living