I hope you enjoyed a beautiful weekend! The rain is back here in Vancouver, and I have to admit that I’m kind of glad to see it! You see, it means I get a bit of a break from driving to baseball games and practices every night! I’ve got a busy week ahead with work, so a little less juggling will make the evenings easier. And, I’ve been invited to tour West Elm’s new Summer Collection on Wednesday, so I might share some of my favorites with you later in the week.
I also wanted to let you know that there are now more Ampersand Animals running wild in the shop! They have been really fun to work on. I have lots still to list, so keep watch if you’re waiting for your favorite animal to appear. Or better yet, let me know if you have a fave animal and maybe I’ll work on that next! Which one is your favorite so far?
I hope that Monday is kind to you. Happy week ahead!
I love chalk art. I was thrilled to spot some inside Imig’s Kitchen & Bar at The Lafayette Hotel while in San Diego. I can’t help but smile every time I look at this picture, so I thought I’d share in case you need a boost today! (If you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen it, but I thought it warranted a repost.)
Photo: Rosa Pearson, Artist: Lynnie (no last name on the wall… anyone?)
Inquiring minds want to know! My Milk Art post brought many questions about whether or not I’d attempted to transfer the effect onto paper. I hadn’t, but since I would happily repeat this one, I thought I’d give it a shot.
Well, here is your answer… it does NOT work. Not well at least. All the detail and vibrancy is lost as soon as the paper touches down, and that really is the best part. If you are looking to make this into long lasting art I would suggest that taking a picture is your best bet.
I have had lots of comments lately from readers wanting to take my milk art tutorial one step further and transfer it onto paper somehow. When I saw this painting by San Fransisco artist Serena Mitnik-Miller I thought that maybe, just maybe, it might look something like this. Seriously, I know there is no way. But now I have to try – I’ll let you know how it goes! In the meantime I’ll leave you with some more of her beautiful paintings.
Aren’t they wonderful! I would love to visit Serena’s studio one day and see how she creates these amazing paintings!
Today I’m really excited to share a poster that I’ve designed for kids! Based on the famous quote by Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, “Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh My!” is the first in a series of typographic poster designs that will be making their way to my Etsy shop soon!
I know that eggs are front and center at this time of year, but what about the lowly mushroom? I love mushrooms. Mushroom burgers, risotto, soup… I love them all! And, lately I’ve found them visually appealing too! But, mushrooms are one of those things, it seems, that people either love or hate. What’s your opinion on mushrooms? Love them or leave them?
Science & Art swirled up into one! This is my favorite project yet, and the last in the series! A huge thank you to Shannon (A Mom’s Year) for suggesting this art project. I was eager to try it, and I’m excited to share it with you!
All you need for this project is the following:
1. A plate 2. Milk (2% or higher) 3. Food Coloring 4. Dish Soap (That’s it!!)
1. Fill the plate with a thin layer of milk. Next, put in drops of food coloring.
2. Then, add a few drops of dish soap into the center of the food coloring, sit back, and watch! (I should mention that I tried this first with eco-friendly dish soap and it didn’t really work, so stick to the hard stuff for this!)
KA-POW! The milk fat instantly reacts to the soap, creating art!
Wow, right?! It will spin for quite a while, and if you add more drops of dish soap into the dark areas of food coloring you can keep the action going for quite a while.
If you want to see milk art in action, you can check out this video that I found:
Looking for more DIY’s to do with kids? Here are some more good ones:
At a doctor’s appointment recently, my oldest was entertaining himself with a paperclip, bending it into shapes to pass the time. When we got home I found these images online, and was able to show him examples of amazing things that can be made with wire, skill and some creativity.
Just to give you an idea of age appropriateness, my seven year old was able to make this bone by himself, but my five year old would have needed help if he had been home. Supplies for this DIY project are easy, you just need some thin wire and a pair of pliers! I tried to make a chair and found out that constructing anything three dimensional was harder than I’d imagined. That’s where skill would come in handy! Regardless, it was so much fun to play with a new medium! I’ll definitely try this again!
Here are some of the inspiring pics that got us started – aren’t they amazing!
I have been amazed by the talent of bloggers lately! I thought that I’d share some of the inspiring DIY art projects I’ve been seeing. First up, Lindsay, of Little House Blog created this fabulous abstract art last week. Her tip: Start by painting the background black first. I’ll be trying this!
Children can take part too in Merilee’s DIY Circle Punch Art on Mer Mag!! I may try this with the boys in the next few days since the teachers here are on strike… no school!
Style at Home featured David Barclay’s home, and the simple, bold art he created for it. Choose your favorite color, buy a large canvas, and go for it! (Photography: Stacey Brandford)
And, although not recent, I had to include this fabulous typographic piece that blogger Alisa Burke created using black shoe polish!! Shoe polish! What a great way to bring a meaningful quote into your home.
I hope these projects have inspired you to create some art of your own!
All the paint fumes have me seeing spots, and aren’t they fabulous! I would love to have some of these in our home. I’ve been frantically painting baseboards and door jams so that the doors and all the trim can be installed in the laundry/mud room today! I’m hoping to fit in a client meeting and coat of paint on the walls before the contractor shows up… aiming too high? Maybe, I’ll let you know.
Do you have any plans for the weekend? Celebrating Valentine’s Day early? Whatever your plans are, I hope you have a great weekend!