Hi. It's weird times, no? I'm doing my best to fight the anxiety monster away by doing regular things around the house, cleaning, working, and shopping online. I try not to post too much work stuff here, but since it's free, I figured it may be helpful. Pop over to PennyPaperCo.com and download some free activity pages I created for these at home days. Oscar and I have been colouring some of them, and you too can have some fresh new activity sheets to print at home!
Sticking around town for the March Break? Here is a roundup of some fun things you can do! The top two projects we've done, and below are some other ones that are on our project list for this March Break.
My Mom pulled out this Sheila McGraw book, that we always looked through when we were little. I used to LOVE Papier Mache but I feel like the craft project isn't as popular these days. This March Break I'm going to get Oscar into it after my Mom reminded me of how much fun it was. There are so many great projects in this book for kids to feel inspired to do some papier mache. I HIGHLY recommend the book. And if you want some more advance projects here's her adult version.
I did this project some time ago but it's still one of the most popular projects on the blog. Click on the picture to be brought to the project! You'll need some supplies and it makes for a really entertaining afternoon!
We bought one of these Hey Clay kits a few months ago and I was really impressed with the quality and colour selection of the air dry clay. The cool thing with this set is that you can connect to their app and make the creatures come to life.
I did an abstract collection 9 years ago – it was the most beautiful collection that I truly adored. I sold them all (except for two) and I often wonder where they hang in people’s homes. Once they all sold I found that I couldn’t paint anymore. Nothing inspired me to paint and although I tried putting the brush to canvas, nothing looked right. So, I packed away my paints, and decided to move on.
Eventually found a creative outlet in my photography – the lens became my paintbrush and I found happiness pouring my creativity into that medium. Obviously I also get the luxury of having my business being a creative outlet as well. But I need outlets outside of my business, to express my crazy wild ideas that come to me. Painting was that, and then – and still now, photography is too.
Fast forward nine years, and over the last little while, the pull of the canvas creeped up again. I dusted off my paints, pulled out the canvases, and I found myself spending days and nights painting. As a result I created my second series of abstracts.
It’s really interesting to compare the style that emerged in this series compared to my 2011 collection. Although the two series – 9 years apart – are similar, there’s more confidence in the colours and strokes.
Ps., those two paintings from my 2011 collection I put up sale last week (one of the two has sold already). The second series is also now live on the site. (This photo is from that series and, one of my favourites).
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