Earlier today, Little Miss and I busted the paints out. Actually, we pulled out one of the crafts from our Busy Bee Bag and it just so happened to be a watercolor exercise. Next to coloring, painting is the Little Miss' favorite activity. She does it with her Boo-la (Abuela) all the time.
She really didn't want my help on just about any of this, so "let's do something fun together" really just meant, "Mom, get out some fun stuff for me to do and watch me go!" That was ok with me. Especially after I re-read this post over at IndieTutes the other day, I wasn't looking to make her do crafts so rigidly "by the book" (which I know I'd be pushing to do, even subconsciously, if I got too involved.).
So I set her up with the watercolors, a little Cat in the Hat cup of water, and some paper and let her go wild. After it was all dry (and we had eaten dinner), we pasted some construction paper to her masterpiece to simulate a sunset:
Then, while she was going freestyle on another piece of paper:
some very cute ideas on different ways you can display your child's artwork at Make and Takes and proceeded to do all the tracing and cutting. Little Miss was a tad distressed that I was doing all the cutting, so she was officially put in charge of gluing the animals and words down onto clean sheets of paper.
And voila! Some new wall art for her bedroom was born:
here via Sarah Jane Studios. And if you've never heard of her, you should really check out her Etsy shop. If I had $200 to blow on artwork for LM, I'd be spending it there to get her gorgeous 12 months of the year collection. If only money grew on trees, right? Sarah, if you are reading this, I'm not too proud to take a freebie. Or 12. ;)