The biggest thing I miss about elementary school is art. I had the most amazing teacher Mr.Watson. He taught me everything about art. To love it, to learn about it and to live it. Still to this day I can remember things I learned about Seurat, Degas, Lautrec, Picasso, Monet, Klimt- I could go on and on. The point is it wasn't until I had my own children that I learned not every 2nd through 6th grader gets to learn so in depth about artists and their art. Loving the art was one thing though, having the ability to create is another. I do not think of myself as an artist but I do have to say that pulling out paints and brushes and painting whatever I feel like is extremely satisfying and even a little therapeutic.
Emily and I decided to do just that last week. I have always been more drawn to abstract and impressionist art thankfully so is Emily and we decided to paint one of our own.
(please no critiques, I am in no way a professional, I just do what I feel and love)
To make your own:
- something stiff to drag paint
(we used several pieces of cardboard, a plastic cutting mat and even a credit card)
-clear poly coat for shine when finished.
The secret is to use more paint that you think you need. Squeeze the paint where you want it...
then drag along canvas. I used several techniques, just do what you feel.
There really is not right or wrong, I love Emily's circles (done with the credit card)
in the end I have something that I really love to look at.
What I love about our little art project is that we used the same techniques and came out with two completely different works of art.