Sunday, May 16, 2010

MMM: Child's Play

"Preschool Collage"
12 x 16 Canvas Panel

This week's Mixed Media Monday challenge is to create a piece of art using the tools and techniques "that speak to your inner child." Not only did I love the excuse to play with some of my favorite supplies such as crayons and colored pencils, but I also used this opportunity to feature some of Kendra's preschool artwork. As you probably know, those little ones bring home a lot of stuff and although we have a wall in our home dedicated to her artwork, I wanted to do something more with some of my favorites . . .

I started with a 12 x 16 canvas which was covered in four panels (from a blank journal) that had been painted in bold colors and stamped (in relief). Next came more stamping, this time with black ink and various stamps, including the back of an eraser. I then lightly washed the whole piece with some watered-down paint before adding my collage elements from several pieces and copies of Kendra's artwork. Final touches came from smudged charcoal, crayon, pencils and plenty of glitter. It hangs from a satin ribbon and includes a few Swarovski crystal beads hung from wire on the top right.

Thank you for your time! I can't wait to see what all you kiddies did this week . . .

Kristin xo

20 comments:

Tess said...

Hi Kristin, TRhis art board is awesomne. I wish I had thought of doing something like tis when my girls were little. We moved a lot so I don;t really have anythig left to use but I will keep this in mind for my granddaughter's artwork. I maybe able to find some of her old papers from head start or kindergarten. How did you get the holes in the canvas? This is a hard canvas, correct? I would love to figure out how to get the holes in for hanging it with ribbon. I like the look. Your pic of Kendra on here is adorable. I love how color co-ordinated she is and ever so cute. Have a good evening.
Tess

peggy gatto said...

this is a delight!!!

Cindy said...

Oh, this art board is darling!!! And so perfect for the challenge!!
You have so much inspiration there at home, this had to be "child's play," for sure!

Amy said...

cute...so cute..what a sweet way to display those adorable art pieces by your girl! I bet she loves this so much.
She's a little artist just like her mom!

Sandy said...

Gosh this is so cute.
Lovely and adorable.

Hermine said...

Its lovely

Diana Evans said...

this is so so sweet Kristin!!! what a fantastic piece and keepsake!!!

you are always doing some wonderful things and the love always shines through each piece....

Melinda Cornish said...

sometimes it is fun to have the freedom to make something like a child....no pressure! This is a great piece and fun too...
I am so glad you like the quilt...it is very retro and I think the colors make it fun. we are having more fun fixing it up and I definitely will be posting more pictures...I would love to have you follow my blog....come visit again soon........dont be a stranger.....

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Beautiful artwork. Nice that you could share this with your own little one. Love it.

joanna said...

What a cute art board! you always come up with great ideas Kristin!! love it!
xoxo

Ozstuff said...

I am glad to see that Miss Kendra Ann has ATTITUDE with a capital C. At least that is how she looks in her gorgeous photo.
Yes, even for oldies like me, little ones are such an inspiration and crayons and pencils are once again familiar tools.
Your Child's Play is gorgeous, Kristin. I love the wonderful textures you have achieved.

Carin said...

Kristin, this is gorgeous! Love that you added some of Kendra's art work into it. I reuse a lot of the paintings my daughter brings back (but we don't want to keep) as background papers. I've always got something to hand!

Daphne said...

Fun fun fun, lot's of color!

Silvia said...

Wonderful colours and elements

ALTERED ARTIFACTS said...

So whimsically sweet, just love it!

haendi said...

This is just wonderful, Kristin! I'm sure it was wonderful to include your daughter's artwork. Was she so proud to see her work on your blog? I know my nieces were in heaven. :)

Nicola said...

Oh wow Kristin, this is wonderful! What a fantastic way to make use to the childrens art work, I know my boys bring home so much stuff from school and day care and I hate to throw any of it away no matter how small, so I have boxes and boxes of the stuff. I bet Kendra loves this and got a real kick out of it! Brilliant work!

Kristy said...

love this. you are an amazing artist.
its so sweet that kendra's art is also on there.
i love it!!!!

carolyn said...

Just delightful!

Diane said...

Wow, Kristin, this is spectacular! Diane