July 26, 2013

Child's Play...

It's been quite a while since I have had the opportunity to share my studio with a child.  I invited my friend, Mimi's daughter, Brittany, for a day of play in my studio.  Brittany is a budding artist.  She has great instincts and a wonderful sense of color.

Brittany was eager to get started.
(It took me almost a full day to develop an idea and set up the space.)  

We are making an art doll.  The base is foam core.  Brittany's first assignment was to draw and color a face on Shrinky Dink plastic.  We kept our fingers crossed that the face would shrink to the correct size - it did!

Assorted papers were glued to the base.  Here Brittany is scuffing the "wrong" side of the face to enable it to adhere to the base.   We used Weldbond for this purpose.

Brittany is busy, busy, busy.  I had planned to take a lot more photos of our "process", but got so caught up in what we were doing that I completely forgot about the camera!

Our girls are almost finished...

I don't know who is cuter, Brittany or the doll she made.  I'm sure you will agree Brittany is cuter!

I don't want you to think that I worked her so hard that we forgot about lunch!  No way.  As a matter of fact, Brittany brought her own lunch and one for me too!!

Brittany remembered that the last thing we were to do was sign and date our work.  (I almost forgot!)

Brittany has left now.  She did help me clean up.  We had paper and glue everywhere!  This is my finished piece.

We had a great day together.  If you have the opportunity, invite a child to play.  It is so much fun!

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Jennifer Neuman said...

Love it!

Scriptor Senex said...

Sorry Pat but Brittany's doll has yoiurs beaten! And, of course, she is a lot cuter even than her doll!
I think some of my happiest times with my children were crafting and painting with them. It's such a bonding exercise (if you'll excuse the pun).
And I always learn something here - Shrinky-dink plastic!!!!
As for your comment "got so caught up in what we were doing that I completely forgot about the camera!" I so often do the same when crafting or cooking and it's usually a key stage I miss out.

Huldra said...

So cool! Look like you had a wonderful time together :)

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love the way the art dolls turned out, and agree that Brittany is definitely cuter. I've had my students make paper art dolls in the past, but have never though of using Shrinky Dink Plastic for the face. Thanks for sharing and blessings!

Susie Jax said...

That was awesome of you to have her visit your studio! Great looking dolls! I am stopping by from Inspire Me Monday Blog Hop! I look forward to your visit at http://www.homemaker-mom.com/2/post/2013/07/old-boxes-with-a-new-purpose.html . Happy creating!

Betty Luckhurst said...

I'm sure she will remember her day with you for a long, long time!