Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Painted kids' table, part two

Even though I did much more of this project, Andrew still enjoyed participating. We talked about how to make the colors we needed (no black, so we substituted dark green and brown).He would look at the encyclopedia and describe the shapes and details for me. Why do tree frogs have circles at the end of their fingers? How many legs does a garden spider have? Then he filled in my rough outlines with paint.
He drew the spider himself. He can't wait to scare his grandma with that one!
Try it! For me, the secret is to work quickly and not to take it too seriously. If you're not happy with the result, take a damp rag and scrub off the craft paint before it dries. I'll go over these with a clear sealer later.

Part One: Painting Kids' Furniture On The Cheap

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

surely these are posed photos and you used a drop cloth or some kind of carpet protection in the doing of?

Great work Andrew...what a cool project, you inspire meredith! I totally love that frog.

debbie

Mrs. Happy Housewife said...

Ya'll did a lovely job on both pieces. Is your book Childcraft: About Animals?

Meredith said...

Ummm...no. Kinda forgot the carpet protection! Luckily we didn't have any spills except a teeny tiny drop, which was easily erased with a damp rag.

I just bring my camera to whatever we're doing and snap when I remember. If I had to go back and pose things, we'd never have any pictures here.

Mrs. Happy Housewife, yes, it is Childcraft animals. The book isn't too well-written, but the pictures are great.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful table...and you are giving Andrew a first rate art education, something that most students don't even get in the school curriculum.
Connie

MoneyDummy said...

I'm totally amazed! HOW can you just decide to DRAW SOMETHING like that? Whenever I try those types of projects it's . . . well, it's just not pretty.

But I'm amazed. And as I keep reading your blog, I get a little more domestically creative, if not genuinely talented. So thanks!

jthorne said...

These are wonderful...and even more so because you and your son got to do them together. thank you for sharing your pictures and "how-to's"! I am truly impressed.

Miriam said...

Props to you Mrs. Artist and little Mr. Artist. Way to go! I love both tables. You could probably sell these for upwards of $100 at a quaint shop on the Franklin square. You know it!

mommysecrets said...

Great idea for a stay-at-home mom to earn some extra income! Market your products as a mom & son design and include a postcard with the design's story. You can sell stuff at a children's consignment sale too.

I'm excited about his table, can you tell?

Ann

Dell said...

Wow! Those are FABULOUS! Thank you for sharing them.

I also love the way you encouraged your son in seeing the elements of shape and such.

Wow again.