|Pirate Little Bit, age 4. Sniff.|
|Sweetheart, age 8, after our Pirate treasure hunt. Sniff.|
|The girls with their cousins acting out Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. Sniff. Sniff.|
But instead of sitting around being very sad, I thought and thought about how to redeem the summer. There MUST be something fun that a 12 year old and an 8 year old can do together. I mean, the 8 year old deserves to have fun. It's not her fault she has a fuddy-duddy older sister! (Just kidding. Sweetheart actually still plays a lot. But she isn't "little" anymore and I have to respect that too.) And it's not their fault there is a newborn in the house keeping us from doing a lot of running around town.
I knew they would both enjoy art projects and I even thought of a way to make it a "theme" for Little Bit. Who is, after all, only 8. Let's say I chose "ballerinas" as the theme. Well, we do ballerina art projects (which Sweetheart could also do), check out some books about ballerinas, an Angelina Ballerina video, and make a tutu for her dolls. There. A theme for the 8 year old. And the 12 year old could participate in the art and anything else she felt like participating in.
I know I have a newborn in the house so I'm not sure how much of the theme business will happen, but what I'm saying is...it's doable.
So in my research on Pinterest, I stumbled on a great art site. From there, I began to learn about something called "art journals." Honestly, I had never heard of these. Hmm. A way to do art projects AND keep them contained within a journal instead of littering my fridge, spilling off the kitchen counters, or stacking up on the girls' dressers? Sounds like a winner to me!
The site kept referring to "Strathmore Art Journals." I didn't know what that meant exactly but then at Hobby Lobby, I figured it out.
|Oh! It's a brand name for these art books! This is the one I chose. They are pretty big.|
First I had them decorate inside the front cover.
Then we started our first project. Directions are here.
|Concentrating means the tongue goes out. :)|
|Cutting out the sunglasses (from images on the computer).|
|We just used pencil, Sharpie, and crayons. Nothing fancy.|
|The caption says, "I love summer." I had just finished telling them "you can't mess up on art journals" so I let the lowercase "i" go.|
|Love these self-portraits. Can't wait to do more projects!|
So that's my plan. Lots and lots of art! I know there will be days when we are busy running errands, and swimming, and cleaning house. But there are plenty of other days when there is nothing on Netflix to watch, and it's raining or terribly hot, and our art journals will be just the ticket to fun!