My daughter is of the age where I can start doing art projects with her. Which, as you can imagine, is what I’ve been looking forward to the most. As a proud mama, I can say she already holds a pencil better than I do. Better than most people I know, actually. And she’s quite good with scissors! Cutting paper is one of her favorite activities.
The other day I set up a paint station for her. Well, more like a big mat spread out in our living room. We used paint and construction paper and paper towels. I just let her explore. As I was watching her I got this idea that I could turn a lot of her “paint scribbles” into collage paper. I started sketching out ideas as soon as I could.
I painted along side her to create as many samples as I could. Later that night I started experimenting with cutting out different shapes from the painted paper. I drew circles on the back of the paper, and then cut them out, not knowing which brushstrokes would be preserved. It was pretty fun and results were beautiful. I’ve been posting a lot of in-progress images on instagram.
My daughter is kind of obsessed with cats right now. She always asks me to draw them, “Braw! Myow!” she says, handing me pen after pen. My-ow is her precious sound for a cat. I decided to make her a cat pattern out of all the paper we painted together. This little geometric figure was born.