Monday, September 13, 2010

Proud of my craftiness!

I am not crafty. I took a lot of art classes in school but I don't consider myself an artist. I just don't have the time or the energy to pursuit craft projects. My kids love it when I break out the paints.  They are deprived of creative outlets.

Speaking of creativity..... I am also not good at coming up with my own projects.  I depend on the creativity of others. This project of course isn't original. I found it here and thought I needed to give it a try. She used this activity to go along with the phrase from the Family Proclamation that reads  "All Human Beings are created in the image of God". We did our full body tracings the day we talked about that. Instead I used this idea for the phrase "each has a divine nature and destiny". 

I thought the profile silhouettes would look lovely on my wall. I was lucky and while out shopping found some little painter's canvas'. I was just going to use a watercolor paper or something but these turned out so much better.
I did Molly's for her

I let the kids decide on the color scheme. They decided to use all the colors of the rainbow.  A rainbow is full of possibilities  so I gave them the colors and let them go. Their profiles were printed out and stuck on the canvas.  And the kids were instructed to start in the middle on the cutout and paint outward. Sophie did great and didn't require any touch ups, but the boys' didn't quite turn out as well.

When they were done and I pulled up the profile cutout there was all sorts of paint that had gone under and the profiles weren't going to work. And just to make it worse Henry came to look at his and put some paint on the edges where he didn't get paint touched his paint covered finger right in the white part of his head leaving a lovely blue fingerprint. My gasp made him feel so bad and he was almost in tears. I let it dry and tried to think of a solution to the problem.

Henry's before touch up.
Ian's before I cleaned up the edges.

I ended up painting white over the edges of the boys profiles and over the blue fingerprint. They turned out alright and they were all proud of the finished products.
I know they aren't quite hanging straight but I am not a perfectionist and it was hard to line up four boards. 

I think they look great hanging on the wall. And my kids love it that they match our rainbow rug as well.

I am entering this in the Family Proclamation celebration and blog hop. You can find other ideas at Chocolate on my Cranium or We Talk of Christ.


Luscher Family said...

this so cool. I am going to try it with the children tomorrow

Jocelyn Christensen said...

Hey, you did a great job! I added you to our link-up today!

Bibliophile said...

That was an interesting art project. You ARE creative!

famr_4evr said...

Wow! this is a great idea. The kids would love it.

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

They turned out amazing! Such a fun project to do.

Beck's Bounty said...

What an adorable idea !! Thanks for sharing !!


Cellista said...

Those look great!!! How did you get their silhouettes? I have tried several times and it rarely works. My kids must just wiggle too much.

I'm not crafty either, all of my best ideas come from the web somewhere or another.

Jocelyn Christensen said...

You're a winner, my friend: