Friday, June 12, 2009

Back in the Olea spirit

So I've been having a hard time with Olea lately.
Maybe it's because she's staying up late, maybe it's because I am always nursing the baby and she has to wait an hour longer for anything she wants, maybe it's my thyroid, maybe she's almost 5, maybe it's because I am not as cool as her grandma, maybe it's because she misses all the cool things we used to do together. Maybe I'm expecting her to be older than she is. Maybe I'm having a hard time with my time.
Maybe it is everything.

So last night after the kids were in bed and Gary was at a concert with my brother I started racking my brain... and the internet for things to do with Olea. I decided I love the site One Pretty Thing since it helped me find some swell ideas and get me thinking of my own. I made a list with hint instructions.

While eating lunch the other day Olea asked how I made this piece (a wood cut) and as I simply explained it she was smart enough to connect it to the one I did for her that hangs in her room (an intaglio copper plate). I wondered if there was a way to expose her to the medium since she showed an interest. So today after putting the babies down for their naps Olea and I sauntered down to the studio. At first I was worried this was not going to go well because her endless questions as I cleared a space for our project were driving me crazy. But it all worked out.
We did monoprinting.
Prep paper, cut glass, tape glass down and paint with tempera paint and design with qtips and tooth picks, we also used a comb

put paper down, brayer or rub with hand (we did both), tada!

We used two different sizes of glass and traded off, we used good art paper dry and wet

We experimented and learned as we went and she L-O-V-E, LOVE, loved it. Wanted to know if we could do it tomorrow.
Then we made cards with our prints and some pastels for a little color.


  1. You. Are. A. Cool. Mom!!!
    How fun! :)

  2. You are such a fun mom. One day (once I've reproduced), if I have a kid who's into art...I'm not sure what I'll do...