Thursday, May 13, 2010

Circles


When I saw what the theme was for Paint With Me Thursday this week, Circles, I was reminded of something I've been wanting to do with Dylan for a while now.  When I told him we were going on a "Circle Walk" after his nap, he ran upstairs and jumped in bed!  You would have thought chocolate chip cookies were involved.

The idea was for both of us to take pictures on the walk, but his camera battery needed recharged, and telling my kid to "Wait", or "Be patient", is like telling the sun not to shine.   So, I took the pictures.  He ran ahead of me, shouting loud enough for all the neighbors to hear, "I FOUND ONE!!"  He insisted on me taking a shot of every.stinkin'.circle.in.our.neighborhood.  After getting a few odd neighborly looks, as I took pictures of people's tires, or wreaths on doors, a few rules had to be established.  I couldn't believe how many circles there were in our little neck of the woods!




The circle theme also reminded me of something I've been wanting to do with the little girl at work.  There is no way I would attempt this particular craft with Dylan at this age, but I figured at almost 5, she could handle it.  

We made Bubble Prints.  Have you ever tried it?  Basically all you need is a small bowl, some dishwashing detergent, some food coloring, a few straws, and some white paper.  If you are doing it in another person's house, like I was, you'll want to make sure you put down lots of newspaper, or towels, or SOMETHING before you get started.  

Put some detergent in the bowl.  Add some food coloring, then fill the bowl about half way with water.  Put your straw in and blow gently, until some bubbles form on the top of the bowl.  Then lay your paper on top to make the prints.  It is the BLOW GENTLY part that she had issues with, causing me to regret not putting down the newspaper initially.  Trust me, this is just fun!  Or, as she said, looking up at me adoringly, "This is one of your best crafts ever!"





Here's one more craft with circles.  This is what Dylan made his grandmas for Mother's Day, 
(with Mommy's help)...



7 comments:

The Girls' Mommy said...

Love the photos! try this circle art, too:
http://www.cs.unm.edu/~markidis/kandinsky.jpg

My neighbor just did it and they really liked it

Elissa said...

love those pics as a collage. L O V E.

Burgh Baby said...

Turn those circles black and white and frame that whole collage, woman. That's some very cool art right there!

Nicole Jensen said...

i love the bubble art..I might have to attempt that..and your collage is fabulous!

blue china studio said...

oooh! The collage turned out great. There are indeed lots of circles in your neck of the woods. I like that you had your son help you too.

The bubble art looks very fun.

Feather said...

i'm with burgh baby...frame that collage! it's awesome! what a fun way to spend time with dylan...
the bubble prints are fun, fun, fun.

Steph said...

Your circle images are wonderful and so diverse. Fantastic art and idea to do with your son. I think I've done bubble art before (a million years ago). These turned out lovely with the softness and pastels. I bet Dylan's grandma loved her award. So creative.