Day Twelve: Handprint Flags & Fireworks Paintings

The main craft I had planned was the fireworks paintings, but (for reasons I'll talk about in a minute) I really didn't feel safe having EJ to them. So...right as I was scrambling to find something for her to do, I started clearing out my Reader and low & behold...I bumped into this blog post on Handprint Flags! YAY! So, I proceeded to paint EJ's little hand up...


...and made a print. Of course big brother had to get in on the action too and after some glitter pen embellishments, these were our final projects (we left them as is and skipped the flag steps).


So naptime came and Jack started his firework paintings. They didn't come out as I imagined they would, but they are still really cool & he had such a great time making them. I got the idea from a painting technique I had seen in a kid's painting book we checked out of the library recently. You suck paint into a straw and then blow it out on to the paper (and now you see why EJ was not invited to this as she has been known to eat dirt, wood chips, sand, rocks, etc...didn't need to add paint to the list). I thought it would be cool to do color on black (like the night sky).

Here's Jack in progress:


When he was finished he told me he used a lot of paint to make it look like the finale of the fireworks show. He had made 5 sheets and decided that one should go to work with Matt while we would hang the other 4 together to look like a gigantic fireworks show. I thought it was a good idea, so now this work of art lives in our kitchen (it is not this washed out...I don't know what happened to this pic. Yikes!)...

Milwaukee Cupcake Queen said...

when i was somewhere between ej and jack's age, I did just that, suck in the paint. green everywhere. lips, face, throat, puke, table. You get the idea...

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