Sarah (3.5yrs) collects feathers. All feathers. She is getting quite the collection. They fill tiny nests in our playroom and line her shelves in her bedroom.
Today’s afternoon art was inspired by Sarah’s love affair with feathers. It’s nice to do something for her. Too often I feel our days are so focussed around Jack. It’s nice to see Sarah developing her own interests and watching her explore them more deeply.
A few of Sarah’s treasures, some watercolours, clipboards, brushes, water and the provocation was set. I like using a Lazy Susan for observational art; it allows the kids to gently spin the materials so they can see them in more detail.
And doesn’t the colour and lines in the wood just lift the materials so beautifully? I also used clear glass jars to hold some of the feathers to emphasise their beauty and allow the light to shine through.
We use watercolour paper. Watercolour paper is heavier than regular copy paper. It allows the colour to absorb more easily; holding the paint and stopping the colours from blending into a brown muck.
It’s not expensive. I just buy the K-mart brand. But it definitely makes for a more enjoyable art experience. We also use Micador watercolour paints and can’t recommend them enough. You can buy them online or K-mart, Big W and Officeworks stock them.
Sarah had a lovely little friend come and play today while her mama was at work. The two girls painted and chatted happily; admiring each other’s work, talking about which colours they should choose and giving little tips… it was a most lovely day.