I thought I'd take a break from talking about my own art and share some autumn art projects I've been doing with my son.
It's always hit or miss what he'll be interested in doing, so don't think we are just blissfully making art everyday together, but here are some sweet projects recently.
The fall colors here in Portland for the past month have been spectacular. We collected leaves around our neighbor and then made leaf prints by painting the leaf and then pressing it on to the paper.
The leaves were so lovely we decided to preserve them by laminating them and taping them to our big living room window.
They look so brilliant on the rare occasion when the sun is shining through them.
I wanted to keep the leaf fun going by painting around the leaves this time, but Ransom just wanted to paint.
With Thanksgiving just a week away, I plan on us making some hand turkeys soon, and creating some placements for the big day.
And THEN it's time for Christmas crafts! I can't wait for that.
I'll close by sharing this sweet snail mail tote bag, now available in my Etsy shop.
I've recently taken a little break from drawing florals and birds and gotten back into repeating patterns.
I was so happy a couple of years ago when I finally learned the trick of creating a design that can be seamlessly repeated thanks to Liz Kohler Brown's Skillshare class. It was close to the holidays and this was my first pattern.
I geeked out on patterns for awhile, but then started focusing more on birth flowers, birds, and tattoo designs. Frankly, because they were selling and my patterns were not.
Well, something about the holidays approaching has gotten me all into cozy patterns again. I've created three in the past month. First for Christmas, like I already shared. Then I created this snail mail pattern.
And I loved that color scheme so much I created another simple geometric one.
And I think I'll create one more with those same colors .
This morning though, Ransom and I made some patterns with dot stickers and the letters of our names. It was a hit.
I've been trying to get him to paint with me all week and he has refused, but he just loved this simple sticker project. Less messy and unpredictable than paint, I suppose. Sometimes I see a little perfectionist in him.
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