I usually share my own art process on this blog, but sometimes I interrupt my regularly scheduled program to share the art process of my three-year-old. This is one of those times . . .
This week has been a sick week. A yucky cold has been making its way around our family. Having a lot of time at home this week, Ransom and I were able to create some cute little Valentine’s Superheroes to give to his friends at school. We were inspired by these guys, which we made last month from a printable from Messy Little Monster.
We started the process on Sunday night, when the sickness began and Ransom had to stay home from church. I had him paint a few sheets of paper with red, blue, and white tempura paint. We used a paintbrush, roller and q-tips. He got really into it actually, which always warms my heart because art-making is not always his favorite activity. I think the papers on their own turned out really lovely.
The next day I cut out a lot of capes, hearts, and circles (for heads), while Ransom colored the “bodies” (aka popsicle sticks).
Next we glue! He lost stamina at this point, coloring and painting were his favorite. In reality, I did a lot of the gluing myself.
Ransom drew on all the faces himself — the mouth, nose, and hair. (As you can see in the top of the picture above.). I thought that gave it some toddler-charm. On the back of the capes I wrote a note “You’re super, [name]! Happy Valentine’s Day!” Today, which is actual Valentine’s Day, Ransom was finally well enough to go to school and so we got to distribute his superheroes. He attends a sweet little preschool co-op nearby.
As I said, creating art is not always Ransom’s first choice in activities (he’d rather jump off of things or play Ninja), so creating these little guys was pretty sweet for me.
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