My creative 5 year-old girly spends a significant chunk of every day drawing or something. I would say, on average, she passes at least an hour if not two amidst a sea of crayons and bits of paper (that I never seem to finish picking up). She LOVES to draw, paint, color, clip, glue, tape, fold ETCETERA, and of course, I’m pleased as punch about it. She often watches me do my projects and frequently uses my scraps to create something for herself. The other day when I was carving my feather stamp (which I can’t find, by the way:( ) she was mesmerized by the buttery way my carving tools slip through the rubber, and how an image slowly takes form. The next morning I walked into her meticulously drawing on an eraser. She had several prototypes, actually. So I quickly grabbed my carving tools, and we made it happen; she drew the design, and I carved it. She took so much pride in the finished product, that I think she forgot it was a collaborative effort. I love the way this lovely little flower stamp turned out, and we will definitely do this again. I already have big plans for it (she starts Kindergarten this year, and I’m working on her school wardrobe–can’t wait mwa hahah haha!!!) Using her stamp is a super fun way to give her ownership in part of my projects–she was so excited to refer to herself as “the designer”.
For all the stamps I carve, I use a simple little carving kit that I think I got at Michaels with a 50% off coupon. It works great, I definitely recommend it! I started out using the carving blocks they sell, but I soon switched to using cheap dollar store erasers. They are much easier and quicker to carve, and they’re the perfect size for creating pattern designs. And they’re 3 for a dollar, so I mean, you can’t go wrong.
I think I’ve mentioned before, but I let my kids watch TV on one highly anticipated day a week (well two, we usually watch family movies on Sunday too), and today, my crafty friends, is Friday-Movie Day aka Mama-Neglect-Housework-and-instead-do-Crafts Day. I really love Fridays! So while my kids binge on Diego and the Backyardigans, I’m going to finish my book and then do a really fun stamp project for myself! See you on the flip side of it!