Making Art

Y’all know that my little guy loves to color, but we’ve really only painted once (in the backyard with washable paints).  Over the weekend, we headed to Michaels to pick up more supplies (acrylic paints, canvases, and paintbrushes) so we could both get in on the action.  I’ve never painted before, but I was inspired by Jen of Made by Girl to try to create some of my own art for my office at work.  I have the perfect wall for a large abstract painting above my desk.  I was going to have James make it at first, then I decided to not be scared to try it myself.  “Try it, you’ll like it!“- I could also be losing my mind since I’m now hearing Gabba Gabba when I type.

Via Cocoa and Hearts
I doubt Jen’s studio looks like ours:)


Yeah, we set up shop in the garage (cold outside!) and worked on the floor.  James stepped on my first piece.  We really need easels.  I started playing around just to get the hang of it a little and when I feel more confident, I’ll move on to my big canvas.  I’ll be sure to show you when it’s finished:)

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Have y’all tried painting?  I’ve seen some great work by Natalie and her son (Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers).  I’d love to see yours if you want to leave me a link in the comments.  Let’s have a great week!



  1. January 16, 2012 / 5:53 am

    I did so much more projects with baby #1. Poor second babe. I am definitely going to do some Valentine's art projects with the kids soon. So fun.

  2. January 16, 2012 / 1:19 pm

    Looks like a sweet project! I took painting classes in college and loved them! I haven't had a chance to paint since then though. This would be so fun to do with my little man once he gets here!

  3. January 16, 2012 / 2:26 pm

    You're such a fun mom! 🙂 What great memories you all are making together. 🙂 I'd like to think that if we had a garage or basement workshop, I'd get more messy with the kids…but I maybe that's just wishful thinking. Can't wait to see the finished art!

  4. January 16, 2012 / 3:56 pm

    This sounds like a fun project and such a great way to encourage James to be creative! I hope to be able to get messy with my little girl when she gets a little bit older. Such a great bonding time.

  5. January 16, 2012 / 5:26 pm

    I paint -but I'm still trying to find the courage to show any of it!! I'll be sure to check our Natalie's art. Maybe that will inspire me… Love your blog!

  6. January 16, 2012 / 5:28 pm

    Yes! Good for you! I tried this (and blogged about it) last year and my piece proudly hangs above our mantle. I am NOT an artist but it was such a fun project that I'd like to do it again for another mantle switcheroo. Looking forward to seeing your creation!

  7. Natalie {Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers}
    January 16, 2012 / 12:02 pm

    Thanks for the shoutout girl! Abstract painting is much harder than it looks! Just got your email last night but I guess you found the artwork. I just repainted over my canvas for the 3 time and I am finally happy with what I painted. I will probably post on the blog this week:) Can't wait to see yours and I bet James loved it. I stock up on mini canvas at Micheals whenever they are on sale because Sterling loves to paint so much!

  8. A Blissful Nest
    January 16, 2012 / 5:22 pm

    I hear Gabba in my sleep! I have been having the same thoughts of trying this as well. Can't wait to see yours!!

  9. January 16, 2012 / 11:34 pm

    I just started a series today on my blog about learning to paint- SO GLAD you took the plunge and decided to try it! Don't be scared! Can't wait to see what you come up with.

  10. {Hi Sugarplum!}
    January 16, 2012 / 6:22 pm

    John is really talented in the artistic dept, but has never painted a canvas. I gave him all the stuff for christmas…think I can make requests for colors he uses? 🙂 I can't wait to see yours! Maybe I'll be brave enough to try!

  11. Crissy {house|four}
    January 17, 2012 / 12:44 am

    I've tried my hand at this project with my kiddos before for some bathroom art (can't find the pics right now) and it was so much fun! getting ready to give it a go again for some fun playroom art again. I can't wait to see yours!

  12. Carmel @ Our Fifth House
    January 17, 2012 / 5:24 am

    Oh there's nothing better than messy art projects with your little peeps! My son painted a big canvas when he was 2 and I'm planning to hang it in my guest room. Can't wait to see your painting!

  13. January 19, 2012 / 2:12 am

    Such a fun project! I actually went to Michael's myself yesterday and bought acrylic paints + canvases + brushes, and plan on creating a very amateur masterpiece this weekend to hang in our guest room. Can't wait to see how yours turns out!


  14. January 23, 2012 / 1:50 pm

    I checked out Made by Girl's website and she does have such beautiful art. I am thinking of trying to do something at home too 🙂

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