Growing up I always thought I was an awful artist. I thought art meant drawing, and I was no good at that! My stick figures always had one arm longer than the other, or they towered over the houses they were supposed to live in. I know now that it's because of my poor depth perception that I can't draw. (This "diagnosis" was made by my high school shop teacher. Sorry again about that hole in the table!) Bad depth perception is why I can't parallel park, why geometry TERRIFIES me, and why I cannot for the life of me judge space between cars and I'm always that person holding up traffic waiting to make a left (sorry!) Basically, my left brain works and my right brain is taking a snooze!
Imagine my surprise when I discovered that scrapbooking is not as much art as it is a mathematical equation about balance. Picture on left + Picture on right = Balance! A person like me really benefits from a sketch because the balancing act is already done! As I have gained confidence with the basics, I have begun to experiment with some different techniques. I have also learned to let up on the Type A a little bit!
Having recently discovered my love for all things artistic, I wanted to start early with my daughter. So I broke out the watercolors and let her go wild (well as wild as a Type A mom can!) And of course I had to record the momentous occasion!
I wanted the layout to have a museum feel to it, and I have seen a lot of "doodle frames" on other layouts, so I decided to give it a try. Doodling isn't the same as drawing, right?!
So I drew 4 doodle frames with pencil around a square the size of my pictures. Then I used regular Crayola watercolors to paint them. I wasn't going for perfection here. I was going for the Dr. Seuss look.
To make the frames look like they were hanging on a wall I twisted some jewelry wire into a loop and taped it to the back of each. Then I adhered the frames to my card stock using foam dots.
My inspiration for this particular page came from the awesome Picaso quote in the center. I found the quote through, where else, Pinterest. Here is the link for this and other awesome printables.
I hope more than anything my daughter grows up thinking she is good at whatever she tries to do, and that she has the confidence to challenge herself creatively. And I hope she learns to do so before the age of 31! And I hope I have inspired you to break out the old watercolors and have some fun! Until next time...