ringo atelier

Ringo atelier is a creative studio, and resource, for children and their blog is lovely, too. Lots of their drawing activities have a PDF to print out and do at home. They have loads of pages to colour and develop, like this invent the fruit that goes with this leaf (below; above is Auggie's rainbow fruit), which we tried yesterday during a rainy day

and this construct a city (this one is meant to be for collage, but we painted and scribbled them)

There are also some really great projects that we haven't yet tried, like the à la manière de section, with projects inspired by the work of artists like David Hockney or Sonia Delaunay. I think the David Hockney one is perfect for July, and I will put in a little translation here (find the original project here). Observe water (in your bath, swimming pool, by the sea or edge of a lake...), in the style of painter David Hockney. Have fun trying to reproduce the waves, the reflections, the colour of the water. To do this, use watered-down paint, sponges, tissues and different papers. Look carefully at this painting of a swimming pool (below, left)

The 1 livre—1 book section has a nice library of books, too.


Penguin turned three today so we held a party (and simultaneously a sand party on the bed, which involved digging in the bed covers and going to the "meta" place with a jeep — I still don't know what we were talking about, but it might have been really deep, heh). For some reason Penguin inspires a lot of hats, which I find funny because I think he looks quite put upon. Above is his "rainbow hat".

This is a boat hat (made from Windy's boat pattern) — which looks like a sombrero from the front.

Auggie requested a boat hat which was a surprise to me. He's not really a dresser-upper. I used two pieces of construction paper taped together, but it still wasn't big enough, so we had to use an elastic to hold it on, so I thought for sure it would get pulled off right away. He kept it on for about 15 minutes. You just never really know what they're going to be into on a given day, I guess.

tiny pink & gold lanterns

A few days ago I found some thin flourescent pink paper at the Daiso in Richmond. I bought it on impulse, and added it to my big box of scraps that I use to make collages. The next evening, I sat down to do some illustrations, but I ended up taking a break to play with it. Sometimes, when your work is creative, you can forget how fun it is to make things with no real goal.

I used a few little squares of it to make some tiny lanterns, using the same method as the big ones from a few weeks ago. Anything pretty that costs 50¢ and takes 1 minute to make is really satisfying. The next day Henry spotted one from across the room right away.

One is now living in a corner of Auggie's room, balanced on an old chopstick. The gold is from a scrap of gold tissue from a birthday present. It makes me feel cheerful when I raise the blinds on a gloomy morning.