We had a very highbrow art-making session 2 days ago, including a naked 3 year old crouched on the table, and plenty of snacks. And some potatoes and tempera paint and a few tantrums where loaded paintbrushes went flying. These were rewarded with time outs, but I still feel like I lost, because Beckett laughs at me during his time outs.
Have you made potato prints? Probably when you were a kid, but have you made them recently? They’re so low-tech and fun. I cut two potatoes into thirds and used a sharp pairing knife to cut out shapes.
I won’t show you my circle, because it looked more like someone gnawed a chunk out of the potato. I placed them cut-side-down onto a paper towel while we gathered the other materials: paper, tempera paint, watercolor brushes and a brayer.
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We practiced saying the different shapes and trying to make some patterns. I also mixed the blue and yellow paint up while Beckett was watching, and explained what I was doing. I’m sort of magic.
We used a paintbrush to lay the paint on the potatoes, and then stamped away the day…