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That Artist Woman‘s Blog.
She is basically my hero for all things art.
and slowly it occurred to me that
I had EVERYTHING in my house to do the entire project myself (read: no cost!).
So, today, as soon as we finished up our a.m. homeschooling, we busted out the art supplies and got down to business.
this project has been such a BLAST!
My kids and I were totally into it, and we all had a big, fun, messy time working with the dry wall compound
(once the 2 year old was soundly napping).
and I thought it work well for this project.
It was really exciting to paint the slate clean, so to speak, knowing that very soon it will be covered in our very own
all the details you need, just visit her site.
However, just for fun, I thought I’d share a few pics of what we did here today.
To see the finished product, you’ll have to check back a few days from now.
Here you can see some of the differing depths of our buildings, and also how each building looks before and after we applied the compound.
The kids and I worked together to cover each piece in dry wall compound, then we used washers and other items to texturize each building.
Don’t they look COOL so far?!
We used several different kinds of washers, nails, and other odds and ends from daddy’s toolbox to decorate the buildings.
We used a math linking cube to make the squares-with-circles imprints. Toothpicks worked great for scraping out lines.
The stucco effect on the building on the left was done using crumpled tin foil. A piece of a rubber mat was used to texturize the top of the building on the right…just lots of found objects from around the house.
We purposefully left a couple buildings plain so we can decorate them after they’re painted.
Well, that’s all we got done for today.
Time permitting, we’ll start painting tomorrow, and adding finishing details to all the buildings before we glue it all down to the canvas!
I gotta say I just love the vertical nature of this artwork so far…I’m thinking it will look really nice with my boys’ striped bedding.
Honestly, I will just be SO THRILLED if it actually looks half way decent up on the wall–especially since I didn’t spend any money to create it.
We have a couple of other mixed media projects going on right now that also involve dry wall compound, so stay tuned to see those in the coming days!