Monday, April 20, 2009

Accidental Art

Something for you to ponder Grandma...learn to recognize art in the most simple, unusual and sometimes irritating moments. Strive to impart this attitude to your grandchildren (and your adult children). As a mom I remember getting upset sometimes when there was an accidental spill, or clothes were ruined by a good day of unexpected play. It's normal, and you can bet most parents still get bugged when the kids make a big mess. One of my jobs as Rowdy Grandma is to not get bugged, but to pat them on the head and say "that's okay, everybody makes mistakes.....now what does that spilled milk look like to you, maybe a cloud, or a giraffe"??

rowdy handprints

A perfect example happens all the time in my studio...spilled paint. The rowdies and I now call it accidental art and we have fun with it. We have spilled so much paint on my floor it has now become a giant canvas. There are a few masterpieces we don't paint over but otherwise any of the kids can just pick up a paint brush and paint the floor.

Dylan's studio boy

When they spend time in the studio without me I am always pleasantly surprised at all the amazing things they come up with. The best are often the sweet notes they paint to
Rowdy Grandma, sometimes it brings tears to my eyes.

studio girl

Now I know you may not have a floor you want painted. My studio was once a garage and I have a concrete floor, (by the way I love concrete floors... four rooms in my house are painted concrete). But take it from me you can also paint a carpeted floor. I know this because when Dylan was younger he was painting his model car in the sunroom and dropped the paint jar. Wow, the pattern it made on the carpet was awesome...and he really dreaded telling me about this major spill....talk about trouble from grandma!! He and I ended up making the most of it by taking some of the other paints and trickling them in similar patterns all over the carpet...he had created accidental art.

Heart America!!

Point being, Rowdy Grandma, try to lighten up and be the grandma who doesn't want to grow up!!!...and have fun with the grandkids!!

Taylor's major paint spill on the driveway.

Chalkboard paint is another really great paint for kids to use, next time I will show you a few projects you can do with the rowdies using this great product.

8 comments:

Military Momz said...

Great post. I LOVE the handprints. I left you an award at my blog! Hope you have a great day!

Carolee said...

Wow! Accidental art.

I have alot of those projects already started here!

PopArtDiva said...

Cindy - I LOVE this idea and I hope you are photographing all the "accidental art" that has shown up on your floors.

I have a concrete patio and have been contemplating turning it into a painting - wish I had a few grandkids to help me with the project!

Great idea from a great and creative Grandma! If you don't mind I'm going to post about it on my The NORMAL CHALLENGED Artist™ blog and link to this post.

Pop Art Diva! said...

Cindy, here's a direct link to my story about your wonderful "Accidental Art" idea at The Normal Challeneged Artist blog.

By the way, I love that guitar collage Sarah did.

Cindy Shepard said...

Thanks for your comments ladies..and if you do have a concrete floor ..it's your canvas!! So go for it Pop Art Diva..if we lived closer I would loan you my grandkids on especially rowdy days.

Pam Archer said...

I think you are about the most awesome grandma I have ever met.

I wish I had grandchildren. They would be welcome in my workshop anytime.

I have a great-nephew and great-neice I love dearly, but I do see them, they don't come to my house often....yet. :0)

Dancing B*a*g Lady said...

I'm inspired to go write in the dust on my furniture. Lovely post.

Cindy Shepard said...

Thanks for the compliment Pam...I do have fun with the kids.

Kim, you have inspired me!!..never thought of writing in the dust...but I have plenty!!