Monday, 17 December 2012

E's painted Christmas present

E loves to paint.  I don't think a day passes without him asking to go paint in our studio.  I thought it would be fun to share with other members of our extended family the work he does and loves so much.

I set him up with Christmassy colors, and a big canvas.   That is all I had to do, he did the rest.

I used acrylics for this project. He really loved it.

He played with the colors separately at first, and then he started to mix them up.

He was not so used with a canvas, and he struggled at first with the texture of it: his paintbrush was not sliding on the surface as it would with the paper we normally use.  It didn't take him long though to figure it out, and add more paint to his paintbrush.  I love how it created really rich colours.

We have starte to play with colors lately, and I saw that he was expecting new colours unlike the first time we tried our colors experiments, which was more of a surprise to him.

He loves this spot to paint: the mirror is always there, showing him another angle of his work, and I always fill the tub beside for him to rinse out his paintbrushes.

He did 3 canvas, and he was ready to do more.  I love the end result, and I think it is a beautiful and completely child made project.  I am sure our families will enjoy those.


  1. awww! our two year old is always asking to paint, and i don't always have time to set it up and watch her so i don't always let her do it. i should find a way to give her a chance!

  2. The large container for cleaning the brush is a good idea. We've always used jars but this is a great adaption for a younger child. For my youngest we've used a different brush for a different colour but this is good preparation/methodology for painting when older. Does E dry the brush too?