Recently I came across this beautiful linocut greeting cards and couldn’t resist to share them here. The author of this cards is Claire Spencer from Work On Paper Studio. You can find her cards on Etsy.
All images via artist’s Etsy shop.
Child’s age: 1.5 – 2.5 years old
Children love boxes, everybody knows it. And they love small objects – it’s even described in Montessori method as a “sensitive period for small objects” (circa in age 1.5-2.5 years old). Also this is the age when toddlers learn color names. My conclusion was obvious – let’s make a color matching box for our younger son.
All you need for color box is:
* a shadow box with 9 compartments (you can also use smaller or bigger one, see my notes below)
* paints: red, blue, yellow, white and black
* a collection of small objects found around your house
I wanted to include 9 colors: all primary and secondary colors (red, blue, yellow, green, violet, orange), brown (the mixture of all primary colors), white and black, that’s why I needed a shadow box with 9 compartments.
You can also make different versions with:
* only 4 colors (red, blue, yellow and green),
* 6 colors (primary and secondary colors)
* or even 12 colors – adding for example pink, grey and sky blue to 9-colors version which I made.
It all depends on your child’s age and objects you can find around your house.
One important note about colors: I recommend using rather light color versions of blue (like sky blue), green, violet and brown for a few reasons:
* lighter colors are easier to discriminate than darker ones
* in a shadow box colors will appear darker
* most of the small objects I found at home are of ligher shade than “model colors” and it may confuse your child a litlle.
That’s why I’ll probably repaint our box (at least blue and green compartments) in a spare time.
I’ve been working on mineral drawings / watercolor paintings series recently and I think it’s a good time to share them here. I’ve done 6 paintings and at this point my work started to evaluate in different direction, so I think I’m done with mineral watercolor paintings for this moment. I’ll share another version of these drawings next week. Here they are:
Prints of all paintings are available in my Etsy shop.
I just came across “Underwater Plantlife” series of linocut prints by Jennifer Ament and immediately had to share them! So simple and beautiful!
All images via artist’s website.
Child’s age: 1.5 – 3 years old
One of our all time favourites is a series about Bartholomew Bear – a little bear who is funny, emotional and naughty just like every other toddler. Short stories are brillantly illustrated by Virginia Miller – in very few pencil strokes she is able to portray little bear’s strong emotions – so well known to any parent of a toddler.
There are six books in this series (I list the best in our opinion at the beginnning):
I haven’t found a source for new books so we bought used ones, but they are sturdy and came in very good condition. You can find them on Amazon. I recommend board books (they also come in form of one big standard book which is not so convenient).
Virginia Miller “Eat your Dinner” (via)
Writing this post I found out there is another (seek-and-find) book about Ba which we still don’t have – Where Is Little Black Kitten. As soon as we get it in our hands I’ll update this review!
All images via Sarah Hinckley’s web site.
Alice Pattullo – Vegetables