Today we made a stop at the Dollarama (where a saint of person turned in my forgotten purse so it was safely waiting for us) to pick up some more supplies for painting, colouring, and stickering. Of course the moment nap was over it was time for some serious arts and crafts therapy for both of us.
I love Pinterest as a source of inspiration. From just glancing at a thumbnail picture I feel inspired to do so many great things with Jack, Scott, our pets, food, our house, knitting and for my own personal well being. But I also loathe Pinterest because it can give you unfair expectations of a situation. You know what I'm talking about - those uber cute handprint paintings etc. Most often I pin cool things to do with Jack picturing the next perfect piece of artwork to frame and place in our house. But the most important thing about art I often forget is that it is an expression from the artist, not a replica of the craft you set out to do. So moms out there who struggle to enjoy art/craft time with your fiercely independent little one - read on :).
And in our case, most often the crafts/paintings all resemble a complete mudpile of mess that most people wouldn't call art. Even most mothers wouldn't call art. And that is a little frustrating as the person who is orchestrating the event - me! But I think embracing the process has made this latest art project really fun. Jack LOVES to paint but doesn't like to be told how to hold a brush or how to apply paint to his picture/canvas. Who can blame him?