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Building a Boat


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Nicholas has always had a bit of a fascination with boats.  He will spend hours sitting quietly studying the details of boats whenever he is given the chance and has produced many wonderful sketches of boats and their surrounds.  A couple years ago we lived by the waterfront, right across the road from a quiet anchorage and he spent hours, days, weeks even, quietly observing each and every boat. If a new one came in, he knew immediately or if one was missing, he spotted it. He would discuss boat designs in detail with his Pa, who knows a thing or two about this subject, and they would kayak around the boats discussing the designs of each.

Recently this fascination has turned to a new direction – a desire to build his own model boat. A desire which I’m sure he will fulfil in good time, but at the moment he is studying designs, plans, kits and weighing up the pros and cons of each. It will be interesting to see the result of all this planning and thinking. In the meantime though, I’m enjoying being his Mum and observing him grow and develop into his own unique person, with his own creative ideas and the ability to turn these ideas into reality.

With his head spinning with model boat plans and a quiet afternoon to fill, he joined forces with his younger brother and built these. The craft cupboard supplied the pegs; the toothpicks came from the kitchen and my sewing room was raided for fabric sails. Quick and easy model boats which then provided many hours of creative play for brothers and sister alike.

Modern Art DIY – part 3

Modern Art DIY part 3

I’m presenting the third instalment in my ‘packing = modern’ art series. This project was created by me as I was sorting and packing the school area. It is a simple project which serves a dual purpose – creating a work of art and finding out which felt pens still work. For this reason, I undertake this project on a semi-regular basis.

What You Need:

  • A pile of felt pens, highlighter, markers etc.
  • A piece of scrap paper – pre-scribbled on is just fine
  • A good chunk of time to undertake a mindless task
  • A rubbish bin
  • A pencil case

The Process:

  • Take lid off felt pen.
  • Draw a scribble on the scrap paper.
  • Choose whether pen is good to keep.
  • Place pen in either rubbish bin or pencil case.
  • Repeat with every pen in the pile.
  • Display artwork with previously created modern art areas in house.
  • Experiment with different filters over photo.
  • Smile while continuing to sort and pack.

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Modern Art DIY – part 2

Modern Art DIY part 2

 

I’m sharing our second modern art creation here today. You can find our first creation here. 

This masterpiece was created by my 2 year old son. It all began quite innocently as he dropped a container full of colourful markers, which he had found already packed in a box. His face showed signs of concern as he stood there pointing and saying, “Uh-Oh. Uh-Oh.” in his cute sort of way. Then his expression changed to confusion as I grabbed my camera and started shooting pictures instead of cleaning up. Hmmm. Parents are funny sometimes.

What You Need:

  • One container full of colourful little dots
  • A young child
  • A tiled floor
  • A good dose of patience
  • An active sense of humour

The Process:

  • Dig through packed box to find container full of small pieces
  • Take off lid – using your teeth works well
  • Drop container on floor
  • Put on cutest possible face and pretend it was a total accident

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Modern Art DIY

Modern Art DIY

 

We have been creating ‘Modern Art’ in abundance around here lately. All of it is directly related to the fact that we are moving in about a weeks time. Moving = Modern Art, not usually my equation, but I’ve been having fun with the camera this week. Sharing my first Modern Art DIY project here today.

What you need:

  • A houseful of belongings
  • Big brown boxes
  • Packing tape
  • Black permanent marker
  • Other obscure personal effects

The Process:

  • Collect any odd assortment of ‘stuff’ which has found it’s way into your home.
  • Place collection of objects in a box – the bigger the better. Except when the objects are primarily books – then the smaller the better.
  • Tape box firmly closed with packing tape.
  • Label box very clearly.
  • Stack boxes in every corner of your house.
  • Enjoy the masterpiece you have created.

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