From the moment their chubby fingers could first hold a crayon, my children have loved drawing and colouring, and getting creative with paints, paper and glue to produce their mini masterpieces. The door to our dining room and the side of the bookcase has now been taken over by their artwork and I love displaying it. Whilst I’d love to keep all their creations, they’re such prolific little artists that it wouldn’t be too long before my house disappeared under a mountain of artwork.
One of the lovely things about sharing their creations via this blog is that I have photos of many of those creations that ultimately ended up in the recycling pile or the bin. I do try and keep some of their pictures and have an artwork folder for each child to store selected pieces – the first drawing, first painting and other mini masterpieces that I loved.
Jessica and Sophie both helped customise their folders by using stickers and coloured pencils or crayons to create the front cover before I added the self-adhesive foam letters to finish it. I try and scribble the date on the back of their creations before displaying them – it makes it easier later on to label them after they are added to the folder.
It’s lovely to be able to look back and see how they’ve progressed with their creative skills over time – especially with Jessica now that she’s producing some wonderfully recognisable drawings. I was particularly impressed with this picture of a mouse that she drew on the inside of her colouring book.
Some of the paintings which don’t make it into the folder get recycled as backgrounds for making cards. Having a big family means that we do a lot of card making so it’s a very good way of re-using some of Jessica and Sophie’s creations!