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. Their artwork has taken over the door to our dining room and the side of the bookcase. 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 children’s artwork.
Having a blog has helped me to save some of the children’s creations. I now have photos of many creations that ultimately ended up in the recycling pile or the bin. I try and keep some of their pictures. Each child has an artwork folder to store selected pieces, such as the first drawing, first painting and other mini masterpieces that I loved.
Jessica and Sophie both helped customise their folders. They used stickers and coloured pencils or crayons to create the front cover drawing. I then added the self-adhesive foam letters to finish it. When they create something I might want to keep, I write the date on the back of their creations before displaying them. This 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. Jessica is now producing some wonderfully recognisable drawings. This picture of a mouse that she drew on the inside of her colouring book is one of my favourites.
I recycle some of the paintings which don’t make it into the folder to create 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!
Do you keep or reuse any of your children’s artwork? How do you store it?