it’s been awhile (and a half), huh!?  nine+ months since i’ve blogged seems insane, but that’s about right.  life really does go by super fast sometimes, doesn’t it?  i’ll give you the nutshell version of what’s been going on in case you’re curious.

home schooling pretty much started to kick both my and finn’s arses.  seriously.  together 24×7, too many requirements from me as “teacher” for school, then me as “mom” needing crap done around the house like chores (which someone around here took as “punishment”)… and i was pretty much deemed the devil incarnate. or at least a very harsh warden. so, we went through the long and grueling process of applying at a really amazing public school that accepts new students by application only and he got in!  so after five years, my little dude is back around other kiddos and learning in a group setting.  and i…?  i have way more time than i know what to do with.  it’s all a bit of a shock to the system.  previously, my life literally was: wake up, school, make breakfast, school, make lunch, school, make dinner, do dishes, do laundry, clean/grocery shop/etc. no free time and not ultra fun comparatively as a whole.

actually, that’s kind of a lie (the part about having a crap-ton of free time now). i have a million things to do as i’m prepping for an upcoming solo art exhibition and am hanging something like 25 pieces.  so, i’ve been arting like crazy, but that’s nothing new. here’s one of my assemblages i’ll have up (though 90% of the work displayed will be paintings):

the catcher of dreams and wishes

the catcher of dreams and wishes

the bottle is filled with wishes, of course, both scrolls with written aspirations as well as dandelion “wishes”.

assemblage detail

i used lots of bones, skulls, crystals, feathers, twigs, a wasps nest, crystal beads and a found rusty metal object (for the dream catcher on the top), all in an antique wooden box.

it’s very shaman inspired. which leads me to the rest of what i’ve been up to. short version: on a whim, i took a shamanic journeying class last february. now, i’m not in the process of getting my masters in shamanic healing. it’s been the most amazing and wonderful decision i’ve ever made, totally life changing, and in the process (well, actually a few months before) i realized that despite popular belief, i actually am NOT and was not crazy. what a relief!

once my show’s up and i’ve gotten through opening night in one piece (i’ll be sharing more details here), i’m getting back no track.  this means: adding things to the altered bits site regularly again, creating new digital collage sheets every month (or week if that’s not too ambitious!), having more shows, starting teaching (both online and person) and tying up a zillion lose ends… like books and zines and such. i seriously thought home schooling was going to kill me there for a little bit and it didn’t, so now i can focus back on my life and all that i enjoy.  it was such an amazing experience to put most of my life on hold to spend all my time with my kiddo but now that he’s growing into such an amazing young man i can start focusing back on the things i love outside of him. so fun!

i’ve been meaning to do a blog post for weeks and weeks now — have about 143 in mind, but today, just the one.  i’ve been having so much fun arting with my little man (he’s 10, as most of you know) for the past several months and took a bit of a break from my own art to help him with his.  i will share all about that in a soon-to-be post — that kiddo sold more pieces of art in the past two months than i probably sold all of last year.  soooo proud of him!

for now, i’m sharing one of the weirdest dreams i’ve ever had and the art “challenge” i was presented with after sharing it with some friends.

a few weeks ago i dreamed that i gave birth to a litter of babies over the course of 36 hours.  it was a litter of 32 babies, to be precise.  some of these remained babies and some aged exponentially — for example buck was the size and intellect of a 9 year old boy by the time he was 24 hours and, and little charlotte morphed into a toddler the moment i breastfed her (while walking around).  i tried to find new homes for all of these babies, deciding that we could only keep three due to the size of our home (even three would be way more than we could accommodate but it felt wrong to give them all away).  i told my husband that we needed to pick our three most favorite and he had a fit.  “absolutely not,” he told me.  “we must keep 26 and name each from a different letter of the alphabet!”  well, we did name 26 of them but i was still determined to find new homes for all of these children as i still felt it was an impossibility to keep that many.  i called friends, saying “i had a litter of kiddies, do you want one or a few?” knowing that most of them thought i said “kitties” and not “kiddies”.  some people said maybe, but they wished to see them first.

that is when i realized that i needed them all to look spectacular!  i went to a department store which had a secret door into another department store which had another secret door into a third store and there i found a TON of amazing $6 sweaters.  i bought a different one for each of the children, and for the little ones, amazingly cool blankets and for a few of the more adventurous tots, costumes as i knew they were prefer it.

the challenge i was presented with?  to paint all of the children.  which i did in a week’s time.  if you wish to adopt one of the remaining babies, read below.

and now i introduce you to my offspring…

orphan baby painting

astrid – adopted

adopt a baby painting

buck – adopted

baby paintings up for adoption

charlotte – adopted

baby paintings up for adoption

dorian – adopted

adopt a little girl painting

effie – (available) she is playful and loves little red riding hood

frida has found a good new home

frida – adopted

adopt a kid painting

gustav – adopted

adopt an artist baby

hiram – (available) he’s one of my favorites — so quiet and sweet and loves to watch people paint.  he’s like a little shadow.

adopted

imogene – adopted

adopt a child painting

jessamyn – (available) he’s going to grow up to be a drummer and will continue to wear super cool sweaters.

adopt a baby painting

khalil – adopted

art adoption

llewellyn – adopted

adopt a bunny baby

mabel – (available) she loves rockin’ her bunny ear PJs.

found a good new home

napoleon – adopted

adopt a baby in a bear suit

obadiah – (available) he looks a bit feminine in his colorful bear suit but don’t judge him – he’s cute and knows it

adopt primus

primus – adopted

off to a good new mommy

qaj – adopted

rowan - (available) the first little baldy of the bunch

rowan – (available) the first little baldy of the bunch

art adoption

sabine – adopted

adopt an art baby

temperance – adopted

art for adoption

una – adopted

valis is a book by philip k dick

valis – (available) if you get this, you’re cool (my husband wants him, but we shall see)

adopt an art baby

wyatt – gifted/unavailable

baby adoption

xavier – adopted

where the wild things are is her favorite book

ysadora – adopted

adopt a kid painting

zenith – (available) i thought she was a girl but maybe not? s/he was born with no ears or hands for some reason but s/he’s really happy even if s/he doesn’t look like it

if you wish to adopt one of my remaining babies, they are all ACEO/ATC sized (2.5″ x 3.5″).  the adoption fee is $20 with free US delivery ($2.50 international delivery). leave a comment here, message me on fb or email me at hi (at) altered bits (dot) com (sans the spaces and such) and one of the remaining babies can be yours.

the remaining six unnamed babies might get their portraits done too, i haven’t decided yet.  it was super fun and silly.  they might be monsters (finn and i have been on another monster-painting-kick lately — can’t wait to share!).

have you ever turned one of your dreams into an art project?  i actually do it often.

mixed media painting

most of the time i paint over paintings.  layer one: i spew negative feelings or emotions, such as i did in this piece entitled “she never had a chance”.  layer two (or three or five or nine): i paint happier/prettier things over them.  i don’t know if it’s because i’m trying to pretty up the ugly or if i think people would prefer the pretty over the ugly.  today, i’m not going to paint over my “ugly”.  maybe i’ll even start sharing some of the “paintings under my paintings” or perhaps i’ll just, one day, stop painting over them all together.

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i have had such a blast working on little handmade books with some of my favorite arty kids over the past month and a half or so, and finally, they are pretty much done!

during our first book get-together, the kids covered some bookboard with masking tape and then sculpted their covers with paper clay.  i had some photos of this but i seem to have lost them, so you’ll just have to see the final phase photos instead.  during our second get-together, they collaged the inside covers of their books and prepared the pages (this was a sunny day and the kids were distracted by playing so we didn’t get much done on the books, but it was such a fun day none the less!).  finally, this past weekend, we painted our covers and started binding.  here are some fantastic photos of elie, jack and finn working on their creations:

autism spectrum art group
one of our favorite places to meet is the st. john’s mcmenamins.  love the huge table upstairs with all of the natural light AND the fact that they don’t mind us getting messy.  :)

elie is the master sculptor of the group and made a precious snail, flower and mushroom on her cover:

aspergers art group

jack is more focused than finn.  :)  notice finn hasn’t even started painting his cover (we’ll be finishing his oringial book this week)…

aspie art group

elie’s gorgeous front cover is now complete!  snail in the snow.  i love it!

art group with kids
here is a picture of the precious little mushroom — i am so in love with the way she painted it:

mushroom detail
and her easy binding was started with some of her favorite fabric and embroidery thread (we’ll probably get to finish this next weekend else she finishes with her mama):

asperger's art group
here is some detail of one of the other books (i probably did more work on this than finn did, at least with the paint, and of course it’s not done, but you can peek at it anyway).  we will be painting some more on it, filling the holes with black and adding some crackle:

art group, kids, aspergers
i think finn’s favorite part was embedding objects into the clay while it was still wet.  not sure what happened or why i didn’t get more photos of the other two books, darn it.  i’m easily distracted sometimes.

of course there was plenty of time to play on the cozy couch once we washed up (here you can see one of the more calm moments — should have gotten some shots of the pig-pile they made on top of each other).

play time at kid's art group

and last but not least, their almost completed books — love them!!

kiddo art group -- completed books
thank you audrey for some of these fantastic photos!!  (she took all of the good ones)

during our next art group, we’re going to be making holiday trees.  the boys are making minecraft inspired trees once we can figure out what to do for the blocks and i don’t think elie has decided what she wants to do yet, but i think mine will be created from fabric-wrapped wire and will be in a wooden base.  then of course we’ll have to make some ornaments to decorate them.  we always have so much fun together!  with our other group of kids that we get together with from our neighborhood, we will probably just make some ornaments for their parents.  last year we did special boxes, some with drawers, with treasures inside like handmade books and ornaments.  whatever we do, we’ll be sure to have heaps of fun.  i’ll share more photos, of course.

i got some matte photo prints of some of my art which i’m having a sale on.  $5 each, 4×6.  leave a comment or email me at hi at altered bits dot com if you’re interested as i haven’t yet posted them on my site.  i have a very limited amount of all but the first two on left.

art print sale, alicia caudle
i have also donated one of each of these to judah sleep, fellow mixed media artist, for his charlie’s spot etsy shop which i will be mailing out tomorrow, along with some digital collage sheets he’s already listed.  if you are not familiar with judah and charlie’s situation, please read (this is from their shop description):

Why Charlie’s Spot?

During the week of August 16th, Charlie (my partner of 15 years) suffered a debilitating stroke which had been proceeded by two TIAs (smaller strokes) completely out of the blue. This shop will feature a variety of items from a variety of our rather artsy friends! All proceeds (minus Etsy/Paypal/CC fees) will go towards medical bills, the remodeling/renovation of the built-entirely-by-hand (by us!) home to make it accessible for him, and ongoing therapies.Sincere thanks and love,
Judah, Charlie, and extended family and friends!

please go take a look at their shop and buy if you can.  once i have the money, if it’s still there, i’m snatching this up because it needs to live around my neck: anatomical heart necklace

this is what i did today — i bundled each of the prints up individually in little clear self-sealing bags, added pretty paper backing and made labels for each of the pieces.  i hope they sell fast for these guys ’cause every dollar helps.

art for a cause, donated art

recently i was invited to do a solstice ornament swap and it was so much fun to create the piece i made that i’ve started to create some more.  they are tiny little alicia-style assemblages that can be hung on a tree for the holidays or a wall year-round.  i started by making several boxes of varying sizes, collaging and painting them and taking it from there.  so far, i have six in varying degrees of completion from just started to totally complete.  i’ve been working on at least one a day (plus two paintings and some art journalling) for art every day month (#aedm).  loving it all!

i shouldn’t show the whole ornie i did for the swap just in case the unknowing recipient happens to see this, but i’ll cross my fingers, hope no one sees and show a quick peek here anyway:

assemblage, ornament, frozen charlotte

here is another frozen charlotte mini assemblage ornament creation.  the crystal is an antique, or at least i was told so when it was given to me as a gift last solstice (i love that — full circle!).  the photo kind of sucks, but this is nothing new.  out of 60 shots, this is (sadly) the best.  there is a ton more detail in person.

frozen charlotte assemblage ornament

available in my shop >>

while i was creating these and starting a few others, my little bug asked me if i would make him a skull ornament for solstice — he loves skulls.  every year our family swaps hand-made solstice gifts so of course i made him one!  i had a few of these carved bone skull beads that he’d been eying for a long time and thought it would be perfect for his little ornament.  can you tell his favorite colors are red and black?

a skull ornament for my son

i hope he likes it, but i do suspect he will.  all the little silver (and black) metal bits in these ornaments are vintage and antique nails.  fun, fun!  and this is actually square — i’m a crap photographer as most of you already know.

to deviate a bit (but not really)… the other day we received a heifer international catalog.  pretty much every year we buy something in the names of some of our family members during the holidays — those people who have everything and appreciate the gesture of giving to others less fortunate.  we’ve purchased a goat in the past and a few flocks of chicks.  this year has been sooooo very difficult for us financially and it broke my heart to realize that we couldn’t even afford a $20 flock of birds for a family worse off than us.  it’s extremely  embarrassing to admit, really, but sometimes it only takes one or two “little” things for a family to go from comfortable to hungry (in our case, work injuries and illness/hospitalization).  that is us this year during certain parts of the month, though i’m honestly not complaining.  my point is that imagining a family going through this every day just breaks my heart — hunger is evil and unnecessary in a world with such abundance.  our misfortune will be short-lived, i’m sure of it.  theirs?  who knows.  but a nice flock of 10-50 chicks could certainly help to get some protein-filled eggs into some kiddo’s bellies, and generate some income for the family through the sale of eggs and offspring.  every little bit helps.   soooo, i created this belly dancer ornament with more of the chain, coins and sari silk i’ve been using a lot of lately.  i am listing it in my shop for $20 and that $20 (minus the part paypal will keep but i’ll cover that) is going to purchase a flock of chicks for a family less fortunate than mine.  i may not have the money to buy the flock right this second, but i have the ability to make something to sell to get the money to buy the flock.  i will put this gift in the names of both myself and the buyer.  you can read more about this here.

mixed media, ornament, belly dancer, assemblage

available in my shop >>

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november is art every day month.  you can read about this here and see all of the participants here.  please sign up if you feel you would like to — it’s such a great idea and i’m thankful to have heard about it before too much of the month got away from me.

i will be creating every single day of the month and will try to post at least every other day.  this of course doesn’t mean i’ll have a new project completed every day, but i will be getting lots of things created.

right now i’m working on a series of ghost pieces… or haunted pieces.  the first one i’ve completed is of a belly dancer (i’ve layered several vellum copies of her on top of one another, some wrinkled on purpose to give a more eerie appearance).

ghost-bellydancer

as you can see, i’m still quite obsessed with using these super cool old coin charms and tribal chain pieces.  love them and for this piece, they felt quite befitting.

bellydancer, ghost, assemblage, mixed media art
my second piece is in tribute to adella lineberry, 1885-1902, who died by getting trapped under ice while traveling with her husband and two small children.  of course i made up this story, but i’m sure things like this have happened a zillion times in the past.  i’ve always had a passion for memorial art, fact or fictitious (and i’ve done several custom pieces for people who have lost loved ones, which is some of my all-time favorite art — even though i don’t share it due to the sensitivity of it all).  adella is not quite done, but here is a peek:

memorial art, ghost, mixed media

i’m kind of digging how the crystals look like ice (and yes, i’ve used that tribal chain again!).  i’ll post more photos once it’s complete so you can see the silvery icy-looking cracks in the wooden substrate.  today i have to write her obituary which will be included in the piece and then it’s almost done.

i have several images ready to go for this series and i’ll share two (these are more “haunting” than “ghost-like”).  both of these images were taken on my new free phone’s camera and the camera sucks arse but it kind of adds to the effect, maybe.  you can click to enlarge if you’d like.

ghost picture, haunting, mixed media art

and next, two sets of twins, or at least two sets of sisters.  can you see the younger girls within the photo?  i am thinking that this piece may have to light up from behind because it gives a hugely different effect depending upon the light you’re viewing the image in.

ghost picture, haunting, mixed media art

anyway, you get the gist.  i will be posting each of these assemblages as i complete them, along with some of the other things i’m working on right now (the tallest handmade book in the world, some mini assemblage ornaments, and some new paintings).  i’m taking this “art every day of the month” thing seriously (not that i often go a day without creating, but sometimes i get in too big of a funk to do much at all).  i will not let my potential funks slow me down this time and with any luck this will give me more impetus to blog more often, too.

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i am getting soooo very close to completing the tallest handmade book in the world!  once it’s done, i will be emailing all participants so we can all shout out to anyone and everyone who may be interested in seeing it completed, and bidding on it silent-auction style.  i am so excited!  hopefully you are too.  i had things on hold because there were about nine people who kept promising to send pages but life is buy and i don’t hold that against anyone, of course.  just was hopeful that some of the late pages would come in.  one of those people was my husband, who is a musician and not a visual artist, but he wanted to do a page.  did he?  nope.  i still love him anyway.

i have to be honest.  i had no idea so many gorgeous pages would come in and i’ve had about 78 panic attacks thinking i would ruin the book that so many people put so much love and creativity into.  i’m dumb sometimes and have to tell that self-doubt to shut the hell up, of course, but sometimes it still creeps in.  so, to ensure i haven’t forgotten how to bind, i created three new books in practice.  it’d been a year or longer since i’d made one, after all.  wanna see?  if so, scroll down.

first, i created a little apothecary book.

handmade apothecary art book, alicia caudle

from left to right, the tiny bottles contain echinacea petals from flowers from my yard, a poppy pod and third, some dried english lavender flowers.  the pages are created out of cold pressed water color paper which is great for painting, collaging or whatever as they are sturdy and tough.  the paper on the front is more like fibrous fabric.  it’s really, really cool and i think it was hand-made in thailand but i could be wrong.  it’s covering black hand-made paper and i kind of like the effect.

apthecary book, hand made book, art book, alicia caudle

i have recently gotten quite a huge amount of these insanely cool middle eastern tribal coin charms — they are authentic vintage coins with metal loops soldered on.  i have been using them like crazy in my books and assemblages.  (i have some new ones up for sale here — they sell pretty fast though ’cause they are gorgeous: http://alteredbits.com/metal-glass-objects.php)  i really need to retake some of the photos, but that’s a side note to self.  anyway, the book has a tie closure like most of my books to help keep secrets safe inside (not that others can’t untie a ribbon and get hella nosy, but you get my point).

handmade art book, artist book, art journal, foremother

next, i was so inspired by this gorgeous carte de viste photograph which is one of many i received from my sweet friend emma in the uk, that i had to create this book with her image on the front.  i want to do a series of them because i think it would be fun.  i call this a “foremother” book because i’ve been hugely into genealogy lately and i always wonder what all these wonderful ladies and gentleman look like from my ancestry.  (another side note: i am a princess.  well, not really, but i should be — i am a decedent of a king in scotland.)  here i have used one of the more rusty and old coin charms along with some tribal metal beads and some tribal chain.  i am so in love with these new finds!  and i’m so not in love with how crap-tastic the above photo looks.  i’m not good at photography when the sun isn’t out, sadly.

handmade art book, artist book, art journal, foremother
this book ties shut too, of course, and to give credit where credit is due, all of my ribbons come from the gorgeous and talented lisa jurist of mudhound studio.

detail of pages from handmade artist book or art journal

each of the pages are dyed and i have tattered the edges because i really wanted it to look as old as possible to give that feel of something handmade that had been passed down through the generations.  kind of like an old relic or family heirloom.

handmade artist book, handmade book, moth book, bug art

finally, this one, which is called the moth book.  if you know me, you know how damn creative i can be with my naming!  (that’s a joke — “the moth book” is not a creative name at all.)  but the book is pretty darn cool if i do say so myself.  there is a silken bookmark with one of those gorgeous coins again, another tie-closure from lisa jurist’s amazingly beautiful ribbon, and on the spine, some of the lovely tribal metal buttons (again).

book spine, metal tribal buttons

detail of the moth book cover

this little moth died on my front porch and he was so pretty that i decided to immortalize him (or her??) in this book forever, under a piece of mica.  the wings are so pretty!  i love bugs (well, dead ones, sorry to say — some live ones scare the crap out of me), and am going to do a whole series of entomology books.  i have some crazy horned beetles and other such things to use.  the frame is a product of the first mold i ever made, and created with aves apoxie resin clay — i’ve just painted it to look a bit like metal.

hand made bookpages detail
each of the 130 pages of this book have been hand-dyed with coffee, tea and handmade dye, most with the imprint of leaves and other bits of nature.  i have never put that much work into actual book pages before — it was so fun seeing all of the pages hanging around my kitchen to dry, like little tattered paper flags.  i’m definitely going to be creating more of these soon!

hand made bookpages detail

i am so in love with the way the pages look together in the book.  i intentionally offset some of them so it gave and older tattered look.  oh, and some of the pages were originally white and some brown paper bag paper (not actual bags, but the nice reams i used to be able to buy from paper zone before they went out of existence).  i’m secretly going to miss this book — it has sold and will be flying off to virginia.  (the other two are available and have just been listed in my shop — trying to stock up for the holidays this year.)

speaking of books, i have been trying to get two new book tutorials done.  one being a waxen two-story book and the other being a specimen book with a test-tube as part of the binding.  i’m going to get the tallest handmade book in the world project done first, of course, and then jump on it.  here is a peek of those two books (click to enlarge if you want a better view):

handmade artist book and art journal tutorial

please stay tuned, book lovers — my favorite art kiddos will be done with their handmade books soon and i soooo can’t wait to share photos.  you will be so impressed!  all we have left to do is bind and paint.  the covers are clay-covered book board with embedded objects and sculpted bits.  they totally rock already but they will be even more magical once they are completed.  with any luck, i will have four to share within the next week or three.

also, stay tuned for more peeks at the tallest handmade book in the world because it’s getting so much closer to being done.  the drawers are complete, the binding sort-of started, the covers almost done (back done, front is going through a bit of an identity crisis).  i also still need to take photos of all of the pages.

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as promised, here is a peek at the drawers in the “tallest handmade book in the world {project}” book.  i have much more paint to add, things to bind, a cover to finish, etc., but it’s moving right along — i should share more completed photos but this is an in progress shot.  i will keep posting updates and peeks as the project progresses so everyone will know when i am ready to start the auction and participants can start spreading the word.

book-drawers

just to give you a frame of reference, this is the back cover/bottom of the book.  i have to decide if i should hide some secret items in the drawers.  probably just a thing or three.  but for now, back to painting cover bits — the back cover needs to have more continuity (promise i’m not leaving it like this).  my time was too busy trying to figure out how the heck to get drawers in and be able to “easily” bind it all while having a big ribbon closure as well.  (i’m a freak — i just envisioned feet on the bottom of the book!)… now my brain-gears-are-a-turnin’.  i could do it.  but…?

can’t wait to show you all more.  this has been such an awesome collaboration!  i wish i could clone myself into three people though ’cause it’s taking wayWAY longer than anticipated.  sorry folks.

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what a grand summer!  arting both alone and with the kids, camping, traveling to see properties (that we can’t buy — more on that another day), weeding my ass off in the garden.  it’s all around good times.

i’ve been spending a lot of time painting over the past couple of weeks while gearing up to break out piles of assemblage supplies (i like painting in the summer because it’s more portable — i can sit in the sun, or shade if i’m smart — i fry in the sun).  here is a peek at some recent girlies.  i call them my imaginary friends.  well, four of them at least.  the others are a bit standoffish.

paintings by alicia caudle

these are available in my shop, here: http://alteredbits.com/alicia-caudle-art.php

the “tallest” handmade book in the world is slowly but surely coming to fruition and more resembling an actual book than a pile of gorgeous pages.  i’ve just added drawers to the back cover but no peeks yet!  i shall post some in the next week or three.  i don’t know what it is with me and drawers and secret places in books, but i like it.

in the meantime, i wanted to share some of the fun art some of the kiddos and i have been creating.  we’ve been trying to get together with a couple specific friends every friday for art, and have another couple of friends who come here on an irregular basis.  friday before last, we made collaged “special boxes”.  we thought we would make them so they can put other projects they’ve made into them to keep them save, along with other treasures.

finn (my 10 y/o son) reminds me of myself sometimes.  somehow a nude stamp got into the pile of goodies which i thought i had edited well, but i hadn’t.  his friend elie turned it up-side-down and diverted her eyes when she happened upon it, and finn snatched it up before a word could be said.  here is the top of his box with the nude stamp and some skull beads (AND i am the lucky recipient of this box!):

finn-art-box

miss el started to create a box house for some of her tiny dolls.  i wish i would have gotten photos of the completed box house but i was too distracted.  they both had so much fun collaging, painting and finding random items to glue on.

elie-art-box

here is the table — think i brought enough stuff for two kids to make boxes?  (this wasn’t even all of it!)

art table

after that, finn was quite inspired to surprise elie with a doll house the following friday, and look what he made, complete with popsicle stick hardwood flooring, wainscoting, etc.  i helped, but shhhh.  she loved it and we had super fun making it.  good times all around!  this is a bad angle — there are photos of birds on the walls on the lower level.

mixed-media-doll-house

soon we’re going to be working on some sculpted covers for handmade books (i’ll probably bind them for them).  i love sculpting with the kids!  in fact, here are two bird dolls el made before summer.  these weren’t done when i took the photo, but you can tell she is an amazing talent!

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here is a detail shot of their super cool heads:

els-birds-detail

anyway, having lots of creative fun both alone and with the kids, and loving every minute of it!  hope you’re having a creative summer too.

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