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:
elie is the master sculptor of the group and made a precious snail, flower and mushroom on her cover:
jack is more focused than finn. 🙂 notice finn hasn’t even started painting his cover (we’ll be finishing his oringial book this week)…
elie’s gorgeous front cover is now complete! snail in the snow. i love it!
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:
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).
and last but not least, their almost completed books — love them!!
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.