BIG MESSY OUTDOOR ART


I don't think Kinley or I will ever forget this day spent gooping around in rainbow paint in the backyard. She could've smushed that homemade gel paint between her digits for hours!

MAKE-A-MANE



Do you know a small human that is crazy for unicorns?
Maybe a better question would be, "Do you know a small human that isn't crazy for unicorns?!"

Yeah, me neither. Unicorns are pretty much everything. 😀

BLOW-PAINT MONSTERS


We used to run an art challenge on Instagram called @smocks.on with a couple of my instabuddies and we had hosts every week who got to pick a theme and challenge all of our little art community to incorporate their theme into an art project. When my crazy hilarious, super rad, oh-so-creative blog buddy, Shannon from OhCreativeDay, had her chance to host she chose action art.

I instantly thought big and crazy messy when I read her theme choice, but it was cold, rainy and incredibly dreary outside in our neck of the woods. Big and messy are not good indoor art words, right? Luckily, action art doesn't have to be crazy. Small and semi-neat can work too!

RECYCLED FLOWERS

On one of my recent trips to the basement, I noticed that my recyclables-with-art-potential bin was overflowing thanks in large part to my ridiculous hoard of egg cartons and it reminded me that I never shared this adorable and super fun project with you! You only need a few things to make a pretty bouquet of your own and you've probably got all of them on hand, even if you are not a fellow garbage collector 😉

RAINBOW OATS


Have you ever seen a more beautiful batch of oatmeal?!

I have been seeing dyed oats popping up on Instagram and Pinterest for months but I never even gave making them a second thought. I mean how can you add liquid to dry oats and get anything other than a mushy disaster of a Pinterest fail, right? Well, I'm here to tell ya, I tried it and it's not another picture lie, folks. Rainbow oats are a real thing and they are even cooler than they look.

The texture is amazing, like some sort of rainbow sensory dream. Kinley and I can't keep our hands out of them. As a matter of fact, the first day they were introduced to her little sensory bin, she carried that thing room-to-room with her for hours! SO GOOD.

THE MUSICAL CANVAS EXPERIMENT

Not a day goes by at our house without at least one spontaneous dance party and at least one super messy art project, so why it never occurred to me to combine the two before the day we gave our musical canvas experiment a try is beyond me!

I bought a couple of ginormous canvases at Michael's a couple of weeks ago for 70% off just because they were a great deal and when Kinley was bored last weekend, I decided it was the perfect time to bust one out and get that gal occupied. I grabbed some paint, my iPad and the trusty paint-splattered Bluetooth speaker for our usual art-making background noise and we headed out to our favorite creating spot in the backyard.

While Kinley squirted the red paint in her jar, I turned on some 80s jams and she just got right down to it, singing and flinging paint to the beat...and then it hit me. Wouldn't it be cool to change up the music style with each color of paint and see if her painting style changed to match?!

RUBBER CEMENT RESIST MAGIC


Sometimes I go to sleep thinking creative thoughts and wake up with a brilliant art idea or twenty that I can't wait to try with Kinley, and then sometimes I go to bed exhausted and wake up with not a single solitary teeny tiny inkling of an idea what we should eat for lunch let alone a creative thought in my brain and on those days I hit Pinterest. 😉😜

This rubber cement art idea is one that I've seen on several of my trips to that enchanted place where the amazing ideas are abundant (almost too abundant sometimes, right?) and it actually turned out just as pretty as they promised -- one of those Pinterest unicorns, ya know? 😂