I never intended for her bedroom to be yellow - she was supposed to share a room with Ashlyn, remember? That room is painted a restful, calm lavender. This room is playful, buttery yellow because, well, it was supposed to be a play room. But Ashlyn didn't sleep well with extra noise. So Evyn got this room. And she loves it. Her bedding is playful, too. And the room was begging for a big piece of playful art.
Enter Evyn. She was totally up for the challenge:
I started the canvas by painting it a bold color, toned down with a bit of white. Then I added some of the same dotty-starry detail from her bedding. And she promptly painted over it.
I loved that she had such a clear idea what she wanted to do. She was so proud of it. It was the first thing she wanted to show everyone when they came over that week.
For fun, we added a little "fairy dust" to the wettest parts. I showed her how to shake the canvas around to scatter all the sparklies. Once it was completely dry, I "framed" it with a scalloped edge.
Looking back, I think my favorite thing is that it's a collaboration between the two of us. Maybe next summer we'll paint it again, or even add to it with bits of leaves or buttons or pictures.
Very homemade. But charming, and personal. Totally Evyn.
Links of Interest: Mothers & Daughters at Home: 35 Projects to Make Together (by Charlotte Lyons); The Creative Familyby Amanda Soule; Kids Craft Weekly Creative Gift Guide