A couple of months ago, the kids participated in the Kids' ATC Swap 2012 which was generously hosted by two sisters. They organized the exchange groups by age, and the swap was open to children around the world. Each child was asked to make an original artist trading card (ATC) for the others members of the group, the number varying. (Tofu had nine in her group, while Mischief had five, I think.)
We started with sheets of heavy watercolor paper instead of painting nine small backgrounds.
The boy wisely did this splattering of paint and India ink outdoors. He waved me over: "Mommy, look at the black on silver. So cool, like marbling." He has sharper eyes, but eventually, I saw the it too. He was watching the just-splashed India ink swirl on the silver acrylic paint. I really liked the stripes.
Tofu Girl has liked sparkles and glitter since babyhood. We found a set of Martha Stewart's beautiful, fine glitter on Halloween clearance which made all of us very happy. The girl started her cards with squiggles of glue, followed by generous sprinkles of super-awesome-not-your-regular-old glitter. Then, she had an a-ha! moment and saw a red dot as a nose, which inspired her to make smiley faces on the remaining cards. (Actually, she said, "I know!"--but in a happy, fun, no-attitude way, this time.)
The older child was so taken by the ink that he made a quill-and-ink drawing on each card, but he had artist's block for a while. He wondered/guessed/pondered aloud what each recipient would want, until I suggested that he just draw whatever he wanted.
However, we realized that his creepy cute art style might not be all right with everyone, so he tempered it with some of that fabulous glitter. Glitter is good, making even demented pumpkins charming.
Next up: the cards we received.