After decorating their art smocks, the first project was stamping and painting on leather. I had purchased long strips of 3/4" wide leather that I cut into 12 1/2" lengths. I saw this project on Kristie Maslow's instagram feed (@kristieocd) and she texted me with lots of helpful hints.
Charlotte sneaking in some extra painting time before she and Levi left for swimming lessons
We had extra time another day, and extra strips of leather. They had enjoyed the project so much, they asked if they could each make another one. Of course!
With careful supervision, Charlotte and Levi carved their own stamps.
Then we made the stamp pads. Charlotte wanted purple paint, and since I only had golden yellow, green, blue and magenta, it was a good time to talk about color theory and how to mix colors to get the purple that she wanted.
Once they understood the steps, they were completely free to make their own artistic decisions. Aren't these fabulous?
I highly recommend the book, Beyond Cotton, by Krista Fleckenstein. It is packed with information for each of these techniques. And we still have a lot more to learn.
I'll have a couple more highlights of the week tomorrow. I know Aaron and Christa were having a great time in New York City, but Charlotte, Levi, Gabe and I were having our own adventures. I hope they will have some good memories of art camp.