There are a few things I love when it comes to ways for connecting with my family.
They've got to be – eating at least one meal together in a day; spending a few minutes playing, talking and laughing; or, some quiet moments of prayer and meditation in a serene spot. And the one we do every once in a while – doing art together.
While I set up artful activities for Pari almost everyday, it isn't daily that I sit alongside her to do my own art or craft. Yet, I try to do this whenever I can. And yesterday was one such day. I kept away from my laptop for most part of the day except for just a few minutes of checking mails and we spent some quality time at Pari's art table.
These days, I'm finding myself dreaming of artful things to do and DIYs to create more than ever before. I am not sure what's up with me. It may be the weather, most likely. It's so pleasant – the cool breeze, the multitude of pigeons perched on the window sill, the soothing sunlight.
What we don't have though is the colours of fall that I'm seeing all over on Pinterest and on the lovely blogs that I follow. Oh, how I'm craving for those fall leaves! I've even asked my blogger friends outside if they can parcel me some of those leaves that they have all over their landscape these days. I'm not sure it's doable though… :(
Oh wait, I am super excited to insert an update here!
While I was writing this, I got a mail from my bloggy friend Cathy @ Nurture Store, who wrote:
Rashmie I will be your fairy leaf godmother. Send me your address
Gosh, I can hardly believe this! Ever heard of leaves being swapped across countries. This is why I LOVE blogging and adore my blogger friends. Thank You, Cathy. You made my day. Well, 11.11.11 has turned out auspicious for me, for sure. (winks). Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, is the big day here for you? (more winks)
For now, I'm happy creating with the green and yellow leaves that we've pressed for sometime now. I'll be sharing a beautiful project soon. (smiles)
Back to yesterday, I saw this tape resist painting at Learning Unboxed and remembered how much Pari had enjoyed when she made it the last time. It was time to do it again. And this time, I decided to join in the fun.
The three of us – Pari, her friend – Mitali and I sat at one table to indulge in some tape resist art.
We agreed that none of us will interfere with or judge each other's method. We would do as we fancy.
Pari had a blast mixing different water colours (and some tempera too) to create her ow colour palette.
Pari is usually very fast with her activities (except with eating! Takes for ever to finish up her meal..). She finished this up before we had barely started. And now, she waits impatiently for the paint to dry before she can rip off the tape.
Mitali devised her own way of filling spaces between the tapes by using water colour and marker pens.
And I – I did what I love doing – doodling intricate designs in the un-taped spaces.
More than the result, it was the process of sitting together and doing art at your own will that was so healing to all of us.
As of the result – next time we will be careful to use a glossier paper that will not peel when untaping. Or, was it the tape that was not right? Please share any tips you might have.
Besides, I think we will tape less so we have more and bigger painted spaces in the end result.
Of whatever paint remained in Pari's palette, I rustled this up – to give vent to my dreams wrapped in fall leaves!
What's YOUR way of connecting with family and lighten-ing up?
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