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Bonding Over Art: Tape Resist Paintings

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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  • Prabha @Learning Unboxed November 11, 2011, 9:26 am

    So sweet. I am glad our tape painting kindled the enthusiasm in you all to repeat the art. I have been feeling the same moods as you have mentioned. How is this possible? It is so surprising for me how human beings in different parts of the world can feel same things and connect. You easily put such things in words where as I am learning to write/blog. And, it so sweet of you to dream about getting leaves and it is double sweet of your friend to sent that for you. The tape paintings are awesome.

    • Rashmie Jaaju November 11, 2011, 6:33 pm

      Dear Prabha,
      Thank you for your lovely comment. You’re right – it’s amazing to know we can connect no matter how apart we may be; or whether we’ve met or not. I love what and how you write, Prabha. With everyday writing, you will get more and more at ease with it. And, finding your own unique ‘voice’ in your writing is the most difficult as well as inspiring part.
      So pleased to have you here :)

  • Prabha @Learning Unboxed November 11, 2011, 9:32 am

    And, guess what. Just before posting comment here, I posted a comment on NurtureStore, may be half hour back. What a coincidence?

    • Rashmie Jaaju November 11, 2011, 6:34 pm

      Yeah, what a coincidence – really! The vibes we send to each other are real!

  • Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree November 11, 2011, 1:03 pm

    Wonderful Post! There is definitely bonding going on! I love the tape resist paintings/drawings! Glossier paper would help and using painters tape might help. If you would ever like Fall leaves in the Future let me know! ours are almost gone, but I have a few pressing in books. All your posts are so vibrant and rich with color….thank you for the inspiration.

  • Rashmie Jaaju November 11, 2011, 6:38 pm

    My dear Melissa,
    Touched by your gesture to send Fall leaves. I’ll definitely write to you next season – way in advance :)
    I love those leaves like crazy….!
    Glad you liked our tape resist art. We inspire each other. Don’t we?! Thank you for your friendship :)

  • Esther November 11, 2011, 7:05 pm

    The tape resist turned good! I like abstract paintings and the black, white pattern! Masking Tape/Painters tape works better!

    • Anonymous November 24, 2011, 5:56 am

      Thanks for the tip about using Masking tape or painter’s tape…Will get that soon.

  • Brooke@Letkidscreate November 19, 2011, 11:39 pm

    Rashmie, lately I have been sitting down and doing some of the art with my kids as well. It is a joyful thing to do and a great time for bonding. I love your tape resist art and your agreement to not judge each other’s work, but just enjoy what you were doing. I don’t have any tips for the tape not sticking – our has sticked also when we have tried.

    • Anonymous November 24, 2011, 5:54 am

      Brooke – you’re so right about the joy of spending some artful time with your kids and bonding in the process. I love your blog and the ideas that you share…