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Making Math Artful on Post-it Notes


Pari absolutely loves post-it notes. Since Avie (hubby) uses these a lot – to scribble ideas, To Dos etc. we have them around at home all the time. She never lets go of an opportunity to write on them. And writes all sorts of things – reminders (“I have to wake up early tomorrow”) to Birthday Messages to ‘lists’ or just random thoughts.

This past week, I spied a pack of purple post-its at hubby’s desk and was tempted to try out another art experiment! I asked Pari if she’d be interested to join me in this project.

She was inclined but she had already set her mind on learning the multiplication table of 5 that moment. So, she asked if she could write her multiplication table on those post-it notes.

Instantly, I suggested what if she could ‘illustrate’ her multiplication table using paint etc. I know it may sound manipulative on my part but then the idea excited her (if she wouldn’t have been, I’d have dropped the idea for her and carried along on my own. Honest!). And then, making Math fun can never be a bad intention, can it? :-)

So, we sat down with two paper bags – to stick the post-it notes on. Yes, paper bags never cease to inspire me!

We arranged our post-its (on the bag) in the way that each fancied.

Pari arranged her post-its in orderly fashion but played with colour rotation. While, I pasted my post-its in an abstract manner.

Once we were happy with the arrangement, we went about gluing them – their sticky side down.

When it came to painting the multiplication table, Pari applied the concept we’d discussed – multiplication being lots and each lot containing a fixed number of elements.

So, she painted one triangle with 5 dots to articulate 5 multiplied by 1. Two hearts with five dots each to show 5 multiplied by two and so on.

She went on till 5 X 11. After which, I suggested she did something else for the space would not be enough.

I’d never seen such artful and colourful Math before!

Having done this much, she moved on to play outside leaving a table that inspired me to go clickety click!

The next day, she wrote some quotes – on the remaining post-its – from a book that I have.

And, while I sat at her table reading a story to her, she also picked some words that she liked and wrote them on the last row – simultaneously embellishing the words.

You might wonder whatever happened to My version of the post-it art?

Well, this is how it turned out. Post-its are best to do some zentangle art – something I really enjoy doing and is nothing less than meditation to me.

What do you think? :-)

This is how it looks in white light (below)

Hung side by side on the living room wall are both of our paintings.



So, I now have one more fascination to do art on – besides my fetish for paper bags. I think one can really experiment with post-it art and the results can be satisfying, too. For one – the limitation of size/area can make you think out-of-the-box. Two – the use-ability of the sticky side can lend itself to display in ingenious ways.

Surprisingly, when I searched the internet for more ideas on post-it art, I didn’t find anything inspiring! hmm….

Have you done art on post-its?

{ 20 comments… add one }
  • himadri May 21, 2012, 11:24 pm

    grt idea, mishu scribbles on these. ur art looks lovely…..very colourful and happy.

    • Rashmie May 25, 2012, 12:10 am

      Thanks, Himadri. Post-its are wonderful for learning – for kids all ages!

      • Jeanine October 4, 2016, 4:14 am

        Rashmi! This is so impressive! What a wonderful idea! I love this! I have been saving tons of coloured Post-It’s of all shapes for a project such as this! I think we have circles left –Hopefully I will find time to share results! Thank you for the lovely inspiration😇

  • Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam May 22, 2012, 1:59 am

    You are an endless source of inspiration, Rashmie! Pari’s multiplication drawings are gorgeous! What a great way to do math for kids who love art. I am going to be sharing this on my FB page today. =)

    • Rashmie May 25, 2012, 12:11 am

      Rebekah,
      I’m late in replying to your comment but I have to say – you really made my day :-)
      Thank you for sharing on your FB page and for your lovely comment.

  • crystal@growingajeweledrose May 22, 2012, 11:52 am

    These are beautiful! What a great math activity! :)

    • Rashmie May 25, 2012, 12:12 am

      Crystal,
      Thank you for stopping by to see and share your comment :-)

  • Purvi May 22, 2012, 3:44 pm

    Rashmie…..as usual so so inspiring am definitely going to try this with my son :)

    • Rashmie May 25, 2012, 12:22 am

      Purvi,
      Thank you for writing. So glad you’re going to try this with your son. There are so many possibilities with post-its. My mind has been in a whirl ever since I started looking at it this way!

  • Sadhana Bhagwat May 22, 2012, 4:28 pm

    lovely idea Rashmie!!! and a colourful outcome from a simple multiplication table- great! particularly liked the use of paper bags!!!

    • Rashmie May 25, 2012, 12:24 am

      Sadi di,
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing this lovely comment! You made my day (beam)!
      Paper bags make me go crazy! Oh the possibilities! Hey, next time you have a neat-looking paper bag, pls save it for me ;) I’ll collect when I come over! hehe!

  • Megan @ Coffee Cups and Crayons May 23, 2012, 12:23 am

    Love this idea! We use post its all the time, but this is amazing! I love how you used them as a place for art instead of just to doodle on. Great post!

    • Rashmie May 25, 2012, 12:27 am

      Megan,
      So happy to have you here. And, thank you for this lovely comment.
      You’re right – I wanted to try post-its in an arrangement that it becomes the place to do art on…
      I think I’ll try more versions of it. :-)
      Thank you, Megan, for your encouragement.

  • Neha May 23, 2012, 11:12 am

    Well done Pari! – from Veer. Rashmie di, Veer is very inspired by Pari and we have planned to do something as creative as this – for Hindi – the new subject for him in the coming academic year! Thanks for the awesome idea.

    • Rashmie May 25, 2012, 12:29 am

      Neha,
      How wonderful to have you here for the first time. I mean -the first time you commenting here :-)
      This would work so well for Hindi or any other learning. Do try this with Veer. I hope he has fun. Tell him thank you and hugs for encouraging Pari!

  • amy (mamascout) May 25, 2012, 4:29 am

    so pretty! i love this!

    • Rashmie May 25, 2012, 11:22 am

      Thank you, Amy, for stopping by Mommy Labs to connect. :-)

  • Purvi June 7, 2012, 1:46 pm

    @Rashmie

    Hi. so i tried this with K, my 5 year old and he loved it. He did additions. I’ll send u pics.
    And then i think he is so much in love with it that yesterday he said he wanted to do “additions” again, he actually meant “post-it fun”. And he did do one more and before going to school today he said he’s going to come back and do one more alognwith a leaf painting activity i have planned for him.

    Also another nice thing we did was, to use the back of toy carton – so one side has the colourful toy picture and the other has post-it art :)

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  • Rashmi September 1, 2012, 12:07 pm

    Hi Rashmie, I love ur posts a lot and specially this one looks wonderful. I wanted to know which glitter do you used for the Post-it decoration because the colours are very bright and they look awesome.

    I wanted to try out this with my kids….

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