It is a cool, cloudy day today. This afternoon we settled onto the porch to listen to Harry Potter and do some journaling. Lou chose to copy some poems from her flower fairies book using gel pens which provide a satisfying array of color. She's just discovering poetry and loving it.
Hels chose to devote one section of her journal to photos of her friends. She's using scissors, glue, and gel pens.
I chose to sketch a couple of the birds that have been enjoying our bird feeder. I have never considered myself an artist and, in fact, am pretty insecure about it. My joining in inspires the children. They have no idea that they are inspiring me and stretching me to do something I would not have tried otherwise. It's one of those perks of parenthood that I love--trying new things with no judgement!
I use watercolor pencils and gel pens. I like the rich colors of Lyra's Aquarell pencils.
I love how my little sketch can turn into something that looks painted by using these pencils. My favorite journaling toy is the Niji Waterbrush. This is a little tube of water with a fine brush on the end. It lets out just enough water to turn the penciling into watercolor without having paint dribble everywhere. It's as fun as those old paint by water books we could get back when we were kids.
So, we sat on the porch today, inspiring each other. It's now chilly enough for wool socks, the birds are getting quiet, and the wind is picking up. Me thinks it's time for a bit more rain!
About the green man...Lou chose the number 4--which is Dawn! Please send me your address and we'll send him to you this week.