Thursday, November 25, 2010

my creative space

This week's creative space is inspired by... last week's creative space!

(or, more accurately, by our daughter's artistic response to last week's nature find)

I loved the way she represented the nest in her own energetic style... which led me to reconsider some plans I'd been making.

I'd recently bought a pile of blank teatowels with the plan of getting our daughter to stamp them with potato prints, and using them as presents or present wrapping for some family and friends. I'd come up with some design ideas, and had thought about ways to get our daughter to put the prints in the "right" spots on the tea towels...

Then I saw the nest, and realised that would be a GREAT design - and her own design too.


So out came the tea towels and a brown fabric marker - and nests were made.


I reprised my "one cut" stamp making technique - this time with an egg shaped potato. The (opped) corn cob holders were a plan to keep child hands away from paint (it actually worked!).

These are a few of the results - I love the way she took the nest idea and made her own modifications along the way...




(I think I had similar help to Jess with my photography this week!)


I did decide to have a play with another potato print design - I like these clouds, but they were harder work, with closer supervision, and occasional instances of me completely taking over...



She also got to make a couple of her own designs - I think she really appreciated being trusted with these "fancy tea towels" (even though they were pretty cheap!) and did a great job!

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11 comments:

Janine said...

Too too cute! I love the one in the photo which also features her head... very artistic.
I can't wait to do this sort of thing with my baby when she's a bit older... thanks for the inspiration!

Tania said...

Fabulous. NOW I know what to do with those spare tea towels hanging about in every house nook...

teddybearswednesday said...

Oh sooo gorgeous Catherine, love this little colaboration going on. xo

Don said...

Looks like a perfect collaberation. One cut potato stamps? Great idea.

zigsma said...

Gosh - these look excellent! You'd find something similar to the bird's nest design in posh homewares stores methinks. I'm going to copy.

Hi, welcome..... said...

YES she did a fabulous job!! i think the recipients will love these tea towels - so practical, everyone needs them but your daughters are OOAK! how perfect. thanks for sharing xx

Steph said...

She did a brilliant job! And so great that you could let her run with it! It definately is hard though isn't it. They will be cherished presents. Gorgeous as ever :) x

Pippi creates said...

Lovely idea. I had my 2yo helping out with my t shirt printing this week, it was fun, but too much supervision, and it was too much hard work so she got bored in the end and sat down to play with her toes instead. tea towels sound like a great idea!

Cate said...

Very impressive! I'm sure she is extremely proud of her hard work! xxx

The Clip Cafe said...

Oh! I will have to do this over the holidays with mine! They will LOVE it!! Photo's really complimented your post! :-) THANKS also for my fabric it arrived safely!

Naturally Carol said...

The nests are really special, I hope you are going to keep a few. Then she can learn the how to use them! LOL. More mother/daughter collaboration.