Art Institute of Chicago with Liv

Going through my pictures last night to organize and print some and I realized I have a bunch of pictures from the past few years of Liv and I in the galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago. She’s only 2.5 years old, but I love that we have captured a bunch already. I hope she grows to be inspired by it as much as I am! (I have zero that I can find with Cohen, so…haha! Gotta take him in, too!) :)

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Pregnant with Cohen, two weeks before he was born!

Pregnant with Cohen, two weeks before he was born!

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anddddd 33 weeks pregnant with Liv (thanks for the pic,  Jane !)

anddddd 33 weeks pregnant with Liv (thanks for the pic, Jane!)

Tips For Painting with Kids & Watercolor Wrapping Paper

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We bought a home at the end of August and many of our non-essentials (like wrapping paper!) are still packed in boxes. We are celebrating my sister, (aka Aunt Bear’s), birthday tomorrow and Liv and I threw together some fun wrapping paper this morning. I hadn’t planned on using the painting for wrapping paper, but the colors were so fun! After showing Liv how to add water to the paint and mix it up, I just let her loose to paint. When she was ready to move on to a new fresh page I added some geometric shapes to her painting and we let it dry. I couldn’t find any tape, so I ended up using binder clips! :) (Worked pretty well if you’re ever in a bind!)

I’ve always dreamed of doing a lot of different types of art & art projects with my kids. I was just as excited as Liv to paint together this morning!!

A few tips I’ve discovered for painting with kids (Liv is 2.5 years old).

  1. -Use BIG pieces of paper! This helped us get Iess paint on the table.

  2. -If your child isn’t interested wait a few months and try again. Liv wasn’t really into the paint set when I bought it for her 2nd birthday (again, I was super excited about painting with her, haha). She wasn’t feeling it and got frustrated with adding water to the paint, butttttt a few months later and she was super pumped when I pulled it out this morning!

  3. -Use a bowl for the water and only put enough in to cover the bottom of the bowl: using a bowl helped us not knock it over (a cup was more dangerous)..and putting a TINY bit of water in also helped make the whole thing less dangerous! :)

  4. -don’t let the activity go on for too long! After about 20-30min Liv started painting her shirt and face haha..at that point we decided to wrap it up and go back to crayons haha :)

***The Mattise print above is from the MOMA online archives (ahhh, it’s amazing!). It’s a exhibition brochure that I discovered while digging through all the incredible stuff they have archived. Insanely cool documents!