(this post title is a Joni Mitchell reference, I was trying to be clever. not sure if I pulled it off though!)
Since beginning Seasons of Joy we've done a lot of watercolor painting. Ivo really enjoys painting days, and sometimes we paint together as a family. So as a result we have a lot of artworks floating around the house. Some are stunningly beautiful; those Stockmar watercolors really do their thing. I think it's nice to have abstract art on the walls for Ivo to look upon with his imagination. When I was a little girl we had several pieces of nonrepresentational art in our home, and I must have pondered them for hundreds of hours over the course of my childhood. But at this point we could easily wallpaper most of the house with all of the paintings, so we've had to come up with some more uses for them.
I've started using hand-painted business cards and tags for my etsy shop, which I cut with an Xacto knife and then round off the corners with a scrapbooker's corner punch. Then I hand stamp them with my shop name and info. Ivo likes to imitate this process so some days we make "business cards" as our handwork. His are stamped with pictures of cats and horses from his Melissa and Doug Stamper Set.
Another project that puts our paintings to use is making cards. Yesterday we made a set of notecards by ripping and cutting paintings and gluing them to cards along with scraps of wool felt. The results aren't photographed very well, but they turned out very cute and kept Ivo busy for a long time.
On one of the cards he dictated a note to his speech teacher, who was home sick last week:
Dear Teacher Janis,
I miss you so much and I love you OK? You feel better OK? We have a bird feeder at our house.