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Beyond the Fridge


If your house is a typical house, then you have LOTS of artwork that comes home with your budding Picasso’s. After a while, you run out of space to hang it around the house (or maybe you aren’t into hanging it all over your house in the first place). I have plenty of things hanging off my fridge in addition to cotton ball sheep: my calendar…school schedule…coupons… etc. and space is a premium. When new things came in, I tried to throw old things out. Sometimes I got away with it. Mostly I got busted. Nothing screams “mom of the year” more than a tear streaked little girl standing over the trash can boo hoo’ing.

Oddly enough, while doing laundry it hit me. My washing machine and dryer are all metal (and boring looking) and would be the perfect place to hang all that extra artwork. I quickly grabbed a few pieces and some magnets and hung them right up. I have to say, it certainly brightens up my laundry room. Now, if only it could make doing laundry more exciting!


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Art and Literature

Once again I hosted an art class of sorts at my house. Invited some friends, and 3 little girls came to read and paint. I’m really enjoying hosting these events. I just wish I had a larger space! Anyone want to lend me a basement??

This time, our inspiration was Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton.


Splat apparently has done well and has a series. Splish, Splash, Splat looked like a fun read too.


While Splat wasn’t overly colorful, he was a good subject. He wasn’t round like a typical cat, so we talked about his shape. Then we talked about color…his gray tummy for example and how mixing 2 colors together gives you a unique 3rd color. I did have the girls close their eyes and imagine where their Splat was. Two Splats were frolicking in the grass, one was sitting in the sun and one was digging in the dirt. We also talked about his fur, and  I showed them with a dry brush how they can pull the paint on their Splat out and make “fur”. I’m happy that a few art pointers got in there.


When their Splats were almost finished, they could accessorize their Splats. One has a pencil and cute slippers. Another has a cupcake. Two are wearing red hats and scarves (I think one really looks like a beret!). They did a great job and each Splat was as unique as the person painting it. The girls had a great time and then headed off to play.

The idea for this Splat art project came directly from a fantastic blog Deep Space Sparkle. She shows you how the project went in her class room and also has instructions in a PDF to download for a low, low price if you want to try this at home.

Here are all our finished Splats. I hope you’ll try your own Splats at home!

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Art Class


Hello everyone…I know I have been a horrible blog writer and it’s probably been almost a year! I have been working for a year and a half as a full-time temp, and that kind of took some time and attention away. But I feel like I’ve been re-inspired.

Anyway, I’ve become a Pinterest addict (Beanz Thingz). I see so many wonderful things on there. It’s crazy the amount of creativity. I’ve been pinning lots of cute kids artwork/art projects/crafts and really wanted to do them with my 5-year-old. Only doing this, or purchasing the materials, for just one kid seemed kind of silly. One day inspiration struck, and I decided I would have art/craft classes in my own home. The only thing slightly crazy about this plan is that we don’t have an eat in kitchen or a basement. So, I had to do this in my dining room (which, sadly, limits the number of kids I can host at one time).

So, I emailed my friends to find out their level of interest and received a nice response. I opened it up to 3 kids (plus my daughter) and charged $5 to help cover the cost of supplies and snack. I announced the date and told them it was first come first serve to get into the class. I had my 3 quickly!

Today, was the class. I was excited for this little adventure and hope to expand it someway.

For this project, I followed the step by step directions  I found on Deep Space Sparkle. Here are my details:




We started off by reading a book that tied into the theme of the art project. Our art project was an owl, so we read “The Owl Who is Afraid of the Dark” by Jill Tomlinson.

Then we headed into the dining room, which was set up for them with an 11×17 of heavy stock art paper (heavy was important because at age 5 they tend to be heavy-handed with the paint), tray for paint ($1.99 each at Michael’s), fat paint brush, multiple skinny brushes, and paper towel. For the paint, I picked up (again at Michael’s) washable tempera/poster paint in all the colors they had. I also kept a hair dryer on hand to help the paint dry in between steps. Oh, and wipes.


The first step was asking the kids to close their eyes and see what color the sky is for their owl. We had blue, orange, pink and black. Then they were given white paint to splatter onto the background . I think this was their favorite part!



Next, they took some white paint to lightly paint the face, body, wings and ears. Lightly becacuse they were going to paint their owls final color on top of the white. The white was to help make the next color show up. Then they choose their owl color and painted over the white.


They added large circles for the eyes and small black dots for the pupils. Beaks came next, followed by feet.

Finally, feathers were added and then a branch along the bottom for their owls to sit on. Some opted to make a nest for their owl instead and others added an egg for their Mommy owl to watch over (I love their creativity!!)



After all their hard work was done, they enjoyed a little snack and some juice boxes and then ran off to play! All in all, a successful day. And I was one tired mom!

I’m already on the hunt for my next project to hold class.








Final masterpieces:
























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Cutest Most Creative Blog

Every now and then I stumble across things that are too cute. This is one of them. The cuteness is only slightly overshadowed by the creativeness of this mom. Why can’t I ever think of things like this. (I thought I was creative when I took a picture every month of my daughter holding a sign saying “X Months Old”!)

Today’s post, while not informative or educational, is joyful. Enjoy!

Taken from Mila’s Daydreams. Click to see all her fun poses/”artwork”

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One Thousand and One Daydreams

Copyright © Adele Enersen

Walking The Dog

Copyright © Adele Enersen

Floating in the sky

Copyright © Adele Enersen

The Nightmare Within The Daydream

Copyright © Adele Enersen

My tribute to Tove Jansson and The Moomins.

Mila Had a Little Lamb

Copyright © Adele Enersen

The Laundry Day

Copyright © Adele Enersen

The Baby Promenade

My tribute to Marc Chagall, one of my favorite artists.
Copyright © Adele Enersen

Autumn leaves of gingerbread tree

Copyright © Adele Enersen.

My Precious Pearl

Copyright © Adele Enersen.

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Corn Syrup Paintings

Taken from eighteen25 blog

What you need:

*  glossy art paper
*  corn syrup
*  food coloring
*  crayons
*  paint brushes

step one: pour some corn syrup into a bowl and add about 10 drops of food coloring. stir well.

step two: with your crayons, draw a picture on the paper

step three: paint your picture.

step four: let it dry. (it takes awhile)

i believe the glossy art paper was found in the art section at michaels.

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Teaching Kids to Love Drawing

By Ann P. Lewis, Disney Family.com

An artist all my life, I had assumed that my passion for making a happy mess would lead to many hours of doing the same with my kids. No such luck.

Sure, the baby and toddler years were a piece of cake. Both kids started out curious and uninhibited and bold: Give them a crayon and they would draw forever. But when Freddy turned 3 (he’s now 9), he began to make it clear he would rather be a horse cantering around the living room than draw one. He’d humor his pesky mother by dashing off a few strokes (“A stallion, Mom, running away!”) before bucking headlong onto the couch.

Clara, on the other hand, continued to take to the art table, narrating her work like a chatty cartographer — a fiery red tangle of lines was the wind blowing her hair, the little black dot was the spot where she was standing when it stopped. But now, at 6, she’s become deeply disappointed with the entire process. “Mommy,” the baleful whine begins, “will you make a queen crown for me?” Then come the tears, and our easy play unravels into dramatic frustration.

What can I do to set the stage — or the kitchen table — for my kids to have a positive experience making art, now and for life? I’ve experimented a little. I’ve read a lot. And I’ve spoken with a few wise people: Ursula Kolbe, an Australian teacher, artist, and writer whose books about children and art I love; Laura Seftel, an art therapist who lectures across the country; and Cathy Topal, an instructor in visual arts education at Smith College.

From all of the information I’ve gathered, a few basic tenets have merged, which I’m starting to put to use with my kids.

1. Set Up for Success

Mood and preparation are everything. Provide your kids with a dedicated space, unhurried time, and good materials (just a few at a time, so you don’t overwhelm them with choices).

Forget those cheapo anemic watercolor sets with the spindly brushes, which are just frustrating for kids. Instead buy (at a good art store, so you don’t end up with counterfeit dreck) some tempera paints, nontoxic water-based felt-tip pens, oil pastels, and crayons. Older kids may work well with chalk, and fine felt-tip pens will let them be more precise in their drawing.

Continue to create inviting opportunities even if your child doesn’t seem interested, in the same way you might offer new foods again and again until he bites.

2. Give Them a Jump Start

It’s not enough to plop some markers on the table in front of your child and go off to make phone calls. Hang around. Offer suggestions for how to begin. (This is not the same as telling her what to make.) Place objects on the tabletop and invite her to draw from observation. Give her a mirror so she can do a self-portrait. Carve stamps from erasers or sponges so she can make prints (abstract shapes are best, so as not to limit creativity). Call on her current fascinations: worms, constitutional law, space travel. Maybe all she needs is a launching pad.

3. Use Your Words … a Little

Your child is working away, and you feel an encouraging word coming on. Instead of the usual dead-end “Oh, that’s beautiful; what is it?” try asking about specifics you see: “I notice a lot of red lines,” or “You’re really working hard making those circles.” Or just keep watching. “Wait and see if a child wants a comment at all,” says Kolbe. “Your interested face says more than words can ever say.”

4. Keep Your Hands Off

Drawing for your child really doesn’t do him any favors. It just sets up unrealistic goals — he’ll want to do it just like you did. With a very young child, shift his focus away from you and onto his work: Talk texture, color, etc. If you’re working with a child 3-ish or older, explain how to break down the thing he’s drawing into recognizable shapes and lines. What is a queen’s crown, after all, but triangles and a circle?

5. Don’t Read Into It

A young child’s dense black shapes don’t necessarily indicate she’s depressed. And she’s not destined for prison just because she tears holes in her paper. Likewise, the fact that she draws flowers doesn’t guarantee she’ll want to join the Peace Corps. With younger children (hey, even with adults), meaning can change from one minute to the next. And as the saying goes, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

Artist in Residence: The Early Years

There’s no set schedule for human development. Some of us can walk and chew gum when we’re 4. Some of us never can. Still, we found this progression of childhood art motifs in classic research by Rhoda Kellogg, Viktor Lowenfeld, and W. Lambert Brittain to be quite interesting. (Please take those age ranges with a heap of salt.)

And even before children begin making art with pencils, crayons, and the like, they are creating artwork: A swipe of pudding on the high chair, a pudgy hand raking the sand, a stick scraping through the dirt, it all says, “I can make something appear out of nowhere.”

Random Scribbles, 12 to 30 months
As soon as they learn to hold a pen and make marks on paper, kids are likely to experience “kinesthetic enjoyment,” the pleasure of moving around and making marks. Their marks are typically random and disordered, made with the whole hand and arm, and are likely to extend off the paper. Or off the wall.

Controlled Scribbles, 30 months to 3 years
Now a child begins to use wrist motions, control her marks, make them smaller, and keep them mostly on the paper. Or on the wall.

Named Scribbles, 3 to 4 1/2 years
Kids start to hold crayons with their fingers rather than their fists, make a variety of lines and shapes, and tell you what they are. Kids are also apt to “narrate,” announcing as they draw that, say, a squiggle is actually Aunt Kate dancing with Uncle Al. It’s a step toward connecting pictures and things.

Preschematic, 4 1/2 to 7 years
Squiggles, circles, and spirals start to develop into symbols that represent things, as well as self-portraits. These new figures, resembling tadpoles and such, may not be in proportion or even strike you as actual objects, but kids are learning that their pictures say something to others, and to value their product.

Schematic, 7 to 9 years
Those symbols start to appear within a larger framework, or schema. Kids might now draw themselves and their family on a baseline, and include the sky. Their colors get more realistic, but still don’t expect to be able to recognize who’s Aunt Kate and who’s Uncle Al.

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