Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Kinder Watercolours: Keira and Kendra

Just the other day I was wondering (in this post) when I would see my nieces Keira and Kendra again then out of nowhere they came to visit from Swaziland! We had a super fun weekend. I set up a temporary art studio in one of the empty rooms in my home and we called it the painting room. We used watercolours, oil pastel and crayons.


Keira, age 5, Dora The Explorer and Boots
Keira, age 5, Ariel from The Little Mermaid
Keira, age 5, Tinkerbell
Keira, age 5, princess

Keira organising her paintings
In this photo, you can see my demonstration paintings of Tinkerbell and Ariel. Keira took them with her so she could use them another time.

Keira with her artwork

 Kendra is 3 years old and she was learning how to use the brush. It was much easier for her to work on the floor (and mess it with paint!) because reaching into the water container was too high for her.

Kens having fun

Kendra, age 3

Kendra, age 3, flower
Kendra only wanted to paint, she asked Keira to trace a few animals for her.

Kendra, age 3, butterfly (traced by Keira)

Kendra, age 3, fish (traced by Keira)
I love seeing how kids art changes over time. Nancy said they had a few art sessions with my mother and I can see the influence right away from how they talk about the brushes and paints and what painting in the lines mean to them.
xo Quaymberley.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Art Class Kids: Studio Inspiration

My new studio is on it's way. It will be ready in about 8 months.  I'm already very excited about what I'm going to do with it, so I found some images that will help me visualize the interior.

There will be a gap between each window, enough room to hang paintings either by me or the kids. My dad is a great framer, so he will frame the paintings. The walls will not be plastered, we are going to varnish the face bricks. I believe it is going to look beautiful!

I'm going to have my own workstation, a sink, two large tables to make art on, paper storage and a supply cupboard. We are going to paint a black chalk wall.

Once the staircase is built, things are going to happen very fast. Here are some design inspiration photos:

Image via Mae Chevrette

Image via Desire to Inspire

Image via Petra Bindel

Image via One Lucky Fish.

These are actually coat hangers above, but I think it would look great to paint the taps for the sink.

Image via Magpie & Rye

Image via Eefjede via Joelle Batens

It's fun to dream. Mwa, Quaymberley

Friday, February 7, 2014

Kinder Watercolours: Keira (age 4)

I gave Keira (my godchild and my cousin's daughter) a watercolour session a while back when she was 4 years old. She already knew how to hold a brush and was very excited to paint. We decided together that we were just painting and having fun with colour. I asked her if she could paint circles and lines and dots and she could, but towards the end she was going with her own flow and design. I wish we had more painting sessions together, but I think we were very busy playing with Lego.

A rainbow!

I gave her a range of different coloured paper and I think it created something very interesting, compared to what white paper only would have.

A face by Keira, age 4

I love it when a kid gets so involved in the process that nothing else matters.

Keira, age 4

Keira, age 4
I hope to see her soon so we can have another fun session. She lives in Swaziland and maybe I'll be there in June or July this year. Xo Quaymberley.