Painting collab with a two-year-old (What I did to my toddler’s artwork!)

Oh, you’re on camera with Mummy! Where’s Daddy? He’s behind the camera there! here So, Nichola, what did you do? I have had this idea for a little while Our son Yul, really really likes drawing and painting of course, I’m his mother so of course I think this but I think he is quite creative and I had this idea because I wanted to get back into painting and do some more painting if I took some of the things he painted and if I created something more with them so it’s like a collaboration together Most of the time he is painting in one of his sketch books that’s just on paper and paper can buckle a lot so i made sure I had a canvas for him to work on Come over to Mummy? okay We had it all set up and this is what happened I set up paints and brushes and as son as he came home he wanted to paint Do you want to take this one off? Being a toddler, he also decided he didn’t want to take his backpack off that’s why he still has a backpack on why he is painting you can’t argue with toddlers We stopped to paint some dinosaurs and after a few more strokes he decided he was done I was a bit concerned at this point being a creative type like me, when he is over it, he’s over it but, it didn’t seem like that much for me to work with The next day while he was doing another painting he added a bit more but not much And this is what I have to work with I had an idea for a scene that would make use of the green and the yellow first, I roughly mapped out the scene and then got to work It was hard deciding how detailed I should be How much of his painting should be obvious? I have done this once before with my son and his painting had worked well as an underwater scene meaning, I could leave much of his brush strokes But this time it felt like I had to incorporate his colours while creating a scene myself his brush strokes still dictated the painting though and I had to leave the colours that he had painted I worked quickly over the next few hours as I had to get enough done before picking him up from daycare So this how much I got done yesterday about 5 hours worth I could only paint while Yul was at daycare and so I just gave myself that time and whatever I got done, that was going to be it I think I will come in today and do a little bit more detail It’s very hard to know… like I think I’m going to leave this here because I still want to have the colours he put done I don’t want to overwork it. This type of painting you could spend weeks or months on but I need to have a limited amount of time and when that is done… that’s done It still needs to have the essence of what Yul did I don’t want to overwork it So I have bits here that are like… a lot of the lines he put down I’ve incorporated into the painting and the colours that I’ve kept I’m going to leave it how it is but just do a little bit of detail on the rocks here and maybe these bits here just leave how they are Okay this is the final painting This has been varnished so the colours should show nicely I’ve left some areas slightly unfinished for that unfinished looked and also because I had a time limit but I think that works with his brush strokes and what he did first so this is the finished painting and we will see what Yul thinks about it Let’s go home How was daycare? did you have fun? daddy we will go find daddy okay? come on, let’s go let’s go let’s go he was just saying “daddy daddy” He wasn’t happy that I picked him up daddy daddy Yul, I know you are bit preoccupied with your new dinosaur lunchbox but do you want to see what mummy did to your painting? what did mummy do? what do you think? do you like it? oh you do like it? just don’t step on it don’t sit on it! it’s okay should some dinosaurs be there? that’s a great background for dinosaurs isn’t it? thank you Daddy! he just wants to look at his dinosaur book You are over this one are you You don’t care anymore. Toddlers are the harshest critics Daddy can come round here daddy? jump in daddy! it’s really hard doing videos with kids especially toddlers as you’ve seen, this is the finished painting and he doesn’t care about it anymore oh no! oh no! we are definitely going to do this again going to try and do this once a week or once a fortnight it’s really a challenge for me to see what i can do with his paintings and try to make something that is true to my style as well so it’s a nice collaboration isn’t it? he doesn’t care oh tyrannosaurs is getting me! I think next time if I paint dinosaurs he will be really happy subscribe to us if you haven’t already thank you for throwing that we have comics on our blog about our intercultural life together we will see you later. bye bye


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