Decorating, Homeschool, Humor

Homeschool Art Project Thanks to a Supermodel

The one thing I do miss about Ella being in school away from home is a traditional art class. She is a really talented artist and she did not get that from her dad nor me, so coming up with material for her to do fun art projects at home has been really hard. Yes, I know there are art classes outside of our home and we have tried those. One of them that she really loved ended up going out of business, the other one was too expensive, the other too far away from our house to go regularly, and then COVID hit.

 

Ella’s self-portrait from second grade

 

So I’ve tried to make-do with little things here and there over the past two years but it hasn’t always been easy. Thankfully, her artistic side hasn’t suffered but I have learned over the past two years that if you are meant to be an artist, an artist you shall be.

I have also come to the realization that she in fact did get her artistic side from me.

 

Drawing a picture of her Papa/ Winter 2019

 

That “epiphany” came one day when I was having a conversation with my parents. I happened to share that on Instagram and instead of retelling the story, I thought it would be easier to just screenshot than to rewrite it.

 

Laziness is my best quality, definitely not taking screenshots

 

Ella has become this vibrant almost-teenager (not a fan of the word “tween”) who loves drawing, painting, cosplay, anime, and anything artistic. So this summer, I was looking for things online to keep her engaged art-wise for homeschool this fall and that meant looking in unusual places, like Coursera for classes.

 

We got this for Ella’s wall in her room at IKEA so that she has a rotating art installment of her own drawings on her wall. Like her own little art exhibit. Because I believe you should be your own biggest fan. 🙂

 

I happened to stumble upon a supermodel’s account (whose name I am not going to mention here because I don’t want to get certain google searches sent to my blog but let’s just say she is famous and her mom was on The Real Housewives series, a guilty pleasure show of mine).

Now, before anyone makes a comment (and someone undoubtedly does) “I don’t have the time to watch….” please, stop. We all make time for ourselves in different ways, my self-care might look different than yours, don’t judge.

So I happened to see an apartment on Instagram belonging to said supermodel and don’t even know how I found it because I don’t follow either of the above accounts but when I saw the sign on the wall below in the house of said supermodel:

 

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Courtesy/Gigi Hadid Instagram Dammit, guess you know who it is now but copyrights being what they are.

 

I knew immediately I wanted us to make it for our first homeschool art project of the year.

The artwork was created by Eamon Harrington and when I looked it up it was $1,500. When I told this to Ella she laughed and said, “well, I guess I know what I am going to be when I grow up!”

Smart girl.

But I think we can make it for a little less.

Now the piece is larger than we intended (36 x 60) to make it but I knew we could still make a cool statement piece for our home and loved that we had some inspiration from a real artist. Thanks, Eamon! Don’t sue us!

But I am crediting Eamon Harrington for the design so be clear that we in no way came up with this idea.

THIS WAS NOT OUR IDEA. EAMON ALL OF THE WAY!

If you want to pay $1,500 for an original piece of art, please support him. I am all for artistic interpretation and supporting artists, so please don’t think we aren’t doing so by saying we are doing this for less. Because I absolutely LOVE this piece.


But this is the thing, I had no idea how I was going to approach this because HELLO, I am not an artist nor am I an art teacher. So I had sent my friend Kristen a picture of this one day because I knew she would love this as well (she loved the hell out of it too) and I said to her, essentially

S.O.S.

I don’t know how to proceed.

She told me that she would get me the stuff I needed from the craft store and I all needed to do was Venmo her and then one glorious Friday afternoon, we sat on her patio and she social distance taught me how to be an art teacher while we drank Starbucks that SHE treated me to.

Ever have a friend like that?

Sigh.

Soul family, indeed.

 

 

I went home that day, belly full of chai latte, head full of artwork ideas, and soul full of friendship. That day will carry me full to November. A definite day to put in my arsenal. (More about that in November’s tater tot post)

It was our second full week of homeschool when Ella and I decided to take on this art project.


We started with a blank canvas that you can get at any craft store but Kristen had one in her craft room already. Ours is an 8 x10 but if I had to do this over, I would do it larger because I love this so much and it is such a statement piece.

So you are going to take white acrylic paint and cover the entire surface of your white canvas with the white paint (I know, trust me).

Then while the white paint is still wet, take a bunch of different color acrylic paints and do brush strokes in different cross patterns on the canvas, blotting in a bowl of water in between strokes.

 

 

This was so relaxing for the week of tension that was going on in our world, let me tell you. I feel like I want to do an art project weekly going forward.

It will look like this when you are done or during it. The beauty of this project is that it is YOUR project, so do however many brush strokes you would like. We are going for an edgy look. After you are done, let it dry for a couple of hours or overnight.

 

 

The next day, we added painters tape (or any type of larger tape) in large enough strips to write the words on top of your painting. You are going to need nine pieces of tape.

 

 

After you are done laying the tape over the canvas in the middle, you are going to paint over the tape with red paint. The entire canvas is getting painted at this point, so lay down a tarp under your canvas or do it in the yard if it is a nice day.

 

 

Then let that dry for a good 24 hours.

When you pull the tape? Magic….

 

 

 

I love art.

 

 

Now the beautiful part.

 

 

We talked about inclusion and how everyone deserves to feel safe.

We talked about being a female and the worries she has about that in the world and on social media.

About feeling insignificant as a 12-year-old in a massive world.

 

 

About friends of ours who are different cultures and how they might feel when they go places where they might not feel welcomed.

About friends of ours who are different colors and how they might feel when they go places where they might not feel welcomed.

She asked if the world really is a safe place right now and I tried to answer her question.

 

 

 

We added WELCOME at the top in a salmon color and SAFE HERE at the bottom in the same salmon color, similar to Eamon’s inspiration piece.

 

 

It turned out even better than we imagined.

 

 

I told Ella that I think it is my favorite thing on our wall besides the pictures of our family.

I figured someone out there would love to make this in their home this year for homeschool or even just a weekend project.

 

 

In the most divisive year that we’ve seen in a long time.

It started a conversation and it opened a lot of questions.

For the reason alone, I am glad we made this.

 

 

Like I said on my Instagram account when I first shared it…

“This is our home. It’s not only a safe place to land for our own family but for those around us as well. You will never be judged here. I will however be sharing this on the blog because so many of you are homeschooling now and I think a lot of you may love to have this inside of your home. Because we all just want to feel safe and loved for who we are.” 

 

24 thoughts on “Homeschool Art Project Thanks to a Supermodel”

  1. That turned out great! Out of my three boys only one considers himself artsy but since I DID want to be an art teacher I made them tackle art projects at least weekly. We found so many great tutorials on line and on Youtube.

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  2. Mini is also very artistic. She took her first art class in high school last semester. When it was cut short due to covid, she did stuff at home – but it wasn’t the same. She can’t fit another art class into her high school career. Bummer. Ella is quite the artist. I loved art classes when I was in school. Glad you are finding projects for her. I imagine with the internet’s help there must be a bunch of ideas and examples and suggestions about tools and techniques. This wall-hanging is super cool. It turned out beautifully!

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    1. This is the one thing I wish they had with homeschool. I hate that there aren’t more art shops near us, or art classes available. I feel like that is something you need to live closer to the city for, which stinks.
      Mini is lucky to have you since you are artistic. 🙂

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  3. I love this! So cool and the colors are so cool too.
    Ella is an amazing artist!
    I think she definitely got it from you being a writer. Writing is definitely an art form. ❤️

    Your friend Kristen is definitely soul family.
    Now I want chai tea lol.

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    1. I love the colors too. That red with the other colors peeking out makes me so happy.

      And yes, writing is an art form and I don’t think we think in those terms enough. Well at least I don’t think in those terms enough LOL.

      She is soul family completely. She has been a gift to me for the past few years that is for sure. ❤️

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  4. Well, I don’t even know who that Gigi is, so no judgement here on that. And I so second you on doing art once a week. I want to do more of that here. It’s harder for me once school starts, but I want to make time for that.

    I’m glad you two had such a successful project (in all the ways it was). I would never have figured out how to make those layers. It’s so cool, and I can see lots of ways to adapt this in different ways.

    Also, I love that art line. I don’t know if IKEA still makes it, but we used to have one in our kitchen. (You can see it here: https://images.app.goo.gl/8RKWU9p3V5GZtXhC6. Our old blog isn’t live any more, but the images live on in the internets.) I was sad that my new house didn’t really have a space big enough for an art line.

    I hope your week picks up. And that you’ve got enough friends as you need to get through it.

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    1. It was fun to do together and I do want to do more projects together if only to spend time doing FUN projects together.
      Ella draws when she is stressed out or when she wants to just relax and I love that. Sometimes when she is on the phone with a friend, she is drawing while she is talking. I love that so much.
      I wonder if I got that art line idea from your old blog?? I had seen it somewhere years ago and knew it existed and loved it but couldn’t place it. Then when I clicked on the picture, it seemed familiar.
      My menopause brain has turned me into someone I don’t even know anymore.

      I went to bed sad last night and I hate that and today, I woke up to yet another gloomy day, so we will see.

      I hope your week is good too. Sending you love.

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      1. I’m sorry you are struggling. Gloomy days make it even harder. We are now having smoke from wildfires like I’ve never seen because of high winds like I’ve never seen (at least at this time of year), so we’re having our own hellish version of the derecho, with hot gloom. It’s so weird. I am missing the years when it made sense to write a whole post about nothing more substantial than an art line.

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      2. I’m sorry you’re having smoke there too on top of everything else. It seems like this year won’t seem to give us a break.

        I am missing those years too. I see bloggers who are in a sense of oblivion still writing about those things. But at the same time, it’s nice to have something else to read that takes me away from the gritty reality. For even a couple of minutes.
        Sending you a hug even though I know it’s not enough to make it better.

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  5. Hiii…I am feeling kinda crappy too, if that makes you feel any better. For me, it’s mostly the weather. I feel very down when it’s cold and gray. This winter ought to be a blast. (Said very sarcastically.) Anywho, Ella’s art project turned out awesome. I love how you discussed these issues with her as she was working on the project. Oh, and like Rita, I have no idea who that supermodel is. Glad I’m not the only one. 😉

    xoxo

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    1. I’m the same way. I think everyone is the same way this week. We all had such a good weekend here in the Midwest with the beautiful weather and then THUD, crummy November-like crap.
      But it looks like next week is supposed to be gorgeous.

      I only know her because of the show. You’re not missing anything. 😂

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  6. Ok, I love love love this piece, and while I haven’t pulled out my paints and brushes in ages, this might get me to try (and definitely on an 11×17 as I can’t write neatly in paint so small. I’m impressed. )

    You’re not on Facebook so you aren’t getting the gazillion ads I am for art classes, but the next time one pops up I’ll send you the link. I’ve looked at them before and I don’t think they were expensive.

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    1. Are they doing them in person any more, though? I know some are but a lot aren’t.
      I found two art classes online that are free and a ton that give you ideas but then you have to buy the supplies. I am just not that independently creative. But I am in LOVE with the process of actually doing the art. The slowness of it is so therapeutic. While we were painting side by side, I told her how much I was enjoying it and I could understand why she loved to draw and paint. It really was healing.

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      1. They were online, so you would have to get supplies but I’m thinking if you’re like me you probably have a stock of art supplies in place. I’ve been so stuck that I’m at a point where I need some direction (not independently creative is actually a good descriptor for me too…I bough new watercolors at the beginning of the pandemic.
        And then a book on painting just to give me direction. Both are untouched lol)

        have an art school here in town that is amazing (and a little expensive) and I should sign myself up.

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  7. I love that you realized that yes, YOU are artistic. I too can not draw, but I have other talents that I consider artistic.
    I LOVE all of Ella’s drawings; hers and her G’pa’s portraits: AMAZING.
    She certainly does have the gift of hand/pencil/paper.
    The finished art piece is amazing and I do have friends as you do; they’re the best.

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    1. I love that we have soul family. Soul family is THE best.

      I love her artistic talent. Last night she said to me before she fell asleep, I think I want to be an artist when I grow up.
      I love her so much and love her spirit too. I hope she always believes in herself as much as she does right now. 🙂

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  8. I love that you saw a piece of art that you liked and then created a version of it for your space from your daughter. What a beautiful way to appreciate something. Also, I think this is better than what she would have been inspired to do in school. If she doesn’t already have it, I would encourage her to start an Instagram account of just her art. That will inspire her to do more and create in a different space. I know we are supposed to make art just for ourselves, but sometimes having an audience pushes us more than we can push ourselves.

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    1. That is a good idea to keep her motivated although I am not ready for her to be on social media yet, even just for art. Sigh. Just trying to keep her little for as long as possible.

      But she is so amazingly artistic. You would love her, I know you would. 🙂

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