My dad gave me a boxed set of Keri Smith's books for my birthday. And ever since they've been waiting, still in plastic, for inspiration to strike.
Today was just the right day. Mr. H is out of town, I was tired and grumpy and Biscuit was full of enthusiasm.
Turns out journal wrecking is an activity just made for five year olds.
After the morning bath we went to two different parks and worked on journal destruction! (among other activities)
Biscuit jumped up and down on the book on the lawn to fully smash in the found objects. "Lucky we're supposed to wreck this, huh?" she said as the cover got bent and crushed. Now the book smells nicely of lavender.
We just jumped around and completed activities as the mood struck. The entire process was very fun and liberating. And Keri's mentality of experimentation fed into another project we worked on this evening.
Where we started (very boring but inspired by this activity)
Our new "process" inspired by the fact that the damp paper towel I was using to clean up looked better than our deliberately painted cloth.
Even more interestingly, the colors continued to run and bleed as the fabric dried so the final result (which is in the dryer now--hopefully not turning my dryer blue) is different than the image above.
Oh, and a super pretty flower on a tree. It's a dogwood, right? I had no idea these grew in California.