What do you do with a sick child? After the visit to the pediatrician, the diagnosis of strep throat, the journey home via the pharmacy and supermarket (Popsicles), and before plopping in front of the television (“Toy Story”), we made some fabric art.
|My son Christopher, creating
artist trading cards.
That’s how my son Christopher, 10, became an artist trading card pro last fall. Christopher was totally inspired by an article about ATCs we saw (while waiting for the doctor) in September 2011’s Family Fun magazine.
My boy is a doodler and inventor of mythical creatures, so the thought of making his own fiber art cards to trade with friends was quite appealing.
Using fabric scraps, markers, and fibers, we made 12 cards that afternoon, including the ones you see here.
I really scored big in his eyes when I pulled a copy of 1000 Artist Trading Cards off the shelf and turned to page 250 and showed him where his mom’s ATCs are featured.
You did that??? Why didn’t you tell me?
And the best compliment of all: Will you make some for me?
So I did, and we traded.
Unless I’m on the most stringent deadline, my kids are always welcome in my studio. Making art has a way of taking you away from your troubles and relieving stress, and I like to encourage that kind of healthy activity. Plus, it’s fun way to spend time with them.
|“Monster Duck” ATC.|
The Summer 2012 issue of Studios features many creative spaces where kids have a prominent presence. The adult and child artists offer tips for setting up a space for young artists and how to work together.
Order your copy of Studios today, and invite a child to create with you. Fiber collage is a great place to start.