He said, "See you at the Family Clothesline Fine Art Show and Sale!"
If you stop by here regularly, you know from a previous post "Works in Progress" that we are stocking inventory for an art extravaganza of original work made by the grand kids to sell at ridiculously high prices to immediate family members! Sure, the fine print says "suggested retail only, please make an offer," but usually grandparents are so excited at the prospect of acquiring an original by "little precious" that they don't bother to read that far down! And sometimes grandpas show up without their bifocals, so that works in our favor too! The "adult children" - mommy, daddy, aunties and uncles - are a bit more astute. They usually laugh at the $25 price tags and hand the kids a one dollar bill. That's okay too, because it's all in fun!
Most quality museums have gift shops for the convenience of their patrons so we are having one too! But unlike those purveyors of logo stamped imported plastic, our goodies are all going to be hand made by the little proprietors. Obviously we have lots of work to do, for amply stocked shelves = amply stocked wallets!
Last week we teamed up to make clay projects to sell. I bought a few packs of dollar store pencils and this Air-Dry Clay by Crayola. A 40% off coupon at JoAnn Fabrics brought the price of this $6 tub of pre-mixed, no-bake clay down to below $4, making it easy to abandon my plan to fuss with salt dough. I highly recommend this product. It came out of the package moist, smooth, and easy to manipulate. As promised, our projects were dry in 2-3 days, ready to be decorated! Here's what we made....
Nick, at left, and Sae were given a "blob" of the clay and told to push it on top of their pencils. Then they were to sculpt the blob into whatever they wanted to make. Nick chose a skyscraper and Sae chose a frog. Each of the boys made five of these. I tried to encourage making something else too, but they weren't buying it. Therefore, frogs and skyscrapers it is! We are at "grandma's fun house" after all, not penitentiary art therapy! Here are the boys laughing at the "joke" grandma just made while showing how to start this project!
And what about Brielle? Well, she had other plans for her blob! Never mind the pencils! She pushed and pulled the clay into a free form sculpture that we decided to name "Little Pink Thing" - which is another of her affectionate nicknames! However, I am going to convince Bree to make a second one just like the first. We don't want to initiate family discord if an argument breaks out between mommy and Nana over who gets to buy this one. Therefore, "LPT #1" and "LPT #2" will both be available, but strictly on a first come-first served basis. And since there will be only two of these unique items for sale, the law of supply and demand regulates the price, so.....buyer beware! And come early!
Our skyscrapers and frogs all lined up to dry out.
Today we were ready to paint and decorate our frogs, skyscrapers and "Little Pink Things"!
|"Paint on fingers, paint on toes, paint on Sae's cute little nose!" (Today I am Mrs. Dr. Suess!)|
I had the boys paint watered down glue on their work, then gently sprinkle glitter all over. It wasn't the mess I thought it would be, although a few of my cats are still walking around with glittering eyebrows!
|Painted and glittered pencils all lined up to dry.|
|Grandma took the pencils into her secret workshop to add paper accents. |
Oops! Forgot the long red tongues!
We'll add them later!
Brielle takes her artwork very seriously! Here she is, carefully painting her first-in-a-series-of-two "Little Pink Things!"
And here's "Little Pink Thing #1" all glittered up and ready for market!
Besides these pencils, our gift shop will stock notepads purchased with plain white covers and painted by the kids. We will sell hand stamped potholders too. In addition, on the day before our event, the kids will join me to make cookies and popcorn. That's so we'll have something for our hungry daddies, too! I am also working on designing "event posters" with the kids' photos on each one. Those will be auctioned to our art patrons after everything else is sold out! For the time being we are a busy bunch of artists over here, although the hardest part will probably be negotiating a convenient date and time for everyone attending our first annual Family Clothesline Fine Art Show, Sale and Auction! But I am working on that, too!