I often reflect on Randy Pauch’s story for many reasons but most recently I have been thinking about how his parents encouraged him to decorate his own bedroom. While I am not quite ready to hand over the paintbrush completely, I asked Immy if she would like to make some changes to how her room looks (it certainly could do with an update as we have done little more than swap out the cot for a big girl bed in over three years). She enthusiastically agreed and over the course of the next few weeks I will be sharing some simple projects, suitable for children, that can help to provide them with a sense of ownership in creating a space all of their own – starting today with a simple Tape Art Monogram project for kindergarteners and bigger kids.
This project was inspired by a gorgeous artwork we received as a gift from a dear and talented friend shortly after AJ was born. As soon as she saw it, Immy asked if we could get one for her bedroom too. I suggested she make one of her own. It really is very simple and all that you need is;
- Stretched canvas
- Masking or painters tape
- Child friendly acrylic paint
- Glitter (optional)
To make, create your letter shape with pieces of masking tape, pressed firmly into place. Obviously we were fortunate to be working with the straight lines of a letter I! For trickier letter shapes, have your child lightly sketch their letter onto the canvas with a lead pencil or chalk. Tear or cut pieces of tape to cover the letter – remember it doesn’t have to be perfect, allow your child to direct the project themselves.
Next it’s time to cover the canvas in paint. We used a range of coloured acrylic paints and a chunky brush but you could also try a sponge stamper or even fingerpainting. Immy sprinkled on some glitter for a touch of sparkle. Once the paint dried, Immy removed the tape. Voila!
Her tape art monogram is proudly displayed in her bedroom and I look forward to sharing more of this special space very soon.
I would love to hear your ideas – does your child have the opportunity to stamp their own personality on a space of their own?