An Eric Carle Inspired Art Day

For the last year I have been extremely spoiled.  Extremely spoiled in a way only a parent really understands.  Every afternoon I had two children who napped regularly, at the same time, with minimal protests.  Let's just say that the last couple of weeks haven't been like that, leaving me struggling a bit to find my balance (and maybe my sanity!)...and maybe praying that this too is just a phase....

So what does this have to do with art?  Well it was 3 pm and after playing "catch the toddler who won't stay in her bedroom" for an hour and a half, I decided naptime was over.  We started reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and we started talking about how the pictures were made. 

Just like that, it became an afternoon of art for all of us. And it was amazing.  I can say it was the first time that the three of us worked side by side on an art project, each of us working independently.  Lu kept saying "This is so amazing!"  "This is the best art ever!"  We all had so much fun!

Want to see how these colorful little buildings came about?
We painted on tissue paper with acrylic paint, layer upon layer, letting each layer dry before we added the next.  I picked it up occasionally to make sure that it didn't stick to the newspaper below.

 We started to play around will all sorts of "tools" to add different textures:  Q-tips, marker caps, sponges, an old brush, and even the bottom of a shoe!  This was Lu's favorite part.

 The hubby came home to this...instead of dinner....
 All finished....
 Then we just cut out small pieces and used a glue stick to glue onto a piece of paper. 
 I used markers to add the details:

 And that was it!  Want to see the place that inspired these multicolored buildings?

It's La Boca, a place in Buenos Aires, Argentina...

I hope you like this special art day as much as we did!


  1. Wow! What a fabulous piece of art. How old are the children? I like your end product more than Eric Carle's illustrations. Did you look at the photos of La Boca before you began? Sorry for all the questions.

  2. Thanks Jill! My kids are 2 and 5. I wasn't planning on making a La Boca art piece when we started, but the bright colors just reminded me of the La Boca buildings. My husband's from Argentina and the pictures I showed in the post are actually from a trip we took there about 8 years ago. I looked back through some of my pictures before glueing, but I didn't copy any building exactly. So I guess it is more like the la Boca in my memory :-)

  3. This is amazing! I love the colourful houses and did not expect it was actually done by 2 children. The artwork is so whimsical and bright!

    1. Ah thanks! The kids did help painting some of the blobs and textures on the tissue paper, but I let them make their own cut out collages while I assembled the one that I show here. I can't wait to experiment more with this technique on my own!



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