The great Frugi craft project

Last week Frugi announced a little competition for this year’s crusaders (of which I am one). They have really gone for the jugular with this one – a craft project (my first weakness) to win one of their gorgeous baby tee’s (my second weakness). Of course I started on it straight away, not realising that making ‘art’ with a 13-month-old takes a lot of patience over several days – just as well I started early!

Here’s how it all went down…
 

Day 1 – We made a wet splodge of pink ‘paint’ (a Faber Castell Albrecht Durer pencil patch made wet with good old fashioned plain water – nothing but the best!). We painted this onto Willow’s palm, and encouraged her to make a handprint.

01PinkSplodge

 

Day 2 – Mummy helped Willow hold a grey pencil, and we coloured in the shape of our raccoon. By ‘coloured’ I mean vigorously scratched the pencil left and right, and by ‘in’ I mean in the rough shape of some kind of blobby creature.

02GreyPencil

 

Day 2 (second sitting) – After a fidget break, we used a wet paintbrush to blend the grey splodge into a slightly more raccoon-ish shape. Willow wasn’t overly interested in helping with this bit, but did enjoy holding our master picture to make sure I knew what we were working towards.

03GreyWater

 

Day 3 – Once our watercolour masterpiece was dry, we used a grey Faber Castell Pitt pen (lucky I have all this stuff eh!). This formed the stripes and eye ‘mask’ on our raccoon.

04GreyPen

 

Day 3 (after hours) – Once Willow was in bed, I sneakily added the bird’s wing, raccoon’s eyes, nose and tummy, and a bit of outline to give them both definition. You can’t see it here, but some of this is 3D – Woo!

06MummysBit

 

Day 4 – It was back over to Willow again this morning, with another watercolour pencil splodge. This time we used a sponge for easy application of the yellow.. urm.. sky?

07YellowSplodge

 

Day 4 (part 2) – Willow decided (ahem) that the yellow wasn’t colourful enough, so we used some bright yellow washi tape to liven things up.

08WashiTape

 

Day 4 (moments later) – We both agreed that the background was missing something, and whilst searching for some baby-friendly paint, we actually rediscovered our glitter glue pens. Unfortunately the lighter blue had glued itself shut, so we opted for a darker one instead.

09Glitter

 

Day 4 (we really went for it today) – After another fidget break, we moved to the floor and used my Sizzix die-cutting machine to create some foliage for our raccoon to hide behind. (This also hid the fact that I didn’t cut old raccoon’s tummy long enough to reach the bottom of the page!) Willow wasn’t overly impressed with the machine itself, and decided to pull a face-wipe off the washing line behind us to suck on (that is what is balanced on her left knee). She did, however, enjoy popping out the little card cutouts.

10DieCut

 

Day 4 (yep, definitely a good day for crafting) – Full steam ahead, it was back up to the dinner table to blob on some flowers with my Pitt pens.

11Flowers

 

Still Day 4 (not even a break in-between!) – Back on the floor again, and Willow demanded we re-look at the washi tape. This time a thin, plain green one – that spun very nicely on her hand. It also made some good flower stems.

12WashiStalks

 

Day 5 – After another bit of late night mummy editing, we finally have our finished product. It’s a bit of a miss-mash, but still a lovely first bit of craft for Willow to look back at. Hopefully it’ll be the first of many more, although I’m not looking forward to the day when I find Willow chomping ravenously on my beloved Faber Castell sets!

13Finished

 

As I’ve probably mentioned many times before, craft really is a wonderful distraction from depression, no matter what the finished product ends up like. The cathartic fun is all in the making, which is why I really encourage you to give it a go.

🙂

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