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Monday, August 13, 2012

Tile Becomes a Canvas

NEWSFLASH!  BREAKING NEWS!


A daring little toddler, Nattie, has joined the art world this week, as kitchen floor tile became her canvas!  The tiny artist in residence chose a lovely shade of blue green Crayola crayon as the tool of color!  Within minutes of picking up her tool, she filled her canvas (4-15X15 tiles) with high energy, up and down, strokes of motion!  As soon as her multi-tasking father announced to the world that the artist had done her deed, mama raced to the scene and snatched the tool of choice!  Unfortunately, it was NOT "WASHABLE"!  AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Now, if her mama had been less freaked out  a little more calm about the washability factor, she would have taken pictures of the li'l artist's work (an unfortunate piece of the story).  Instead, mother went straight to work rubbing and scrubbing to remove those strokes of energy from the tile.  Thank goodness it came off-and those crayons are now put away where little toddler hands won't be reaching for a long long time.  (Li'l artist's big brother did something similar with a tool of choice on his wall when he was 3 only it was a washable marker-but maybe that's a slice for another day...)



This experience in the Rudd Art Gallery taught us all a few lessons when it comes to Li'l Artist:
  • Expect the unexpected
  • Prepare for and try to make the best of the moment
  • Put things away when you're done using them~~Big Brother!
  • Learn as much as possible from your mistakes and try to do better next time
  • Be like Pete the Cat and say, "It's all good!"
When the floor came clean and the water dried, mother had a good laugh...reflected a little and thought out loud, "Oh, Nattie, this is definitely a story for your Mommy Journal..."

This Tuesday's Slice of Life-hosted by Ruth and Stacey @ The Two Writing Teachers


22 comments:

  1. Ahh...I remember the days of marker and walls and food coloring. Enjoy Amy- it is different in a blink of an eye. Love the Pete quote! xo nanc

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    1. Yes, we have to look on these stories with joy right?

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  2. You have to watch out all the time, don't you? Fun story, Amy, & I'm sure there will be more to come. It's just so tempting to see what those crayolas & markers will do! I guess you can now say she's a budding artist (or writer like Mommy). Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yes, I watch all the time! Nap and bed are truly breaks for me-unless hubby is watching...

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  3. I love the voice of the news report. Very creative!
    Ruth

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  4. I love the tone and the format of this. So glad you could look back and laugh.

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  5. Oh Amy, this was told in such a fun voice. You had me laughing all the way through. Your word choice was spot on, "she filled her canvas . . ." was perfect! I also love the lessons learned. Truly a delightful way to tell of a traumatic situation on the home front.

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    1. Yes, I was sort of laughing all along but when it was done is when I really laughed-she's got that impish little grin that just makes me giggle sometimes!

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  6. This is a wonderfully crafted slice. Thoroughly captivating.

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  7. I love the lessons learned. "It's all good!" I wish I had learned that sooner. They grow up so fast, and while I have say "I love adult children!" I do miss those days of the unexpected artist.

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    1. Thanks Margaret! I will take your comment to heart and savor as much as possible!

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  8. Great slice, Amy. I remember those days and enjoy reading the stories that Michelle writes in her Mommy Journal. You may have a Picaso on your hands. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Judy! She does like picking up the writing utensils and scribble scrabbling! I think it's because she sees Kam doing it!

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  9. Fun and interesting to read. I did frown at one part,

    "Thank goodness it came off-and those crayons are now put away where little toddler hands won't be reaching for a long long time."

    "A long long time." I feel sad for little Nattie.

    I vote for little Nattie to have supervised drawing time at the table with Mommy. She could be a Michelangelo, deprived of a blue crayon at a tender age, could prevent the Sistine Chapel.

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    1. Pamela, Nattie does have supervised washable crayon time! Just no more access to the non-washables-I would never deprive my children of the opportunity to be artistic! I appreciate art too much to do that. ;)

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  10. Oh, Nattie!
    NOTE TO SELF (after reading your blog post): Do not make art supplies accessible to Isabelle for at least three years!

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    1. Stacey, your comment made me laugh! It's all good!

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    2. What nice take aways from Nattie's little misadventure. This was fun to read and your humor brought you a great way to write about it.

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  11. I'm sure there will be future opportunities for photos - sorry to bust that bubble!

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