Our Precious Art Piece

17 Jan

Home Sweet Home. How do you make your home sweet? How do you make sure that your little kids keep your home sweet? Since we moved into our new house, we were determined to keep it simple. Minimal furniture and limited decos. It was also because my hubby simply loves playing his skateboard with Aufa inside the house. Eventually we had to give in to basic sofa set for our guests. Now that has taken away my pinball machine and foosball table area. Since we receive guests quite often, I had to make sure that area is kept clean and no toys laying around living room area as well. Besides than a typical mother’s method to keep on reminding their kids to clean-up after their mess, I had to teach my 3 year-old son the importance of cleanliness. How do I do it?

Arranging oil pastels on cereal carton

I strongly feel that every kid should have or feel the sense of belonging towards their own home. They should be proud, feel safe and comfortable in their own home regardless whether it is small cozy little house or a huge mansion. Some of the things that I practice with him is by getting him to participate in ensuring that the door is lock, do grocery together, cook/bake together and mostly importantly explain to him on why certain things need to be done. Sometimes he sincerely would remind our guests on “not to eat or drink on Mama’s sofa!”. Every other time he would be more than proud to explain to our guests his Babah’s photos on the wall. Last Christmas holiday, I suggested that we do a family oil painting project to add into Aufa’s excitement.

Melting oil pastels with hair dryer

If you have read my post on art, you would now by now that I am terrible at it but I can appreciate beauty. Neither can I afford to buy those expensive oil paintings and put them in my house. So when my friend Ayuni shared with me an art link, I got so excited to do it right away.

Place the canvas slanted underneath the tip of oil pastels

Couple of things you need:

1. Ready canvas wrap on wooden frame (I was surprised that they sell all kinds of sizes at the art shop)

2. A set of oil pastels (you can get set of 12, 24, 36 or 48 colors. The more the livelier)

3. Hair dryer to melt the oil pastels

4. Cereal carton to stick the oil pastels

5. Old newspaper to cover the floor

6. Karmar Varnish spray to seal the oil painting

7. Hangers and string to be fixed onto the back of canvas frames

Second method of melting oil pastels

Total amount we spent on all the items above is less than RM100 for 3 sets of 20cm x 20cm canvas frames. We bought the 48 colors oil pastel sets, which has a lot of leftovers and we only used 3% of the Karmar Varnish spray. Therefore you would expect more oil painting projects from us in the future.

Melting oil pastels might take longer than you expect

First step – I had to ensure that the floor is covered with old newspaper. Next, we got Aufa to select about 16 colors and placed them on stickers on the cereal carton. Then, place the canvas frame slightly slanted underneath the tip of the oil pastels. After that, switch on the hair dryer and direct the heat towards the oil pastels until they melt. The colors will then flow beautifully. Of course this part of activity needs close adult supervision. We had difficulty in keeping the canvas frame slanted and for the 2nd canvas piece, hubby suggested that we break the oil pastels into smaller pieces instead. I thought it was a brilliant idea until we switched on the hair dryer and it blew off all the little pieces away. We just laughed and made a few adjustments to it and to the 3rd canvas piece.

Drying session

Second step – is to let all the melted oil pastels dry for about a day and spray on the Karmar Varnish to seal it. Once the varnish is dry, fix the hangers and string to the back of the canvas before hanging the canvas art pieces on the wall.

Lastly – VOILA! Get your kids to proudly talk about their greatest art piece to all the guests. Now my wall look less empty and more colorful. Good luck!

Aufa showing off his oil pastel project above Mama's sofa

Note : All pictures are courtesy of Ariffin Aris Visuals.

The Ariffins' Precious Art Pieces 2011

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2 Responses to “Our Precious Art Piece”

  1. Shas February 7, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    Great idea, I’m sure my kids will love this too!!

    • kureen February 8, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

      Good luck and do let me know how it turned out!

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