The artist trading cards we are mailing out are done. Just in the nick of time. Emma was actually on task from early on in the swap. She ended up being in 2 different swap groups, and even then she made more than she needed to. This girl does not need to be coaxed to do art in the least. I think she would sleep with cray-pas under her pillow if I'd let her.
I love how random the inspiration was for each of these, some subject matter were straight out of the book she was reading at the time, others were just thoughts, like "A Winter Dinner", above, bottom row, center (which looks very much like a grilled cheese and hot chocolate).
Seeing Ian's completely cards especially pleases me. I came very close to not signing my own son up for this swap, because I suspected the motivation to do it would be zero, and visualized it turning into a test of wills between the two of us. Ian is not an artist in the same sense as Emma is, he does not pick up blank paper and a box of markers or colored pencils and see a happy afternoon. Its tough for him. He struggles to form his letters legibly, and therefore doesn't instinctively draw for enjoyment. He would prefer to build an elaborate and detailed structure out of the tiniest Lego's he's got. But I signed him. We talked about just doing one at a time. He was game and I think in the end he really enjoyed the whole experience. I think using a tiny card as his blank canvas, instead of a larger piece of paper, gave him some confidence somehow.
You can click on each photo to be taken to the Flickr page where I've made more notes about each individual card.
Please remember that all cards should be mailed out by today, 2/28. Thanks to all that participated in this swap with Erin and I. I hope everyone enjoys the cards they are getting in the mail!
*Another fun mail order project that Lecia is collecting photos for is Flat Stanley, details at the bottom of this post. I wish I had the pics of the Flat Stanley I carried around Seattle years ago for my now 20 year old niece!