Tuesday, October 29, 2013

family blocks


Our scrap wood bin is one of my favorite places to grab supplies for my creative projects. Lucy still loves sorting and playing with block so I was inspired to use some larger scraps of wood to create some quirky blocks, complete with simple little illustrations of our family and things that she loves! 

I started by sanding down the wood to get rid of any potential splinters.

Next I got busy painting and this was a fun step to include Lucy in. We started by painting all of the wood white and then went back with messy color.


Then I painted really fast, expressive and quirky portraits.

I didn't care about perfection or realism- instead I was trying to simply capture everyone in a fun and childlike way! Lucy sat next to me the entire time and loved talking about each person as I painted.


The result is an entire collection (that I will be continuing to add to) of family portraits that she is obsessed with sorting and lining up. They are perfect for play but also make fun decoration for a bookshelf or even a centerpiece for a table!




32 comments:

Anna Bonfill said...

great project!

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debi said...

I love, love your brightly colored blocks! I'm going to dig through our scrap wood pile. Thanks for sharing!

livethegoldenrule said...

Very clever!! They turned out just beautiful! I like the idea of you adding to them ;D Lucy's hair is growing long and beautiful, like her Mama's.

Erin Fish said...

Your creativity is amazing. These are beautiful for adults and children alike.

Julie | alonewithmytea said...

You could make a nativity set like this! I love nativity sets and hope to have a large and varied collection someday. :)

Nancy Jamba said...

What a great idea. It's even better that you did it together and can continue it on any theme too. Lucy is growing up so fast,soon she will say the topic she prefers, maybe.

I'm curious why I get emails from you on an irregular basis?

Hally (Raczek) said...

Super:))))

Joanne said...
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Joanne said...

OMG...Lucy is SO cute! I love the little video clips of her. Great idea with they blocks - so cute. I love how Lucy is holding the paint brush...she's got the talent in her!!!

Nicol said...

Very inspiring! Love the idea!

astr!d said...

what fun!!! and i love watching little lucy videos!! she has the sweetest little vice!!

Pamela Rosenberg said...

These are really fun... and marketable. Loved the video of you and your daughter. It took me back to when my girl was this age. Such a wonderful time in life and it keeps getting better. :D
pam @ BeColorful.

Anonymous said...

You're so creative with toys and such…maybe you should do a kid line! I could see it being a great success.

maeve said...

You must never sleep - your mind abuzz with creative ideas all the time!!! These blocks are a great idea, and I LOVE that Lucy always participates in your creative endeavors. She is adorable (love that little video!) and will grow up to be creative like her parents. I agree that this could be a cool product for children.

Valérie GUEGUIN said...

Extra!

dawn said...

I love these and that video is adorable. What a sweet little voice she has and excited about her new blocks. Way to go Alisa!!

Shelley Yoshiwara said...

You constantly amaze me with your creativity! You always come up with the best ideas that don't cost an arm and a leg, are creative and so stinkn' cute!! thanks so much for sharing your artistic soul!!

Joy Hellman said...

What a great idea to do the tons of wood squares that I have. Thanks Joy

TamiV said...

I just wanted to say "Thank You" for your generous spirit. Your art is wonderful, and the fact that you share tutorials is awesome. We, your "followers", are blessed by your creativity and open heart.

PJay O said...

Very cute!

Sharon Stanley said...

this is one of the cutest art projects i've ever seen! she is just adorable holding that paint brush and looks like a pro already!

Brooke said...

Alisa these are so fun!
I love the videos of Lucy, most of the time I have no idea what she's saying but it's adorable!

Zorana said...

You are a creative powerhouse! Meaningful and fun! I would probably have fun playing with those blocks :-)

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Awesome!!!!

Debra Kapellakis said...

Fun, personalized, learning, BRAVO! When I first saw them I thought they were for hanging. Brilliant idea. as always thank you for sharing

Cathy Huer said...

They are so cool! Inspiring as always...

Karin said...

A wonderful idea!
Lucy makes it much more fun ...... sweet!

Greetings
Karin

Haley said...

I LOOOOVE these! This is such a great idea. I also really love the video

Claudia said...

The blocka are awesome BUT LU is the bomb!!!!

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