Happy Monday everyone! I love Mondays. I know, I’m a weirdo. But Mondays are like getting New Year’s day every week. It’s a chance to start fresh, focus up, and set a course for feeling successful by Friday.
Mondays are also my creative days. One of my favorite intentional living authors, Tsh Oxenreider, once said that we should create before we consume. When Tsh said it, she meant that we should put good work out before taking any more in. Swallow your frogs before you check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or the local news. I like to apply this idea to my weeks as well as my days, so in a broader sense I like to do my creative work early in the week and save the less creative, more educational and shall we say…managerial…work for later in the week.
While I write almost every day, I save my artsy work for Mondays so that throughout my week, as I use the things I have created in my other work, I am surrounded by beauty and a sense of accomplishment that carries me through to the weekend.
Mondays can be a great time to do arts and crafts with the kids as well. After a weekend of hard play and running around and many times overindulgence, taking time to make a simple, beautiful piece of art is often meditative and calming and it allows them to work with their hands, rather than their whole bodies, creating a restorative respite from the chaos of being a kids. At least it does for us.
At this time of year, one of our favorite evening crafts is creating crop art. Crop art is creating artwork out of harvested items. This can be as complex as bean mosaics or as simple as making food stampers. Witch so much still growing in the garden and so much more dying off and drying out with the onset of fall there is an abundance of beauty available to harvest and display.
My kids are still young so mosaics are a bit more stressful for them (and me) so we tend not to use them as a calming activity. But food stampers and nature painting are a great, simple, easy to prep and oversee craft that kids love. All you need are a few crafting supplies and some ingenious kids.
Food stamper and Nature painting supplies
- A variety of tempera paints (fall colors are nice this time of year)
- Paint brushes (wider ones make for easier application)
- Paper or blank canvases
- Apples, oranges, and/or potato halves, leaves, flower
heads, or any other items found in the back yard.
- Glass of water and paper towels for rinsing.
Once you have all of your supplies this craft is as simple as brushing the items with as much or as little paint as you like and pressing them to the paper. Go with what feels pleasing to the eye and you can’t go wrong.
What I like most about this craft is that it is as simple as can be and requires very little supervision, which is great when I am trying to cook dinner. Plus the prints are always so unique and pretty. It is really amazing the things that the kids come up with using such basic items.
Happy painting and Happy Monday!