Exploring Art Supplies
Yesterday I took my older children to a performance of CSI: Live! Since I had no little ones along with me, and since we were just around the corner from the art supply store I’ve been wanting to check out, we took the plunge.
My children were like kids in a candy store. It was their dream come true…colored pencils, paints, clay…papers in all shapes, textures and sizes…calligraphy sets, calligraphy ink…huge blank canvases and itty-bitty blank canvases…art books galore.
My goal was to purchase new colored pencils. For years we’ve been using Prismacolor and been happy with them. The have beautiful bright, vibrant colors. This last year or so, however, they have been breaking like crazy. And not from misuse. I have purchased new tins of Prismacolors (which come unsharpened) only to immediately sharpen them two-thirds of the way down to get the lead not to break. Then I put the pencil to paper, and it breaks once again. Prismacolors are fragile and need to be treated with care, but this was getting ridiculous. I’m 34, I ought to be able to sharpen a pencil (and yes, we were using the sharpeners Prismacolor suggested) without it breaking repeatedly.
So yesterday we purchased Faber-Castell pencils, and so far, so good. The children are loving them and not one has a broken tip!
Judah and Tilly have been really into cartooning lately, so when they requested this book, I was happy to oblige. And just look at the results! This is the first figure Tilly (11) drew out of the book.
I love that Hezekiah (5) grabbed the new Dover Sea Monster coloring book and chose to copy the picture and draw his own, instead of coloring the one in the book. Such creativity and confidence!