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Baby’s First Artwork

I loooooove doing crafts and being creative.
Growing up, I drew ALL the time. If I ran out of paper, I would draw on the walls.
Thinking back, I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawing, painting or stitching. I took fine art as an extra subject over and above the rest in high school and nearly every one I met said I should pursue a creative career. I went on to study software engineering. Go figure.

When I fell pregnant though, I knew I was going to be that mom. The “crafty” mom. My only hope was that my son would be as into “crafts” as I am. I think he might be.

When Seth was six months old, he happily scribbled on his dad’s Father’s Day card. I was honestly just impressed that he could hold a marker pen. He’s also been feeding himself with a spoon since then, (not bragging) so I’ve been wondering for a while whether he’d like to hold a paint brush and make some “art”.

I ordered some Crayola Washable Kids Paint from Amazon (10 colours for Β£8) and decided to give it a go.

I placed Seth, dressed in a long sleeve bib, in his highchair and taped the edges of an A4 page to the highchair’s tray so that he couldn’t scrunch it up. He wasn’t too keen on using his hands to paint and this mostly ended with him licking the paint off of his fingers. Gross. Luckily it’s non-toxic but it still didn’t make me feel comfortable.

I then dipped a paint brush into some paint and handed it to him. He loved this. He’d swipe it across the page and then spend the net few minutes trying to pick up the line that he just painted. He was so amazed and perplexed at the same time. It was really awesome to watch.

Clean up was really easy. I just rinsed everything with water and it came right off. I waited too long to put his bib in the washing machine so the paint had time to set and didn’t come out so clean. I’m sure Vanish would take care of it but I’m not phased. This can be his paint bib from now on.

The Crayola paint dried down completely matte in no time. I ironed the page to get make it nice and flat before placing it in a block frame which now hangs in his room.

I’m glad that I framed his painting. It’s such a special memory of a fun day and every time I look at it, it makes me smile. I’m chuffed.

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16 Comments

  1. Emily at theexpatmama.com

    oh so cute!i have kept almost everything my kids crafted, all in two big boxes in storage. The best one’s, or the most memorable, have been framed and are on display. Such precious memories to treasure!

  2. Kelsi AW

    What a fun craft to do with your children!! Love the colours you used here, a real artist in the making πŸ˜‰ Also didn’t know you could iron over paint, so that’s pretty neat!

  3. Eva Katona

    I think it’s a fab idea to keep and frame baby’s first drawing or painting. And I think start experimenting with crafts from early age is encouraging for them, and kind of natural too.

  4. Katie

    Ah that’s so cute. I love that you’ve framed it – definitely a lovely memory! I think I’d be the same – start them young eh! Hopefully he will grow up to love being arty as you do!

  5. sarah

    That was so cute. I also loved to keep my children’s art project. it’s good to remember those precious moments.

  6. Tina

    Awe, this is just so adorable! And such a neat idea to frame it, I love it!

  7. Rox Snedeker

    Oh this is such a cool idea, and nothing wrong with being a crafty mom πŸ™‚ What a great piece to have when your little one is older πŸ™‚

  8. Beth @ BethinaBox.com

    What a talented little lad you have. Being a crafty mum isn’t a bad thing. I used to be that Mum until I had number 4 and 5. Now I barely have time to read with them… Let alone craft with them.

  9. Colette

    Oh I love that you framed it – what a gorgeous keepsake!

  10. Ophelia T

    This post is so cute and your baby’s first artwork looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Niki

    I recently framed my girls artwork and it’s amazing how fab they look in a frame. As for the crafty mum. Imcrafty in my head but not so much in real life.

  12. Nicky

    This is so lovely! I totally appreciate it, as a nursery nurse I LOVE the kids creating art and framing it for them

  13. Jacinta

    What a lovely idea. I’m sure he’ll treasure it when he’s older.

  14. Lydia

    This makes me want to roll around in paint. Just saying.

  15. Megan

    Dude, you’re a Pinterest mom without even trying. I envy you and your love for crafting.

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