First day of school.
Two sweet things I heard today:
1. First grade boy: 'Mrs. Mitchell, you are the best.'
2. Kindergarten girl: "Um, can I tell you sumpthin? You have....beautiful hair."
Heart meltingly sweet!!!
I totally rocked my LoveTaza headband today!! To see pictures from my other art room, click here.
I learned how to make the styrofoam 3-D blocks in college.
Follow these instructions and email me if you have any questions:
1. Basically you just cut the foam using a handsaw into a shape that you like.
2. Using regular white Elmer's glue, you 'draw' your lettering, lines, designs....whatever you want to STAY RAISED UP....if that makes sense.
3. Let the white glue dry.
4. Heat the foam with a torch. (Do this step outside...I wear a mask. I use a little propane torch from Home Depot.)
5. The torch melts away all of the foam except for where the dried white glue is....it creates a really cool relief effect.
6. Paint the foam. I used cheapy school tempera paint! I painted all of the raised up areas white and all of the edges and sunken areas with a solid color so the relief would be more prominent.
A few years ago, I fell in love with a paint set in a Pottery Barn Kids catalog. I wanted it so bad, but it was really too expensive for my classroom decoration budget...I found these long white scraps of foam in the trash and created my own watercolor strip with the torch technique. I just need to buy the huge paint brush (or make one) to hang above it. The foam is super light so it will stay up on the concrete walls.
The anticipation of the first day must be similar to jumping out of an airplane (I wouldn't know, I can only imagine)....all the anxiety, fear, anticipation...and then all goes well, the chute opens and you float down to earth and go on living your day-to-day life.
Today I jumped, floated and tomorrow I go on living, teaching and taking each day as it comes.