We paint alot but one of the painting sessions that stands out in my mind the most is when we painted river stones. On this particular day I set us up outside as it was a cooler morning last summer in late August. My son had already started back at school so it was just me and Tiffany. I laid down a large blanket on our patio, collected some rocks from our garden, included lots of different color paints and of course glitter, can't forget the glitter!!
Nothing compares to painting outdoors! Personally, when we paint indoors even when I'm careful with covering our work area I'm a bit on edge! And I feel that I stifle my daughter in her work because I'm worried about what the paint will get on. But I take a deep breath and hope for the best. This is why, for us, painting outdoors is the best way to paint and create and without worry!
Tiffany painted SO many rocks that we ran out of the river stone rocks we had in our garden (and we have alot!) Of course the rain eventually washed our rocks clean and so we still have those rocks available to paint again in the future! Tiffany painted away and poured glitter until her little heart was content! And when I say poured glitter I mean poured glitter! For this activity we used both the shake on glitter and glitter pens. Tiffany was very proud of her pretty and very 'girly' rocks! We literally spent 3 hours painting and I know this because my son had just started back at school and only had a half day. We went out right after dropping my son at the bus and we stayed out until 30 minutes before picking him back up!
Tiffany was calling her rocks 'Princess rocks' and so I gave her a wand that I had picked up at Michael's and let her decorate it. I thought it would be a nice addition to her 'Princess rocks.' She spread on glitter, glitter glue and decorated it with lots of beads!!
What a great way to spend a summer morning! Even though this painting session was almost a year ago I remember it vividly and fondly and now that the weather is nice again I can't wait to get back to our outdoor painting sessions!
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