I am in love with everyone today. I'm in love with sunny summer weather, yard salers, people who mat and frame, kids, the world, and YOU!
What puts me in such a mood, you say? Cheap (and free!) art supplies!!! The cheap ones are above. My friend Sarah called me this morning about an art supply yard sale. Apparently the guy was an art supply wholesaler who was liquidating older stock. Almost everything was 2 for $1, including watercolor paper, markers, paint brushes, and tempera cakes. I spent all the cash in my wallet. I couldn't help myself. And besides, while I own a cell phone I rarely use it and haven't spent the time to figure out how to program peoples numbers into it. Embarrassing but true. So I just decided to buy extra and let friends and art group folks buy them off me if they want.
And here's the free stuff. I called a local frame shop yesterday to ask if they have any mat and frame scraps that they would give me for the art group. They were more than happy to let me carry off their remnants! We're going to make wood scrap sculptures with the art group this summer as well as possibly kid-made frames, both ideas from MaryAnn Kohl's book Scribble Art. The frame pieces can be used for both, and the mat pieces can be used for drawing and painting on, as well as to glue frame pieces around the edges to frame artwork. Not that I have space to store all this, and Harry might grumble, but it's such lovely stuff that I think will be put to excellent use this summer that I am making room.
Okay, here's the giveaway. I wanted to share my happy day and good fortune with you all, so will be giving away the above supplies in a random drawing. Tell me your favorite art material(s) or your children's favorite art material(s) by commenting on this blog post by Wednesday, June 17th, 12 Midnight EST and you will be entered into the drawing. The winner receives a packet of Molly's Majestic watercolor paper, 6 blank books (great for writing and illustrating stories), a set of brushes, a box of pencils, a set of Prang tempera cakes, and three boxes of Prang markers (bold, tropical, and pastel). Who wouldn't like to receive a box of art supplies in the mail? Your family will be happily drawing, painting, and creating all summer long...