This project is a bit of a craft fail. Proof that not all crafts turn out picture-perfect over here in blog world. This one really is my fault. After all, I was the one who gave a pair of two-year-olds paint and potato stamps. What did I really expect? Fine art?
Don’t get me wrong. We had a TON of fun. I cut a potato in half, and carved two heart-shaped stamps into each half. Then, I taped a roll of craft paper to the dining table, and the twins went to town.
Everything started out really great. I showed R & B how to dip the potato stamp into the paint, and then make heart shapes on the paper. Miss. B. kept enthusiastically declaring “Heart! Heart!” with each new stamp of the potato.
We quickly discovered that it would be much quicker to just rub the potato stamp around on the paper – much like a brush. Instead of cute pink and red hearts, we had blobs and smears. It eventually got to the point that the paper was beginning to warp and wear away.
But I must say the most memorable part of this project was Sir R’s reaction to getting paint on his hands. No matter how small the amount, if R had paint on even a finger, he would declare “Eww!” and wait for me to wipe his hand clean. We obviously haven’t explored with finger paints in this house!
That evening, after the twins went to bed, I pulled out the paint supplies again. The paper from earlier that day was pretty much unusable, so I got to stamping. I stamped enough craft paper to make four 8.5″ by 11″ sheets.
Then, I printed 4×6 pictures of the twins doing their project. I cropped down the pictures and then taped them to the painted craft paper, which served as a “frame.”
Simple enough! I wrote the holiday and year on the back with a Sharpie, as I do with all grandparent holiday crafts and gifts.
I do feel a little bit guilty about not using the twins’ painting on this one. Maybe with a little bit of practice, we will have mastered potato art by next Valentine’s Day!