11.18.2011

Coloring...

drawing
As a child, I had a babysitter who let us draw all over her basement walls. The walls and ceiling were absolutely covered with drawings from all of the kids she'd watched over the years. I remember thinking, "We can draw on your walls?! What?!?!". Each day I'd draw and draw and draw, and I really think that kind of creative freedom was one of the reasons I wanted to be an artist. Yesterday, on a whim, I let EZ E and Kicky draw all over the walls of their bedroom. It was awesome to see them both so engrossed in making something. We drew for two hours. Two whole hours! Note the kind of gross Gary Baseman screenprint hanging above EZ E's bed...he picked it out from a stash of posters we have and wanted it hung right above his bed. I digress. Here they are at the beginning, both a little tentative...

drawingthen Kicky takes off...

drawingthen EZ E...

drawingIt helped to have EZ E's sock monkey muse there for inspiration...

wallpaper
drawingWe were all pretty thrilled with the results. Eventually, we're planning to remodel the 2nd floor and will probably end up covering their work, but they're officially allowed to color on the walls in their bedroom until then. Oh, and so is mommy.

22 comments:

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

what a fun mama you are!

Jodi Ann said...

that is completely awesome!

zoƫ {Conversation Pieces} said...

Aww, I woud have loved to do this as a kid! Maybe you should get them drawing on rolls of blank wallpaper and then sell it as a designer wallpaper? ;)

Nancy said...

This is so great! I remember my little bro doing this as a kid and we weren't allowed. He got in so much trouble!!

marisa said...

hooray! when i was growing up, a friend of mine lived in a house that was destined to be mostly torn down and rebuilt in a couple of years (her father was a builder), and we were allowed to write on her bedroom walls. it was awesome.

house of violetta said...

this is ridic cool. they will remember this forever!

A Craig said...

Just one more reason you are a rocking mama. Keep it up!

Sandy said...

So cool. As a teenager my parents let me and my friends write and sign my walls and ceiling. They were covered. I loved it. I miss those walls still to this day. I'll never forget it or that they let me.

Stephanie said...

love this.

Sierra said...

Oh what fun! Lucky kidlets!!

ilana said...

Abbey-I love this idea!

katemakes said...

Fantastic - my artist mom used to let us drag out the entire contents of the linen closet to make forts all over the yard. Years later my sister and I caught our 2 yr old and 3 yr old drawing on the walls (rental house BTW) with jiffy markers. The 3 yr old blamed it on the little one til we measured them and realized he couldn't have possibly reached up so high!

Karen said...

You are an awesome mom! As a young child I drew a scene from Speed Racer on my mom's freshly wallpapered kitchen wall and she was not impressed-- but I still remember the drawing and the thrill of it.

Byrdi said...

We had a concrete wall behind my house when I was little. We always painted it with tempera paint. Another time, my parents friends were going to cover the wooden beams in their house (they were exposed beams in the ceiling) and let me draw all over it. It was awesome.

kristin said...

we got to do this before we painted our rooms. it was the greatest. :)

frecklewonder said...

this is freaking liberating.

you know how many times i've said "only draw on paper!" over my 10.5 years of being a mom?

TOO MANY.

today dotty took the scissors to her hair for the first time, while making some little collages, and the old me would have maybe freaked out a little bit... but... you know what? fuggetaboutit. I am SO letting my kids draw on some walls!

thanks, abbey!

goosefairy said...

We did this in our old home in Texas in our daughter's room. The room was covered with things from her, her friends, us and her grandparents. We then moved to Maryland and several years later came back for a visit and found out the house had been sold (again) and was going to be torn down. We got permission to go inside and take what we wanted. Her room had since been covered up with sheetrock but we tore the sheetrock off and her drawings were still there. We cut out several big pieces and took them with us. It was quite cathartic for her.

Make sure you keep something of this before covering it up. I think your children will thank you for it.

Holly said...

love this idea. I have been wanting to do just this in my 7 year old's room--nice to see your results.

Elizabeth said...

I love this idea, and I love everyone's stories here in the comments, too.

Fairly Odd Mother said...

My parents let me do this when I was a pre-teen (my strict, neat parents!)---I think I had written a little tiny thing in pencil next to my bed and when my mom saw it, she shrugged and said, "eh, we'll paint your room someday". I ended up with a big magic marker rainbow, the name of every classic rock band, all my friends' signatures in a space of about 2 feet next to my bed. I loved that spot. Years later, after college, my dad repainted that room and, boy, did I hear about it. They laughed about it but it did take him about 5 coats to cover that rainbow! LOL.

Ilyse Brainin said...

As a reading/writing teacher all I can say is what I see...I see two BOYS (notorious for hating to write) practicing their pen hold, while making meaningful marks that are celebrated by their parents and everyone else who sees them...do you think they will grow up to be the reluctant writers my colleagues write books about?
Nope!
Awesome!!

Louise de Pour Toujours... said...

When I was a kid my dad had allowed my brothers and I to draw on a wall in the basement that he wanted to paint later. But he forgot to tell my mom. When she saw the wall all covered with drawings she screamed and couldn't believe my dad had given us permission to do this.

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