TURN YOUR KID’S ART INTO A MODERN MASTERPIECE

I’m often amazed at how much kids love drawing. Even those kids who then grew up to be investment bankers would spend hours telling a simple story through paint, markers, pencils or the whole lot altogether.

I don’t have kids yet, but at home we’re often gifted with beautiful explosions of colour by our friends’ talented children. But having a chat with Clem (who has three of those), she quietly confessed that the majority of their artwork does end up in the recycling bin after a while. There’s just so much to keep! Which, to her own admission is a bit of a shame, especially when you think that for the kids each one of those masterpieces is a Mona Lisa.

But how can you choose the right Mona Lisa to display? And also, why is children’s art so often relegated to the fridge door or to their room? Actually, I think it would be really exciting for the little ones to see their work alongside any of your other paintings, vintage posters, or expensive screen prints.

During that chat with Clem I remembered seeing an interesting project on an Italian blog to display your kids’ art in a modern way, which you can actually create with your child. But I really couldn’t remember where, so we decided to try our own version with the help and collaboration of young Master Maiwenn.

Here’s how to fashion the first framed masterpiece of your little Damien Hirsts

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  • A selection of your child’s art – better if they’re paintings or watercolours
  • Circle cutter 5 cm in diameter
  • Scissors
  • Long ruler
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Glue stick
  • A square box frame (we used a 50cm x 50cm frame)
  • A piece of card to fit into the frame

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1. Round up a stack of  your kid’s art, the more colourful and abstract the better. Then select the areas you’d like to focus on for your circles – you can choose together so it’s a collaborative effort. For our picture we cut 36 circles, but this number will depend on the size of your frame and I suggest you make a lot more than you need, so you can choose how to position them afterwards. Also, most circle cutters work best from a straight edge, so you might need to roughly cut out your chosen areas with scissors first before you use the precision cutter.

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2. Lay out your circles on the piece of card and arrange into your desired pattern. Then stack the circles on one side, making a mental note of how you placed them (and maybe take a quick pic on your phone for reference).

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3. Then mark a grid on your card using a pencil and ruler: imagine a grid where the four points of a circle, North, South, East and West, are marked. This will ensure that all your dots are precisely aligned, à la Damien – this is the tricky part where your GCSE maths will come in!

Here’s what we did for our 50 x 50 cm frame:

  • First make four little marks on each corner of the card – two at 5 x 2.5 cm in and two at 2.5 x 5 cm in.
  • Align your ruler to the 5 x 2.5 cm in mark and then mark the paper every 8 cm, until you reach the mark at the other side of the card.
  • Aligning the ruler to the 2.5 x 5 cm mark this time, mark again at 5 cm, then 3, then 5 again, continuing alternating between 5 and 3 until you reach the mark at the other side.
  • Repeat these last two points on each side of the card.
  • And, starting from one side, mark the rest of the card following the same patterns.
  • Lost already? I know it might be difficult to understand, but it makes sense when you are actually doing it, trust me – or scroll down for details of our craft workshop below!

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4. Now the fun begins. Realign each circle within the four dots you have created for each of them and glue them one by one. Just be careful when you stick them down because it’s easy to smear the paint everywhere when it gets wet with glue.

5. Let it dry and then frame it.

6. Then choose the best spot in the house to hang and invite friends and family along to the private viewing…

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*** COME TO OUR WORKSHOP! ***

 

Like what you see? Join our kid-friendly workshop on Monday 13th April (aka last day of the Easter holidays, see what we did?), from 10am-12pm, at BOXPARK, Shoreditch, London, and walk away with a beautiful framed art piece to hang on the wall, or give as a gift.

What you’ll need to bring along:

A bundle of your kid’s brightest abstract paintings (plus, create a few more on the day!)
2 hours to spare on a Monday morning
£20 entry fee

What you’ll walk away with:

A beautiful 50 x 50 cm one-off graphic art piece, framed and ready to hang.

To reserve your workshop place (spaces are limited to 20), email us quick smart at thisisladyland@gmail.com.  See you there!

 

Photography: Bella Binns
Styling: Clementine Larvor

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