Over the course of a week, our art table gets worked pretty hard.
My kids begin almost every morning with some kind of making that may involve markers, colored pencils, tape, glue, or paint. And then there’s the occasional snack or meal that go along with art-making when my girls are too busy to stop the magic for food.
I thought it might be fun to take a look at how the table evolves throughout the week.
Here we go…
I’m attracted to the fresh start of clean, brown craft paper. Even though the surface of our art table is covered with paint stains, I find that the paper covering gives my children (and me) more freedom to drip paint, and along with that comes peace of mind.
I’m often asked about our craft paper — I pick it up at our oversized hardware store for about $14/roll. If you’d like to order some online, this craft paper on Amazon looks like it’s the same product.
Ah, isn’t that clean table-top lovely?!
A few days later, the table is covered with dry paint drips, watercolor splits, and pencil marks. My kids sometimes take this as an opportunity to use the craft paper itself as inspiration for new pieces of art.
At some point we deem that the soaked/torn/dirty craft paper has served us well and we roll it up to recycle. We then spend a day or two with dry media like markers, stickers, and crayons.
And breakfast. That’s important too.
Finally, we’re ready to get back to painting and otherwise mucky art, so I recover the table and make it an inviting scene once again.
A question for you…
How does your art table transform across a week? And do you cover your art table with paper?
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