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.
It’s also a fresh, clean surface to start the week. Very inviting!!
I’m often asked about our craft paper — I pick it up at our hardware store and you can also find this craft paper on Amazon, (Amazon links) or something similar in some craft stores.
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.
With the paper off the table, we’re happy with this inspiring new surface and 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.
Notice Friday’s Flower Collages are now up on the wall for us to enjoy.
Tools for an art space evolution:
Craft paper to cover the table.
Blue tape, for taping paper to the table.
Not shown here, we cover the table with oil cloth when painting with drippy watercolors. You can find this in hardware stores, usually sold by the foot, or online.
How does your art table transform across a week? And do you cover your art table with paper?
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