From My (son’s) Sketchbook

My 3 year old is just getting to the point that he draws actual things instead of just lines and scribbles. I haven’t really pushed it to be honest, because I don’t want him to start thinking that every piece of artwork has to look like something. I think that line of thought leads to 10 year olds who complain that their drawings are perfect realism. Maybe that stage is unavoidable. We’ll see.

Anyway, here’s what he drew recently.


It’s 3 fish. If you still can’t see it, check out his inspiration.

ImageThis is a toy fish that came in a little bento box set from Ikea. The middle strip is velcro and there are pieces that can go on top of it like this.


It really is quite cute and clever, and the kid LOVES it.

I love his drawing of it.

From My Sketchbook

Any time I’ve been looking at lots of fabric, I find that if I close my eyes I see patterns. It doesn’t happen when I’m trying to think of ideas. It’s more like I’m putting a baby to sleep and close my eyes for a second or two and there it is, some very specific design. Sometimes I can figure out what influences have mixed together in my mind to inspire the image and sometimes I can’t. Occasionally, one will stick with me and I just have to put it down on paper. That happened yesterday. With one child napping and the other playing happily I sat down with some oil pastels to get it out.


Oil pastels would not have been my first choice for this design, but they were handy and had the yellow ochre color I was looking for. It ended up a little thick, but records the thought enough that I’ll be able to go back to it in the future. I also did a charcoal sketch of the design that captures the line quality I wanted a little better.


Side Note- I also discovered my new favorite medium for removing such oily art supplies from hands: Coconut oil. According to my Pinterest feed it’s all the rage so I had some in the bathroom to try as a shaving cream alternative (which I highly recommend). It didn’t take much to rub around on my fingers and remove the pastels.

I think the inspiration for this came from two places:

The new bedspread, throw pillow, and cloth napkins (to make more throw pillows) that we just bought:


and Anna Maria Horner’s new linen collection, specifically this fabric:


(You can read more about the Field Study LInens here: