We got an Ikea draw set from the charity shop some time ago and it had been varnished and decorated in some animal stencils by it's previous owner and while we had always intended to redecorate it we had never gotten around to it until now lol....
We decied to give it a crackled paint effect but it didn't turn out quite right lol...it was supposed to look a little like this....
However, it turned out like this....not entirely the look we were hoping for and to be honest I'm not quite sure what went wrong; I've done this tons of times before and it's more or less fool proof. Perhaps the glue was too thin or not tacky enough when the final coat went on....or maybe the varnish wasn't sanded off properly. Nevertheless, they like it and here it is in pride of place sandwiched between the PC and the reading box, lol.
Lego has been busy with his 'D-Day' model and made the sea today...it was made with sugar, water and food colouring and scrunching the tin foil up underneath gives it a 'wave' effect and I must say I am really impressed. He researched how to make it on the Internet when I refused to buy 'fake sea' paint [or something] for £8....so he can be resourceful when he wants to eh! Once it sets rock hard he will trim off the tin foil and paint some foam and crests to the top to add to the effect. I must admit I'm getting quite excited about this model and can't wait to see it finished.
We were inspired by a Fiona on YouTube today to do some layering in the children's visual journals....they did them all themselves after watching the video with little input from me; except retrieving the materials, mopping up the spillages and the writing which they dictated - I was happy to oblige as it was almost midnight by the time the last coat had dried and they were tired! They gave their pages a base coat of paint and when that was dry they chose a second colour and painted that over the page ad hoc. They then tore up some paper and glued it on randomly over the page. After that they drew some 'patterns' over the pages in acrylic paint. The writing, which was themed around an important thing that they had learned today, the went on top! They were really, really happy with the results and so was I....we might have to do this one again!
The top one is Daisy's and the bottom one belongs to Crush; he is actually showing some artistic flare mashaAllah and gave consideration to his work with regard to the colours he chose, the way he wanted to put on the second coat [i.e. by flicking or splattering the paint], the patterns and how he wanted the writing to look - strange for a boy! or is it?
They also did some work on their Maths Whizz accounts [for the first time all Ramadan] and actually enjoyed it...a change is as good as a rest they say! We have also spent a considerable amount of time organising our classroom and sorting through the vast array of books we have....they seem reluctant to get rid of them and it's been quite frustrating to convince them that they don't need all of them and remind them that we have access to a vast number of books at a vast number of libraries! And last, but by no means least, Sprite made one of his infamous chocolate cakes which smells so yummy I'm off to get a big piece to have with my cappuccino, lol! Caio!