Brain storming

I have some illustration projects and this is one of them. I am working for a Japanese language book for teachers. Illustration needs to be clear and simple, then B&W.

I’m sending my sketches to the client first, then after some feedback from the client, I draw proper line with pen. I’m still at the starting point…

Simple and fun crafts with children

So now it’s a school holiday and children are with me all day! It’s nice to go out and let their energy use (otherwise my children would try to jump on the sofa or start fighting). Although, it’s also nice to do something together at home.

Decoupage

With a little help, my 3 & 5 years old daughter had a good fun!

We tried decoupage yesterday. It was surprisingly simple and very satisfying in the end.

What you need:

  • Objects you want to decorate
  • Special Glue — I used Decoupage glue, some people say PVA glue is fine but I haven’t tried with it
  • Decoration paper — We had Decopatch bland paper. It’s very thin and easily fit on any shapes on wet glued surface.

It was really simple. Glue on the object you decorate, place the small paper you want to use. then glue on it again for sealing and vanishing.

My daughters did very well with my help. Their hands were really messy in the end, so let them wash before they touch the furnitures and walls… that’s also important part of this activity!

Christmas tree with little amount of fabrics

This little Christmas tree was made at the children’s arts and craft session in the museum I worked for.

What you need:

  • Lolly stick
  • 2 Star shaped paper
  • 2 square paper for pot
  • Some fabric strips to tie on lolly stick (ideally 8-10. Depend on length of the stick)

Method is simple. Glue the 2 square paper then bind the bottom of stick from both sides. Tie fabric strips. Put star shape paper on top from both sides of sticks at the same time stick the ribbon inside too.

It doesn’t matter if they look a bit strange shape and not perfect in the end. Most important things are how you engaged and had fun!

Encourage children how beautiful their little creations are :)

Japanese New Year’s cards

My children are half Japanese and half English. I try to teach them Japanese language, not only speaking but writing, reading and culture too. Some Japanese mums and I made a Japanese study group for our children and we meet every 2 weeks.

This time, I decided to let children making a Japanese new year’s card. I made a sample; あけましておめでとうございます means ‘ Happy New Year”. れいわにねん(令和二年) is ‘the second year of a Reiwa (second year of our current emperor), then name under that. We often use the illustration of Year of animals on the card too.

Children are creative than we expect. I was so impressed with the cards they made like these!

定期的に開いている日本語勉強会で、日本の年賀状を子供たちに作ってもらいました。「あけましておめでとうございます」を知らない子も沢山いる中で、ひらがなもさることながら、子供たちが一番夢中になったのは子年のイラスト。本当に個性的な作品が出来上がりました。

The last one is my 3 years daughter’s..

最後のはうちの3歳児の作品。

Teatime in the garden

This is my recent commissioned work. I had some reference pictures of the garden, this lovely couple and their dog separately, but this tea time scene was created from my imagination. I’m so glad the commissioner was like this picture, and it’s going to be a Christmas present to her parents.

最近依頼された絵が描き上がりました。参考に、このお庭の写真と、ここにいるご夫婦と犬の写真をばらばらに見せていただいて、ここにある風景は想像で描きました。依頼主はとても喜んでくれたのでほっとしています。この絵は彼女(依頼主)のご両親へのクリスマスプレゼントだそうです。

Making calendar with nursery children

I had an opportunity to make next year calendar for nursery children. My idea was using bubble art to make texture and I use the texture for the pattern of hot air balloons.

I prepared bubble mix with 3 different food colorings (pink, yellow and blue). I tried before I let children do in nursery and I realised I need coloring more than I expected. But if I put too much food colouring, the bubble mixture became weak.

保育園で、来年のカレンダー作りを担当する事になりました。私の元々のアイデアは、子供たちにシャボン玉アートで模様を作ってもらい、それで気球をデザインするというものです。

アイデアを思いついたものの、シャボン玉アートを試すのは初めてだったので、家でシャボン玉の原液と食用色素で色のついたシャボン玉の液を作る事に。色の具合を見ながら、食用色素を結構足したのですが、今度はシャボン玉液が薄くなってしまったりして、試行錯誤でした。

Also, when I let children blow the colour bubbles, I realised some small children can’t do it. Some children started making colour water and splashed on the paper, some children pop the bubbles if I make bubbles for them.

さらに、いざ2、3歳児にシャボン玉を作らせようとすると、彼らが思うようにシャボン玉をフーッと吹けない事に気付かされました。それで子供たちは、シャボン玉液に手をつけてジャブジャブと紙の上にかけたり、私が作ったシャボン玉を手で割ったりして面白い模様をたくさん作りました。

One of the nursery teacher said, “this is what 2-3 years old can do, so it’s fine!”

Anyway, this is the result of the calendars. I could do more but I think this is still cute.

もっと沢山模様をつくりたかったのですがある先生は、「これがあの子達ができるベストだからいいんじゃない」と言われて少しホッとしました。欲張って色々盛り込みたかったけれど、これはこれでシンプルで良いかと思っています。