My daughter and I have always spent a lot of time making stuff together. I'm fascinated by how our shared creative process has evolved as she gets older... for instance- using new tools (with very close supervision). Equally interesting is how much it remains the same. We love to draw. We sit together for a drawing session almost every day. Winding down in the evening... waiting for muffins to bake in the morning...
It's as good for me as it is for her... and for US. We have a "three pieces of paper" ritual. One for her work. One for mine. One for collaborations. These are all going simultaneously which keeps it loose and fun. The other day I turned one of my doodles into a stamp. I usually like to carve by myself when everyone is asleep, but I didn't feel like waiting, and it was just a little blossom anyway. At first, my daughter took my pink stamp scraps to work with. Soon she and I were holding a carving tool together. It's early for this. but I can see we'll be exploring more printing together soon.
I will be working on refining that little blossom stamp... it looks like it needs to be on fabric!
And here are some ideas for printing with children that we'll be revisiting:
-stamping with children part 1
-stamping with children part 2: pattern design