Picture books make the best gifts, even for adults. This one was gifted to me while I was pregnant with our second daughter, Miss I. I remember ugly crying so hard after I read it for the first time. It has the softest illustrations and most sentimental message about a mother and her child walking through the stages of life. I still can’t get through the last page without my voice cracking a bit.
I continue to read this beautiful story to my girls, because it’s my favorite and because I want to share with them the beauty of a full and memorable life, even with the ups and downs.
After the story we decided to make each other love notes. The girls wanted to try experimenting with snow and tissue paper, so we did just that with some white paper doilies.
Someday by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.
Story Art Inspiration: Snowy tissue paper hearts
We’ve seen lots of prime examples of colorful tissue paper artwork floating around the web this month, and although we didn’t actually have Bleeding Tissue Paper (which produces more vivid colors when wet) we still went along with it. It was a neat experiment on a cold wintry day, as we watched the snow melt and the colors begin to come out.
Step 1: Gather your supplies. You’ll need white paper hearts or plain white paper, a container for your artwork to melt in, tissue paper, and snow (or water if you’re desperate).
Step 2: Lay your white heart shape down in the container and let your little one cover it with a layer of tissue paper squares. Once they’re happy with the arrangement start adding snow! You really don’t need much, just enough to cover the paper and saturate it.
Step 3: Let it sit for a bit and melt, and watch as the colors start coming out onto the paper. Once the snow has melted into water, take out the heart and lay it flat on a paper towel.
Step 4: When the piece is semi-dry, lift up the tissue paper to reveal which colors left an imprint. This was the most fun in my opinion. A few of our tissue papers didn’t leave much of a mark, which was surprising, but also interesting to the girls.
Step 5: Let dry completely and then hang it up. Beautiful!