Since we have moved into our home about 18 months ago, the basement playroom has had almost no attention in regards to decor. Over February break I started the remodel.
I knew that I wanted strong art elements. Both of my children enjoy projects and I want those skills to carry over into multiple areas of play. The designs needed to be simple and display various types of expression. I decided to use the elements of art as the foundation for my designs.
I was inspired by multiple forms of design. An item from etsy inspired a bubble painting that showed color mixing. A wall decal set inspired a tree house that shows organic and geometric shapes. This one is placed above a small cubby area that is being padded, filed with pillows and stuffed animals, and quiet toys. The "tree house" will be a quiet hangout spot.
Two pieces are not yet finished. A company brochure inspired mountains to show how lines can be used to fill space, rather than simply define space. I am using 1/4 inch painters tape to help create the lines. That should be competed later today. I will update this post when it is finished.
I used clip art to create the shapes for the trees of my value study. It is doubling as a display of value and to show progression of the seasons. The bright yellows of summer fade to darker neutrals of fall and cool winter fades to fresh greens of spring. I have only done the preliminary sketch for that piece.
I also have plans for a texture study. There is a fireplace in the room that I am going block with an inset board. I'd like to do a little cave scene with animals similar to Jan Bretts' book The Mitten.
How have you used art to inspire your children's play space?
|A blurry photo of the balloons... The overlapped portions show mixed colors.|
|Tree House - AKA - Cozy Corner|
|Mountains: large outlines and beginning tape to make the fill lines|
|Preliminary sketch for color & value scale trees|