I'm so used to blogging as a way to brainstorm, I can't imagine doing it any other way anymore. Why take handwritten notes when you can have live links to project and pictures which inspire you? I usually blog little projects and make web pages for big projects (like developing a main lesson block).
I have always wanted to make black walnut ink and have us practice our penmanship with it. And ever since I heard that the Declaration of Independence was written with pokeberry ink... well... it goes without saying that I want to try making that too!
The great thing about homeschooling is that your "I always wanted to do that..." things come to life! Here is my brainstorm process in action:
- we are already planning on working with fountain pens this year, so this would be perfect!
we could compose poetry inspired by the Farm and then write it in our ink
and, actually, we are in our "Wonder, Wish & Surprise" creative writing block so that would be an awesome fit!
- I want to move away from fabric dyeing for now because we want to do framed art, but I think we can definitely dye some wool and cotton yarns and use them in knitting or weaving projects in the classroom
looks like this would be really fun for the kids! we could use the plants from the medicinal herb garden...
there are also projects like this in Nature's Art Box - Hammering on Paper on page 107, Hammering on Cloth on page 109, Fantastic Creatures on page 117, Painting with Petals and Leaves on page 130
Nature's Art Box: From t-shirts to twig baskets, 65 cool projects for crafty kids to make with natural materials you can find anywhere
it would be so fun to do this, maybe with geometric designs carved into old wine corks!
- The vein side of the leaf was inked with a big brush and white paint. Composition and positive and negative space was emphasized. Some students used overlapping to create depth. The background was sponge painted with white and blue leaving black around the edges of the leaves to create contrast. Colored pencils were used to add color to the leaves.
I'm going to assume from the images that this was done on black paper.
Having considered all of that, here are my current thoughts about what I'd like us to do. Feel free to chime in, give feedback, and make suggestions!
Session One: collect black walnuts and pokeweed berries, start ink making processes, write poetry about being at the Farm
Session Two: use black walnut ink and pokeweed ink, create block printing design, use fountain pens to add words from our poetry
Session Three: collect leaves, do "Fantastic Creatures" hammering activity from Nature's Art Box
Session Four: collect leaves, do printing & painting activity from Artsonia