Making Art As A Family

Family Art From it's A Dome Life (making art with kids)
Family Art

We have been making art as a family for our living room. I bought some big canvases and a couple of large pieces of Ampersand Aquaboard so we could create a few paintings to hang on our empty walls. I am painting all of the time, but I rarely seem to get anything up on the wall. We’ve lived here close to 4 years now and many of our walls are still bare. Decorating is one of those things I always plan to do, but never seem to get to.

Making Art As a Family
Jim’s silly face

I wanted to have some paintings that also held shared memories for all of us. That seemed appropriate for the living room where we spend most of our time together. Creating the paintings together seemed like the best way to have fun and make a few memories. The first one we created using alcohol inks on Ampersand Aquabord .

Ink drips For Family Art
Ink Drips For Family Art

We all worked together dropping the ink with droppers and paint brushes. Jim even drew a funny face. We picked it up and tilted it so the ink ran in different directions. We had a blast.

Posing with family art (making art with kids)
Posing with family art.

The second one Tiny-Small and I created together. We have some Mexican furniture in our dining room and living room so we really wanted to make something that tied all of the colors together. We were inspired by a Mexican blanket that we have. Tiny-Small and I had a great time painting together. She even made up a story about the paint drips being rain and she drew a sun, with pencil, on the top of the canvas to make the rain go away. I am looking forward to hanging it on the wall with her this afternoon.

Tiny-Small Paints (making art with kids).
Tiny-Small painting the big canvas. Making art as a family is really fun.

I was debating doing some zentangle type painting over the top of it, but I think I will leave it as is for a while and see if it really needs anything else done to it. Tiny-Small is very proud of the painting she did and I worry if I paint something over it that she will feel like her contribution has been diminished. Plus, I kind of like it the way it is. Making family art for our walls is something I hope to continue doing. It makes me feel really good when my family takes part in my biggest passion.

Posing with family art (making art with kids).
Posing with family art 2 in the studio. She’s a blur because she never stops wiggling! NEVER!!!


Yesterday was the last day of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. Today all of the participants are creating collages of of their completed paintings. You might like to stop by Leslie Saeta’s blog and check out the collages. They are pretty neat to see. I like to see how some people use color or have a very specific painting style and the collages really emphasize those qualities of their work. It’s fun to see all 30 paintings in one place too.

30 Paintings in 30 days January 2015 - Lillian Connelly


Have a wonderful Saturday! Tell me a story about making family art. Have you ever done it?

One thought on “Making Art As A Family”

  1. Stunning work this month Lillian! So glad to have met you 🙂 I love these paintings you all did, so fun, and what wonderful memories! That’s the best kind of art isn’t it 🙂

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