“I Feel Teal” by Lauren Rille

We love painting in our house. So, when I came across this lovely book, “I Feel Teal” written by Lauren Rille and illustrated by Aimée Sicuro, I felt inspired to plan another fun painting project for the kids. This book is quickly becoming one of my favourites because of how expressive and beautifully Illustrated it is. I appreciate how it poetically refers to non-traditional colours such as teal, scarlet, lilac, and ecru! We can feel and experience every shade, of every colour. Published by Beach Lane Books.

Inspired Activity: Colourful Name Portraits

Supplies used for this project:

  • 8 x 10 canvas (purchased at Michaels)
  • Cricut vinyl name cutouts or painters tape works just as well
  • Various colours of acrylic paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Water for rinsing brushes and paint

I prepared each canvas for the girls, carefully placing their cutout vinyl names on the canvas. Vinyl can be sticky and tricky, so I took my time with it but mostly I didn’t worry about it looking perfect because it did not matter. Once the canvases were prepared, we set up shop and the girls painted away, every colour they were feeling that day! My oldest and I helped my youngest with her painting; the end results were lovely!

In a Public Library setting:

This same project can be applied to any maker discovery activity or youth programming in the library by simplifying the supplies. For example, instead use white card stock paper and painters tape. In this case paint, markers, crayons, etc. nearly any colourful tool could work.

Since younger children in a library setting need more supervision, a project like this would be best suited for children ages 8 years-old and up. Another exciting option could be to create a Cricut MakerSpace for Teens, allowing them to explore this creative technology by providing them the tools to re-create a similar project.

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