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Art Scouting: Picks for Kids

Sep 20, 2013

by Abbey Nova

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When I was a graduate student, I spent some time researching nursery wallpaper from the turn of the century. In looking at photographs of nurseries from that period (roughly 1900-1910), I was shocked by how little was on the walls and how few toys were in each room — perhaps only a wallpaper trim and a single stuffed animal. As any parent, aunt, uncle, or visitor to Apartment Therapy can attest, things have changed in the last 100 years.

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Lisauntitled

Walking Through Childhood’s City. Giclée print of a batik composition.

It is a relatively modern idea that children are not just “little adults” and should have toys, objects and yes, art, made just for them. Science has shown that children start absorbing visual information almost immediately after birth and can distinguish between humans and objects three weeks later.

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PerlaAnne

Hand-carved linoleum block print.

At first children are most interested in high-contrast images, which has lead to an entire cottage industry of black and white flashcards for children. Those are the tip of the iceberg — a quick search for art for kids on Etsy turns up dreamy, soothing pastels, bold and linear colorful pieces, works that are educational (like alphabet charts or images of animals), and works that are imaginary (fairies and dreamscapes).

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LouiseArtStudio

Fine art print of an ink and watercolor illustration.

In buying art for my own son, I found I kept thinking about the research on the importance of pretend play in early childhood development. Telling stories, it turns out, is important because it helps build something experts call “executive function,” which in turn builds our ability to control our emotions, pay attention and, ultimately, learn.

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minouette

Sailing Ship IV. Block print with mixed papers.

Today in Alex’s room, you’ll find art that lends itself towards starting a story and his own art work, too.  One of my favorite pieces is a blue print of a lighthouse. At night Alex and I tell stories about who lives there, what they do, and the shipwrecks and rescues that have happened on the rocks below.

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EmilyandKeating

Red House. Embroidery thread and vintage photograph on fabric.

In the deluge of products geared toward children, I find solace in the idea that art hung in a bedroom can both inspire the imagination and soothe at bedtime.

Did you have art in your bedroom growing up? What art pieces have you chosen for the children in your life?

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2 FOR 1 SALE - Fun T. Rex dinosaur decor art print for kids rooms: Pizza Delivery
2 FOR 1 SALE - Fun T. Rex dinosaur decor art print for kids rooms: Pizza Delivery
$12.00 USD
follow your own star linoleum block print - 9" x 12" wall art
follow your own star linoleum block print - 9" x 12" wall art
$20.00 USD
Sailing Ship IV - Block Print with Mixed Papers
Sailing Ship IV - Block Print with Mixed Papers
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VICTORY Knight linocut by Lev
VICTORY Knight linocut by Lev
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Statement brooch with horse - I love circus, hand embroidered jewelry, wearable art, unique brooch
Statement brooch with horse - I love circus, hand embroidered jewelry, wearable art, unique brooch
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Retro Kitchen Art, Bathroom Print - Soapsuds
Retro Kitchen Art, Bathroom Print - Soapsuds
$17.52 USD

1 Featured Comment

  • SeptemberHouse

    Corinne from SeptemberHouse said 5 years ago Featured

    I love the idea of surrounding little ones with unique and beautiful artwork. It's a fantastic alternative to licensed character images and who knows, it may just inspire them to become artists themselves!

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  • VintageScraps

    Meg from VintageScraps said 5 years ago

    Such an artsy, unique alternative to kid's decor!

  • cottonbirddesigns

    Angela Cotton from CottonBirdDesigns said 5 years ago

    Great picks!

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign said 5 years ago

    Such fun, inspiring finds! It's great to help little imaginations go wild!

  • sparrowife

    Molly Schafer from feralponyshop said 5 years ago

    Thoughtful article. Thanks!

  • SeptemberHouse

    Corinne from SeptemberHouse said 5 years ago Featured

    I love the idea of surrounding little ones with unique and beautiful artwork. It's a fantastic alternative to licensed character images and who knows, it may just inspire them to become artists themselves!

  • CraftsGardenOfZen

    Sanja from CraftsGardenOfZen said 5 years ago

    beautiful!

  • vintagejane

    Stacey McCaffrey from vintagejane said 5 years ago

    SO much unique art out there...no need to go to big box stores!!!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    This is wonderful! So much fun!

  • YearsAfter

    Sharon from YearsAfter said 5 years ago

    Wonderful colorful fun for the Kid and the Kid in all of Us!

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 5 years ago

    I have such vivid memories of the pictures that adorned my childhood bedroom walls -- images make such a lasting impression on young people.

  • RitaVanTassel

    Rita Van Tassel from RitaVanTassel said 5 years ago

    Kids' imaginations are SO big - why would we limit them with blah decor that looks like someone's living room? This stuff is great!

  • jamieshelman
  • LaurasHandmadeGifts

    Laura from LaRoHandmades said 5 years ago

    So unique and really beautiful!

  • HandKnitHugs

    Heather from HandKnitHugs said 5 years ago

    awesome picks!!

  • DarburyCottage

    Rosemary Wascher from DarburyCottage said 5 years ago

    I appreciate the creative idea of decorating . I think it's more fun to incorporate art and objects into a child's room to stimulate there talent's.

  • ArigigiPixel

    Gina from ArigigiPixel said 5 years ago

    It is important to encourage child's imagination.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 5 years ago

    Accurate pictures of animals, knights in armour & pirate ships were my favourite starting points for stories. No cutesy fairies, princesses or animals in clothes. I also loved pictures of space, planets,etc, but it all HAD to be realistic as I despised "children's pictures". In my head I would fly on my winged horse amongst the stars, accompanied by my pet cheetah, rescuing dragons from evil knights, or lead my pirate crew on a campaign against... well... anybody really!

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 5 years ago

    I remember hanging art, posters and postcards advertising art exhibits at knee level when my son was a toddler for him to enjoy. Art is a great way for kids to learn about colors and shapes, and to get them started on their own path to being little artists and story tellers.

  • kaleemichele

    Kalee Michele from kaleemichele said 5 years ago

    As a child I had a large tapestry on my wall with a girl and a boy kissing on a bench, I believe it has made me a more romantic person :). Art makes a huge impact, especially on children, it expands their imagination and inspires them to be a creator. As an artist, I believe the exposure of art in my adolescence has led me to a life of creation.

  • emblematicdoodles

    Mary Catherine from MaryWeaverArt said 5 years ago

    Cute selection!

  • needleandfelt

    Amy from needleandfelt said 5 years ago

    My parents were not arty, so no, but I do remember my mother decorating our room with a Holly Hobby theme which was very exciting, being 7? I had a Holly Hobby lamp sculpture that I can remember being fascinated and I would trace my fingers along the face and painted details all the time. I have never really thought about that until now, it shows I was definitely interested in details & sculpting. My son's room has had painted walls different colors and painted floors. Bright and fun and age appropriate. His basement play area had a kinda life size fire truck & whale I painted for him. He had a pine slide frame & he was allowed to draw all over to make it since I understand the urge of creative expression. We never had issues with him drawing on the walls because he had his own space for that :) Now, being a tween, his walls are white with his lego masterpieces and collections on his shelves. He is starting to collect one of a kind indie prints at the craft fairs I vend at - he loves it and it is a special treat for him.

  • ThreeBarDGifts

    Monica from ThreeBarDGifts said 5 years ago

    Art was reflected in many of the rooms I grew up in. From my parents' drawings, the lamp base my aunt painted for me, the hooked rugs on the walls, to even the art of music as my mom played the piano down the hall as I fell asleep. When I had children of my own, I made all the nursery linens, pillows, bumper pads and quilts. I have always enjoyed creating artsy things for my kiddos!

  • ParisCabinet

    JD Kohler from ParisCabinet said 5 years ago

    Our grandson, Reese loved anything Egyptian and giraffes. One day we found a beautiful Queen Nefertiti bust and we also bought other Egyptian items he picked out on a trip to a museum. The next time we were over anything with faces were facing the wall. They were perfectly lined up but he didn't want to see there faces when he went to bed! Even the tall standing giraffe was nose to wall, we still chuckle but they no longer face the wall now that he is several years older.

  • TreadleLady

    Donna Kohler from TreadleLady said 5 years ago

    The dinosaur reminds me of the unpainted paper mache dino still on a shelf in our office. I helped one of our grandsons make it but when he got to the mouth it became so real to him he quickly remade the mouth so it wasn't so scary to him. It had to dry and he never did have an interest in painting it, maybe that would have again be scary.

  • 915suzie

    Suzie Hoisington from Oldendesigns said 5 years ago

    Love the kid decor! I have luminary bags for kids in my shop! Fashioned from original storybook pages, Disney, Little Prince, Wild Things, check em out :)

  • ltrotchie

    Laura Trotchie from LaurasStitchInTime said 5 years ago

    Love chlidren's art!

  • jizbasusan

    Susan Jizba from TheWeaverOfWords said 5 years ago

    such wonderfully whimsical selections! thank you for sharing!

  • Kam2012

    Kam from RiverGoddessBoutique said 5 years ago

    Love the idea of using art to teach and inspire children.

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!!

  • shawnstpeter

    Shawn St.Peter from shawnstpeter said 5 years ago

    Great post and so true!

  • MoKiStudios

    Monika and Kiki from MokiStudios said 5 years ago

    Awesome article :)

  • Powerofflower

    Lorena Balea-Raitz from LorenasInkDesigns said 5 years ago

    Great article and great shops!

  • lovelygifts

    Linda from lovelygifts said 5 years ago

    Great kids art!

  • BeautifulTrims

    Shikha from ArtsyCraftsyShoppe said 5 years ago

    I agree, kid's room should be full of things that can always be an inspiration to great stories(spun by themselves).

  • debvasbinder

    Deb Vasbinder from BabyCuteBaby said 5 years ago

    Art inspires at any age - Start early & hopefully will make for a life time of creativity. Great Article.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Fantastic article!

  • StillVintage

    StillVintage from StillVintage said 5 years ago

    I have enjoyed reading this article. Interesting.

  • mjl197609

    mjl197609 said 5 years ago

    I have a big front yard close to the road, every month, some car pass by here, my fence scratched a little ,so one of my friends told me that you got some driveway marker from mrgarden.net’s and inserted the land, something will be changed, so I hear what he said, then got it and put there, yeah, that’s a good idea.

  • christyloren

    Christy from wallpost said 5 years ago

    Most of the art in my daughter's rooms is typical of any little girl. However, as adopted children, I also wanted them to be reminded every day of how precious and important they are to me. My oldest especially was so focused on us not matching, so I made a print for her that expresses how we are connected. I love using typography as art. Etsy has so many amazing artists who love and use words beautifully.

  • OurBrand

    Katy and Kyle from OurBrand said 5 years ago

    I absolutely love this article. That is how a child should truly grow up. With play and imagination. Make believe is such a magical thing.

  • HerMajestysPug

    Nancy from HerMajestysPug said 5 years ago

    J'adore!!! Bravo!!! Congrats on feature!! Pugs n Kisses

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 5 years ago

    how cute, beautiful and inspiring, gorgeous selection. thank you so much for sharing

  • topvistama

    topvistama from KleponDesign said 5 years ago

    That's absolutely true. I remember growing up with all the doodles I and my siblings made on the wall. We also had all these cartoon characters at that time on the wall. Imagining is what children should do because we will be doing it less often as we grow up. Thank you for sharing this article!

  • MyDreamDesign

    My Dream Design from MyDreamDesign said 5 years ago

    Great article Abbey! All the comments and your picks are helping inspire me for my new nursery print range! I love that nursery art can have such an impact on a child and their imagination! I look forward to reading more comments :)

  • MYSTERRY

    TerryLynn Goings from WhimzyGrimzy said 5 years ago

    Inspiring article!

  • edieandglo

    kelly hickey from edieandglo said 5 years ago

    When my 4 kids were small my husband and I found wonderful images to brighten or 'enlighten' our children's walls and their minds. As they grew in to teens the art work was met with competing sports and band posters and eventually the original art was covered or relegated to closets. Funny enough our 2 oldest have moved on to college and prep school this year taking with them both some of the early art pieces & the band posters. Their ideas of what will bring them comfort and memory are a collection of our combined tastes. The walls in our home will be getting a makeover again and the 'Folk Art Nostalgia piece' from your article is incredible inspiration. Thank you!

  • WildLifePrints

    Jeff from WildLifePrints said 5 years ago

    Great post Abbey! Thank you!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 5 years ago

    Lovely, thanks!

  • stricktricks

    Alexis from YarnBirdy said 5 years ago

    Beautiful examples. Artwork that evokes fantasy and stories stimulates both the children and the adults in the house.

  • lmouer

    Lynsey from lmouer said 5 years ago

    I especially love the sailing ship, but these are all great picks -- not just for kids, but for adults too! Thanks for sharing!

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 5 years ago

    Lovely!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 5 years ago

    Wonderful. Books were my inspiration for faraway lands!

  • CatchingFairies

    Cfp from CatchingFairies said 5 years ago

    This is wonderful! I love it!!!

  • 777carolala

    Caroline Barbosa from OldSoulVintageLtd said 5 years ago

    I used to stare at the art in my room as a little girl. So good for a kid to have imagination inspiring art all around.

  • susanleighwalsh

    Sue Walsh said 5 years ago

    I ordered this print for my youngest son's nursery. He's now two, and I think it will grow with him :-) https://www.etsy.com/transaction/50876284?ref=fb2_tnx_title

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 5 years ago

    I don't remember much art on my walls as a kid, except a drawing my dad did of a clown. Later I put up posters and my own art. For my kids, I painted murals on their walls to match the theme of their rooms when they were little. I've thought of having a second shop on etsy, with artwork for kids rooms; maybe someday!

  • cdudycz

    Christina Dudycz from DreamyWalls said 5 years ago

    I did not have art in my room but always kept it pretty. As I grew, My walls started filling up, with decor, pictures, posters and drawings. Today, my daughters 10 and 3 share a room and it is purple. It is FILLED with art of all types. My paintings of course (her room is my miniture gallery) along with a huge mural, a zebra striped painted lamp and glittery purple curtains. Her room is the best in the house. It also features some of their own artwork, they both love to paint also.

  • mikecork

    mikecork said 5 years ago

    I have a framed poster of a jaguar on my wall near my bed I have had since I was about 9 years old. Used to make me think of adventures in the Amazon rainforest, looking for lost temples full of amazing Pre Columbian treasures. This past summer, I found a framed art print with a picture of a blue high tech Respiratory Ventilator machine (like those used in hospital ICU areas) for sale on the internet. I just HAD to have it - I am a complete Respiratory Ventilator nut and I wish to work with them at a local hospital one day. Ever since I got my Ventilator art print and hand it hung upon my wall - in a spot I can see it everyday, I have happily stared at the cute blue Ventilator on my wall as I imagined having all kinds of fun personal fantasy conversations with my "Mr. Ventilator". I absolutely agree!

  • GrowingUpWild

    Kelly Engel from GrowingUpWild said 5 years ago

    What a wonderful post. I am a firm believer in the importance of play, story telling and the growth of imagination in childhood. While I believe those sparks will be lit in every child, we can brighten and grow them based on the environment we provide for them.

  • 1AEON

    1AEON from 1AEON said 5 years ago

    Love it! so cute!

  • deathmachine

    Carleen Jean from carleenjean said 5 years ago

    What fun finds! I love them!

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle said 5 years ago

    Great finds!!

  • jenniferadventures

    Jennifer Hales from BugAndBoy said 5 years ago

    When I was old enough to trust with pain my mom let me decorate my room. Then my sister got her chance. Now that the kids have moved out she has to figure out how to paint over sunflowers and bright pink.

  • IndieMaid

    Jennifer Peterson said 5 years ago

    I think it is important to introduce art and well constructed things into the lives of children at an early age. A visual and tactile education! These are terrific pieces too.

  • leafandbloom

    Victoria Beyer from LeafandBloom said 5 years ago

    These are fantastic picks! I chose some of JW Golden's animals for my daughter's room, as well as a bear family print fromZukzuk. And we finished off the woodland theme with a huge tree decal and a cool metal bat that hangs from the ceiling.

  • TheEnchantedSlipper

    J Breault from TheEnchantedSlipper said 5 years ago

    I love the artwork that was selected. And You make valid points about the need for art in children's lives. Thank you for posting.

  • NewSchoolQuilts

    Bronwyn Kamouraska from NewSchoolQuilts said 5 years ago

    I had nursery rhyme wall paper and a few prints of blonde children praying. I told myself stories as I cut out paper dolls. The pre-television years gave us plenty of room for stories.

  • fbstudiovt

    Laura Hale from FoundBeautyStudioArt said 5 years ago

    When my nephew was born, I immediately began making everything I could for his nursery. When we found out that he'd be spending at least the next few months of his life in the neonatal intensive care unit, I reworked everything so that it could be sanitized and brought into the hospital. I had never appreciated the difference personalized kids' decor could make until we were sitting in a sterile white room full of beige medical equipment. It kept us all feeling human.

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    kathy johnson from ShoeClipsOnly said 5 years ago

    What a great article! I always learn something new, thanks for sharing!

  • ArtemisiaMoon

    Betti Calhoun said 5 years ago

    The artwork in my childhood room would infiltrate my dreams. I had a beautiful print of a unicorn in a purple misty woodland setting. I would have vivid recurring dreams of meeting them.

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes from HelloShoes said 5 years ago

    I think we have art over load . Though I think we all love maps the best.

  • drunkmansdaughter

    drunkmansdaughter from NaturallySonia said 5 years ago

    Very cool! Although my room was gray in the ghetto part of of NJ, art was always in my head and heart and one of these days it will come out. It was like that wonderful wallpaper but it went with me all over.I'm glad I'm on etsy.

  • monstergilbert

    monstergilbert said 5 years ago

    I love this! My husband and I have been making and buying art for our kids since before they were born. We have to find space for the stuff we loved as kids, the stuff we make/buy for them, the stuff they make, and keep room for what is yet to come. Every surface is subject to decoration or manipulation. We just had a baby and are enjoying creating her new space.Though it seems pretty sparse compared to her brother's. I imagine that is relative to what is in their heads, too. New experiences and inspirations layer and take shape and mold the space of their rooms and their minds.

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 5 years ago

    Fun! I love this.....

  • desireeling3

    Desiree Ling from MamasLittleMarket said 5 years ago

    Great article!

  • ArtSamadhi

    Ashleigh Dyan Moore from SpiritCompanions said 5 years ago

    So true, art for kids has a surprisingly high impact on them. I once did a commission piece for a little boy, yet to be in the first grade. He told me what he wanted and he received his 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 foot painting Christmas morning, and every time I see him, he says how much he loves his painting and then goes on to share the tiniest details that are his favorite! I was and am amazed at his capacity to enjoy and be touched by art and at such a young age! Amazing!@ Just amazing.. At art fairs the adults can tend to quickly walk by but, more often than not.. the children, are the ones in the most awwwww when it comes to beautiful inspiring art! Wonderful Article, thank you for sharing! Indeed inspiring!!

  • SofiaFiodor

    Sofia Fiodor from SofiaFiodor said 5 years ago

    It is always fun to visit kids room for the first time and to make those first impressions.

  • kazuriworldwide

    Rick Dubrule from KazuriWorldWide said 5 years ago

    My favorite - "Walking Through Childhood’s City"

  • StudioGdesignGroup

    Collette Scheppman from ColletteandCompany said 5 years ago

    Love this, it is so inspirational, Thank you for the reason to paint this morning...

  • georgemorara115

    George Morara Omweri from BWAKIRE said 5 years ago

    Hello , i,m new here and i,m interested to trade and and get clients, i have tried to put my photo samples in my shop , but i dont go through, please advice i,m a supplier of soapstone carvings and wooden carvings from kenya Thanks

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 5 years ago

    Great picks!

  • NinaRaizel

    Nina from NinaRaizel said 5 years ago

    You don't need to be a child to enjoy and appreciate art for kids! There's so much work and effort that goes into pieces like these that I think everyone can find something they love for their inner child.

  • erikareboucas

    Erika Reboucas from littlebigtopstudio said 5 years ago

    Lovely article and great picks! I remember having colorful art made by my mom, and when I was old enough she would sit with me and we would make things together that she hung on my walls. She always encouraged me to look at objects differently and to play and have fun creating. Some of my fondest memories are about playing "Princess and Knight" with the salt and pepper shakers with my siblings while she made dinner. That has stayed with me, to this day I love playing with materials and figuring out what they can become. The art on my walls when I was a child was how it started.

  • Stargazer02

    Stargazer02 from LDesigns02 said 5 years ago

    cool!

  • breedingfancy

    breedingfancy from PaperPlanePrints said 5 years ago

    Great picks to inspire a love of art at a young age.

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin from Jusadreamin said 5 years ago

    Very nice post Thanks for sharing your blog

  • oksaniko

    makiko from oksaniko said 5 years ago

    Thank you very much for featuring! Its indeed a very interesting and good topic, its important to provide children with access to the art, allow it to be in their environment, but also to let them express themselves. When I was a kid, all walls in my room were covered with paper, so that I could paint on them whenever I wanted! :)))

  • laurakubicek

    Laura Kubicek from BidyBaby said 5 years ago

    Thank you for writing this.

  • mrskristina

    MrsKristina from WhimsyAbode said 5 years ago

    Beautiful.

  • ccdno5

    ChristoffDavis from ChristoffDavis said 5 years ago

    Nice! Interesting choices.

  • KittieandBellah

    Liz from TednZoe said 5 years ago

    Art is so important as is fostering imagination! Thank you for your insight : )

  • jamasters

    Jess Masters from RefinedRock said 5 years ago

    Super cute choices!

  • LoCoCreative

    Lo Co from LoCoCreative said 5 years ago

    beautiful selection!

  • mouserrano

    Lisa Serrano Diaz from PrincessMouseyCards said 5 years ago

    So inspiring! I keep hearing the Arts are being lost in schools. We need to keep it in view of children's eyes.

  • richdon1

    Rich and Dona from TheCottageMouse said 5 years ago

    Loving the big dinosaur. Beautiful picks.

  • minouette

    Ele from minouette said 5 years ago

    It's wonderful to see my Sailing Ship IV featured in this round up of art for kids' rooms! We're working on decorating a nursery right now!

  • 8point8

    8point8 from ThinkEco2 said 5 years ago

    This is such a great idea. I love your creativity.

  • designlab443

    Tracy from designlab443 said 5 years ago

    That dino print is so fun!

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna said 5 years ago

    So many artist with a child in their heart :)

  • lowelowejewelry

    Lowe Jewelry from lowelowejewelry said 5 years ago

    Great :)

  • larrycox1

    Larry Cox from AuburnGrayDesigns said 5 years ago

    A great idea and the art is way cool especially the hand shadows

  • Nikifashion

    Natalia from Nikifashion said 5 years ago

    Awesome creation!

  • sustainablygrateful

    Anthony and Sunkiss from sustainablygrateful said 5 years ago

    Greetings! Thank you for this thoughtful article with inspiring artwork! Sustainably Grateful is an art partnership of Anthony and myself, Sunkiss. We attended massage school and learned in depth how to harness and apply healing energy for positive intentions. Happily pursuing our dreams of helping people heal, we now create healing jewelry and art with the same intention. Generate, amplify, grow...positive! As a homeschooling child, I dabbled in watercolors, and about three years ago, Anthony supported my calling to return to this medium. We seek to touch children, elders, families, healing places with our art. If you are looking to feast your eyes, heart and soul on some truly uplifting art, please swing by our shop: http://etsy.com/shop/sustainablygrateful Many Blessings and Have a Grateful Day!

  • NirvanaRoad

    Lisa from NirvanaRoad said 5 years ago

    Kids have such a fabulous imagination. All you need to do is provide a few things and let their creativity take hold. Does anyone remember tinker toys?

  • TheresasGourmet

    Theresa Ryales from TheresasGourmet said 5 years ago

    Great finds.

  • swaggjewelry

    April McGee-Riess from RawLuxGems said 5 years ago

    This is so informative. I don't have kids yet, but I do have nieces and nephews. Thanks for all of the tips. Great Stuff!!!

  • mmaticmarch

    M Matic from MMaticartist said 5 years ago

    Lovely...follow your own star...full of colours and dreams

  • tammybetson

    Tammy Betson from TandMArtsandCrafts said 5 years ago

    When I was growing up I had one wall covered in Periot wallpaper, I hated it! I ripped it off one morning with a friend of mine and covered the wall in my own pictures, posters and other images (I was just getting into photography so I used alot of my own images) at first my parents went mental because I had ripped the wall paper off and then they came round to the idea of what I was trying to achieve. We are so pleased when someone buys a piece of my husbands art (Mark Betson - new to Etsy!) especially this year once at a market when a 7 year old girl begged her parents to buy her one of his trees and the parents were more than happy to get it for her.

  • mlezcano

    Mary Lezcano from BellaBboutique said 5 years ago

    Artwork and play that helps expand a child's imagination makes an enormous impact on the way that that child's mind functions in the later years. Let their minds take them on wild adventures and illogical heights.

  • AlexandreVieira

    Alexandre Vieira from AlexandreVieira said 5 years ago

    Great. Thanks for sharing!! Great artworks!

  • Plastidermy

    Chris Evans from Plastidermy said 5 years ago

    I taught kindergarten for a couple of years and saw the affects of allowing children to wildly use their imaginations. Those children grow up to be the adults who think differently, who see what others don't, and break down the walls of the boxes we place ourselves in.

  • recycledwares

    Nerrissa W from RecycledWares said 5 years ago

    "In buying art for my own son, I found I kept thinking about the research on the importance of pretend play in early childhood development." I think pretend play helps a child become creative later in life. This makes me want to do some research on the subject. Thanks!

  • absolutelysmall

    Claire Chambers from absolutelysmall said 5 years ago

    What a fun post! I love art that's geared towards kids. It's actually some of my very favorite stuff. Many of my favorite artists are actually children's book illustrators. There's just something about well crafted art that doesn't take itself too seriously...

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry said 5 years ago

    These picks are fun!

  • matildecanepagonzale

    Matilde Cánepa González from matildecanepaArtnow said 5 years ago

    very good alternative to kid's decor! creative abd stimulating¡ luck

  • talkingandsleeping

    Christina Lembo from FrannyandFranky said 5 years ago

    These are amazing! I love how so much "kid art" now can really be used throughout the home. I love mixing playful stuff in with all our "adult" stuff. I especially love the last 3 picks!

  • rachbing

    Rachel Bingaman from BingArt said 5 years ago

    My children's rooms are both decorated with original art. Bright, bold colors to stimulate their little minds and some educational pieces as well! Love the ideas posted in this article :)

  • sarahalsey

    Sarah Alsey from papervalentines said 5 years ago

    dinosaurs+ polka dots= love at first sight!

  • happyaskingsshop

    Rachel Osborne from happyaskingsshop said 5 years ago

    Love the dinosaur pic!

  • CocoHandbag

    DUCHESS OF SWOON from ARTFULHEIRLOOM said 5 years ago

    Fun and unusual artwork for a childs room. Great ideas!

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 4 years ago

    lovely selection!

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