Passion

A smashing Spiderman and Batman craft

Well the boys turned 5 and I don’t know who was more excited about their party – them or me! We had it at a local indoor play centre, Funmazing, that has a piñata pit, so the boys each wanted their own piñata. They cost $25+ each at the store so we decided to make our own – one Spiderman and one Batman. They turned out really well!

How to: Batman and Spiderman Piñatas

First we blew up 2 balloons and I recruited help from Nana and my friend, Barb, to work with the boys covering the balloons in newspaper wet with papier mache paste (2 parts water to 1 part flour).

making pinatasmaking pinatas

It’s helpful to put the balloon in one bowl to work on it and use another bowl for the paste. We did 3 layers, letting each layer dry before starting on the next layer.

We left a hole at the bottom where the balloon poked out. When all the layers were done, I popped the balloon, removed it and then papier mache’d over the hole.

Next, I painted the dried forms white.

painting the pinatas white

I penciled in the lines for the eyes on Spiderman and the eyes and mouth/chin area for Batman. I painted around the white areas and the boys helped fill in the rest with red and blue paint.

painting spiderman and batman pinatas

After 2 coats of red and blue paint, I painted Batman’s lower face with peachy-flesh colour, keeping the mouth white. I used a black sharpie to outline the eyes, draw Spidey’s web, and give shape to Batman’s mouth.

Spiderman looked great but Batman was missing something, so I cut out some ears for him and taped them to the top of his head.

Almost done the pinatas

Adding ears to Batman

Looking good, Batman!!

Batman is complete

You too, Spidey!Spidey!The back of Spiderman's head

Remember I told you I’d papier mache’d over the hole at the bottom where I popped and pulled the balloon from? Well, to get the candy in there, I used an exactor knife to cut a trapdoor in the top and then poked a hole on either site to attach a ribbon to hang it from.

trap door in the top of Spiderman's head

Ribbon attached

Dynamic duo

Next time I’d try to figure out a way to attach the ribbon better – in the end, although both held up to a lot of abuse, the tops where I had attached the ribbon gave away first.

Swinging at Spidey

Beating up Batman

Candy, candy, candy!

Candy!

Never have I been so satisfied to see my art work destroyed. Smile

Dynamic duo...done.

The dishes are dirty but that’s okay, I’m rediscovering my passion

Over the years, being a wife, running a business, dealing with infertility, giving birth (finally!) and now trying to be an attentive mother while keeping up with a demanding job have left me feeling like I’ve lost touch with myself a bit. I’ve been trying to regain that creative side of myself which has long been neglected and regulated to the back shelf while life was too crazy. I set up my craft table in the basement and have started painting again (perhaps I’ll post pictures later of some of my projects) but my desire has always been to marry my 2 loves – technology and art.

I’ve played around with using PowerPoint to draw with and have done a few things which I’ve incorporated into my work at Microsoft:

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But PowerPoint, while great for some things, is woefully inadequate for what I need to satisfy my creative itch. So today I downloaded GIMP – the GNU Image Manipulation Program. The first thing I worked on was a new logo for this blog:

Mortonology

I’ll likely change it several times as it’s a good simple project to work on while I get familiar with the tools. Although I’m using a tablet computer (a Lenovo X201) and a stylus, my lines look pretty shaky. I almost feel like I have to learn how to draw all over again. But I’m loving it!

So now when the dishes are sitting dirty in the sink and John has had to reheat leftovers for him and the boys yet again, I can show him my screen and say, “But, look what I drew!”.

Dragon 

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