Why I love the Artful Parent: Paper Marbling/Suminagashi

My boys have Art Masterpiece volunteers to keep Art in their lives, but it’s not enough.

We do art at home. My favorite resource for art motivation is The Artful Parent. I know Pinterest has loads of ideas, but I’m afraid of what at time suck it is.

Also, not everything on Pinterest is a tried and true. I need tried and true.


The Artful Parent meets our skill level and her passion keeps me motivated. You can sign up for her emails here or follow her on Facebook. I do both. She’s on all the other sites too. Choose your poison.

This weekend I tried Suminagashi after I read this post. I bought the materials on Amazon (she had links to them) it is a relatively low cost project and we used very little material. I can use the supplies over and over again before we run out. 

The only thing I’ll add to her post is that the rice paper she recommended soaked instantly and stuck together. The video shows the same method with copperplate paper (no sizing). you can search on Amazon for an alternative or order from Blick’s Art Supply store. I’m researching a better paper, but for now, her paper was the most inexpensive. The copperplate paper was over $5.00 a sheet.



weird dark spots are thin rice paper set on cardboard box. Before I do this project in a classroom I need to figure out a way to protect the paper. It still worked well enough to make the kids happy. 



Climbing the Rock Wall at Freestone Recreation Center, Gilbert AZ


Rock climbing is the new fun thing for the boys. 

Freestone Recreation Center in Gilbert, Arizona has a 43 foot rock wall. Prices vary from resident to non-resident but all prices are inexpensive. Currently, a non resident can climb for hours for $3.75. For a Gilbert resident it is even less.

You have to sign a waiver before you climb. If you want to drop your child off for a playdate, make sure to have the waiver ready. They keep it on file and it is good forever.

REGULAR CLIMBING WALL HOURS (they have extended Spring Break/Fall Break/Summer hours)  

Monday: 4:00pm – 8:30pm
Tuesday: 11:45am – 1:15pm / 4:00pm – 8:30pm
Wednesday: 3:15pm – 8:30pm
Thursday: 11:45am – 1:15pm / 4:00pm – 8:30pm
Friday: 4:00pm – 8:30pm 
Saturday: 11:00am – 8:00pm                                                                                                          

Sunday: 12:00pm – 3:30pm

Be sure to call ahead before you go and check the hours and prices. 480) 503-6202

My boys are obsessed with it right now.


I’m a little obsessed with it too.


It’s inexpensive, staffed and climated controlled. STAFFED is my new favorite word. It means someone else is clipping and unclipping and helping them. I love working with kids but I also love watching someone else work with my kids. 



I requested several books from the public library about rock climbing. Here are links to some titles Amazon.

Youtube has rock climbing videos as well.


Lazy DIY: Balls in the Pool

The only way to cope with summer in Phoenix is to go swimming.

The only way to cope with swimming everyday

is novelty

rain gutters attached to the concrete wall in the yard

Arizona has some pretty snazzy pools to choose from

and when birthdays roll around

we throw balls in our pool.

It’s a tough life. Maybe visiting in the summer isn’t so bad after all?