by Allison May Jensen
{This blog post first appeared on Allison's blog for Miss Allison's Art}
Early on an August morning in Kansas City in 2012, we headed to a local park for our Outdoor Art Class!  (this is pre-Orange Easel, when we were still Miss Allison's Art.  See our story here.)

We started with a BANG!  I found these film canister rockets on "Not Just Cute." Blogger Amanda Morgan mentioned a "colorful twist" on this old classic...she added watercolor powder to the film canister and set the "rockets" off on a large sheet of paper, creating an abstract art piece.  That's my kind of science that uses paint!

My crew set off these paint-filled rockets and made some large abstract art in the process!

by Sara Woolfolk
Fellow mommas, how many times a day do you hear, “What happens when you mix blue and yellow?”

Red and yellow?

Blue and green?

For me, this has been the topic of conversation on every car ride for what seems like forever.  Every possible combination is questioned and scrutinized. 

Yeah. It got old. 

I knew The Boy was trying to sort it out. 

Every chance he got, he mixed colors.  Paint. Colored water.  Those colored bath fizzy things.  Tubes of food coloring he got out of the pantry while I was in the shower.  (Good times) 


And it usually ended up a big pile of brown-ish black-ish mess. 

Give him a palette with the primary colors on it and it got swirled into a big pile of mud. 

Every time. 

I tried hard not to correct him or over-instruct him about the mud making. Really, who cares if everything he paints is that same mud-colored shade. It was starting to grow on me. 

I was starting to buy home décor in earth tones to match all the art on the fridge.  In the words of Pete the Cat, it’s all good. 

Then all of a sudden it just clicked. 

One day, he said, "I’m going to make purple." I watched him pick up a paint brush and stick it in the blue paint. 

I thought, "oh boy, here we go, bring on the mud puddle." 

He pulled a little blue paint to the middle then washed his brush and grabbed some red and mixed a perfect little purple pile of paint. I couldn’t believe what I was watching. 

Then he painted one hand red and one hand blue and rubbed them together to make purple. It was deliberate.

It was amazing.

You know what else? I haven’t answered a single question about what happens when you mix blue and yellow or red and blue or green and orange since.

Miss Sara is a founding team member at ORANGE EASEL.  She is a mom, an amateur photographer, a children's church leader, a graphic designer, and a big kid at heart. 

She has a Bachelors of Science from Northwest Missouri State (Journalism, with an emphasis in Design).  Prior to her career as a stay-at-home mom, she worked as the creative services manager at The Kansas City Star.

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