You guys, I am obsessed! I was in a game store the other day and I saw this super fun ShapeMaker toy from Miller Goodman:
I was intrigued! But, the set was $40, so I left it behind and headed home.
Hours later at home, I simply couldn't get the blocks out of my mind.
Luckily, I had bought a box of 100 wooden blocks when I made my flipping cubes Valentine and had plenty of leftover blocks. I figured that all I needed was a bit of paint and I could make my own version.
Um...it took me three days and it was tougher than I thought to figure out what shapes to put where in what colors. Nonetheless, I persisted. And now I can't stop creating these little compositions!
I started somewhat realistically...
Honestly, I had to be dragged away from my art table last night. It was just so much fun to create these little compositions. I think the thing that makes it fun is also what makes it challenging: You have limited choices for each spot in the square. It really forces a focus on the composition and being creative.
From an art point-of-view, I think these blocks are great for:
- Creative quilting ideas (designs are often made from squares after all).
- Creative painting ideas -- I'm interested in creating more geometric work.
- Learning to let go of expectations and go with what you've got. I found that I just didn't have "the right" block on several occasions. I had to accept it and move on!
- Re-thinking drawing. You can create so many different images from simple shapes!
If I had it to do over again, I'd just buy the real blocks. It was a real pain to make them. But otherwise, I'm loving this whole little project!
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