Turtle Painting DIY

A couple months ago I bought some canvas boards with the thought that I would do something with them for the house. One day Ray really wanted to paint so I thought that was the perfect time to put at least one of those canvases to good use.

First we started out painting the entire canvas blue. I had some acrylic paint left over from different projects that I have done. We used three different shades of blue, a blue-green color, and white so that it looked like water. I put all the colors out on a plate and let Ray have some fun. All I told him was that he had to cover the whole thing with paint. This was the perfect little painting project for him and he had a lot of fun learning how to do it and knowing that this painting would be in his room eventually.

Then I went online and found a silhouette picture of a turtle. I print off a couple different ones and let Ray pick out the one that he liked the best. He picked the most difficult one, can you believe that! It was the one that looked really cool though. After we picked out the one that we wanted to put on the board I had to figure out a way to transfer the image onto the canvas. I first traced the image with tracing paper and a pencil. Then I had to trace the back of it so that I had pencil lead on the backside. This way my picture would not be reversed on the canvas. If I would have thought about it I should have print out the reverse and then I would have only had to trace it once. Or you can always buy transfer paper at craft stores that makes it really easy to transfer pictures onto things, however, I didn’t have any at the time so I just used what I had. I would recommend using a transfer paper in a white or a dark black because my pencil lead was somewhat difficult to see on the blue background.

After that I painted the image of the turtle onto the canvas with a black acrylic paint. Over all I am pretty happy with how the image turned out and Ray is really excited that he got to help make a picture for his room. I am hoping to make some other pieces similar to this one for our house but that might be a winter project for me.



Library’s the Hidden Gems

Not many people ever go to the public library anymore in todays society. In our small town we have a branch that is linked to the main public library in the town that is 20 minutes away. At the beginning of the summer I noticed that they were having some pretty fun things for kids in our towns newsletter. One of the things was called Classroom Critters where someone brought in small animals for the kids to see. I made a mental note of it and then put it on the calendar so we would not forget. I figured it might be something fun to do and get us out of the house. As well as check out the library and see if they had anything else going on.

It turns out that there has been this gem within walking distance from our house this entire time. I cannot believe that it has taken us this long to discover it. When we went to Classroom Critters Ray got to see and hold all sorts of little animals. Everything from a tree frog to a snack. He was so excited and though that they animals were so cool. The guy that brought all the animals also did different presentations at some of the schools in the area and for different church groups. It was a lot of fun for the kids and he also helped to include the parents into some of the discussions as well. Ray loved it so now I am making sure that I look for the different things that might be going on there that will peak his interest.


While we were there I was able to get a booklet that told everything that was going on at all the branches throughout the summer. It is crazy how much stuff the library offers.

  • There are things for babies and toddlers such as story time, music and movement, and toddler time.
  • Things for youth and families such as Lego Club, pottery painting, and movies under the stars.
  • For teens they have teen art, iron chef, and even an over night at the library.
  • Even things for adults such as glass etching, a book discussion group, and iPad/ iPhone workshops.

With all of these things going on it is amazing because most of it is free to do. Especially things for the kids. Recently we have also discovered that we are able to check out passes to the Children’s Discovery Museum that is in town that will get us into the museum for free. They only have some many passes to give out so it is a first come, first serve basis however, most people do not know that you can rent the passes. The great part is that you get them for a week so I always try to plan on getting one if is looks like the weather is going to be awful for the week.

Some other things our libraries offer to anyone that is 18 and older is the ability to check out different electronics. They have a few different portable chargers GoPro cameras, iPads or tablets, and even an Apple MacBook. I think that the chargers would be great for going camping for the week or even trying out something like a GoPro before you decide that you really want to make that investment.

I was so surprised at all the different things that the library offers other than just checking out books to read. Especially in the summer they have different special events that are fun for the whole family. I am very glad that we have discovered this and are able to do some more fun things with Ray.

I encourage you to see if your library offers any fun little programs that you or your kids might enjoy. Especially for moms this is a great way to get out of the house and do some different things each week without it costing a bunch!