A while back I saw a beautiful simple bird image posted on someone's blog (wish I could remember where). When I read about it I was happy to find that it was a collaboration between her (pen) and her young son (watercolor). A great idea to explore.
When Chickpea ventures into making art I try to stand back and let her do her thing. But she often wants me to play too and I try my best not to influence her art making or make her question herself in any way. Children are more interested in the process rather than the final product, as they should be. As an adult and one schooled at a fine art college, I'm more often interested in the final product. Gee, what would this look like framed on a wall? I need remind myself to stand back and just reflect on the making part - there are no failures just successes.
So I try to surprise her every once and a while with a new art project. The other day I pulled out some vintage accounting journals I had stashed away, pencils, paint and apples from the garden. The bottoms of our paint pots were looking muddy from all the mixing but it was a pretty color pallet. We took turns stamping the cut apples and drawing on them when they were dry.
And yes, I'm happy with the results. It makes me want to get out a big canvas and let her have a go at it. I think the key (like most things) is editing and limiting ourselves to a few art supplies to have the most fun.