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Smash Book

Journaling Dairy Journal Art

I have been waiting for the Smash book to be available in stores. The Smash book is a cool place to record your daily life or whatever you want.  You can glue in images that inspire you, quotes, tickets, receipts, etc. I love that some of the pages have a design to add interest. I think if you are an avid art journaler you already do this on your own. I think this will be a great crossover product to get scrapbookers and ‘tweens into art journaling. I can’t wait to see the accessories that might be sold to go along with the Smash.

Journal Diary

I want a Smash to keep with me to play with while waiting for appointments. I am not an art journaler who carries my journal around with me. Carrying my journal around doesn’t work for me since I am too paint intensive and a lover  of working in a messy way.

Journal Diary

Well, Smash was supposed to hit the stores in April, but there has been a production delay. So K & Company, the makers of the Smash, gave away 400 mini Smash books on this Smash blog a couple weeks ago. And I was lucky enough to get one! I just got it in the mail last night. Even the cardboard envelope was cool! This should tide me over until I get the real thing.

Journal Diary Velum Page

You can check out the Smash on this video.

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Journal Diary

Journal Diary

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MIT Museum and Arthur Ganson Kinetic Sculpture Exhibit

Moving Chair Sculpture

Moving Chair Sculpture

We recently went to the MIT Museum. MIT has been my older son’s dream school since first grade. He got to see some of his robot heroes like Cog and Kismet. Both boys loved the holographic artwork exhibit. And we all were intrigued and fascinated by the exhibit of Arthur Ganson’s wok. Ganson makes kinetic sculptures.

Okay, I must admit that part of the thrill was seeing these in real life. I had previously seen many of them on the children’s animated show Arthur. Which, if you aren’t up on kid things, is not named for Ganson, but the main character of the book series that inspired the television show. And…Arthur is an anthropomorphic aardvark who looks more like a teddy bear. Anyway…it was thrilling to see Ganson’s very cool sculptures.

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New England Aquarium

lionfish

The family headed to the New England Aquarium last week. I’m glad we arrived early after opening. Later in the day it was a zoo. I love the bright colors of the tropical fish!  I loved the leafy sea dragon, so cool! And the enormous sea turtle in the main tank was impressive! We all loved seeing the I-Max movie about coral reefs. Lots of oohs, and aahs, and genuine excitement out of the boys (and me).

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A Day At The MFA

cow art

The family spent a day at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston last week, and since it was school vacation the kids were free! I was admitted for free also with my student id. The MFA is huge, overwhelming, and a must see. There is so much to see it is better done over multiple visits, if possible. After awhile my head was on overload. The kids loved the ancient Egyptian pieces. I am always thrilled to see the size and texture of pieces I’ve seen in books in real life. The mega-famous European masters were incredible to see in real life. The new contemporary wing was not opened yet. I would have loved to have seen that. I love the sculpture (above) by Alexander Calder.  The simple lines make such a bold statement.

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