I'd like to introduce you to Elizabeth Sandifer today. Elizabeth works with displaced and at risk women at the Foundation for the Mid South in Jackson, MS. So many of us serve our communities and one of the reasons to share Elizabeth's work today is to give ideas, support and encouragement for those of you who try to bring art to kids and at-risk folks.
We work with very tight budgets and/or out-of-pocket.
Here are some of Elizabeth's ideas.
"The circle is a cutout from a Styrofoam plate I had used with paint. The picture is one I found somewhere and really loved. I cut it out and pasted it on top of the circle and then added the E and wrote the slogan
Tracing of a foot made into a face. How fun is that?
Things from the drawer
From Elizabeth's email: "Each lady was given a composition book ($1.00) – a set of paints – ($1.00) – a set of colored pencils ($1.00) – a glue stick ($.25). I brought tons of fabric scraps, magazines, gesso and other items in my stash of stuff."
E says "Using Composition Books for Art Journaling. They are in expensive and such a fun ... way to work.The pages were first painted with gesso – I have found a small can of white house paint is also a great way to improvise – it is inexpensive and goes a long way. Then the back grounds are different colors - I keep a stash of plastic cards – gift cards, pre credit cards you get in the mail – to spread the paint around. I purchase inexpensive acrylics from the Dollar Tree so each lady can have their own little set of colors."
It doesn't take too much: a couple of volunteers, a few bucks (back sales, raffles, begging your friends) and some time. Oh yes! And willingness.
I thank you, Elizabeth, for the work you do. And everyone of you who volunteers their hearts and their time.