Gratitude Journals with See Beautiful


Last week, we collaborated with See Beautiful to make gratitude journals. See Beautiful is an organization that aims to empower young people to see beautiful in themselves, in others, and to create more beautiful in the world. Paint Love currently partners with two See Beautiful Clubs: 4/5 Academy and Globe Academy.  This project was collaborated with Globe Academy and led by Lead Artist, Liz Carson from Kate's Club. 

Liz started the project by asking what gratitude means to each person. She demonstrated how to make an accordion-style journal and what kinds of things they can draw in it. Kids could draw people, places, and things that they're grateful for. 


The unique thing that Liz suggested is that instead of drawing the actual people their grateful for, they should draw something that represents them. Something that is personal and unique to them. It makes the journals even more personal. 


Some students drew animals to represent their parents, others drew sports or even superheros! 


It was so much fun talking with the kids and seeing how they depict the important people in their lives! We loved helping these kids make these unique journals and look forward to working with See Beautiful again!

Henna Workshop at Kate's Club


This week Paint Love artist Janelle Perrilliat of Joonie & Jake's volunteered to do 2 henna workshops with the kids from Kate's Club

The theme was  "I am worth it." We wanted to show the kids how to celebrate and treat yourself while dealing with grief. Henna is the best way to symbolize this theme. 

Henna is a small flowery shrub that has many uses. The flowers can be used as perfume, the dried leaves can be mashed to fine powder to dye clothes, hair and skin. The art of applying henna to hands and feet is known as Mehndi and it is used for celebrations and rites of passage. 

Grieving the lost of a loved one is a process. Being able to enjoy the good times without that person in your life takes a lot of strength. Henna represents this strength. Having the courage to enjoy your life, celebrate holidays, and treat yourself to love and laughter is its own "rite of passage." We wanted to show these kids that you shouldn't let life pass you by and to enjoy the little things that make you smile.

Henna gave that joy to these kids. Janelle was so talented at drawing the designs on their hands! It really showed the individuality and fluidity of henna art. Everyone's design and meaning was different just like how each person goes through their own "rite of passage" differently.

We look forward to working with Kate's Club again and Check out our upcoming events!

Children's Book with Lydia Mays at Woodward Elementary School


This past Wednesday, Paint Love had the honor of presenting at Woodward Elementary School. Paint Love collaborated with See Beautiful’s founder, Lydia Mays. See Beautiful is an organization that aims to empower young people to see beautiful in themselves, in others, and to create more beautiful in the world.

The students at Woodward Elementary had expressed interest in how children’s books where published and contacted us to see if we knew anyone who could come in and talk with the children about books. Luckily, Paint Love has a beautiful partnership with Lydia Mays, who is a children’s book author as well the founder of See Beautiful.

Lydia Mays presented to 100 kindergarten and first-graders about the process of writing and publishing a children’s book. She was amazing! It’s hard to keep the attention of children for long and to make sure that they don’t get too rowdy, but Lydia was attentive and extremely informative to the students. 

She brought in books that she had written and talked through the process. She showed examples of other authors who had written books as young as six-years-old, and managed to win an award. Authors like David Shannon, who wrote “No David” when he was six won a Caldecott Honor.  Here is an excerpt from his book:


A few years ago, my mother sent me a book I made when I was a little boy. It was called No David, and it was illustrated with drawings of david doing all sorts of things he wasn’t supposed to do. The text consisted entirely of the words “no” and “David.” (They were the only words I knew how to spell.) I thought it would be fun to do a remake celebrating those familiar variations of the universal “no” that we hear while growing up.
Of course “yes” is a wonderful word...but “yes” doesn’t keep crayon off the living room wall.”

Lydia stressed to the children to save their writings, no matter how it is. She then showed them illustrations of her books, The Listening Me and the The Giving Me, and talked about how important illustrations are too.

In the last few minutes, we had the children make their own puppets out of pipe cleaners and stickers. The puppets could also be used as bookmarks.


We are thankful to Lydia Mays and Woodward Elementary School for allowing us to present.

Stay tuned and Check out other Paint Love events coming up!