What started out as a quarantine boredom buster for a local mother and daughter duo has turned into beautiful and unique forms of art and self-expression.
Karen Boudreaux is a Bayou Gauche resident and mother to Addison, 7, and Hailey, 2. With much more time at home lately due to coronavirus closures of school and extra-curricular activities, Karen had the idea to watch acrylic paint pouring videos with Addison during Hailey’s nap time as a way for the two to spend time together and try something new.
Their first attempt at the painting technique had them hooked, Karen said, and they continue to research and learn new ways to create the paintings.
“They have tons of different techniques that we are trying to master,” Karen said. “It’s been awesome to see her creativity ignite.”
The duo has impressed their friends and families with the creations, and Addison has been busy creating pieces to give as birthday, teacher appreciation and Mother’s Day gifts.
“As a mom, you want to see your child have wins,” Karen said. “Without swim team and educational wins, I wanted her to have something she could be proud of … it feels great to see her do so well and gain such a sense of accomplishment after each one.”
Addison said she didn’t expect to love creating the paintings as much as she does, but that she hopes to continue to do paint once regular activities resume.
“I like how it turns into such a pretty design and you can see different things in it depending on how you look at it,” Addison said. “We saw a horse in the one we made for my Aunt Heather and a swipe looked like real octopus tentacles.”
Addison, who enjoys working as an extra in movies and television shows, had just made talented theater at Allemands Elementary School when the pandemic’s spread halted in-school learning. Karen said once they had mastered some pour techniques, Addison wanted to create her own YouTube videos demonstrating how to create the art pieces.
“We started her a YouTube channel teaching other kids how to do it, and most recently we made take and make kits for people who wanted to try it out,” Karen said. “We just made 20 kits for local friends to try it at home … it has been such a cool adventure.”
Karen said she would encourage all parents to embrace the extra time, and even the mess, that quarantine and art can make.
“I hope that she remembers the joy and excitement of creativity and learning something new,” Karen said of their family time in quarantine. “Sometimes the most beautiful things can come from our biggest messes.”