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Sunday, August 19th, 2007 - 6:17 PM

"Celebrate Kids Name Tags"

Last week I helped Dave with the final steps of an art project he had been working on. He was making name tags for a community event organized at his church this weekend. I attended part of the event last year, and it was a grand ole time, with games for the kids and great music for the older folk from the neighborhood.

Dave has already enlisted the help of several people in the various steps of creating these hand-painted name tags. The real work was done by those that came before me. I came along late in the process, simply helping to paint the lettering and aid in laminating. It was fun to spend a couple late nights working on an art project, an activity not foreign to Dave and me.

In high school we often stayed up ridiculously late working on homework. As often as encouraged to do so by teachers, we would make art projects out of our homework. In history class, for example, we would wow the teacher with relatively ornate maps. The assignment was basically to fill in a photocopied map. We did far above the call of duty, earning extra credit points.

Here are some photos from the times I helped out, first at a coffee shop, then at our duplex.

Night 1

This was my first experience working at a coffee shop. Dave talks about and praises it all the time. My vision of it was sitting in a Starbucks, teaming with people, too loud to hear your own thoughts. I've been in such an environment, and that is what I pictured whenever he spoke of such things. This was late at night, so less people, and a very relaxing atmosphere. Apparently most of the people come just to study or hang out... kinda like a modern age late night library. The only thing that would make it better for me is if it was a public place, where you don't feel obligated to buy something. Of course they should be compensated for their cool service and environment, but I'm not a coffee drinker, and most of what those places have is fairly expensive and not really what I'm looking for. I settled for a can of Dr. Pepper and a cookie.

By this first night, all the cards were hand-painted with watercolor. This presented a small problem because watercolor is easy to revitalize, so some of the color bled into the letters we painted. Basically, we did a large part of the work in painting the letters over the designs. Dave will probably write more details. In fact, here are Dave's more details.

Fireside Coffee Work Night

Fireside Coffee Work Night

Fireside Coffee Work Night

Fireside Coffee Work Night

Fireside Coffee Work Night

Night 2

The second night we simply used (and abused) our regular Thursday gathering to work more on completing the name tags. We finished painting the letters, scanned them into the computer, and laminated the cards, staying up until about 2:00 am to finish.

Night 2 - Finishing the Name Tags

Night 2 - Finishing the Name Tags

Night 2 - Finishing the Name Tags

Night 2 - Finishing the Name Tags

3 comments on "Celebrate Kids Name Tags"Collapse/Expand

posted by: Wes

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 - 9:19 PM

Wow! Now those are name tags.

posted by: Phil

Sunday, August 19th, 2007 - 9:56 PM

And, as I've said to you a million times, but now for everyone, I have to say that not only is each card unique and interesting in its own right, together, they are amazing. It is cool to see side-by-side so much variety of color and form. I luggit.

posted by: David

Sunday, August 19th, 2007 - 7:29 PM

Thanks for all the help, and for posting the photos. When I write about it and put all the name tag images up I'll link here as well. Hopefully I can do that pretty soon, but I'll be helping with VBS at church all week, so I might not get to it for a while.

Anyway, Celebrate Kids was really good--better than I expected even. The games went really well and there were a ton of kids who showed up. Somebody said maybe 300, and half of those not from the church. It was fun stuff, and people appreciated the over the top creative name tags. :)

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