Weekend Fun: Scribble Drawings!
Turn your scribbles into art by making a scribble drawing! Any age can do this with a little help, so get the family to work together and have a fun time creating your own art show.
What you need:
- Watercolor or cardstock (three pieces), approx. 6” x 8”
- Scrapbook paper (optional)
- Colored pencils
- Watercolor paints or gel crayons
What you do:
- Take one piece of paper and, placing your pencil on it, lightly draw a continuous line all over the paper until it is covered with curvy lines.
- Repeat with a second piece of paper.
- Ask a friend or family member to look at your scribble drawing, turning it in different directions, to see what shapes or objects emerge. Do you see animal heads? Wheels? Flowers?
- Outline the shapes you see and extend the lines as needed.
- Use colored pencils to color in the shapes, add details, outlines, etc.
- Cut out the shapes and set them aside.
- Use watercolor paints or gel crayons to create pools of color on the third piece of paper. Watercolor paper is best for this. TIP: Crayola offers a set of five gel crayons for less than $5 and a set of watercolors for less than $2 that are available online and at local stores that sell Crayola products (curbside pickup available at some locations).
- When the background is dry, glue the cutouts to it and add additional details as desired. Make tiny marks all around the edges with a colored pencil to frame the artwork.
- Optional: Glue the finished piece to a piece of scrapbook paper to frame it.
- Give your finished artwork a title. It could be a descriptive word or emotion, a label that reveals something about the piece, or something as simple as “Scribble Drawing No. 1” – The sample pictured above is called “Babies in the Pumpkin Patch.” Write the title on a white card.
Set up an art gallery in your home for a special showing! Place the white card with the artwork title near each piece. Decide on a time for the show and make a poster to announce it. Serve tea and cookies and wear something special while you admire and discuss the works you created. This will help your child develop an appreciation for art, build self-esteem, and foster creativity. Remember to take photos of your event to send out in a family newsletter!