This drawing by Kieran happened in a completely natural and organic way. He didn't set out to make a drawing of a pirate ship at all. I like to let him do open-ended art, and on this day I set him up with some "art starters"
The first one was using negative shapes: I punched some shapes out of a piece of paper and gave it to him with some markers
He started by drawing around the shapes, than drawing lines between them
Then he noticed that since he was drawing on his big art book, that the punched paper acted as a stencil
So he doodled on a bit on the drawing he created by chance.
He then turned the original punched piece over and continued drawingm this time around the cut-outs.
When he was done, I gave him another starter: a sheet with two squares stuck on
He was totally warmed up by now, and drew and drew
Then he asked if he could have some stickers. I grabbed the first set I found, all about pirates. He started sticking them on, then decided to get the blue marker to colour in the sea.
And that's how we ended up with his latest piece of art!
I love how self-directed this activity was. Apart from providing the starting points, there was no involvement from me. And he will spend lots more time working on open-ended projects like these, than ones where we are working towards creating a specific outcome. That's a win-win for sure!
Want to see some more open-ended kid art? Check out my latest post at Make & Takes
Today I'm sharing a new product and technique. This product comes from an unlikely source: The Fat Quarter Shop!
Yes, it's fabric store, but they reached out to ask if I would be interested in trying a new set of templates from Me & My Sister Designs, the Petal Pack of templates
These thick plastic templates are helpful for cutting flower shapes out of fabric and paper, and the shapes can be layered to create flower embellishments. The pack contains 3 flower shapes in different sizes, a leaf shape, and a circle shape.
I decided to use mine a little differently for my layout about Kieran's fifth birthday party
I used the templates to trace shapes on my cardstock using a waterproof pen (Copic Multiliner)
Then spritzed the entire background with spray ink
Once everything was (mostly) dry, I continued on with the layout.
I used vellum papers under the photo, so that the background could still be seen.
Now head on over to The Fat Quarter Shop blog for more information about the Petal Pack, and links to other ideas using the template. They are giving away 20 of the Petal Packs, so be sure to drop by and check it out.
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