Monday, July 22, 2013

DIY/Kids & Creativity: Line, shape and color

by Andrea Mulder-Slater


It's been said that creativity is the key to happiness and that by doing something creative every day, we can boost our moods (and productivity) tremendously. When you are fully immersed in a creative activity, your focus shifts away from day to day worries and stresses as you instead put all your attention on the immediate task at hand.

Some people like to write in a journal while others enjoy baking cookies. Still others express their artistry by arranging fresh cut flowers in a vase...

If you are looking for a simple, non-intimidating way to be creative today, have a peek at the following tutorial. It's perfect for all ages and uses items you will already have in your home :)

All you need is a piece of paper, a straight edge, some circular objects (a cup, a bowl, a yo-yo, etc.) a permanent pen or marker and watercolor paints (or crayons, or pencil crayons, or markers).

Start by drawing between 12 and 16 straight lines across the paper. They can go in any direction, just as long as they travel from one edge of the paper to the other.

Next, place your circular objects on the page and start tracing them. Add as many or as few circles as you like and let them overlap in some areas.

Now comes the fun part. Grab your watercolor paints - or crayons, pencil crayons, markers, etc. -- whatever you have on hand. I used watercolors.

Begin filling in every other space with color. Take your time and don't panic if you "mess up" just continue on and "go with the flow".

Before you know it, time will have flown by and in the end, you'll feel relaxed, recharged and... you might even have a funky work of art you'll be proud to hang on your wall.

Got kids? Looking for more creative art ideas? Visit our art education website - - where you will find 1000s of art lessons and activity ideas for kids of all ages. And, it's FREE!

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