I'm always looking for ways to inspire my little artists. They love to draw, but that ever elusive "what to draw" frequently trips them up. Patterns can be a great way to inspire creativity and teach depth and contrast.
I remember one snow day when I was a little girl and school was canceled, my sister and I doodled on a white board with some friends while we talked about nothing. We each made patterns in small spaces and eventually filled the board with our designs. It ended up morphing into a fish, and we were so proud of that piece of art. It was a unique treasure! And it kept us entertained for hours!
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My daughter came up with this fun hand print art the last time we were listening to a great book on audible together. Audio books are a great way to help kids sit still while they draw. Repeating patterns in limited spaces is a great fine motor skill building activity, but having the patience to complete a project like this can be tricky. She started with drawing a deer as we listened to Hind's Feet on High Places.
I've finally let them start using my good markers. I don't know why it's taken me so long! It's almost like they know that there's something different about the markers that makes them want to create something unique.
All my daughter did was trace her hand, making sure to not draw over the first hand there to make it look like the hands were overlapping. Then she filled each hand with a unique pattern.
I love how they turned out.
Her little sister decided to join in on the fun.
I traced her hands and she tried out some colors and patterns to complete her art.
It took time and dedication to fill her whole hand with circles, but the smile on her face when she finished was radiant.
It was just as precious as the giggle that told the secret of a hidden smile in her art.
Even if you don't think you're an artist, anyone can practice with patterns and colors to build technique that will grow and blossom into creativity, vision, and expression.
Every art project doesn't need to be a piece that will hang on the wall - an artifact that is a masterpiece. But you never know what will come of a little doodle...
Inspiration for Doodles
If you're not even sure where to start, check out this cool video that gives thirty different ways to fill a blank space. This would be a fun project in itself!
Do you like to doodle?
Betsy Strauss is an unexpected homeschooler, mother of three, who is in a relationship with a sweet man for life. She loves reading books, drinking coffee, and learning anything with her kids.