At this point in the season, we are dreaming of the end of winter and love to start planning spring break ideas just to get ourselves warm. Cameron has tried on every bathing suit she owns. Twice. And Kane has his suitcase at the ready. So the kids were super excited to try out a few new travel activities for OOLY!
How do you start drawing a mandala? I often receive this question, and there are many techniques you can use to start designing mandalas. My name is Susanne Braun, I’m a Dutch mandala artist on instagram, and in this blog I will show you the steps I use to begin drawing your own unique mandala!
Our daughter is in a constant mode of creating. She loves to knit and sew and seems to be in an endless loop of sketching, planning, and making fabric store shopping lists. She has several projects in various stages going on at once — all of which creates a lot of fantastic creative mess. Using Color-Pop and Pocket Pal notebooks as creative journals have been such a great way for my daughter to focus her energy and work through her creative process. I could see any kiddo using them for whatever creative projects they’ve got in the works: LEGO designs, story writing, nature sketching. Journals are an excellent tool for kids’ imaginations!
When people think of coloring, there’s a few typical coloring accessories that come to mind. Adult coloring enthusiasts tend to look for colored pencils as their coloring tool of choice. And why not? They lay on dry, are relatively cheap, come in a wide variety of colors, etc. Markers and crayons seem to be great choices for children (but we’ve met a lot of adult colorists who love both markers and crayons). Gel pen art is an art medium all its own so there’s no reason not to color your coloring books with gel pens. If you haven’t tried gel pens with your coloring books, then you are missing out on a very versatile and interesting coloring tool that will set your coloring apart.
Nature has always been my favorite canvas. I live in Southern California, and although there’s not an abundance of leaves to paint there are still options that don’t include palm fronds. If you live where there are no leaves, or they are currently covered in snow, keep in mind that you can use all of the following techniques on leaves that you cut out of paper!