Mixing it up when it comes to drawing can be a useful source of inspiration and lead to fresh and fun drawings. To vary our drawing experiences, we rely on modifying the canvas (for example, it could be textured, really big or small, or cut into a certain shape) and/or experimenting with lots of different drawing materials (for example, Sharpie pens, white pens on black card, pastels, charcoal).
Drawing with Sharpie pens has always been popular with my children and they really enjoy an opportunity to use them. After a morning of painting with watercolours we were inspired to use the paintings as a canvas for drawing.
Some of the watercolour paintings we used to draw on:
It was interesting to see my children choose their coloured canvas. Each child was drawn to a particular one for different reasons.
Miss Eight chose a pink and blue canvas because she said she wanted to create a magical underwater scene and was inspired by the colours in this to do so.
Master Six wanted to draw buildings on a colourful street. He was specifically looking for a bright and colourful piece of paper.
Miss Five spotted the “gold and blue striped paper” and commented that the gold colour reminded her of shiny robots so a robot drawing it was!
Using a watercolour painting as a background proved to be a fun and inspiring canvas.