From rainy day activities to summer crafting, half and half artwork projects are a great way to get the whole family creating together. Here are five fun artsy activities that’ll make your kids want to put down the iPad and video game controller.
Before we start, we just want to mention that while you can use any art tool you want to create your colorful masterpieces, bear in mind that marker pens aren’t child friendly. You can use marker pens, like Chameleon Pens, but we recommend that your child uses colored pencils instead.
A geometric masterpiece using tape
This project is great for children of all ages. It’s especially fun for younger children, such as toddlers, who might not be as neat. Why? Because when you’ve created outlines using tape, once you rip that off, you’re left with neat, pristine edges.
Robin’s blog (Robin Egg View) has a fantastic tutorial here. She worked with canvases and placed tape down at different angles. Then, she let her child go wild with Crayola paints, painting and sponging the colors onto canvases. The final product may have looked a little chaotic but when you take the tape off, you’ve got a nice, neat white border.
What you’ll need:
- Something to draw on e.g. good quality paper, card or canvas.
- Something to draw with e.g. paints, pens (for adults), pencils (for kids) - whatever you want.
3D creations with pasta
Who says you can only use pens or pencils and paper? You can even use simple household items like pasta to create 3D creations. This funky tutorial involves using pasta shells and spaghetti to create a skeleton, but you can create whatever you want!
What you’ll need:
- Pasta (any kind you want).
- Craft glue.
- Some kind of surface to stick the pasta onto (we recommend something sturdier than paper. E.g. card).
Before you start, come up with a rough plan with your child so you know what kind of art you want to create. Do you want to create a farmyard scene? An underwater civilization? Or perhaps you want to do a self portrait?
Then, take your pasta (we recommend having more than one type so you can get even more creative with the different shapes) and coat the back with glue. Start arranging it the way you want it. Create one side of it so your child can copy you.
For additional fun and creativity points, why not color in the pasta masterpiece?
Colorful circle art
Circles are super fun to color in, especially when they overlap. Mess For Less published a great tutorial here on how to create watercolor circle art but you don’t have to just use watercolor paints. You can use acrylic paints, pens or even the Chameleon Pencils.
What you’ll need:
- A compass
- A surface to draw on (we recommend something thick and heavy duty).
- Something to draw with.
Start by drawing circles using a compass on your medium. Draw different sized circles and make sure they overlap. Then, allow your child to color within and around the circles using whatever art tool they want.
Skylines look great, don’t they? Well, now you and your children can get artsy and create your own skylines using newspaper (check out Studio Kids' cool masterpiece below). Not only is this a great way to recycle old newspapers, but it’s also super fun. Studio Kids has an awesome step-by-step guide here.
What you’ll need:
- Heavy duty medium (e.g. thick card).
- Glue stick.
- OPTIONAL: Something to color with.
Take your canvas and turn it so it’s landscape. We recommend thicker materials like card so the glue and newspapers don’t make the artwork so heavy that it tears. You can also paint or color this card in blue as it’ll serve as the backdrop to your skyline.
Then, have fun tearing the newspaper into different shapes with your child. You don’t have to be neat. Skylines often feature jagged outlines. If you want to be especially creative, you can be a little more precise and create intricately shaped buildings. But this isn’t essential.
Now, go ahead and stick the newspaper shapes down. Be sure to either overlap them or stick them right next to each other. No gaps. Once the glue’s dried, you can leave your masterpiece like that or you and your child can have fun coloring the buildings in different shades.
Colorful pop up art
Art that pops up doesn’t just look enchanting, it’s also mega fun to create. Meg Duerksen posted an easy guide on her blog that shows you how to create pop up butterfly art (see her finished masterpieces below), but you can create any shape you want.
What you’ll need:
- Novelty shaped hole punch (you’ll find plenty of cool ones at stationery stores or somewhere like Etsy or Amazon).
- Something to color with.
- Strong glue.
- Canvas or a shadow box.
- OPTIONAL: Paint.
Start by coloring your card in as many different colors as you want. You can use any art tool, from watercolor paints to blending markers. Just remember that alcohol markers aren’t child friendly so give your kids some coloring pencils. Then, have fun and go wild with the colors.
Once it’s dried, use the novelty shaped hole punch to punch out as many shapes as possible. In Meg's blog, she and her kids used a butterfly hole punch, but you could use a heart hole punch or even a crown one.
Then, take your canvas or shadow box and (this is an optional step) have your child paint it in a bright color. If you don’t want to, you can leave it white. Now, you should carefully fold the punched out shapes in half and place a dot of strong glue in the center of the back of the shape. Stick it onto the canvas or shadow box.
Can I really use any art tool I want?
We’ve mentioned this throughout this blog but you might be wondering if you can truly use any art tool you want to color in the artwork. Yes! Yes, you can. Paints, chalks, coloring pencils, crayons - you can go wild. This is the beauty of projects with the kids; you’re free to let your imagination run wild.
If you’re using markers (for adults only), we recommend using alcohol based markers because they dry quickly and produce vivid, permanent ink. In particular, we recommend Chameleon Pens because of the Mixing Chamber. This unique, patented feature allows you to create multiple tones with just one pen. How? Well, you simply have to fuse it in the Mixing Chamber for a few seconds and as you shade, the color (which will first come out diluted) will slowly return to its original, bright and saturated tone.
It’s not just that. The Mixing Chamber also allows you to create seamless blends so you can easily color beautiful tonal gradations. And all you need is one pen and a few seconds in its Mixing Chamber!
Your kids can use coloring pencils like Chameleon Pencils. These extraordinary tools are double-ended. Each end features two perfectly matched colors that allow for buttery smooth colored masterpieces. Your kids don’t need to sift through hundreds of pencils anymore; they can just flip the Chameleon Pencil to blend. Quick, easy coloring for them and less mess for you.
Push the medium to the maximum with Chameleon Pens
If you’re interested in taking your talents one step further, check out our ultimate techniques guide to using Chameleon Pens and Pencils. It’ll cover everything from various coloring and blending tricks to how to look after your tools.
Title Image by Robin