Artfully Fun Quarantine: Scribble Art Activity
Updated: Mar 27
Hey everyone! I created a video of an activity I personally love called scribble art. (Or, at least I call it scribble art. There is another version of scribble art that is a different process.) This could be a great drawing activity for the kiddo's and even for you if you feel in the drawing mood. This activity helps with mental blocks and engages critical thinking. I often do this activity to challenge myself to look at things differently and draw things I normally wouldn't. I've known quite a few professional artists who use this activity when they have a drawing mental block.
You will need:
(This list is purely suggestive! You can get creative with any of these materials and I've listed alternative ideas next to each of these in case you are limited on what you have around the house.)
- A piece of paper (newspaper, note cards, cardboard, paper grocery bag, old mail...)
Two drawing utensils:
-A pencil (a pen works also, but ideally you want two different drawing materials. One will also still work, just thicken the lines around the item you are bringing out of your scribble)
-A pen (markers, crayons, colored pencils)
-Optional: if you have colored pencils, crayons, even paint around the house, these could be used to add details and color to the items you draw.
Here are the steps.
1. With a pencil, draw a slow, looping scribble all across your paper. I sometimes even tell my students to close their eyes if they are worried they will "cheat" by trying to already draw something in this first step.
2. Take a close look at your scribble. Rotate it several times all the way around and see what shapes jump out at you. This might take some time to find something that sparks your interest. If it starts to feel like you can't see anything in the forms, just start drawing using one of the shapes! Turn it into a made up creature or monster. I do this in the video after the first form I find.
3. Outline what you see with a second drawing utensil such as a pen. Not only begin to outline, but add details! You see something, show us what you see by making it come to life. If you have coloring tools such as crayon or colored pencil, now is the time to use them.
4. Find as many items as you can. Keep rotating your image and see what you can find. Some may turn out well, some may not. Oh well! It got your brain going and your hands drawing. You learned and it challenged you to draw new things. That's what matters.
5. Enjoy it? Do more of it! And keep this activity in mind for anytime you want to draw, but can't think of what to draw.
Here's a picture of a second example where I created some fish looking characters. Normally not my thing or style, but it was fun!