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Scribble Art Creatures

Create something out of nothing with scribble art. There is nothing more fun than making art from a scribble. The thing I like most about these funny little mixed up scribble creatures is that they are whimsical and clearly imaginary.Scribble Art Creatures Tutorial | Hip Hoemschool Moms

One thing I feel that’s missing for many children today is a sense of imagination. Creativity is something to be fostered and appreciated. I hope you won’t be too busy to see if you and your child can create your own scribble art!

This lesson can be done with any age, but be reasonable about how the outcome is and focus on process! It takes time to develop skill for creating lifelike features and contour shading. With elementary aged children focus on shape and color with just a touch of shading; with middle school and high school work specifically on shading and creating features.

Scribble Art Creatur Tutorial | Hip Homeschool MomsWhat you need to make Scribble Art Creatures

    • Pencil
    • White Paper
    • Colored Pencils
    • Felt Tip Ink Pen, Black
    • Choice for Background- Watercolor or Paper
    • Scissors
    • Watered Down Glue & Paintbrush

How to Make Scribble Art Creatures

Begin with making a simple loose scribble. It’s okay for you to be slightly purposeful in your attempt. But usually your scribble creature will come out much diferently than you first think anyway. So go ahead and give it a try! The fun thing about this project is that if offers surprises and happy accidents for your artwork. Sometimes art takes on a “life of it’s own”. And that’s perfectly okay.  What you do with it is where your skill comes in. Begin making a scribble art creature by making a simple loose scribble. |Hip Homeschool Moms

Next, turn your scribble every which way till you see something in it; an eye, a funny nose, or a tuft of hair. Any feature will do and you and your child will bring out the feature that you see when you begin working. This is where you begin to make this nothing into a something! It’s a lot like inkblot art or seeing images in the clouds. When something doesn’t make sense our minds fill in the image with something recognizable. In the same way, we take a scribble and see a creature.Turn your scribble till you see features to amke a creature with for this scribble art project. | Hip Homeschool Moms

Once I found the image I would create, I added just a few lines to make the image noticeable-just to “bring it to life” a bit.

I added just a few lines to the beak and eye to make the creature noticable!| Hip Homeschool Moms

Add color and definition. Start with what you could first see. Notice the circle below the eye in the picture below. This is a good example of adding shape for shading where the scribble lines already exist. You can choose to ignore some lines and accentuate others. These funny creatures are a figment of your imagination, so it makes no difference how much sense they make. Scribble Srt Creature Project Tutorial| Hip Homeschool Moms

Color and shade. This is an excellent time to teach shading. Color darker in areas near the lines and fade out in center. Create roundness and depth with circles that are not colored in or only lightly colored in.

This gives the highlighted effect where the light would be reflecting off the nearest part of the object. You then shade darker into the “corners”. Color and shade-switching colors from line to line. | Hip Homeschool Moms

Here is another example of how to begin shading these creatures:shading in scribble art creatures. | HipHomeschoolMoms.com

Last you will add final touches! You can add lines that aren’t there to finish your project. I added feet to my feathered creature. But try to leave all the original scribbles so that it looks like a scribble creature when it’s done! Then when the scribble is completely colored be sure to outline in pen the scribble lines you want accentuated.Once the scribble is completely colored be sure to outline in pen the scribble lines you want accentuated. | hip Homeschool Moms

If desired cut your creature out and mount on a nice backing to frame. I used a water color background that I painted in a contrasting color. And some I mounted on quality black paper.

Art Tip*When mounting artwork I prefer to use watered down glue and a paintbrush. It’s also helpful to press between books sometimes to flatten while drying. If glue has seeped out from behind be sure to wait till it’s dry to press flat. Scribble Art Framed | Hip Homeschool Moms

I’d love some suggestions for more unique ways to finish these cute scribble art creatures! How will you frame or mount the ones you and your child create? Where and how would you display them?

About the author

Stephanie Harrington

Stephanie was a military spouse for 20 years and has homeschooled for more than 17 years. She and her husband of 25 years retired from the military and settled in their native state of Iowa where they continue to homeschool their youngest child. Her homeschool style is eclectic with Charlotte Mason and classical influences. She continues to encourage and support homeschoolers through her writings and curriculum development.
When she isn't teaching or writing she enjoys sightseeing, gardening, and cooking.

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