I’ve been on a doodling spree! Set me in front of a blank sheet of paper, and I usually draw a blank. But thanks to Pinterest, inspiration abounds – even when it comes to doodling.
This is my third batch of doodle ideas – you can look to my Project Pinterest page for more. Below, three more ideas to jump start your doodling: Leaf Line Patterns, Dandelions, and Textured Landscapes.
Nature DIY Coloring Pages
Time: 10-20 minutes, but that’s not really the point this time, right?
Cost: Free, since you probably have the supplies already
- markers/crayons/colored pencils/etc.
Leaf Line Patterns
One of my favorite elementary art blogs is Art Projects for Kids because of the daily ideas with practical supplies and instructions. I pinned this idea a while ago, and it goes with the nature theme of today’s coloring pages.
1. I like to start with a box, so my drawing is contained – it’s just less intimidating to me than a blank piece of paper. Draw a couple leaves with veins that extend to the edges.
2. In each section, draw a different pattern (in a different color if you want.) Zig zags, stripes, cross hatches, shapes, concentric circles, checkerboard, etc.
3. Finish up by adding “energy lines” around the shapes – concentric outlines around the leaves.
I added color to each section, but I think it would be fun to do the patterns in different colors as well, just like the original. Either way, the doodling is the best part.
There’s not much to say that isn’t covered in the drawing, but I made a little icon just for fun.
I love the three dandelions with “make a wish…” Such a cute idea!
I pinned this picture and then discovered that it comes from an Italian art teacher’s blog – you never know where you’ll end up when you start following pins to their source, which is another reason why I love Pinterest!
I used the example as a model the first time, then started creating my own landscapes. First, I drew outlines of each layer; From the bottom to the top: Rocks, grass, hill, tree, water, mountain, sky. Then add a different texture (in a different color if you wish) for each layer – lines, cross hatch, spirals, etc. My favorite part was writing “sky” in continuous cursive at the top – all those looping loop de loops make me smile.
These landscapes are addictive once you get started – I made another one too!
Hooray for Pinterest and coloring creatively!