Creating a scribbly painting is a fantastic painting experience that anyone can participate in. It's really fun to do.
The beauty of a scribbly painting is that there's no pressure for the art to look like something recognisable. The focus is more on the process rather than the end product.
Having said that, however, the end product can look absolutely fantastic - fit for any art gallery!
The objective of scribbly painting is to create an abstract piece of art which starts from a scribble. Yes, you read correctly - a scribble!
Swirl a permanent marker around the paper in any direction you please with the lines crossing over one another several times.
It's best to use a permanent marker so that the water colour paints don't cause the lines to bleed.
Next, start painting in the different segments created within the scribble. Use different colours for each segment.
It's fun trying to make sure that each adjoining section is a different colour. This can take some problem solving.
It also takes some hand-eye coordination to make sure the paint stays in the lines.
Children can also add features to their drawings as they want to. I love the one-eyed face added to Daniel's second painting.
David chose to take a slightly different approach. He was enjoying the permanent marker so much that his artwork was more drawing than painting. This is absolutely fine too as it's definitely the process that matters for that's where the learning occurs.
The end results:
Now to find frames and wall space to display these magnificent scribbly paintings!
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