Less is More: A Child-Adult Art Collaboration

How to set up a Child + Adult Art Collaboration

I was on Instagram the other day and shared a sketchbook collaboration that my five-year old and I were working on. My friends Ness from One Perfect Day, Kate from An Everyday Story, and Shana from Ain't no Mom Jeans asked me to share more about how we collaborate. They asked: Who suggests the ideas, colors, etc.? How do you encourage/add input etc. without taking the … [Read more...]

Reason #1: Why I Carry a Sketchbook

Why I carry a sketchbook

Do you carry a sketchbook around in your bag or purse? I have one with me almost all the time. I say "almost" because today I found myself without it -- left behind in my art studio -- and I furiously scrambled for scraps of paper to entertain my 3-year old during an impromptu meeting. Thankfully she was happy with a book I had in my bag and found a way to keep herself busy … [Read more...]

Bamboo Rubber Band Book

Bamboo Rubber Band Book

Today I'm excited to introduce you to Jody Alexander. Jody is a librarian and bookmaker who teaches bookmaking from Wishi Washi Studio in Santa Cruz, CA, and also teaches classes through the newly-launched Creative Bug. Tinkerlab special: Jody is sharing a code for a Creative Bug discount at the end of this post. Once you make one of these Bamboo Rubber Band Books, you'll … [Read more...]

Tinkersketch Challenge: Draw Into Wet Paint

glue pages together

It's been a while since I've posted a Tinkersketch challenge on our blog, and since we've been getting some great tinkersketch feedback on Instagram I thought I'd share a favorite low-stress way to get some paint and marks on paper. I'm all about low-threshold art-making, and don't want anyone to walk away because they're overwhelmed, so I'll always try to offer easy ways … [Read more...]

Fingerprint Spiders for Halloween

Simple and Fun Fingerprint Spiders | Tinkerlab

Did you know that black widows are known for cannibalizing their mates?* Eek. Bet you didn't plan to come to Tinkerlab today to get info like that. Spider season has arrived, at least in the Halloween sense of the word, and while it may feel to early for some of us, kids can be wildly in tune with the changing of the seasons. And if it still feels too premature, you can … [Read more...]