Tinkersketch Challenge: Draw Into Wet Paint

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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...]

Make a Sketch: A sketch a day keeps the dullness away


Do you draw? If so, how do you create time to make a sketch? I try to make a habit of sketching something every day. When I get really busy, which seems like a lot lately, I'm terrible at keeping this promise to myself. If you know my blog, you might remember that I started the Tinkersketch challenge last summer. Basically, it's a simple challenge to make a drawing every … [Read more...]

Tinkersketch Art Ideas

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Are you a creative parent or teacher who's looking for some art ideas? Do you know about the ongoing #Tinkersketch art journal challenge that's brewing over on Instagram? Every day, people just like you and me show up to snap and share photos of their sketchbook art ideas.  The idea behind this challenge is to make a little bit of room in our busy parenting lives to … [Read more...]

Double Page Spread: Week 4 {Inspiration + Art Prompts}


The Double Page Spread Challenge started just one month ago on May 7, and as of today 105 photos have been uploaded to Instagram with the hashtag #tinkersketch. I'm so grateful for this fun and supportive little (growing) community and look forward to sharing updates and prompts with you each week. Although I started the DPS Challenge with adults in mind, the challenge is … [Read more...]

Double Page Spread: Create Some Distance


"Distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything."  -Jonah Lehrer Hey there. Yesterday was the bi-monthly Creative Challenge, so I'm a day late with my Double Page Spread (DPS) sketchbook challenge prompts and whatnot. If you're new to this, click here … [Read more...]

DPS Sketchbook Challenge, Made Easy

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Are you participating in the DPS challenge? You can join at any time and your sketches can be as basic or complex as you like. My friend, Aude, told me that some of the entries I shared last week intimidated her. These weren't her words exactly, but that was the gist of it, and I thought I needed to reset this challenge since that wasn't my intent at all. I love how the honesty … [Read more...]

How to Use a Sketchbook to Boost Creativity

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Have you ever kept a sketchbook? Are you on the DPS (Double Page Spread) journey with me? Have you thought about joining, but you haven't started yet? When I introduced the DPS Challenge, I talked about the importance of starting a visual journal practice as a way to nurture your own creativity. But did you know that modeling habits of creative thinking such … [Read more...]

#TinkerSketch {Day One}


I'm excited about the enthusiastic response to yesterday's invitation to create a daily Double Page Spread Challenge.  The ideas and iterations that I'm hearing from you are so inspiring. Since this is a creativity challenge, it's no surprise that you're coming up with personal ways to participate: doodling on your iPads, making collages, and incorporating writing with … [Read more...]

Tinkersketch Challenge

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Why should kids have all the fun? I'm starting the week off with a little challenge to open up a sketchbook and create a double page spread every day. I find that my kids are more creative when they witness my own passion for creativity, and this strategy is a manageable and inspiring way to walk the talk. You don't have to accept the challenge, but I'm throwing it out … [Read more...]