March TinkerSketch Sketchbook Challenge

Sketchbook Challenge from TinkerLab.com

After an awesome month of the TinkerSketch Sketchbook Challenge on Instagram and Facebook, we're ready to try another round in the month of March. Over the past month I have received many notes of appreciation that shared how this challenge: Was personally transformative Brought families together Added a meaningful shared art experience in a science-based high … [Read more...]

Simple Sketchbook Prompt to Kick off the Day

Circles and Watercolor Paint | A Simple Sketchbook Prompt | TinkerLab

Today I have a fun and simple sketchbook prompt for you. This one is for all of my tinkersketch friends, new and old. I've been trying to make a habit of getting up before the kids so that I can have a little time to breathe before the day begins. A few weeks ago I picked up these new Canson Mixed Media journals (Amazon affiliate link), found on sale at Michael's,and I … [Read more...]

TinkerSketch Instagram Sketchbook Challenge

TinkerSketch Sketchbook Challenge on Instagram

It turns out that April will be a month of creative challenges here on TinkerLab! First up, we have the Creative Challenge for Kids, and secondly I'm excited to introduce our first Instagram challenge for all of us sketchbook fans: the TinkerSketch Sketchbook Challenge. We first introduced the TinkerSketch Project a couple years ago, and without too much fanfare I'm happy … [Read more...]

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...]

Tinkersketch Art Ideas

tinkersketch art ideas

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...]

Do you Keep a Journal or a Sketchbook?

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary

Do you keep a journal? I'm juggling a bunch of projects at the moment -- did I tell you that I'm writing a book?  Gasp. That's a post for another day! -- and I'm trying to keep this blog going without killing myself in the process. One of the things that grounds me, and my kids, are our sketchbooks. When we have an idea, it goes into the sketchbook. When we buy new … [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...]