It is no secret that we love lines! We recently spent an afternoon tracing shapes to create our own unique patterns to color. It was fun to see how differently everyone’s patterns turned out using the same basic shapes.

Start with:

  • Paper
  • Pencil/Pens
  • Markers/Colored Pencils/Crayons
  • Shapes to trace

Create It!

To start, we used wooden geometrical shapes from toys and puzzles. Household items such as paper cups and coins could also be used for tracing. Or, create your own shape templates from recycled cardboard such as cereal boxes.

Next, we determined a pattern from the available shapes and traced to paper. We used markers to color in the shapes and finish our patterns!

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We love basic shapes and bright colors! For today’s project, we incorporated color coding label stickers into our doodle sketches. With only three supplies, this simple art project provided hours of fun.

Start with:

  • Paper
  • Pens/Markers/Colored Pencils
  • Assorted Label Stickers

Create It!

Begin by choosing and placing a sticker/s on paper. Use pens, markers, or colored pencils to turn the stickers into fun and colorful artwork.

We also created some doodles using only black pen with the brightly colored stickers and they really popped!


Start with:

  • Favorite zombie sketch
  • Card Stock, light cardboard or heavier paper
  • Single paper punch
  • Paint/Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Yarn
  • Stapler
  • Scissors

Create It!

Any zombie fans out there? We have a couple at the studio – the more gruesome, the better! We thought it would be fun to create special frames to display some of our favorite zombie sketches. It was pretty simple and gruesome in the best way possible!

Begin by painting the cardstock or light cardboard for the frame. (We recycled the cover of a catalog we received in the mail that was printed on a heavier paper.)

After the paint dries, center and glue the zombie sketch to the painted frame.

Place hole punches on the frame (top and bottom for each “zombie scar”). Cut and string yarn through two punched holes. Tie yarn in knot on back of frame.

Staple three to four staples close together on the tied yarn to create the “zombie scar.” Repeat for as many “zombie scars” as desired.

Once Halloween rolls around, we will likely do this again with more zombies and other creepy monsters!