An activity with paper, pencils and texters…and a colouring in book for something special.
I used to think of drawing as a designated compartment in family life. Something the kids did as a random activity on a rainy afternoon.
Since I met Fi, who is holidaying in Bali for 6 months with her family, I’ve extended our basic drawing materials. Any excuse to buy stationery, right? Fi uses simple drawing materials in a wonderful way, and it’s impacted my attitude towards drawing, and every day art.
At my place now, you will find watercolours, pencils, a black fine point pen and lovely paper sitting permanently on my kitchen bench. And we draw. All of us. Me even. I draw leaves while waiting for the jug to boil. The kids draw characters, notes, doodles, rainbows, flowers and sunshine.
I don’t think a day goes by without some sort of artwork, because the materials are always there, waiting. No one needs permission to draw…it can be done at whim or with reason. Sure, we have some rules about packing up but I’ve learned that if I keep things simple, seamless transitions are possible. So, drawing is now an integral, and very enjoyable part of our every day lives, woven in the time already given. Woven. Weave. Thread. Through. I like that.
It’s grounding — drawing — calming; it helps you to see and feel.
You can be both present and mindless at the same time.
Drawings can grow into art with paint, paper and collage…over hours, days or weeks. Layers.
Life should have layers. Growth. Inspiration. Creation. And a little spontaneity.
I asked Fi, what materials she enjoys to use in Bali so I could add a few more materials to our ever growing list.
Materials in Fi’s basic drawing/art kit
- Watercolour Paint
- Paint brushes
- Washi tape
- Paper clips
- Paper / Sketch pad
Materials Fi added on their travels
- More pencils
Below are some gorgeous doodles and super simple projects done by Fi and her kids. It’s inspiring!
Our Drawing/Art Materials
- Fine Point Pen
- Watercolour paper (slightly textured)