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How to Teach a Child to Draw

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Everyone can master drawing. In the beginning, you have to learn simple techniques that develop your imagination and instill a love for creativity. For example, you can make an interesting painting out of balloons with paint, colored salt, or even colored sand.

5-Minute Crafts put together some simple methods and tricks that can help anyone from beginners to experienced artists.

13. Glue, pastels, and colored sand

You will need:

  • clear PVA glue

  • colored sand

  • oil pastels

  • a sheet of black cardstock

What you should do: Use glue to draw chaotic streaks on the sheet. Sprinkle them with colored sand on top before the glue dries. Wait 10 minutes. Blow off the excess sand, then paint over the empty spaces with different colored oil pastels.

To prevent the pastels from peeling off, you can fix it with a special fixative spray or regular hairspray. You can also cover the glue pattern with sparkles instead of colored sand.

12. Balloons and tempera

You will need:

  • balloons

  • primed canvas

  • tempera and acrylic paints

  • a sheet of cardboard

What you should do: Start with the background. Paint the top of the canvas with blue and white paint, and the bottom with light brown paint. Squeeze violet, white, and purple paints onto a plate. Dip the inflated balloon in them several times to mix the colors together. Then touch the canvas with the balloon to create flowers. Make leaves with a smaller balloon using the same technique. Draw a vase on cardboard and cut it out, and then glue it to the canvas under the bouquet.

11. Salt, glue, and watercolor paint

You will need:

  • clear PVA glue

  • salt

  • watercolor paints

  • a sheet of black cardboard

What you need to do: Use glue to draw butterflies. Then sprinkle it generously with salt before it gets dry. Wait 10 minutes. Put a brush into the paint and slightly wet it with water to color the butterflies.

10. Crayons and gouache

You will need:

  • crayons

  • black gouache

  • a wooden stick with a sharp end (chopsticks work well too)

  • a cardboard sheet

What you need to do: First paint the cardboard sheet with wax crayons in a chaotic manner. Try to alternate contrasting colors, or simply paint the entire space with a rainbow. Then cover the entire sheet with black gouache. Wait until it dries. Now mark the outlines of the future drawing with a pencil and gently scrape it with a wooden stick, removing the black film from the cardboard.

9. Ink, gouache, cotton swabs, and a straw

You will need:

  • black ink

  • cotton swabs

  • gouache

  • a straw

  • 2 thick sheets of paper and cardboard

What you need to do: Spill some ink on the bottom of the paper or cardboard. Use a straw to blow on the ink so that it spreads in different directions, to resemble a tree with branches. Then take cotton swabs, dip them in gouache, and draw red and white flowers, like in the photo above. Now, cut out a vase from another sheet of paper or cardboard, paint it, and glue it to the base of the tree.

8. Palms, gouache, and markers

You will need:

  • gouache

  • markers

  • a sheet of paper

What you need to do: Pour gouache onto a plate or in any other container, dip your left palm in it, and place it on the paper so that the base of your palm is in the center of the sheet, while your fingers point to the left. Repeat your actions with your right palm, placing the print of your palm on the right side of the paper symmetrically to the left. Now, draw the claws, eyes, and eyebrows of a crab with markers.

Don’t be afraid to experiment. This way you can turn the prints of your kid’s hands and feet into funny drawings and then give them to your family and friends.

7. Duct tape, acrylic paint, and kitchen sponges

You will need:

  • duct tape

  • acrylic paints

  • a kitchen sponge

  • a thick sheet of paper

What you need to do: Cover the sheet of paper with duct tape as shown in the photo above. Then paint the free spaces, combining colors according to the principle of a gradient (from darker to lighter shades). Use a sponge to move from one corner to another, touching the paints and gently mixing the colors together. Let the paints dry and remove the tape.

6. Acrylic paints and a hairdryer

You will need:

  • acrylic paints

  • hair dryer

  • a sheet of cardboard

What you need to do: Squeeze some acrylic paint out on a sheet of cardboard in different places. Use a hairdryer to blow on the spots and spread the paint over the sheet. Then apply white paint on top with bold drops and blow them over the sheet, also using a hairdryer.

Try to use more colors, combining contrasting shades and mixing them with the hairdryer. This way you’ll create beautiful abstract drawings.

5. Acrylic paints and a hair brush

You will need:

  • acrylic paints

  • a hairbrush with bristles

  • a sheet of cardboard

What you need to do: Draw a tree trunk and branches on a sheet of cardboard. Then put red paint on the bristles and by touching the sheet gently, paint the crown of the tree. Repeat your actions with yellow paint to add volume to the leaves.

Try to add more details to the drawing with the same technique. Cover the bottom of the sheet with yellow and green strokes to imitate grass under the tree.

4. Acrylic paints and wool thread

You will need:

  • acrylic paints

  • wool thread

  • a sheet of cardboard

What you should do: Cover the cardboard with black paint. Pour yellow and orange paints into an empty container and dip the wool thread into the resulting mix. Take the thread out and put it on the sheet in a spiral shape. Then, by moving from the edge of the sheet to the center, gently pull the thread up, gradually lifting it to form splotches.

3. Pastels, soap, and gouache

You will need:

  • oil pastels

  • black gouache

  • a bird-shaped stencil

  • a bar of soap

  • a metal sponge

  • a sheet of cardboard

What you should do: Paint the entire sheet with pastel crayons. Then cover the entire surface of the drawing with soap and paint over it with black gouache. Wait until it’s dry. Attach the stencil to the sheet and use a metal sponge to wipe off the top layer of gouache.

You can do without a stencil or a metal sponge. Try to draw with a sharp wooden stick or an ordinary fork, gently removing the layer of the black gouache.

2. A plastic bag and acrylic paint

You will need:

  • a plastic bag

  • acrylic paints

  • a spatula

  • a sheet of cardboard

What you should do: Cover the sheet with purple paint first and then with white paint. Take a plastic bag, fill it with air, and touch the sheet with it as shown in the photo above. With the help of a spatula, paint the leaves and stem of the flowers.

1. Gouache, a kitchen sponge, and pieces of paper

You will need:

  • gouache

  • a kitchen sponge

  • paper pieces

  • a sheet of paper

What you should do: First, create a background by painting the sky. Then tear the pieces of paper so that they resemble mountains and hills in silhouette. Apply them to the sheet and use them as stencils. Paint with a sponge. Try combining different colors to make the picture look 3-D.

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