I love finding ways to have students write in a non-linear fashion. Here is a writing and painting page that I made in my Strathmore Art Journal, and the color held up wonderfully.

MATERIALS

  • Drawing or Journal paper
  • Circular lids for tracing
  • Crayons
  • Watercolor paint

 

DIRECTIONS

1. I have a die cut that can make 2″ and 3″ circle templates, but you could trace jars or lids instead. Students write “I am thankful for…” in crayon, and then trace a lot of overlapping circles around the page. Names of the people or things they are thankful for are written inside, using crayon and pressing hard. Using a tiny 3/4″ round stencil, they fill in any extra space with lots of little circles. Multiple crayon colors in each make them look a bit like marbles.
2. Liquid watercolor is used to fill in each circle. While wet, and with a thin brush, a partial ring around the edge is added to each. A light hand with the painting will bring about the best results.
NOTE: To buy these Strathmore Art Journal Kits online, visit artterro.com.