Artist Paul Klee once said, ‘a line is a dot that went for a walk’
Intuitive Art is simply creating a piece of art based on imagination, feelings and intentions, rather than using observational or technical skills. Doodles are a great way to start a piece of intuitive art, because they can be expressed easily, quickly and the pen tends to lead the hand. Doodling is often seen as ‘not real art’ but famous artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Joan Miró created beautiful expressive paintings that effectively are made up of ‘doodles’.
This is a lovely activity to do as an adult or a child. It is both fun and incredibly calming and because it is a free-form drawing project requires no technical drawing skills.
What You Need:
- Plain paper or card
- A black permanent marker
- Watercolour Paints (or any kind of paint – see our easy DIY watercolour paint recipe here)
- A fine tipped black pen (if you permanent marker is very thick)
How To Make:
- First to create the ‘tangles’ – start by starting your pen at one edge of your paper and draw a line (in way you like- zig-zag, curly, wiggly etc) from one side to another.
- Repeat this another 3 times until you have a nice layering of interconnecting lines and shapes.
- Then simply fill each shape with colour. Experiment here with your watercolours. Allow some to bleed across into other colours and wait for others to dry before painting other areas. Play with diluting your colours to get lighter shades or adding less water fro darker shades.
- Leave to dry.
- Then using your black marker pen (or finer tipped black pen) start adding the ‘doodles’ or patterns inside each coloured section. Play with combinations of dots, lines, geometric shapes and simple curves. Anything you fancy.
- Then display your colourful piece of Art with pride.
This is a perfect opportunity to just have some time out from the hustle and bustle of life. Children need it just as much as adults. This simple exercise is one that doesn’t have to be completed in one sitting and can be used as a tool for calming a child down or just letting them express themselves.
This exercise is a great stress reliever and because there are no rules children can allow themselves to express their creativity freely. To inspire them to think beyond the paintbrush, see if they can think of other materials they could incorporate into the image so it becomes collage-like. Explore textures and even scented papers, paints and pens for a real sensory experience.
If you really want to use this as an educational tool as well then for…
You can look at repeating patterns & 2D shapes (irregular and regular).
Experiment with colour mixing and look at primary, secondary and complementary colours.
We always recommend wearing an apron or old clothes for any crafts.