A R T + K I D S : Sketchbooks
When I was growing up my mom bought us good sketchbooks with one strict rule: never tear a page out of the sketchbook.
I am so grateful to have all those years of sketchbooks to look back on now. It’s fun to see the evolution of creativity from elementary school, high school and college years.
I have the same rule with my kids and their sketchbooks have become a go-to during down time, when they want some time to themselves. Their sketchbooks are their own personal journey. Nothing has to be perfect. Ever. Yet, it’s amazing to see the beautiful work that comes out of them. I believe in investing in good quality materials once they are ready to hold a pencil and you no longer have to worry about the hazards of pointed pens and pencils.
I love Canson’s 8 1/2” x 11” basic black bound sketchbooks. These have hard covers and have a high quality acid free paper that lasts over time, and takes all sorts of dry media nicely (pencil, colored pencils, markers). For materials, I love to have the following on hand:
- colored pencils: I love Prismacolor - they are soft, provide vibrant color, and can blend. These aren’t cheap so I keep them stashed away when not in use.
- water-based markers, such as Stabilo. These may be water-based but they don’t wash out of clothes or furniture, so be mindful of location for these ones.
- for children 8 and up, I love Micron pens in various widths from .03 to .08. These are great to use instead of pencils to teach them to commit to their line. We don’t want little eraser fiends. Happy accidents are a great thing in art, and working in pen frees them up and teaches them the confidence to just go with it.