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I for Illustrator’s Art

Children’s books these days have crossed every horizon and show every dream that a child can dream of! Not only children but even adults are addicted to reading these storybooks over and over again. I myself am guilty of it! They not only have amazing stories but also so much to learn and see. Like the author’s words, an illustrator’s art is also important and influential. Bringing the words to life and elucidating them through drawings in a way that kids can relate to it and even imagine being a part of it. I’m sure you have come across kids who will want to read one book over and over again. The words and the illustrations have both worked their magic on that child, you see.

How can we not try our hands on our favorite illustrator’s work?

Illustrator Axel Scheffler


One such illustrator is Axel Scheffler. He is a German illustrator and animator based in London. An award winning, internationally acclaimed illustrator with some of the most well-loved children’s books. His books have been published in many languages and his work has been exhibited all around the world. The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s child, Room on the Broom and Superworm are some of his best known work.

Superworm – Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Eira’s attempt to Axel Scheffler’s illustration from Superworm. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

Eira always chooses his illustrations to draw when asked to draw from books. This is one of our favorite activities to unwind at the end of the day.

Charlie Cook’s favourite book – Illustrated by Axel Scheffler. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.
Eira’s sketch from The Gruffalo illustrated by Axel Scheffler. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

All you need is your child’s favourite books and some colors. That’s it!

When planning to do this activity, let your child decide which illustrator, which book and which particular drawing they would like to give a try. You will be surprised by their choices and their drawings. This activity is a great way to enhance their drawing skills, color choices and using them on paper.

Illustrator Rob Biddulph

Another amazing illustrator that we cannot miss to mention but came to know only during lockdown 2020 is Rob Biddulph (also an author). When the pandemic was on the rise, schools were closed and kids were at home and parents were going crazy looking for activities to plan for their kids. Keeping this in mind, Rob Biddulph started a draw-along video series called #Drawwithrob twice a week. These drawings were from his very own books and the videos became very popular garnering millions of views. On 21 May 2020, he broke the Guinness World Record for the largest online art lesson when 45,611 participants drew a whale with him.

#DrawwithRob series by Eira. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

For us, Sundays were #DrawwithRob day during lockdown. It enhanced her skills immeasurably.

#DrawwithRob series by Eira. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.
#DrawwithRob series by Eira. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

Definitely recommend his series which is available on his website and also on Youtube.

#DrawwithRob series by Eira. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

Do try Illustrator’s art activity with your kids and I’m sure they are going love it!

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G For Glue Drawing with Pastel Chalk – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

This craft is super interesting. Kids usually first draw with a pencil and color the picture but with this piece of art, kids either draw and then outline with glue or even skip using pencil and directly draw with glue. It definitely becomes more interesting to see how it all works out.

Colored chalk or soft pastels are used in this project. They are messy yet blend in so beautifully that I highly recommend having them in your kid’s art supplies.

Supplies
Black chart paper
Bottle of fevicol
Pencil and eraser
Colored chalk/soft pastels

Let’s get started

1. Go alongwith your child’s ideas of drawing. We have chosen underwater theme here.

2. Let them draw with a pencil and then squeeze glue to outline the whole drawing.

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3. Let the glue dry up. It will take around 45 minutes to an hour depending on the size of your drawing and where you place it. We keep it under the sun and that sped up the drying process. To our surprise, the glue started turning transparent as it dried. Many of us I’m sure didn’t know of this.

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4. You have your canvas ready to be filled with colors.
5. Chalk colors create a lot of dust and also need blending with fingertips to even it out. 6. Make sure to cover all.the nooks and crannies inside each section made by the glue to cover the black paper.

Your Glue drawing is ready.

We have created a quick video when Eira created her underwater glue drawing.

https://www.instagram.com/reel/CNab-DwlzMf/

Hope you enjoy it!

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E For Easter Bunny – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Happy Easter to you all!

We celebrated Easter 2 days ago, but are still trying to get over the scrumptious food, chocolate eggs and cookies. For kids as well as grown-ups, Easter is always associated with bunnies and eggs. Bunnies usually give birth to a group of little kittens and so it symbolizes new life. It is believed that the Easter bunny lays and decorates eggs and then hides them for everyone to find. The eggs also symbolize new life. Today, parents and grandparents follow this tradition and hide chocolate eggs around their home and garden for an Easter egg hunt. Christian families also decorate their homes with different make bunnies and painted eggshells.

So what better than sharing the little DIY decor that we made for Easter.

Supplies
Handtowels of any color
Rubber bands
Colored Satin ribbons
Googly eyes
Colored pompoms

Let’s get started

1. Place the handtowel inside out with one corner facing towards you.

2. Start rolling from the same corner up to the other side and then fold it to make a U-shape.

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3. Secure the folded U side with a rubber band tightly. This will form the bunny’s furry squishy bottom.

4. Now fold the pointy ends on the side towards the U-shape and secure with a rubber band. This will form the bunny’s face.

5. Fold the pointy ends upwards to make bunny’s ears.

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6. Tie a ribbon around the face of the bunny.

7. Glue the googly eyes and a pompom to make a nose.

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Your Easter Bunny is ready. Place the bunny with painted eggs or eggshells and chocolate eggs around.

We have made a quick video while Eira made these bunnies for Easter.

Hope you like it!

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