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Drawing Together

5x8" sketch moleskine, pitt pen, drawn with my daughter (10)

My daughters and I so often draw or do art at the same time at the breakfast table, working at our own pace on our own thing. But new patterns are slowly emerging. My older daughter and I have discovered the coziness of drawing together, working on the same page. Even if your kid is a month away from turning 11. And she is an inch taller than you. And she is a brilliant artist. And she is addicted to Harry Potter.

It started a few weeks ago when we drew mandalas based on the other person's instructions in The Mandala Challenge. Around 11pm one night at the hotel, my younger daughter was reading Chasing Vermeer, and my older daughter and I wanted to draw in the same journal. No-one was ready to go to sleep. So we started taking turns doodling, adding to the doodles and connecting them with different patterns. We traded the pitt pen back and forth, watched each other draw, made suggestions, improvised, designed, decorated. And finally crashed.

Right now I'm thinking that drawing together is warm and wonderful and fun and refreshing and so many other adjectives. Let's hope it lasts!

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Reader Comments (10)

Ahhhh, Tammy the bonds you are building!!!

09.17.2010 | Unregistered CommenterEden

That sounds really cool! I know it's something my mom and I would do too! It's great to share something like art with your mom/your daughter, it brings you so close!
Plus, that line drawing is beautiful! :)

09.17.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKendra

Sounds wonderful, hope it lasts.
Your drawings as always are beautiful.

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09.17.2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

I don't know why but I am really drawn to zentangles and b/w doodles right now, so this page just amazes me. I think it so cool that you do art with your daughter. Talk about studio friend!

09.17.2010 | Unregistered CommenteriHanna

Ohhhh how wonderful! I hope it lasts and lasts!!! Hugs, Terri xoxox

What a wonderful idea! Jaylene and I immediately started a drawing together project. We both started a drawing and would switch after a few minutes. Fun! Thank you for the inspiration.

09.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie K in Taiwan

That's awesome! I've recently started drawing doodley mandalas over all of my notebooks during class. :) It's so therapeutic and I imagine it'd be a great activity for doing with your kids!

09.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Eden, I truly hope so.

Kendra, Thank you for your sweet words, and for saying hello.

Carol, You are always leaving the nicest comments, thank you!

Hanna, My kids are the best people to do art with. I had no idea things would turn out this way, so glad they did.

Terri, I hope so too. So far so good.

Julie, Yay! I'm thrilled to hear that you and Jaylene drew together. It really is a new and different way to draw. I like the idea of switching projects back and forth, we'll try that too!

Michelle, It's a perfect way to add fun to your world and get through class (I was always bored in classes). Plus your notebooks must look super cool now!

~ Tammy

09.19.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

Tammy what a very prescious way to share your time together. My two children and I have worked on l creatiing individual arty crafty bits 'n' pieces at the same time. But I have never thought of working on the same project or piece at the same time - it sounds wonderful. I will put the idea to them tomorrow at breakfast and if it is well received, l will ook forward to having a go. You have done it again .......... yet another brilliant inspirational idea. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.
Warmest best wishes to you all from all of us.

10.14.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSu Ward

We are reading Chasing Vermeer as our current readaloud, any ideas for children's art project to go along with it? Love your blog, so many wonderful inspirations and ideas!

11.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAli

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