Pop-Art colouring-in

Pop Art Colouring-in

Every book store and every craft store I visit now a days has mountains and mountains of colouring-in books. And even though I know they have their place in the world and it helps some people to focus away from daily life, I wonder how many are just lying around gathering dust.

I believe that if you would like to colour-in you just have to look around your house and you can find plenty of opportunities. Here is an easy one, that came to me when I was looking at old photographs. Particular one of my young grandmother. In those days when she was a healthy young lady there were no colour photos, yet the family wanted one. The photographer would retouch the picture with colour. You can do the same with black and white copies.

  • magazine
  • photocopier (often part of multi functional printers)
  • pencils

Find a picture in a magazine you like or take a picture of your family. I love browsing the National Geographic for this. Make a black and white photo copy of the picture. Take your coloured pencils and start to colour-in some of the elements. The fun thing is you can give things unnatural colours and have a pop-art effect. You can but don’t have to colour-in everything and have a great picture. Enjoy and experiment!

15 minutes of drawing: birds

15 Minutes of Drawing: Birds

It is nice that you only have to use a beak and imply wings or eggs and your brain already makes it a bird…

You can find my other birds on Instagram @renateandtheanthouse

Next week: Kitchen utensils

theatre what next

What happened at the Theatre?

Last week I build a little theatre, to entertain ourselves with made up stories. And I really story telling ideaswanted to continue with…. And here is where I got stumped, because what do you do first. Come up with the puppets, or more professionally characters. The sceneries and backdrops, or the story. I went around in circles and have yet to make a decision. On my quest for a story I did come across a fun story making exercise that I will probably use to determine my characters. Here it is;

Take 2 household objects or 2 objects lying on your desk and imagine them having a conversation.

Like: The spoon was lying next to the plate and asked the fork on top of the plate what was for diner….

Or: The thread did not like the look of the scissors. The scissors did not understand as they were a bit shy….

Let me know of some good object conversations, hopefully by next week I have made that decision and every thing can fall into place.

letter drawing

Drawing with Letters

In a household where going to school is new and exciting conversations often revolve around letters and words. “What is this letter?” “How is this word spelt?”, a bunch of random letters get put together… “Mam what does this spell?”.

While talking about letters and words and writing these things down, my doodle mum pops up and I start to make drawings out of some letters, trying to connect the drawing with the letter with the word and that is fun. All you need:

  • paper
  • pen

letters in to picturesEven better I have already drawn some letters for you, so all you have to do is come up with little drawings incorporating the letter. Have fun!

PDF; 160524 letter drawing

the theatre

Going to the Theatre

One of those things that would be lovely is going to the theatre. But as thus far I haven’t made it a priority in my life. Making up stories, songs and plays is a different cattle of fish. You can do that anywhere especially if you have a little theatre.

I have made this model ready for finger puppets and my daughters have already expressed they want to have a go as well, but first the adults are going to have some fun.


  • Theatre template ready for you on 160519 theatre PDF
  • cardboard (from an old box)
  • decorative paper
  • glue stick
  • scissors or craft knife.

Print the pdf and glue it to the cardboard. The pdf has all the right measurements for the finger puppet theatre, but you can of course up scale it. Use the lines to cut the different parts of the theatre. The lines of where the stands attach to the body might have to be widened to accommodate the width of the cardboard. The square in the middle needs to be removed.

After all the parts are ready decorate with scraps of beautiful paper to give it the feel of a real theatre. Slot the stands in to the body so your theatre can stand up.

PDF 160519 theatre