Craft Stick and Blo Pen Process Art

Process Art is one of my favourite things to do with the monsters,  there is something about watching children take the time to see how things work, what they can do with given materials, whilst they make their own decision's and be creative in their own unique way. I grabbed the blo pens and craft sticks and left them out. They asked what we were making, I replied 'make what you like'....

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First of all, you may be thinking, what is process art? I thought exactly the same when I first heard it! If I may use an excerpt from Nurture Store, one of the very first blogs I read and loved. Cathy's play planners were what made me start activities with the kids, they got me out of the rut I found myself in as a brand new stay at home mum with a toddler and a baby.

''Process art is not about teaching children how to do art. It’s about creating a space for them to discover it for themselves. Process art is about freedom, not rules.

With a practice of process art, we’re more interested in how the art is being created than in what the finished product is going to look like.''  Excerpt from The Benefits of Process Art For Children -Nurture Store

So with that in mind why not give it a go today with your children, whether you grab paints, or crayons, paper or cardboard, and let them be free to create anything they like!

What You Need:

Blo pens
Craft sticks

Our invitation to play was set up simply, but caught all of the monsters attention, even Ellie who is 12! Ellie, of course, ended up with a particular end product, because after experimenting, decided this was an awesome way to make some personalised wall art for her friends, using the craft sticks to create her friends names.

First they started simply using the blo pens to see what patterns they could make, then they added craft sticks and used the blo pens over the top, which gave a resist art technique. Then they layered the craft sticks, and the colours to make some real awesome colours and patterns.

Ellie also finished of her art by grabbing some glue and sticking some of the craft sticks around her picture to create a frame, it was a lovely touch and something I hadn't even envisioned myself!

So why not grab yourself some blo pens and craft sticks and give it a go yourself.

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