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Line Art

I found this activity here.

Basically you draw random squiggly lines on a sheet of paper and color in however you want. Emma and Johnny really enjoyed this activity; they actually spent a couple days finishing their artwork! I helped Johnny color his in, which was very relaxing. Our house is a bit torn up right now (switching to a new heating system as the previous one broke – something we knew might happen when we moved in and thankfully something that happened AFTER rather than in the middle of a long cold winter) so I’m very grateful for quiet table activities like this one!


Is it just me, or is Johnny’s hair getting lighter every day?

Here are their masterpieces – as I was scanning them in Emma noted that hers actually is not finished, so I guess she’ll be working on it some more!


Emma line art[2]


Johnny line art[2]

I drew the lines on Emma’s using a permanent marker instead of a plain black marker, which is why the lines on hers look so much bolder.

We just colored these in randomly, but I could see this being a nice add-on activity to a lesson on complementary/contrasting colors or color wheels. You can also try to color in the squiggles to look like different objects or animals (sort of like finding objects/animals in clouds). I’m also thinking of having the kids make a few on cardstock to turn into cards.

MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

12 thoughts on “Line Art”

  1. This is another thing that would keep me busy for ages as a child! visiting your blog today is bringing back memories for me :)

  2. We’re really good about making squiggly pictures in our house. This would be the perfect way to expand on those drawings. Thanks for the idea.

  3. I remember doing this in grade school when I was much younger. After all of the spots were colored in, the teacher would trace the black line with glue and sprinkle glitter on the glue. It made a colorful piece of 3D artwork.

  4. That looks like a great activity! I’m impressed at how well Emma colors inside the lines.

  5. I love this idea! I’ve always found coloring relaxing, too, and I like how this idea frees kids up from feeing there’s a right way to do it.

  6. very fun! We’ll try it out today.

    …Squiggles sure would be a lot easier than what they usually ask for: princesses, horses, etc. Plus, lots more spaces to fill in with color…

  7. Just thinking of doing this activity is so relaxing for me. It reminds me of the crazy doodling I used to do in my school days. I’ll have to give it a try with the girls.

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