Let’s imagine and create! Start by painting a colorful or neutral background, and then paint a scene. Add a deep black outline to your drawing to make it pop!

We love watercolors, so we will continue to experiment with these fun paints. You can also create a similar look with colored pencils, crayons, or markers. Just tap into your imagination.

Getting started

You’ll need:

  • Watercolor paper, a canvas or thick paper (like a paper plate)
  • Watercolor paints
  • Black marker or paint
  • Paint brushes
  • A cup of water
  • Paper towels (for dabbing your brushes and clean up)
  • Imagination
  • Optional: Table covering or smock to protect table and clothes

Watch a video for inspiration…

If you have trouble getting inspired, you can search for ideas on our iArt page. The earlier drawings can work in this style. You might also ask yourself:

  • What do I like to draw?
  • Will the setting be a place I know, something imagined or something I’ve researched?
  • Is there a story to it? For example, does it reflect a memory? Or a place I would like to visit?
  • Where will my scene be? At the park? On the water? Or maybe it’s something entirely made up!
  • What colors will I use to reflect the image I draw? Will it be bright? Neutral? Pastels?
  • What will be part of my scene? Trees, flowers, animals, people, etc.?

Remember, focus on the process and having fun!

About our volunteer

Julia is a student at Arizona State University studying biology. She draws and paints to relax and think. You might find her at the museum helping at an event, but she’s often behind the scenes helping input data and prepping sample artworks for marketing events.

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