Art Show

posted on March 23, 2010 by  |  posted under Family Time, Fun With Kids  |  16 Comments

Art Show

I had to pull this idea from the 80’s.  So it’s either really cool or so past cool…either way I thought I’d give it a shot and let my kids decide.

For a fun activity I thought it would be fun to hold a family art show and pull out some of my best artistic skills…

art-show-6with crayons:)

I love how this picture turned out BTW.  Lots of colors that pop and remind me of SPRING!  YEA!


I had my kido help me color.  We filled the entire paper with different ‘squares’ of color.  {{Color it on thick!  It works best}}


I took the black crayon and colored over the entire page.   I was the one who broke the crayon as shown in the picture.  I owe my daughter a new black crayon although she says I owe her an entire box…


Scratch in the word and add a

Easy enough and maybe one day I will do a tutorial on how to draw a D.O.G:)

My kids loved the 80’s project…if you’re laughing…I know how old you are!

Display all the art for the show and have fun remembering the memories you’ve created as a family no matter how your drawing turn out!

Art Show

    1. March 23rd, 2010 at 2:22 pm
      Shelley says:
      Can't beat 'old school'! -'Old School' is the new 'New School'! ;)
    2. March 23rd, 2010 at 2:27 pm
      Kendra @My Insanity says:
      I was just telling my daughter about these. She got a bookmark from the library that was the same concept, only commercially produced. She could scratch her design on the black with a stick. I was trying to tell her that we used to make our own paper. I think you can order this kind of thing at Oriental Trader. But it's nice to know you can still make it yourself!
    3. March 23rd, 2010 at 5:16 pm
      Stephanie Lynn says:
      Hey I remember these!! :)
    4. March 24th, 2010 at 2:07 am
      Hinke says:
      I can remember I did this at school (like 25 to 30 years ago) Lol.
      Never thought about it till I read this post.
      Would be indeed so much fun to let the creative skills of my boys flowing.

      Thanks for the inspiration.

    5. March 24th, 2010 at 7:18 am
      Jess says:
      Why can't we buy a box of black crayons? Or red. My DS uses black and red until there is nothing left and I have to give him a new box. So I have so many unused crayons here but no black and red. Should we protest, or should I have more coffee before I post a comment. LOL
      • March 24th, 2010 at 7:21 am
        Shelley says:
        LOL. Your comment made me smile! :) -Protest. For sure. ;)
    6. March 24th, 2010 at 7:48 am
      Shannon says:
      I completely forgot about these! I guess I'm that old! :-)
    7. March 24th, 2010 at 10:35 pm
      Natalie Kay says:
      i'm proud to say that I'm young enough to have never seen this before. But it's so cool! Yet again, a great family night activity at the Johnson's....
    8. March 26th, 2010 at 10:21 am
      Fallon says:
      Another great idea, rather than using a black crayon, is to sort of paint over the multi-colored section. You take a squirt of regular dish soap and a bit of tempera paint, you can use black paint or any color. Mix up the soap and paint, then smoosh it all over.

      We did this project in elementary school then again in high school but a bit differently. We took crayons and mixed them with bits of white wax from candles, the little pieces that stick to the sides and are just leftover. That was all melted down in a muffin pan, with a liner of course. Then we used a foam brush to put it all over thick paper or cardstock. Once it cooled and set up completely we painted over it. Then scratched away with toothpicks and other sharp(ish) things.
      • March 26th, 2010 at 10:48 am
        Alison says:
        Sweet idea!!! Thanks for sharing!
    9. June 15th, 2010 at 3:54 pm
      Kerri says:
      This is an awesome idea. I taught my oldest to color very hard a picture or her artwork. Then top the colored side with a blank sheet and run a medium hot iron over the picture. When you peel away the extra sheet, it leaves their artwork very shiny and melded! Fun to play with!
    10. July 5th, 2011 at 1:22 pm
      Mike says:
      This is great, but it seems to me that using crayons for both layers makes it more difficult than it needs to be. I'd recommend using something more permanent for the first layer (markers or maybe a really cool piece of paper from a scrap-book store with a design on it). This way, the first layer won't scratch off with the black layer leaving the beautiful colors wherever you scratch. Just a thought.
    11. July 11th, 2011 at 9:20 pm
      kelly@ glitter says:
      Love this.. My daughter would tell me I owe her a box of crayons too.. A few weeks after school Starts Wa-mart has the crayons for .$25 a box! I always stock up!
    12. February 27th, 2015 at 2:59 pm
      Dganit says:
      This is fantastic! Just what I was looking for #TBT. I bet our Keepy community will love this. I'll share it with them in the next few weeks. Thank you for sharing
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