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What’s in a Sketchbook?

Posted on February 23rd, 2012 by Cheena.Kaul    1 comment

Do you need a sketchbook? Does your child need one? Well, neither of you is an artist, or are you?

Curiosita Sketchbooks are not for artists alone. If you* have ideas, big or small, ideas that keep you awake at night and also the ones that help you sleep well and then come up with more :)

You do need a sketchbook.

You need it to jot your thoughts. Your feelings will become more ‘visible’ and they will find an expression. You will be more ‘aware’. Awareness generally leads to better knowledge and a better insight. Exploration becomes more vivid and the better you get at it, the better it gets!

It feels good to be able to express thoughts and ideas. No? It is an exercise for the brain. And exercise is always good. So to keep your brain in good shape you ought to doodle and scribble.


C’mon you need to jot your thoughts. For who knows, one of those (maybe plenty of those) might become the ‘next big thing’!

Add some daily dose of sketchbook vanilla to your schedule. It will never harm you. Doodle that history lesson that you can never seem to grasp or the chemistry that keeps escaping you. It’s time to catch on!


* You or your child or any homosapien who wants to benefit from the good old art


Rip! Rip! Rip!

Posted on February 8th, 2012 by Cheena.Kaul    

Small children love to tear paper, any paper. Important or not so important. They just like to rip!

Well, if you join in, you might enjoy it too. Is it the sound, is it the feeling or is it the only thing that comes to mind when they see paper? Hard to tell, unless you ask. Hard to tell, unless you get the right answer.

Tearing the paper, releases stress. I asked my son why he likes to tear paper. He usually tears it around a drawing, so that it forms the shapes he has drawn out. He told me once that he tears it so that it looks more ‘real’, perhaps he meant more organic and natural. He likes to draw a lot. He sometimes draws out forms of animals, birds, cars and a lot of more, on torn sheets of paper.

Torn paper shapes and sketches

The forms are derived from the shape of the tear. One torn paper might look like a penguin, while the other seems like a snake. It is a creative exercise, no doubt. It is a lot like watching the clouds and imagining the shapes :) Wait, I just spotted a smiley up there!!

There are several activities around torn paper that you can do with your child too. Tearing paper is good for fine motor skills. Take newspaper, take color sheets, take any paper, just tell them to tear to their heart’s content. After they are done, they can draw out shapes on another sheet of paper and then paste these torn bits on it. Before you know, you will have a whole lot of art waiting to be framed. Creative and original. Tearing can be so much fun!