5 Clever Uses of Sharpies

A reason I love drawing is because all you need is a lone pencil or marker to do it, and you can create anything; unlike those ‘easy’ (but I must admit cool), DIY projects where you must go buy fifty things at the craft store in order to get it done…:)  Also, whenever doing my art posts I try to make the projects fairly simple, so they’re not usually super time consuming or require lots of artistic talent or anything like that.  So anyways, basically I will try to be making everything as easy as can be!

Oh and also, I’ve been trying to even posts out lately (ex. five in writing, five in reading, 5 in art, etc), but you probably haven’t noticed because I’ve been doing a terrible job of it…whoopsies!  I think that as hard as I try, book reviews will always be the priority, and writing unfortunately at the bottom, because I have less ideas for those posts :(.   Anyways, let’s get started with this post, because it’s so great!


  1. ‘Gold Foil’ Art                                                                                                                                            Materials: Gold and/or silver sharpie(s), and two different colored sheets of paper that contrast well (black & white) OR a black notebook to decorate.                                                                                                                                                                                                            Steps
    1. Either use one of the examples above, or press here for more choices.
    2. Use one of the two pieces of paper and copy or trace from the example you have picked with your gold/silver sharpie.
    3. Cut your drawing out in whatever shape you desire (ex. rectangle, square, etc).
    4. Paste it on to the other piece of paper.
    5. Cut out that other piece of paper as a frame, with a recommended 1/2 inch thickness.
    6. Polka Dot Design                                                                                                                                Materials: Cardboard, something to decorate (mug, journal, poster, etc.) and any color sharpie (preferably the oil-based paint sharpies, but I suppose regular ones should do fine).  See picture for images to go along with the steps and examples.                                                                                                                                                                                  Steps
    1. Cut out any shape out of your piece of cardboard; such as a star or heart.
    2. Tape the bottom to whatever you have chosen to decorate.
    3. Trace the shape in dots.
    4. Continue to make dots on the journal, but make sure to make the dots more clustered towards the shape and more spaced out when farther from the shape.                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Results:
  2. Seashore + Sharpies                                                                                                                                Materials: Rocks, sharpies, and shells.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Steps:
    1. Collect some plain grey rocks and white shells to decorate.
    2. Use different colored sharpies to draw on your shells and rocks.  Doodle to your heart’s content! 🙂
    3. Make them paperweights or fill a jar up of them…                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Results:
  3.  Geometry Trees                                                                                                                              Materials: Paper, and a bunch of different colored sharpies.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Steps
    1. Draw a boxy tree on-okay, my instructions for this are terrible so follow the pictures below…Simple drawing game- draw some geometry trees - from Tangle Art and Drawing Games for Kids book:
  4. Book Poetry                                                                                                                                               Materials: An old unwanted book page (I know, so hard to find an unwanted book!), and one sharpie.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Steps
    1. Cut out a page of a novel.
    2. Lightly underline with a pencil the words that will make a poem.
    3. Color in around all those words in a creative design.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Results:Poetry on book pages. Find words that form a mini story or poem and black out the rest. Book art, sharpie, word art:                                                      Okay, that’s a wrap!

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