Craft-a-Doodle Elephant by Moa, inspired by the book Craft-a-Doodle

During studio time (a now sought after thing) that includes crafts, creative exploration and lunch, we doodled for quite a while. We were really inspired by the book Craft-a-doodle that I reviewed yesterday. We (two grown ups and two kids aged 5 and 12) had a great time.

For the first exercise I read them the instructions from Carla Sonheim’s exercise, Be Square (she used a square ink pad as a stamp), without showing the many examples on the next page. A fun creative challenge for sure!

We each filled a sheet of paper with stamped impressions of our index finger. Then we grabbed a pencil and tried to come up with new ideas for each stamped print! Not as easy as it sounds!

Craft-a-Doodle: Moa's Fingerprint Creatures
Moa, who is 12, did these cool drawings.

Craft-a-Doodle detail by Moa
Hamster, girl and owl – from the same form! I love how she combined two prints into a snake!

Craft-a-doodle: iHanna's Finger Stamp Creatures
My Craft-a-Doodle doodle.

It was cool to see how many we could come up with. And interesting to see that some come out really strange and some surprisingly cute… My favorites are the pink hedgehogs!

Craft-a-doodle: Tina's Finger Stamp Creatures
Christina’s doodles.

Get the Craft-a-Doodle book

You can get the book here, or check out Carla Sonheim her new book The Art of Silliness, it looks like the perfect draw-together-book too!

Let me know if you tried this exercise, or if you draw a doodle inspired by my contribution to the book, I’d love to see!