Do you want something to keep yourself and the kids busy?
Are your kids bugging you being stuck at home?
Covid is driving everyone buggy (see what I did there?)!
So, since we are all bugging each other, why not put all that extra effort and energy to good use?
Here ya go!
One easy-peasy-lemony-squeasy bug-infested worksheet or two to keep your little bugs busy and not pest-ering you…at least for a few minutes. (It all depends on how long it takes them to complete the worksheets.)
My kids need a little extra practice on their handwriting, so I figured it’s easier and more fun to acquire those skills with something silly like these pages. They won’t even know they are learning something useful! (Hee hee).
These pages should print out just fine on regular white 8 1/2 x 11” printer paper. I scooted the images over to the right so you could 3-hole punch the pages and put them in a binder to keep track of.
I’m planning on doing this every week with my kids. I thought you might want to do it with us!
To get the unwatermarked worksheets, you can friend-request me on Facebook or join the Sherry West Art Coloring and Crafting Facebook group.
Would you like to have a complete, good-quality coloring kit that won’t cost an arm, leg, kidney or plasma, but don’t know where to start?
Here are my quick, cheap recommendations, followed by the longer, more expensive versions, all of which I have, use and highly recommend.
Crayola is my go-to brand because I’m a mom and have kids who like to raid my art supplies, all while I’m working on professional art projects, lol, so it keeps them from destroying my expensive stuff.
Artists can and do produce good artwork using Crayola products, believe it or not!
Sakura Gelly Roll pens – white for adding highlights, corrections, $4
Blending pen (water-based, not alcohol), $4
Blending pencils, $4
Eraser pencils for fine details to get in corners and create highlights, $4
Arteza, OOKU, etc., waterpen brush set of 6 tips, set, $10
Canson mixed media pads – small, medium, large, $6-$10
Clipboard, regular or larger size for art, $2-$6
White printer paper, pack, $4
Cardstock, #110 pound, white, $5
Cardstock, black, $5
Cardstock, Kraft paper, $5
TOTAL $200, plus or minus
Note: Walmart doesn’t carry Crayola Tri-tone pencils, oil pastels, pearlescent pastels, watercolor pencils, fine-tip markers, Color and Blend pencils or product lines, or gel pens. However, Walmart.com does. I purchased mine at Crayola.com, EBay, and Amazon.
These are my go-to coloring supplies when I’m not creating on the IPad. I also have the more expensive stuff, but I’m afraid to use it, lol.
DUAL PURPOSE PRODUCT
These Crayola products are all watersoluble and can be used as paint, as well as pencil, markers, pens and pastels, so each one is dual-purpose!
Draw a line, use the waterbrush pen or a paintbrush dipped in water and it becomes a painted line!
I recommend the largest sets of colors in the markers and pencils because you need the full range of tones for skin tones for portraits – pets and people – as well as for shading.
Otherwise, a basic set of 36 colors is a good set to start with, and these colors can be blended to create new shades.
Scribble a marker or pastel on a plastic lid or plate, dip a wet paint brush in the color, use it as watercolor paint on mixed media or #110 cardstock.
DO YOU REALLY NEED EXPENSIVE ART SUPPLIES?
It’s not the product you use, it’s your ability to use it. I can draw with a burned matchstick, and it looks as if I had used a piece of charcoal produced by a well-known art company.
Expensive art supplies DO have better pigmentation, lay down, ease of use, etc., but it really depends on the skill of the user.
Crayola products are so solid in terms of quality, color, vibrancy, ease of use, lay down and cost that it’s a great product for beginning and intermediate colorists.
SAVE MONEY ON PRINTER INK
And while you’re at it, sign up with HP Ink to save money on printing off coloring pages and stamps! $2.99 per month!
Purchasing an HP ink cartridge for our printer runs about $45 for the black and white and color.
For $25, you can buy a new HP printer at Walmart, then sign up at HP.com for their amazing ink savings deal: $2.99 per month for 50 pages. And if you need to print more than that for some reason, it will cost you only $1 per every 10 pages over that.