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Monster Monday-ish: Week 5

Monster Monday: Week 5

This week’s supplies: Index cards, a pen and some markers, crayons or colored pencils or any other color making items you may have on hand. 

A few weeks ago, I threw a Doodle Party! at the library. It was so much fun, kids don’t really have any fears about drawing, they just jump in without knowing what their drawing will look like when it’s finished.

We drew (surprise, surprise!) Monsters. I grabbed Carla Sonheim’s book Drawing Lab For Mixed Media Artists off the shelf and found about a bajillion awesome fun ideas. I had other plans for this week but, I don’t care, I’m using this one from the book because it is way fun and goofy.

We’ll be drawing a cubist monster.

Draw an eye on your index card.

Rotate the card around and draw another eye, this one should be about 4 times larger than the first eye.

Rotate the card again and draw a mouth. 

Rotate one more time and draw a foot (or fin or wing or?). 

Now, connect the different parts with lines.

Don’t think too hard about this part, it isn’t going to make sense. Inspired by my fearless Doodle Party! friends, I tried to surprise myself. If my line was headed for say, the mouth, I changed halfway through drawing the line and attached it to some other part.

Then, color it in. Use whatever you have on hand, I wanted to use highlighter pens – I know at one point we had more than one color – but I could only find one. I did use my single highlighter in my marker colored monster.

I only made three, I found that these took a little more time than the earlier exercises. I’m going to make more this week, it was so fun. I’m going to try it with collage.

I was so surprised by my results. They look nothing like I thought they would. For sure, none of them is perfect but, you know by now, that will never be the goal of Monster Monday.

Remember to relax and have fun. Please share your cubist monsters here or email them to me at

I know I am behind at posting everyone’s monsters, I will post the last couple of week’s monsters later this week.  That give you extra time to send some in.  Give yourself and art break and make some monsters!

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Monster Monday (aka Wednesday): Week Four

Sorry, I’ve been crazy busy like, Woah!  I lost track of the days but I’m back!  I tried to post yesterday but the internet was fighting me all the way.  

Week Four:

This week’s supplies: Pen, Music that you like and a piece of paper (Not an index card this time, sorry). Any old paper will do, I used the back of a print out.


Sit down in a comfy spot with your pen and paper. Play a song that you like. I listened to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, it’s my favorite song right now. Put the pen to the paper and just follow the music and doodle. Hold the pen loosely and don’t worry about how your scribbles look. Try to keep the pen to paper the whole time and just let it flow. If your chosen song is long, you don’t have to doodle through the whole song. Just doodle until the paper is pretty full and the lines intersect all over.


Now, try to find some monsters in your big doodle. Rotate the paper around and look for a shape that could be a monster. Keep rotating and looking.


When you find a shape that could be a monster, draw those monster lines in a little darker. You can add new lines, circles, or whatever works if you think that it will bring the monster out. If you’re having trouble, look for eyes.


Two big circles that are close to each other. Pupils really help define a monster.


Monsters are something I love to find, I tend to look for them in floor tiles and clouds.


I have a friend who said that monsters just don’t jump out to her, flowers do. If you find something other than monsters, that’s great.


The point is not to bring more monsters into the world, it’s to relax and have fun creating. So if you find something non-monster-y, please send it to me and I’ll share it.