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March 5, 2016

Creative Tools #SOL16 5/31

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I'm in awe of anyone with the ability to draw.  I can do a pretty good stick figure, and I learned how to make bubble letters in 7th grade, but I'm no artist.  Many of my students are incredible artists, and some of them tell me all the time, "I can't draw!"

A couple years back, I met Carrie at my first EdCamp.  She's a super cool special educator who digs tech.  She's also realllly good at drawing and doodles.  (Check out her website here!)  Her enthusiasm inspires me!

In order to get better at something, you have to practice.  (I tell my students and daughters that all the time.)  So this month, I will be practicing a little bit of doodling myself!

I decided that I needed some new tools to practice drawing, so I bought a pad of plain white marker paper and a set of Sharpie pens.  (Ooooohhh pretty colors!)

I'm not sure if I'll be brave enough to share my doodles, but I'm ready to put the pen to the page and see where it takes me! 

Thanks, Carrie, for the inspiration to doodle, and thanks to all the Slicers for writing alongside me!


  1. Good for you! The first step is usually the most important one. Get some good use out of your new tools. Someday you may surprise yourself and be brave enough to share what you create. Great slice!

  2. good for you Chris! I believe you can do it! I once took an oil painting class and was amazed at what I could do . . . oils are so forgiving though. xoxo

  3. Oh Chris!!! You have just made my week!!! Drawing is such an amazing and personal thing. Just picking up a pencil and drawing is so deeply fulfilling. Just picking up a pencil can be such an incredible leap. It is a leap even I know and still take often but each time I draw I get braver and braver to draw more and oh how happy it makes me. I am so very very happy for you. For what it will bring you. Be patient with yourself. Draw often. You will be surprised at what you can do. Most of all embrace your style and let it be your own awesome art!!!

  4. I hope you will share!!!!! :) I love that you're taking on two challenges this month!!! Sharpies are the bomb, but you know what else is another great tool????!!!!??? Papermate Flair Markers. I LOVE THEM! I used them in a prayer journal I started. They look GREAT! I can't wait to see what you draw!!!

  5. This is an excellent example of growth mindset! I would love to see some of your doodles! Have fun!!

  6. Cheers to the doodle fun! I hope you will enjoy it. Share when you are ready.

  7. Doodle away! We are always so critical of our own creations, but when others see them, they see something totally different. No matter how these doodles turn out, you are expressing your own creativity. Go for it!