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Mix and Match Drawing

Mix and Match Drawing

From the editors at Klutz
Novelty Art Kit
For ages 8 to 12
Klutz, 2011   ISBN: 978-1591749110

If you want to create a drawing of a scene, you are going to need a background and then characters and objects to fill the scene. Let’s say you want to draw a country setting with rolling hills in the background. You want to have farm animals in the drawing, and a  house on one of the hills. What if you have no idea how to draw a cow or a horse or a realistic looking house.

Fear not, because this kit will help you to learn all kinds of tips and tricks so that you can create a wide variety of pictures. In the kit there are nine kinds of printed backgrounds to chose from that include a tropical island background, a jungle background, and a cityscape. Next, you can choose the characters and objects that you want to add to your background. Step-by step drawing instructions show you how to add people, animals, fantastical creatures, and objects to your drawing. The instructions are in picture form so that you can see exactly what you need to do every step of the way. You can use the pencil that is included with the kit to make your initial drawings, and then add darker outlines with the included drawing pen. Finally you can add color by using the markers that also come with the kit.

Throughout the step-by-step directions book, you will find tips and creative prompts that will help you to make your picture uniquely yours.

With easy to follow directions for over eighty pictures, and lots of printed backgrounds, this is a kit that would make a great gift for a young artist.