The art of colouring

Posted by ~Summer~ on August 29, 2012

Colouring has always been one of Angel's favourite activities since she was two.

Recently, I bought her a new set of crayons and a colouring book filled with cute animal characters and she couldn't wait to get her hands on it.

How did you used to learn colouring?

I remember my grandma could colour very well and so I learnt by watching her do it.

Also, everyone around me would teach me things like:

"Colour within the lines. Don't colour out or else not nice."

"Colour in one direction only. See? Left right left right."

"Colour gently, no need to use too much strength so it will look consistent."

Dog coloured by Mummy
In a sense, I agree with everything as I grew older and slowing learnt the art of colouring.

Bird coloured by Daddy
At times, I can't help it but remind Angel of those colouring guidelines, especially when she starts to make a 'mess' on every page. Which I kind of regret because it dampens her enthusiasm a little and she ends up passing me the pencil and says "I don't know. Mummy colour". So, I look back and wonder, do we really have to restrict kids in how they do their colouring?

Do clouds have to be blue and grass has to be green?

Yesterday, Angel gave me the answer.

At least for her age now, other than improving her dexterity, colouring is all about fun, creativity and bonding.

Mouse coloured by Angel
Cute? She was so proud of her rainbow mouse that day and came to show it off to the hubby and me. Both of us were a little surprised and somehow, she seemed to have done the best and most creative job among the three of us. Fine, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder but I honestly loved her mouse.

I guess for now, it's okay if she doesn't fill up all the white space or shows me a pink tree or purple sun.  So long as she learns to keep her colouring pencils after the session, I'm happy.

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  1. Hi Summer,
    The guidelines you shared are great. I agree with you that it is good to allow Angel to colour freely at this stage of her life. The pictures are so cute. Thanks for linking up on Wordless Wednesday and have a good day.

    1. Hee thanks! Yeah I try to hold my tongue nowadays though it's so tempting to 'correct' her at times. Thanks for popping by!

  2. I agree; she should have fun now and learn the guidelines later, if she is serious about learning art!
    Visiting you via Claire's WW linky party!

    1. Thanks Roshni! Yes, I think it's more important to let her have fun now too as long as she doesn't start breaking the crayons and gobbling them up. =)

  3. I don't tell Lil Pumpkin what colour something is "supposed" to be.. but I'll try to tell her to keep within the lines haha. She likes colouring and will be starting some art classes too just for fun. Pretty excited for her!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka
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    1. Yeah I don't tell her what specific colours to use too though it gets tempting sometimes like when she colours the whole rainbow black. =) Art classes sounds like fun! Can't wait to hear more about it! Thanks Ai!


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