Kids Can Put Art Into Ordinary Trades
You have probably heard of children using paints to teach their siblings or introduce them to new things, right? Well, people have been using drawings as an entry point to new worlds and making these little journeys a lot longer, at least a few generations on.
Put a little bit of art into everyday tasks and you might start to notice a different kind of magic happening; getting those familiar things you do every day, like the feed your animals, to add some extra oomph to the exercise. In essence, it’s transforming a mundane task into something magical. And once you start the process, it’s hard to stop.
Here’s a little map of the path we’ve taken. I first started to invest in a lot of different crayons (about 10 or so) a few years ago. Then I got a thick, fancy drawing paper and started filling the paper with pretty pictures. Soon, I was starting to put a number of different colors on the paper together for a piece of art, and then before I knew it, I had stopped going to the dog park or washing the dishes for a day or two to make different things.
The most important rule is to try it. If you have to stop your experiment for anything, just go back to a familiar task and put the coloring paper back on. Doodling is a great way to embrace doing what you’re already doing, and to build on experiences or habits that you already enjoy.