Buy Big Art Sets & Share

We recently did one of Tricia of Hodgepodge’s chalk pastel tutorials  (see all her tutorials here)

A Waterfall

Miss.L's Waterfall

We loved her simple tutorial and enjoyed the layering of colors, smudging and blending, and the overall result.

Nadene's Waterfall

But we were limited … our chalk pastel set was fairly small, old, and some important colors were used up …

I need to buy a nice new chalk pastel set  …

the widest range that I can afford,

with some extras of the popular colors too,

if they sell them loose.

And we will all share.

It works well with all our stationery sets,


except our paint sets, we each have our own.


Rather than buying sets for each child,

I believe that you can buy 1 good quality set for the family ~

felt-tipped pens (with at least 24 colors)
gel and glitter pens
the largest range of good quality colored pencil crayons (their color is clear, wood doesn’t splinter and lead doesn’t break)
a massive range of wax crayons (go for 24 or more colors)

& place them each in separate containers.(How do I organize the stationary?)


We pull the container out and put it in the middle of the table and share.

We seldom have squabbles.

The young kids learn quickly to close pen lids properly and not to drop the pencils.

P1160658All our art supplies are available – all the time.

When we use new or messy art supplies, I usually give brief instructions on how to work with and how to clean up the materials.

A short tutorial or demonstration also helps.

Thereafter my kids can experiment and “play” with new supplies.

How do you organize and inspire your children’s art?  Please share in the comments.


7 thoughts on “Buy Big Art Sets & Share

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  3. My oldest were in play school for 2 years, three mornings a week. In that time he liked drawing or any form of art work less and less, until it reached a point where he would flatly (at 3yrs old) refuse to do any kind of drawing, arts and crafts, etc. For the first couple of months after we took them out, I couldn’t get him to draw. He slowly started “scribbling” on our home made blackboard, always conscious that it “isn’t good enough”, or is it the way I wanted it to be? And a year later he started “blossomming”, started drawing on his own, doing the odd craft with me and his younger brother. But he was then very specific on what was his material to use, and what was ours (me and younger bro’) to use. Oh, and beware if friends came over and they didn’t treat “his” art supplies (crayons, water colour paints, koki’s, etc.) with the necessary respect.
    So this year (2yrs after taking him out of play school), he and his brother each have their own pencil case for crayons, pastels, gray pencils, etc. but they share the water colour paints as well as craft supplies, glue, scissors, etc. And this works fine for us, because Adam is very particular, while Rocco, being younger, isn’t much bothered. He’ll use whatever is on hand.
    Adam has also reached a point where he isn’t afraid of just drawing, living out a scene in his mind, or stopping a movie on the computer to draw whatever caught his eye, whether it be Hopper, the bunny from Bambi, an airoplane in Ducktales, a Power Ranger, etc. He has also picked up somewhere that most people draw with a gray pencil, so he will make these drawings with a gray pencil, while his imagination creations are with koki’s or crayons.
    Thus, I don’t do any “acts of inspiration”, he lives himself out, and draws whenever, whatever he wants to. I keep the nicest (or that shows an improvement in skill compared to a similar, previous drawing) in a folder, post some for the “oumas” (grandmothers), and just let him enjoy himself for now. But he is very adament, although he is prepared to share, he wants his supplies in his own “container”.


    • @Elize, it is wonderful that your son enjoy being creative again! It is good to show and keep your children’s art works. Sometimes some children hate their art to go up on the wall. My shy middle daughter hates her art to go on display because she knows that people will talk about it.
      While children are young (up to about 9-years) they don’t mind about the end result. They just love the art process and experimenting with art mediums. Very often older children become frustrated with art because they lack the skills to make it look like they want it to look. This is a good time to teach with tutorials, like these chalk pastel lessons.
      I suggested that children share art materials because it is may be less expensive to buy one larger set for all, as opposed to several small individual sets. But where you can afford it, and if your children request it, then it is wonderful to buy each child their own supplies. Just so long as we encourage our children to do art! 🙂


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