• Ronni, Designing Fairy

"Destinations" - Design Lessons at Home

Updated: Apr 1

Art Lessons and Inspiration for Kids and their Adults, or the Creative Adult for playing

How can you capture a feeling of a place with a line drawing?

Learning Objective: to express in black and white (pen and ink) the feeling of a place visited through a drawing contained in a small card

Art materials: black markers, color markers, found words, glue stick or Uhu stick, ATC cards or cut Bristol board paper

Ages: 8 and up; Adults


What are Artist Trading Cards? Trading cards have been around for some time. You can find some boards to draw on online through art supply companies or Amazon. I used this one.


The bristol smooth surface are best for drawing in ink.


Design Challenge: The goal is to think about a place you visited and capture that place in a drawing on the board. Create a destination on a card.


First for fun, I used a Word Cloud Generator to come up with words that captured the place I visited.


I played around in my sketchbook first to decide what I wanted to draw.




For this card shown, when I thought about a recent visit to the desert, what stood out the most for me was the Cacti! There are so many of them and they all seem to have their own personality. They look like little people.


When drawing think of the negative spaces, or the spaces that are empty, or different than your drawing, as part of your design. Here I darkened that space in to have the cactus drawing POP out. I added a bit of color for areas I wanted to focus on. See the paddles of the cactus?


When I draw I like to make the objects very stylized and whimsical. Your drawing does not have to be very realistic at all. The drawing captures how you felt about that place with your lines. How fun is that? How do you think I felt about the desert from looking at my drawing?


Here's another one I did when I was visiting. I saw the skulls in a big mural and including them into my drawing. The idea is to play with all kinds of fun lines going into different directions and lots of shapes.


C h e c k l i s t:

  1. Did I use lots of different lines - thick and thin?

  2. Did I use lots of shapes?

  3. Did I add areas of solid black?

  4. Did I include shapes I saw visiting my destination?

  5. What words can I use to add to my drawing to give it meaning?


You can collect your drawings into little sleeves too to keep them safe.


I n s p i r a t i o n Resources:

Word cloud: https://www.jasondavies.com/wordcloud/

An art swap: http://www.atcsforall.com/

How to make art cards: https://www.wikihow.com/Make-Artist-Trading-Cards

Where to order ready made artist cards: https://www.dickblick.com/products/crescent-artist-trading-cards/


Did you have fun? Start a collection of Destinations? This is your own unusual album of places you have been.



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Until next time,


Designing Fairy