Middle School Supply Haul and Random Commentary About Drawing

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Please also note: this post likely has typos because 24/7 mom duty because Corona.

The most exciting of our supplies graced my Instagram account today, but I kinda failed to make the photo better with a filter, so here is the unedited photo.

Items pictured include:

GANSSIA Colorful Cats Design 0.38mm Gel Pens Black Ink Pen Pack of 6 Pcs (on sale right now!)

Miya Gouache Paint Set, 24 Colors x 30ml Unique Jelly Cup Design with 3 Paint Brushes and a Palette in a Carrying Case Perfect for Artists, Students, Gouache Opaque Watercolor Painting (Green) (I got one of these for each of my middle school girls. We got the color linked, I think? But it’s actually the set of 18 paints)

HIMI Gouache Paint Set 18 Colors (30ml/Pc) Paint Set Unique Jelly Cup Design Non Toxic Paints for Artist, Hobby Painters & Kids, Ideal for Canvas Painting for Novelty Gift (Yellow)
(same but in Yellow, 6 less colors that prior inaccurate listing)

Miya Artist Paint Brushes Set – 10 Pieces Long Handle Hog Bristle Brush Great for Watercolor, Gouache, Oil, Acrylic Painting and More (Green) – Lightwish (super cute brush set. Not sure about performance, but will update after they get some use!)

Set of 6 Cute Kawaii Novelty Cartoon Colored Assorted Animals Double Tips Highlighters Pens Fluorescent Ink Markers 6 Different Colors Set For Books (which led me to discover Kawaii Pen Shop, and they’re having a ridiculous sale, you’ve been warned! lol)

Mechanical Pencil, ExcelFu 4 Pieces 0.9 mm Mechanical Pencils with 4 Tubes 2B Lead Refills and 2 Pieces Erasers for Writing, Drawing, Signature, 4 Colors (these are even cuter in person. I may need to order a set for myself, and you know, actually start using pencils again!

I also purchased these two drawing books, and had the girls pick which one they wanted. Then we had a conversation about how Draw So Cute is similar to Kawaii, and what that means, what is characteristic of Japanese animation, etc.:

Drawing by my oldest from Draw So Cute Tutorial

Kawaii Doodle Class: Sketching Super-Cute Tacos, Sushi, Clouds, Flowers, Monsters, Cosmetics, and More

How to Draw Cute Stuff: Draw Anything and Everything in the Cutest Style Ever! (Volume 1)

Gift Colors Pencil,Set of 24 Assorted Colors Premier Colored Pencils Soft Core, Artists Ideal Drawing Tools for Painting, Coloring, Sketching, Doodling (24 Piece)

The set of 72 is on substantial sale right now!!

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 72 Pack

I thought these would be adorable for their Science notebooks! Notebook: Laboratory Notebook – Laboratory Themed Gift For Science Nerds, Kids Who Like Science And Laboratory Workers – Laboratory Journal – 6×9 – 120 Lined Pages With Laboratory Themed Borders

I ended up getting this for my 6 year old, who is also super into drawing right now:

All the Things: How to Draw Books for Kids — I am looking for more books like this, so if you hear of any, please let me know!

————— INSERT plug for Art For Kids Hub ——————-

Lunch Doodles with Mo!

Prior to spring of 2020 my kids rarely drew (question: drew is the proper past tense of draw, right?!). Then, we got into Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems, which eventually ended, and all 4 of my big kids became obsessed with drawing.

Art For Kids Hub was a favorite with both of my boys. It’s an adorable family channel available on YouTube Kids (which we signed up for during this time as well). The dad often (usually?) sits next to one of his children and they draw side by side. The results are pretty advanced considering they’re intended for kids & considering that I never learned to draw anything so it seems particularly difficult to me!

The kids went through and essentially drew every single video that was posted. My 6 year old would tell me what day new videos were released, etc. Although the level of infatuation has dwindled over time, the kids are still into drawing, and I am doing what I can to support their artistic pursuits.

My 6 year old adamantly informed me that he would need “marker paper,” which is apparently actually a thing. He told me AFKH discussed it. We settled on a mixed media paper notebook so that I don’t have to relive the times of 500 loose sheets of paper covered in 100s of different drawings of the same vicious shark.

Our whole family, as sharks. Because Baby Shark, and shark obsessed child. Duh.
Did you think I was exaggerating when I said 500 sharks? I wasn’t.

Canson XL Series Mix Paper Pad, Heavyweight, Fine Texture, Heavy Sizing for Wet and Dry Media, Side Wire Bound, 98 Pound, 7 x 10 Inch, 60 Sheets, 7″X10″, 0

The children also made their way through all of the sharpies & other black markers in the house, like literally all of them.

So we ordered these: Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Black, 12 Count

These also looked cool, so we are going to try them out:

Artify Artist Alcohol Based Art Marker Set/ 40 Colors Dual Tipped Twin Marker Pens with Plastic Carrying Case

And, umm, well, a new shark unit study that I had been watching was released today, so we had to get that. What does that have to do with art supplies, absolutely nothing– except that I needed printer ink, again! So I look forward to sharing about that soon too 🙂 (It’s on sale too, since it was just released, if you too have a shark loving kid!)

See, homeschool kids (& moms) can still get pumped over school supplies! Now if I could just find a way to make a visit to the Target Dollar Spot for all the teacher stuff…

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