Debbie Ridpath Ohi reads, writes and illustrates for young people. Every few weeks, she shares new art, writing and resources; subscribe below. Browse the archives here.

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(Last updated February 27, 2018)

There is potential art and stories EVERYWHERE. You just need to look. I'm hoping that my doodles encourage everyone to look at the world a little differently, to not take so much for granted. I also encourage young writers to do freeform found object doodling to help generate story and character ideas! It's what I do for my own book projects. Also see my Broken Crayon gallery and young artist tips.

To young artists: have fun with your art, experiment, don't obsess about being perfect. When you're creating for fun, there is no such thing as making a mistake. If your pencil or pen or crayon doesn't go where you expected, then just make that part of your art. 

To create a found object doodle, you just need:

(1) A piece of paper.

(2) Something to draw with.

(3) An object.

(4) Some imagination.

To see more ideas for broken crayon art and young artist samples, please visit my Broken Crayon Page.

 

SUMMER "LOOK AGAIN" CHALLENGE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS AND WRITERS 

Every summer, I have a "Look Again" found object art challenge for young artists and writers. You can see the gallery of entries from 20142015, 2016 and 2017.

I'll be announcing the challenge for 2018 around June.

You can browse my found object doodles on Instagram, FlickrTumblr, Pinterest (plus Pinterest Shadow doodles) and DebbieOhi.com.

"I want to live behind your eyes, just for a day. You are amazing. These are brightening my world in really important ways and giving me really important reminders about finding wonder in the world by looking for it."

- Irina Greenman, public school teacher

Also see my blog posts: How I began creating my found object doodles and my answer to the frequently asked question, "Are you going to do a found object book?"



Congrats to Stephan D., winner of my 2014 "Look Again" Summer Challenge!

 

 

Above: Thanks to middle grade writer Rina Heisel for sharing this wonderful photo on Twitter! 

 

STARTER TEMPLATES FOR YOUNG ARTISTS:

You just need a scrap piece of paper (back of a flyer or other printed material you're about to throw out works wonderfully) to do found object art but if you need help getting started, here are some print-ready templates for young artists. I'll be gradually adding more over time.

If you're using something messy as a found object, be sure to put plastic beneath your drawing paper first. Click on any of the following images for a print-ready PDF:






 

 

RELATED RESOURCES:

I strongly recommend Barney Saltzberg's BEAUTIFUL OOPS! (Workman Publishing) You can read an interview I did with Barney about one of his newest books on Inkygirl. Also check out his Beautiful Oops! campaign.