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Scribbles drawings on artiful, painting demos by Sandrine Pelissier

Fun and easy : Scribble drawings

This is a fun activity, perfect for a day at home with the family. Everybody can make it and kids will love it, you don’t need to know how to draw portraits as we are going to use translucent paper.

I did one of each of my kids, it took me about 10-15 minutes to draw each one.

The kid in me still gets pretty excited about scribbling 🙂

To make scribble portraits you will need:

  • Transparent paper, I used translucent yupo paper, but you could also use tracing paper
  • Markers: If you want you drawing to be archival, I recommend Sakura pigma micron markers, if archival properties are not that important for you, you could use Sharpie fine line marker or any kind of marker
  • A printer


Start by taping the portrait you printed at the back of your yupo paper or tracing paper.


For each portrait, I printed 2 black and white pictures, so I could keep one under the paper and one for reference.


Start by drawing the main features and contours, you can also outline a few areas of light and shade on the face.


I recommend you start by the darkest areas and then work from dark to light.

For dark areas make your scribbles quite tight and for light areas space them more.



On theface, start by scribbling on the areas in the shade.


You can leave some areas that are in the light un-scribbled.


For the background and the very light areas, you can use very light scribbles.

Here are the three portraits I made of my 3 kids.
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{ 10 comments… add one }
  • Anna January 31, 2017, 2:45 pm

    D o you leave the photocopied pic under the yupo?

    • Sandrine Pelissier January 31, 2017, 3:06 pm

      Yes I did in this case.
      I also used that technique without the picture underneath but it is a bit tricky with portraits.

  • Eddi Reid January 2, 2017, 12:08 pm

    I will remember this the next time our grandchildren visit!
    Thank you Sandrine, it looks fun.
    Happy New Year to you all.

  • Barbara Kay December 28, 2016, 3:58 am

    Love this, Sandrine. You are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas ♡

  • Aino Shperber December 27, 2016, 12:37 pm

    This is so cool! I like scribbles.

  • arebelred95063400 December 26, 2016, 10:27 am

    That’s a great idea ty

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