Challenge Yourself - Tools and Techniques - Drawing

Learn to make marks with all kinds of implements to get varied and sometimes, unexpected effects.

Of course you can make a drawing by simply using your finger to draw in the sand at the beach, or in condensation on a window. For more permanent results though, drawing tools are what you need.

Wellbeing benefits:

Be resourceful
Keep learning
Think flexibly

Examples of how this activity can help me:

I want to be more confident with my self-expression.  


Varied - Spend time experimenting with each tool.  Choose to work through all, a selection, or one tool in one sitting.

Who can I do this activity with?

On my own or with others.

Where can I do this activity?

It's best to do at a table, with all materials to hand.

How often can I do this activity?

With a bit of practice,  a good range of marks can be made with any tools. Having this ‘vocabulary’ of marks will allow a more expressive and more effective drawing.  Use mark making techniques to spruce up drawings and add interesting detail.

What do I need?

  • Some plain paper, or a sketch book
  • A range of drawing tools.  Suggestions include:
    - Pencils, charcoal, graphite stick, eraser
    - Ink and nib / cotton bud / drinking straw / quill or feather
    - Pens: broad and fine markers, biros
    - Tissues (to wipe charcoal / blot ink)

Did you know?

By building our imagination, finding alternative ways to use materials and generating new ideas, we can build our confidence and develop a positive approach to problem solving.

"Even though I draw quite a bit, it was good to do this activity, to loosen my mind and think of new ways to capture something on paper."

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