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Celebrating International Dot Day

*This video was originally created in September 2020 to celebrate International Dot Day. But Dot (or Stippling) Art is so fun & relaxing, it really can & should be done any time IMO. I hope you enjoy this project as much as I did!*

International Dot Day is celebrated on Sept 15. Started back in 2009, it encourages us to "make our mark on the world & see where it takes you." As my kiddos are getting older, the questions and conversations of what they want to do, what kind of mark they want to leave are getting REAL! As I am sure it is in your house as well. Dot or stippling art has been around for a long time. It can be used in shading, but I can honestly tell you it is a ridiculously & oddly relaxing way to create art - for me anyway. It is fascinating how DOTS, individual little dots, can come together to create a beautiful masterpiece.

Suggested materials:

- Paper (I would again recommend a thicker paper, such as a multipurpose paper. If you do use copy or typing paper, I would put a newspaper under it, as your pen or marker may bleed through & we don't want work surfaces ruined)

- Pens - this is a great time to try ink pens, like a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen in various sizes, but that is not required. You will get great results also from a Fine Point Marker, such as a Sharpie or even Crayola markers (using what you have is an awesome way to start out) If you are feeling more adventurous, you can try out a fountain style pen with the old fashioned ink well, again would recommend for olders. PLEASE NOTE - some of these inks & permanent markers can & will stain. Wear clothes that are "art day approved"!

- Pencil

- Eraser

- Tissues or scrap paper (to put under your hand to ensure smudges can be kept to a minimum) - Newspaper to cover work surface

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