This downloadable drawing activity guide offers step by step instructions for 2 different drawing processes - both inspired by nests. Explore mixed media drawing materials & techniques & work through the steps to create your own nest-inspired artworks. Widen your drawing skills with Jo's instructions, which offer encouragement & support, as well as technical guidance to help you explore whilst learning new skills. The guidelines have been written with adults in mind, however the steps in both activities could be worked through as a family - suggested age 5yrs +


Your PDF contains: 


  • 5 page, step by step guide to creating a mixed media (wet & dry) nest artwork 
  • 4 page, step by step guide to creating a frottage (dry media) nest artwork


A printer is only necessary if you wish to print paper copies of the instructions. It is possible to complete the activity without use of a printer. 


These activities involve


  1. Developing drawing confidence through fun & experimental techniques 
  2. Using natural materials to create artworks using rubbing techniques 
  3. Developing drawing skills through mark making & the development of artworks in layers 
  4. Using nests as a source of mark making inspiration - thinking about their construction to inform the marks we make 


Materials suggested - Mixed media (wet & dry) activity 1: 

Paper (the thickest you’ve got) 

Drawing materials: 

Waxy - oil pastel, wax crayon, candle 

Chalky - charcoal, chalk pastels 

Wet - water based paint (watercolour, poster paint)  or ink 

Mark making tools: 

Art - Brushes & sponges

Natural - Feathers, sticks & leaves

Household - drinking straws, ear buds, cocktail sticks, old toothbrushes - anything you could use to drag or pick up paint which you don’t mind getting painty!


Materials suggested - Frottage, activity 2: 

A sheet of paper or scrap card

Thin, lightweight paper - I use newspaper thin paper

If you have it - Hairspray or fixative (not essential)

Drawing materials: 

Charcoal or chalky pastels. Graphite. Wax crayons. Oil Pastels. Pencil crayons if you have none of the above. An eraser. 

Found materials: 

Natural - robust leaves, the thinnest branches, dried stems or grasses you can find. 

Household - a range of strings, threads, ribbons. Pipe cleaner. Newspaper or tissue paper. Wire.


Payment / Free download 


During the COVID-19 pandemic this resource is being provided free of charge for those who would otherwise not be able to pay. To download for free input this code at the checkout: NEST


For those whose income has not been affacted, & who can afford to pay - as a self employed artist, whose income has disappeared it would be greatly appreciated.  


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Mixed Media Nest Drawing Guides

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    This product is not to be used for commercial gain or purposes. 

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