Have you ever encountered a pattern, perhaps on the wall or floor, or even on a tree trunk, that reminds you of something else? It's a bit like cloud watching, where you spot all kinds of things such as rabbits or bears.
I see them all the time, but never thought much of it apart from being amused. However, the artists Peng and Hu, has turned this pattern spotting into an art, and have just released their book Hirameki (a Japanese word for 'brainwave' or 'flash of inspiration') that allows anyone to turn a book full of colourful inkblots into something, by drawing what they see. You don't have to draw really well either for this, nor do you need anything fancy to draw with. In fact, they recommended that the perfect Hirameki pen should be:
|Love their sense of humour!|
The book is split into 7 sections (Steps), each with a topic and some examples to give you extra inspirations. For example, it's all about animals in the first section. But you are free to draw whatever you see of course, after all it is your art book. The first 6 steps are there to help you get started really, because eventually you'll come to the last step - Freestyle, where you are encouraged to draw whatever you see.
|Inside of the front and back covers|
|Circled ones are by me, the others are really good examples!|
This page is done by Abby, who has enjoyed the book so much she now calls the Hirameki 'my book'. She has turned this page, which was meant for spotting piggies, into an underwater world. She even added her own doodles, just because she wanted to. Now that's how you create art!
I drew the picture on the right here, to show you another point about this book. The same inkblot seen by 2 different person, in this case, Peng/ Hu, and me, is most likely going to be different. Isn't that fun? You can play pattern spotting together with your child with Hirameki and see how you see things differently!
For anyone (at any ages too!) who likes to draw, especially those like me who needs a bit of inspiration help, the Hirameki (links to Amazon UK) is perfect. It's released today, published by Thames & Hudson, and retails at RRP £9.95. It's pretty thick too (about 0.75 inches thick) so you can have plenty of doodling fun.