Earth Hour Candles

Candle in a bottle
I am sneaking these ones in amongst the scheduled posts, since it is timely in a global sense, with regards to Earth Hour.

candle in bottle broken


We discovered by accident that it was Earth Hour last night.  Our impromptu walk to the city to drop off library books took us directly to the window display which informed us of the event.  We walked home and arrived at exactly the right time to stumble through the dark and fumble for candles and matches for a bit of Art in the Dark in the kitchen between 8.30-9.30pm (ish).

This is a pretty weird-looking candle in a bottle.  I adore the wax dripping down the sides and building up a wriggly sculpture of something like a frozen waterfall of wax.

The process went something like this:

I warmed up by scribbling with a dark solid pencil on a clean sheet of paper.  I moved the pencil into unusual positions in my hand and took no care at all about what I was drawing.  In my mind, I held the thought ‘candle’ and ‘flame’ and looked at the candle burning while I scribbled.

Once warmed up, I made several drawings by looking only at the candle in the bottle, and never looking at the sheet of paper as I drew.  I kept the pencil on the paper, without ever lifting it off the paper until I had ‘finished.’  Then it was always a surprise to see what I had drawn.  Have a go at home to surprise yourself… you never know, you may get as many laughs out of it as I did!

I chose these two drawings to share, as I hope that they have some potential for colouring, perhaps in much the same manner!   I want to try scribbling some colour on to them today, bold and scary scribbles that have no regard for lines or form.  Just the joy of scribbling and adding colour to the black and white on the page.

Just an idea; something different!  Course there are many ways to skin a fish, and plenty of ways to go about adding colour.  I keep wondering if anyone has tried mosaics with cut-out pieces of old glossy magazines.  Or collage with pieces of fabric cut to shape?

Have fun!



8 thoughts on “Earth Hour Candles

  1. Pingback: Blast from the Past | Wildersoul.Colouring.Book

  2. I’ve bookmarked your blog so I can get in and read it thoroughly. We have homeschooling in common! We love music here too. I am looking forward to getting to know you better. 🙂


  3. Oh, they’re nowhere as wonderful as yours but I wanted us to have a record of it and to give the kids an idea of life without light. We had fun.


  4. We went dark on Earth Hour too! Will post about it sometime this week. We also made some drawings inspired by the activity. Might include those as well. I love your drawing.


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