The word hatching and cross hatching, in the art world, refers to shading techniques that imply shade, tones, or textures. Hatching and Cross Hatching shading techniques for drawing are done with a series of thin and parallel lines. These lines give the appearance of a shadow to a picture, in varying degrees. These shading techniques are mostly used for drawing and sketching in pencil or pen ink drawing.
Before we try Hatching and Cross Hatching shading techniques with kids, let’s understand what are these forms of shading. and how Hatching and Cross Hatching shading techniques for drawing can help kids learn and practice their hold on pencil better.
Hatching is one of the easiest, cleanest ways to fill areas in pencil or pen ink drawings. It is a process of drawing a bunch of fine parallel lines. These parallel lines can make the areas look darker and even the deepest shadows look clean. Hatching with coloured pencil allows you to rapidly apply colour and create texture and direction.
Hatching is often used in one direction and the lines can be long or short, but always straight.
What is the CROSS Hatching shading technique?
Cross hatching is one step ahead of hatching and a common way of shading. It is basically the layering of hatching lines on top of each other at right angles. This is used in coloured pencil drawing to create a darker area, within a layer of hatching. Crosshatch technique of shading helps create a gradient or texture in a drawing.
Cross hatching is a simpler way to create a visual blending effect of two or more colours by beginners.
Why try Hatching and Cross Hatching shading techniques for drawing with kids?
Both Hatching and Cross Hatching shading techniques are very similar in drawing, sketching or painting. When these are used in wet-on-wet paintings, these techniques can create brilliant tonal shading. As they blend between colours, once one colour is applied over another. Since toddlers and preschoolers begin to learn pattern writing, shading techniques for kids would make an excellent creative experience.
- The parallel lines would be a practice for their pencil control
- Along with the good visual appeal, it is also quick to fill in large spaces with such pattern-based shading technique.
We use a mix of Hatching and Cross Hatching shading techniques while drawing in our projects. We recently tried these patterns on a cardboard Pichkari (water Gun) we made for the Holi festival this year. Do watch the complete tutorial here.
Hope this post helped you to try these shading techniques for drawing with kids and inspired your painting ideas for kids. Follow #TnM_Activites for many such ideas on Instagram @tuggu.n.mommy and Facebook @tuggunmommy
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