Do you pack snacks for your kids to eat at school? Instead of putting them in fancy containers like the ones with cartoon characters on them (many of which are sold at ridiculous prices!), pack them in personalised brown paper bags.
It’s actually really easy to do, as these dads prove.
The Bag Dad has been decorating his son’s lunch bags for a few years now. The Bag Dad aka Brian Dunn is a graphic designer and illustrator who started drawing on his son’s paper lunch bags as a way to practise his craft and possibly entertain his son while he’s eating during recess.
Dunn explains on his Facebook page that sometimes the bags “don’t come back”, meaning they were either thrown out or given to friends, so he takes pictures of them and posts them online before sending them off with his son.
Dunn’s artistic pieces are mostly cute and funny, much like the The Snack Bag Dad‘s work.
While they aren’t too creative with their Facebook names, both The Bag Dad and The Snack Bag Dad are very talented when it comes to drawing. What’s even better than that is that they actually support each other’s work and encourage others to try it.
Many other parents have started to follow suit, and while most of them do it just to add some cheer to their kids’ day at school, artist Dominick Cabalo did it to help his shy son make some friends. And it worked!
If you’re not too keen on using brown paper bags to pack food for your kids, then just get some plastic sandwich bags and draw on those, like what artist David Laferriere did for his kids. You would probably need special pen markers to do this, though.
Also, if you don’t have a child, well then just do them for yourself and show off your work at the office.
To get you started, here are some things you may need:
1. Brown/White paper lunch bags (you can get them at the store that sells each item for under RM6). That same store also sells plastic zipper bags in several different sizes.
2. Colour pencils, crayons, oil pastels, marker pens. You could also use poster/water colours but you need to be careful not to make the colour seep through the paper too much.
You would think that you needed artistic talent to do this but you actually don’t. Just draw what you want – lines, flowers, bubbles, boxes, anything! As The Bag Dad says on his Facebook page, “Don’t sweat the technique”, just go ahead and do it.
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