Next Question… Defining “tools”

Pencil art

Pencil art (Photo credit: Nalini Prasanna)

To provide easy access to basic creative tools for local patients, residents of long-term care facilities, foster children, and other members of the community who may not have access to such tools.

It’s a start, but some things still need to be addressed.

A comment left on the last post got me thinking not only about adaptive devices (designed for those with difficulties holding and writing with pens/pencils/etc.), but also that there are probably many special considerations to be made when making these “kits.”

What tools should be included in the “standard” kit, and what other specially designed tools might be needed?

I’m thinking the sketchbook/journal is a given! Also- a pencil with eraser and sharpener, and a decent ink pen should automatically be included. Since the scope of recipients has widened, feasibility should be considered as we think more about materials (i.e. maybe not the ridiculously expensive specialty colored pastels one of my art teachers made me buy once… Ouch!)

Something that allows for the inclusion of color- crayons, colored pencils, markers, or even watercolors.

Unless something changes my mind, I’m adverse to markers (they dry out too fast, and even I have a hard time being perfect about getting the cap on completely every time) and crayons (they melt and get messy). Even though they wash out and are wonderfully expressive, I’m concerned with mess with watercolors as well.

I don’t know what the costs would be, but I do know that they make relatively inexpensive watercolor pencils. These are a favorite of mine, since you can use them as both regular colored pencils (if you don’t add water) or, as the name implies, get a pretty cool effect by adding water with a “pen” designed to only add water. This “water pen” however, might cost a bit more and be a bit to complicated for people with certain disabilities- I’m not sure.

Perhaps this leaves me with a regular pack of colored pencils. Just your standard rainbow colors. Easy, cheap, and the sharpener for the regular pencil would work on these too (preferably a sharpener with one of those plastic tops to catch the mess?)

Pen, regular pencil and eraser, pencil sharpener, and colored pencils. 

So far all I can think of are adaptive devices to go along with these for certain groups- since the supplies are all about the same diameter, probably only one, interchangeable device would be needed per kit.

Anything else? Anyone in the healthcare field (HCP or even a previous or current patient or former or current foster child?????) have any specific concerns that might arise with the above materials? And does anyone have a suggestion about the size of the books? 

Comments are so greatly appreciated you don’t even know!!! PLEASE comment!

Best wishes,

❤ Amy


Found this awesome blog post- definitely helpful and food for thought.


Defining the goals…

OK. So, after I began to think out-loud in response to a comment on a previous post, where @Celestiteblue did point out a need for a clearer picture, so to speak, of what exactly Sketch4Health is about, I have decided to pose 1 question per blog post.

So each post will have one and only one question. I will put my thoughts out there, but I am hoping for some serious brainstorming too!

The Question of the Day: Who is the “target audience?” (i.e. who should receive help accessing a convenient creative outlet first)

Initially I was thinking primarily in-patients and those needing daily hospital treatments for any chronic/severe health conditions. It did occur to me, however, that many hospitals already have some sort of art-therapy like resources available, especially in psychiatric wings and in large teaching hospitals. This is NOT to say that in-patients should be ignored, but I think many people with chronic health problems may be flying under the radar simply because they are doing a bit better.

This leads me to a tentative initial scope of recipients: hospital patients with limited to no access to artistic outlets, community healthcare centers that see a large number of low-income patients and/or medicaid patients, and residents of LTC facilities (Long Term Care facilities) that do not already incorporate art-therapy (or something similar) into a holistic treatment plan.

Once we can define a starting “target group,” we can begin to look at what steps need to be taken in order to actually reach patients/residents and what type of fundraising (not necessarily just monetary donations) is needed/how much…

Ok. YOUR turn! Hopefully one step closer to my goal of being able to define the mission of Sketch 4 Health in one sentence. 

Pinterest Idea Board Up! Please Use and Comment!

So I need ideas for the basic “make-up” of the sketchbook packages or kits. I put a few of my own pins on the board, but I would LOVE to have as much input as possible. If you follow the board, I will try my very best to add you ASAP so you can contribute. Also- comments on existing posts would be wonderful. Feel free to use my pins as a springboard for your own ideas- as your ideas will end up being a springboard for mine too 😉

Here is the link:

Or you can look me up at Pinterest at Unknown Amy and look for the board *Sketch4Health Idea Board*

Thanks for all of your help!

Best wishes,

❤ Amy