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How to Draw a Mix-A-Monster with a Friend

This is a fun drawing activity I have been doing since my grade school years in which you create a surprise mix-a-monster! You can do it with two or three people. All you need is:

  • a piece of paper
  • a pen or pencil
  • a friend or two, child, spouse, etc

Step 1: Fold the paper into three equal sections. This is also known as the z-fold.

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Step 2: Open up the folded paper which now has three sections. Tell your friend to hide their eyes (no peaking!) while you draw the monster’s head on the first section of the paper.

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Step 3: Be sure that the neck lines to the monster’s head extend a little bit past the first fold in the paper. You will see why this is important in the next step.

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Step 4: Fold the first section of the paper underneath so that only the other two sections of the paper are showing. The necklines of your monster’s head should be the only part of the drawing that is now visible.

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Step 5: Now you hide your eyes (again, no peaking!) while your friend draws the body or middle section of the monster. The body can include arms, tentacles, hairy stomach…whatever they like. Be creative! Be sure that the waistline of the monster’s body extends a little bit past the second fold in the paper (just like with the necklines in step 3).

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Step 6: Your friend should fold the paper underneath again, so all that is left is the last section of the paper with the monster’s waistline showing.

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Step 7: Now it is your turn again (or a third friend’s)! Tell your friend (or friends) to hide their eyes while you draw the bottom of the monster using legs, feet, wheels…the possibilities are endless!

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Step 8: Have your friend uncover their eyes and unfold the paper to reveal your Mix-A-Monster! Make as many as you like and take turns drawing the different sections. Color your Mix-A-Monsters and give them to your parents or friends.

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About Aaron Riddle

Aaron Riddle is a professional cartoonist who has been drawing cartoons of all types since the ripe ole age of 2. He is the creator and illustrator of the comic strip AFORD, which ran for 10 years as a weekly web comic strip and appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country. He has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator and artist for clients all across the country. Aaron is happily married, a proud father of two daughters, and enjoys fitness, the outdoors, and supporting the Navy SEALs.

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