My DD can color things very nicely... sometimes she sits down and colors in her coloring books, staying in the lines pretty well, variety of colors, etc. (She's almost 4).
But a good amount of the time, she has more of a "destructive" twist on it. Colors in an entire page in one color. Obliterates everything with a black or brown crayon/ marker. If she paints something, she mixes all the colors together and piles brown paint on. When I pick her up from preschool, the kid's art projects are outside and I always know which one is DD's - the piece of paper soaked end to end in brown paint.
This morning DD saw a princess poster I bought for her (to color), and begged for it while I had breakfast to the point where I stopped eating to give it to her. It is supposed to look like "stained glass" and you hang it in the window, so I told her something along the lines of making it very pretty .. and what does she do? Obliterate it all with dark navy marker.
I used to get lots of cheap ceramic figurines for her to paint, but all she does is smear all the colors of paint together and glob it on them, so now we don't do them any more. Also she loves glitter glue - but what she does is take the tube of glitter glue and squeeze it into a big puddle, she doesn't draw or do designs. Stickers? She doesn't arrange them nicely - she takes pages of hundreds of stickers and puts them on one little piece of paper.
I'm all for letting her do whatever she wants in terms of art, but I can't help being frustrated. Do you think this is a phase? I have to admit I was pretty irritated this morning when she just wrecked the princess poster in 30 seconds after I told her to make it nice. Coloring books is one thing but I feel like I can't spend money on other crafts. I was going to do a pottery party for her birthday but there is no way. She would mash all the colors together in 2 seconds and glob it all on.