Painted Paper Garden

There are hints of spring in the air here in Michigan, so we are going to plant a garden.

It’s still to cold for that outside, but take a look at what blooms inside at Great to Create!

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Follow along to make your own Painted Paper Gardens at home!

SUPPLIES

tissue paper

cardstock or watercolor paper, any size

tempera or acrylic paints

white school glue

foam brushes

scissors

Step One: Painting Tissue Paper

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Spread out cheap plastic table cloth to protect your table.  ( I don’t recommend newspaper–we had a problem with it sticking!)

Lay out tissue paper.  White tissue paper works well, but color tissue paper is also a fun option.

Squeeze desired paint colors right out of the paint bottle onto your tissue paper, just like mustard on a hot dog!

Take a wet foam brush and gently spread the paint.  If you are doing this with young ones I recommend taping the tissue down to the table as the tissue paper wants to move around as you paint it.  Let dry completely.

Step Two: Cutting and Gluing

Choose your background paper.   I recommend something heavy weight like cardstock or watercolor paper because of all the gluing involved in this project. We used light blue cardstock, but a painted sky would be beautiful too!

Decide if you want to compose your garden horizontally or vertically.  Either option is great!

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Cut a 1-2 inch wide strip of green to fit across the bottom of the paper to create the grass. Glue down with white school glue.

Cut narrow strips of green in varying lengths for flower stems.  Glue down stems.

Now lets make the flowers!

At this point I encourage the children to experiment and create their own unique flower designs.  It helps to start by cutting out a simple circle the size that you would like your flower to be.Kristi Lynn Studio

Our  room was buzzing with creativity and exploration!   It was fun to watch these flowers bloom before my very eyes!

After about 20 more minutes of cutting and gluing, everyone had created their own colorful garden to take home and enjoy while we wait for the rest of the snow to melt.

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Great job, paper gardeners!  I bet those gardens bring cheer to everyone who sees them!

 

 

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Irresistable Bugs

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This fun project was inspired by an art lesson I found on the lovely blog of “That Artist Woman“.

It is called Pastel Resist Bugs and this tutorial will show you how we did our oil pastel resist in Great to Create class!  Not familiar with the term “pastel resist?”  Then you are about to learn something new!

Begin with a directed line drawing in pencil.  In other words, students follow drawing directions step by step to create the basic form of a bug.

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I recommend doing a Google search for insect coloring pages if you need some bug inspiration to get you started.

Once we have the basic bug form, the students add their own details and designs.

This is where the bugs begin to develop their own unique personality. So fun!

Next, trace over the pencil lines with a black Sharpie.

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Use oil pastels to fill in the drawing with colors and patterns.

We used many colors, but not too much green because we knew we’d be painting with green later.

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Encourage the kids to use firm pressure with the pastels! This will help the colors pop after the paint is applied.

Leave small spaces uncolored which will allow areas for the paint to settle in.

Look at those gorgeous patterns! LOVE!Pastel Resist Bugs - Kristi Lynn Studio

The bugs look super fun already and you could stop here, but then it wouldn’t be a resist project, would it?

Go ahead!  Be brave and paint over each bug in a watered down wash of green tempera paint.

We chose green for the feel of a tropical jungle, but you could use any color.

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Oh no!  We lost our bugs under all that paint!  Never fear, the oil pastels resist the paint!

Before the paint can dry, take paper towels and gently wipe or blot the excess paint from the paper, revealing the gorgeous oil pastel bugs beneath. (Even after the paint dries you can still remove some paint with a damp paper towel.)

Now the bugs are living in their lush green jungle habitats and our work is done!

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Well done, creators!  These bugs are ir-RESIST-able!

 

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