Thursday, August 18, 2011

* Permanent Marker and Watercolor Resist Weaving

As part of our Elmer's Kid's Craft Camp
we received these Project Popper permanent markers and some
nifty X-acto brand crazy cut scissors!

Here's our final project
go back and check out our other Elmer's glue projects 
from the past 2 weeks for more fun ideas to try with your kids!

I thought this would be a great project for both products. 

We started out by making two almost identical drawings
with the permanent markers on some student-quality watercolor paper.
Use these markers outdoors or in a well-ventilated area, they're super stinky!

Then, have fun painting your two paintings with watercolors.
The markers are permanent so they won't bleed like water-soluble markers would,
although that might be a cool effect to try out too!

You can paint them with the same colors but I like to mix it up
and use different colors, it makes the final product more interesting.

Let your watercolor paintings dry completely (go outside and play!) 

Then, we got to work cutting up our two paintings into strips
with the crazy-cut scissors (you can also use regular scissors for this step)

Cut one picture into horizontal strips. 
Cut the other picture into vertical strips. 

You may need to trim down a few pieces and discard some skinny bits
to make the next step work.

Now it's time to do some paper weaving.

Carefully lay out your pieces and get a glue stick ready. 
We used our Elmer's glue stick of course! 
This step is tricky to get started so a grown up will need to help out.
Start weaving your first/top horizontal piece of your horizontal-cut painting
across the top of your vertical-cut painting.
Over, under. Over, under...

Use a glue stick to tack down/attach each piece for this step. 
Then, you'll move on to weaving the next piece of paper
over, under, over, under... in the opposite pattern as the previous piece.

Continue weaving your paintings together,
and use some glue to tack the loose ends around the perimeter.

Final project. Artsy (and fun) woven watercolor paintings. 

Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea

All opinions expressed in this post are my own.
Elmer's glue provided me and my family with a crate full of art supplies
to review and keep. I did not receive any additional compensation for this post. 

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