I have also done the summer/warm colour version of this project and it always proves popular with the kids - something magical about peeling off the stick tape I think! We used basic masking tape to create the trees and then painted over with blue ink and added salt to create the snow/starry effect (this has to be done quite quickly as the salt only reacts with the ink while it's wet). If you don't have ink, you could also use food colouring added to water or diluted acrylic paint.
YouTube Demo Video
Step 1: Use masking tape on a piece of A3 paper to create 3 or 4 'trees'. Use straight pieces of tape for the trunks and rip smaller pieces for the branches. Cut off any edges that hang over the edges of your paper - rather than folding them over.
Step 2: Use your ink, food dye or diluted acrylic paint to paint a wash over the entire piece of paper (you can paint straight over the sticky tape)- add some sprinkles of salt straight away onto the wet ink/paint and leave it to dry.
Step 3: VERY carefully peel the tape off (make sure the paper is completely dry and you can also brush off the dried salt).
Step 4: Use a black fineliner, sharpie pen, felt pen or permanent marker to add patterns into each tree (small, intricate patterns and a mix of pen thicknesses are extra effective!)
What a lovely idea! I especially like the doodle patterns on the trees- a great lesson in line. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
What type of paper did you use? Will watercolor work as well as ink?ReplyDelete
I just used regular cartridge drawing paper and I'm sure watercolours could work beautifully!
Cool! Thanks for the reply. I will experiment a little with what we have in the art room and see what I come up with!ReplyDelete
Liquid watercolors, (concentrated watercolors that come in bottles) work GREAT with salt, must be wet though; so work quickly...ReplyDelete
Thanks Ann - will definitely have to try that!Delete
What kind of ink did you use? Would tempera work?ReplyDelete
I have to use what we have and I have speedball printing ink, tempera and those little sets of watercolor,
Thanks!! These are lovely
Hi terrylynn, Sorry for the late reply. I think pretty much any type of ink or watercolour would work, as long as you work quickly to add the salt before the paint dries.Delete