Rain – beaux ( art project)
It was a delightful little class project and ideal as an idea to do with younger kids or preschoolers.
I wish I’d saved egg shells and washed and crushed them. I once did an under the sea project as a kid and I vividly remember the teacher sticking down the egg shells as the murals sea bed.
Masking fluid is great way to do sea weed. Blow it with a straw on the canvas. Then dry with hair dryer. Then wash over it with blue ink or food colouring. Dry it again. Peel off the masking fluid as seen above. It is liquid latex that dries and comes off like mozzarella cheese.
Just before Christmas I did a huge birthday mural for a pre-school in the Hunter Valley. One of the themes was ‘Under the Sea’. I blew the masking fluid in this way to create sea weed.
First each child drew with a white wax crayon on some paper. Making all the marks for sea weed and the ocean floor and the outlines of fish.
Next step was to wash through this with blue food coloring. The painted wash resists the wax and creates a lovely effect.
While still wet, get the kids to paint in darker blue at the bottom of the picture to signify the sea bed.
Next step is to dry the back ground. I always use hair dryers in my classes as its quicker than waiting for the sun to dry it and lately there has been sooooo much rain here in Sydney.
Another simple idea is to do this same concept but do butterflies, blue sky and nets.
Very simple but an effective craft they love to do.
So next time you get a bag of oranges or onions, save the plastic netting for your kids next craft.
Love to see photos of what others come up with if you want to send them to me.
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