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Thursday, August 18, 2011

* Permanent Marker and Watercolor Resist Weaving



As part of our Elmer's Kid's Craft Camp giveaway
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.


Ta-da! 
Final project. Artsy (and fun) woven watercolor paintings. 

Leave a comment here for a chance to win your own
set of awesome Elmer's Glue art products!
I'm giving away one Adult and two Kid's Craft Camp Kits to one of my lucky readers! 
I'll draw a name by random number generator
at 10pm EST tonight, 
on Friday, August 19th, 2011
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Fondly,
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. 


19 comments:

Shari said...

what a beautiful craft! it turned out so great. that's definitely a keeper.

Julie V said...

I just showed this to my eight year old daughter and she said "Oh cool!" I think we may have to try this project at our house. Thanks for the idea.

Jamie @ hands on : as we grow said...

THAT is creative! I'd never have thought to weave together two of the same drawings - so neat! I love the use of the permanent markers too.

Stephanie said...

WOW! That's about all I can say! This project is so simple and the result is so beautiful! I know exactly what we are doing on this rainy afternoon!
PS~ I really enjoy your blog!

Art For Little Hands said...

What a fun idea. The final result is really cool!

Jenn said...

This is certainly going on my list of projects!

Bumblebees and Memories said...

That is really neat! I must say, you guys have some great drawing skills! My son is four, and when he paints he usually does a bunch of plus signs and squiggles. :) I think I will try this with him and see what we get. Thanks for the idea!

Alisha
dacotasmom44@yahoo.com

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Alisha -- I would definitely do it with a more abstract picture. You could even have him do two paintings in two different color palettes, e.g. one painting in cool colors and one painting in hot colors!

Fondly,
MaryLea

Michelle said...

What a great idea, I would love to try this with my daughters. They could each do a picture and then we could weave the two together to form one. It would look amazing matted and framed too. I would definitely love to win this giveaway :)

benbidder said...

This would be so great to win for our homeschooling year!! Looks so fun and I will definitely be trying the weaving project! Thanks!!

Brooke Stark said...

I love this one! The colors are wonderful and I love the way it combines so many skills for the little ones!

Lynn T said...

I love this project. I just came across your blog today. It is fabulous! I would love to win!!!
Lynn

Sarah said...

You are so creative! I stay at home with my 16 month old son during the days and take college classes at night. I love coming to your page and looking at fun ideas for the future! I have your blog bookmarked and check it out every day! So neat, I hope to incorporate some of these crafts in my classroom one day also :o)

Coco said...

I've just discovered your blog today and you presented several projects that, I know, my kids will love to get involved with. I imagine that this giveaway is not open to UK residents so many thanks for your posts!!

Anonymous said...

MaryLea,

this is awesome! I can't wait to try it with my craft girl before school starts...The kids at GBW are missing out without you!
emily d.

momstumpf@hotmail.com said...

I am so excited with the different crafts you've been doing! Been out of town so could only watch but... We homeschool and we'll have to start the year off with some Great Elmer's Art!!! Hope to win! momstumpf@hotmail.com

Shauna said...

What a fun project!

Mama EZ said...

so cute! would love to win this!

Amanda said...

I love this idea and am going to file it in the great art idea file..
Thanks for sharing..

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