Paper Bag Buddies
Lunch size paper bags, brown or white
Scraps of construction paper
Paste or glue
Ribbon and/or yarn
Sequins, buttons, seeds (for eyes, nose mouth)
Crayon and/or markers and/or colored pencils
Pipe cleaners (for whiskers)
- Choose the pet or animal you will make
- Stuff 1/3 of the bag tightly with crumbled or strips of newspaper to form the head (about two or three sheets).
- Gather the bag at the base of the head. Tie it securely with string or yarn.
- Stuff the rest of the bag with more newspaper and tape the bottom of the bag closed.
- Cut eyes, nose, mouth, and paws from construction paper or use sequins, buttons or seeds. Use pipe cleaners for the whiskers.
- Tie a ribbon or piece of yarn around the neck.
- Add buttons or other decorations to dress up you paper bag pet.
Make a paper bag person. Use yarn for hair and wiggle eyes. Follow the directions above.
Sgrafitto is an etching technique that uses a pointed tool to scratch through a covered surface to show the art work beneath it.
Wax crayons (Do not use black)
India ink or back poster paint
Pointed tool for etching such as a knitting needle or a toothpick
Cardboard or mat board
- Draw and color various abstract shapes on the cardboard or mat board. Make sure to use a heavy hand and leave a thick layer of wax crayon.
- Paint the cardboard or mat board with India ink or black poster paint. Allow the surface to dry completely. If the wax crayons show through, you need a second coat of paint or ink. Allow this coat to dry.
- Select the pointed tool you will use. You can experiment with different tools on a scrap of cardboard and then decide which one is best for your work of art.
- Have an image or design in mind or draw one on sketch paper first. Etch the design directly on the painted cardboard or mat board using various strokes: long, short, or circular going in various directions: horizontal, vertical or diagonal. Etch deeply enough to penetrate the first layer of ink or poster paint.
- Frame the Sgrafitto and don’t forget to etch your name in the lower right-hand corner.
Smooth Rocks to be Painted
Painting the Rocks
Rocks preferably with a relatively smooth surface
Poster or acrylic paints
Brushes of various widths
Container for water
Palette or disposable smooth surface like wax paper
Newspaper or something similar to cover the surface of your work space
- Wash rocks thoroughly and dry. If rocks are very dirty, soak in a bucket of sudsy water, rinse and dry. Cover your work space
- Think of a design for the rock. Sometimes the rock suggests a design or an object. Stripes, dots, stars, swirls, circles are some ideas you can use alone or in combination.
- Select colors of paint and squeeze a small amount (about the size of a quarter to start) on the palette or wax paper.
- Prime the rock white if you selected lighter colors or brown if you selected darker colors. This step isn’t required but it makes the colors adhere to the rock better if there is a basic layer of paint to paint your design. Paint one side at a time and allow the rock to dry. Turn over and paint the other side.
- If you can’t think of a design, lay the paints on the surface randomly. Overlap the colors and see them run into each other.
- Paint one side at a time and allow the design to dry. Turn over and paint the other side.
- Use your rocks to decorate your desk or your bedroom’s window sill.
VARIATION: Select yarn or string in different colors and dip into glue. Wrap around the rock in different directions. Allow the glue to dry.
VARIATION: Create rock creatures by gluing paper, pipe cleaners, pompoms, buttons and more