Latin American bark paintings depict birds, fish, sea horses, alpaca, armadillo, and flowers like marigolds, roses, hibiscus and sunflowers. Consider combinations of these objects when creating your design for the bark painting.
White drawing paper
Permanent black fine-line felt-tipped marker
Acrylic paints – bright colors of choice
Large paint brush
1/4 inch thick piece of plywood 8” x 10”
- Draw your design on a piece of white paper. Then place the tracing paper on the drawing. Trace your design on to the tracing paper.
- Blacken the back side of the tracing paper and place it blackened side down on the plywood. Tape it down.
- Go over the design on the tracing paper with a pencil by pressing down hard. Remove the tracing paper and go over the lines on the plywood with the black marker. (They should show up on the plywood. Take a peek under one corner of the papers first to see if an impression was made.)
- Color the designs with the paints. Make it colorful like real Mexican bark paintings. Allow to dry.
- Layer a coat of shellac over the painting to make it shine and to protect it. Mexican bark paintings are colorful. Hang it up in a prominent place.