Double-Headed Serpent Paper Mosaic Design
White pencil (optional)
Poster board or matt board
Construction or similar paper in four colors
Double stick tape
White paper (optional)
Paper Clips (optional)
- Select a design like the double-headed serpent in this project. (Double-headed serpents were popular cultural and religious symbols among the Aztec and Mayan people.)
- Draw the object on poster or matt board. Or draw it on a piece of white paper. Turn the paper over and blacken the back of the design with pencil. Turn it over to the front, place it on the matt or poster board and secure the paper on the board with paper clips or tape. Trace.
- Design a border around all four sides of the design.
- Select three or four colors of the construction or similar paper. Decide where to place the paper mosaic tiles. Measure and cut these paper tiles no smaller than 1/ 4” x 1/ 4.” The smaller the size of the tiles, the longer it will take to complete the project.
- Decide the color pattern. Lay down strips of double-stick tape on the area, one strip at a time, and place the paper tiles side by side, forming a mosaic pattern. In the sample, the colors of tile form a random design. Repeat until the area finished. Use a utility knife to shape round corners, etc.
- Following step #2, trace the central design on the construction paper and cut and glue this cut-out to the poster or matt board. If you are using the double-headed serpent as the central design, use a white pencil to highlight the eyes and teeth.
- Cover the other areas of the design including the border.
Morris, Ting. The Arts and Crafts of the Aztecs and Maya. North Mankato, MN: Smart Apple Media, 2007.
Robinson, Fay. Hispanic-American Crafts Kids Can Do! Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Elementary, 2006.
Sponge Painting: The Sun
Household sponges in various shapes and sizes (Household sponges found in grocery stores can create interesting patterns and designs.)
Craft paints in various colors
Paint palette or paper palette
Printing paper like bond or rice paper or sheets of canvas
Markers or colored pencils.
- Draw a design or picture on a piece of paper and use it as reference for the sponge painting. Or draw directly on the surface that you are going to paint, i.e., a sheet of canvas.
- Cut small pieces of the sponge from the larger sponge. To create an abstract design, snip tinier pieces from the divided pieces of the larger sponge.
- Squeeze the paints on the palette.
- Dampen the sponges and squeeze out the excess water.
- Dab the sponge in the paint and dab it on a piece of scrap paper to test the design and the amount of paint needed. A lot of paint on a sponge will create large blobs of color on the paper or canvas.
- With the design as reference, dab the paint on to the paper. Do not drag the sponge because that will smear the paint (unless smearing is the effect you want to create).
- Remember to wash and rinse the sponge to use again or use a separate sponge for each color.
- Continue until you have completed the painting. Add details with a marker or colored pencil when the paint is dry.
NOTE: In the example above, the central design was painted first, then the background.
Create a sponge painting on wood or stone.
Inspired by Arts and Crafts Activities Desk Book by Joyce Novis Laskin
Read: In My New Yellow Shirt by Eileen Spinelli
Aunt Betty gives her nephew a new yellow shirt for his birthday.
“That’s no fun,” his best friend, Sam, declares.
But the birthday boy loves it and imagines himself transformed into a variety of yellow shapes and forms:
A yellow dick
A yellow lion
A yellow cab
A yellow caterpillar
A yellow daffodil
A yellow tropical fish
A yellow tennis ball
A yellow trumpet
A yellow canary
A yellow butterfly
A golden treasure hidden in a dark, dark attic
A yellow banana
A yellow submarine
A yellow and black fire fly
And a “smile of moon.”
Do you play soccer? Do you collect fire flies? Do you belong to a secret boys’ or girls’ club? Decorate a T-Shirt with a favorite shape or symbol.
Water and container for water
Boase, Petra. T-Shirt Fun
Gould, Deborah. Aaron’s Shirt
Wells, Rosemary. Max’s Dragon Shirt
Wollman, Jessica. Andrew’s Bright Blue T-Shirt