Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Create Your Own Eric Carle Inspired Valentines

On Friday I recommended one of Eric Carle’s picture books, Draw Me a Star. Eric Carle is such a fantastic author and illustrator. He wrote and illustrated The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Tiny Seed, and he illustrated Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?. And there are tons more. If you haven’t read any of his books, please do so. You will be delighted.

Michelle left a comment about the slide shows on Eric Carle’s website that shows how he
paints his tissue papers and how he creates his pictures. I had not discovered those, so thanks!

She also linked to a photo of a piece of artwork she created following Carle’s instructions. It’s gorgeous.
Make sure you check it out.

Carle also wrote and illustrated You Can Make a Collage: A Very Simple How-to Book. In this book, put out by Klutz, Carle shows you step-by-step how to create collages using painted tissue paper. The book comes with 72 painted tissue papers to create your own masterpieces with, and the book is full of great ideas for beautiful artwork.

I was inspired by all of this and thought, since Valentines Day is coming up, we might like to make our own Eric Carle inspired cards. Mine came out looking lovely and they weren’t too difficult to make, though it did take time and patience!

Supplies Needed:

Paints
Paintbrush
White Tissue Paper
Small Container
Water
Heart-shaped Tracers
Scissors
Construction Paper
Mod Podge or White Glue thinned with water
Foam Brush

Cover your workspace! I’m serious about this. The paint WILL bleed through the tissue paper.

Lay your tissue paper flat on your workspace

Choose a background color. Squirt some of that paint into your container and mix with about the same amount of water. Use quick, light brush strokes to cover your tissue paper with the paint. If you brush too hard you’ll tear your tissue paper. If this happens, it’s okay. You won’t need every inch of the tissue paper. Just keep going.
Let your tissue paper dry. Eric Carle recommends using this time to paint more sheets of tissue paper in different colors. I only used one sheet but you may want more than one pattern or color. Your tissue paper will need to dry for about 30 minutes.

Choose a second color. Mix the paint with water and brush parts of the tissue paper with it. I painted white slashed across my tissue paper. You may choose to paint zig-zags, dots, or swirls.

Let the tissue paper dry again.

Choose a third color. Mix with water and paint on a new pattern.
I used four colors but you may decide to use only three or try five. It’s all up to you and your imagination. Just remember to let your tissue paper dry after each new layer of paint.
When your finished tissue paper is dry, trace hearts of different sizes onto your paper. Try to fit as many hearts as you can. Carefully cut out the hearts.
Choose construction paper, fold it in half, and cut it into two cards. Repeat until you have as many cards as you wish to make.

Use your foam brush to brush Mod Podge onto the front of your card. White glue mixed will water will also work, but your card will not lay as flat. Stick your hearts in place. Gently brush another layer of Mod Podge over the hearts. Cover the entire front of your card with Mod Podge to make it smooth.
Repeat until you have decorated all of your cards.

Write special Valentines Day messages on the insides of the cards and give them to your friends and family. I’m sure they’ll love them!

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1 comment:

Ms. Julie's Place said...

There is simply not enough time to explore all these wonderful techniques and their limitless applications! I am overwhelmed with inspirations. Think Carletangle!

Thanks so much for this and the link to Carle's site. Wish I'd found that for the boys when we were doing unit studies on Carle books. Of course I do teach an art class and I decide what we study! Watch out teenagers, it's time to go back to kindergarten...