The holidays are just around the corner and the kiddos (and adults) are getting antsy. Hopefully this project can alleviate some of that extra energy. I know for us, like many others, it’s been lots of nature walks, art projects, and quality family time. If you can’t tell by this week’s video, despite all these activities, things still manage to get chaotic rather quickly. And that’s exactly what happened while filming this video. While I could easily edit out our mishaps while working together, I think it’s something we can all relate to right now. So, I kept a pinch of the craziness in there. I want you to know you are not alone. Art, like life, is messy (particularly when kids are involved).
How to: Easter Egg Collages
- watercolors and paintbrushes
- washable school glue like Elmer’s (we diluted ours with a few splashes of water, making it much easier to work with)
- any type of paper you have on hand
- coffee filters or tissue paper
- plant materials like small leaves, flowers, and grasses
Step 1: Go collect your plant materials. This is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the project, and also a good opportunity to spend outside. It also allowed me to explain to Kinsley what is okay and not okay to pick when outside ☺
Step 2: Grab your paper, sketch out an egg shape, and then watercolor it in. We used construction paper because Kinsley’s favorite color is pink, however, I’d actually recommend using white or lighter toned paper if possible, so their plant designs come through more clearly!
Step 3: After you’re done painting, glue on your plant materials to create your pattern! Try to keep the plants as flat as possible, and once they are glued, add a thin layer of glue to cover both your egg and plants.
Step 4: Take a coffee filter or tissue paper and smooth it over your egg. Then add another layer of glue on top, watching the plants magically appear as you add your water/glue mixture. Let it dry for a few hours (or speed it up by using a hair dryer).
Step 5: Cut out your eggs!
Bonus: After our eggs were cut out, we hole punched the top and then looped ribbon through, turning the eggs into hanging decorations (but actually ended up being necklaces for the kiddos). If you do decide to use these as necklaces, please consider a breakaway closure like these (in link) for safety: https://bit.ly/2XgeMbo – SAS
Happy making and have a lovely Easter ☺
All photos by Hannah Pomante
The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this blog belong solely to the Spokane Art School Artist-in-Residence, and not necessarily to the Spokane Art School.
Special thanks to Washington Trust Bank for sponsoring this video series.