Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Art Adventure: Reflections

When I first saw this project demo-ed, the instructor insisted on washable markers. I tried it with my son with regular Crayolas and it worked just fine. Maybe all Crayolas are really washable? But then why are some labeled washable and some are not? Hmm. Deep mysteries.

So, use what you have and see how it goes. Just don't use permanent markers.

  • paper
  • markers
  • spray bottle with water

Fold a piece of paper in half.

Draw a picture with markers. Make sure the folded edge is the bottom edge of the picture. It works best to really fill up the paper and have the image go to the bottom edge.

I did trees for an example. But how about a cityscape? Maybe even a person?

Either flip over or unfold and spray the blank half of the paper with water. Set the bottle to a fine mist, but really saturate the paper with water. (Just try to stop the child before you get into paper-falling-apart territory.)

Carefully fold the wet half onto the colored half and rub with hands.

Unfold. And you should have a reflection of the image as if it was at the edge of a pond or even a puddle.

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