Here is an idea for making collage artwork that is similar to the pictures created by Eric Carle. We love Eric Carle books at our house! Here is a link to an explanation of how he makes his pictures.
I saw a set for sale several years ago with pre-printed paper for making collage pictures like Eric Carle, and I thought, “We can do that ourselves!”
To make collage artwork with watercolors, simply cover a sheet of paper with paint!
Gresham decided that he wanted to make a dinosaur, so he used a lot of blues and greens. We used watercolor paper from an art store (that was probably left over from when I was in high school!). If you don’t have watercolor paper, I would recommend using as heavy a paper as possible.
Next, cut out shapes for the animal that you want to make. We did a T-rex. This part was Mom’s job, but Aidan (age 7) is ready to try this project completely on his own. He is planning to use brown paints and make another dinosaur. I think that older kids could take this project even farther, making a more complicated collage!
If you want a “bumpy” look, you can put rock salt on the watercolors as they dry. The salt absorbs some of the water and creates an interesting pattern in the paint. Simply scrape the salt off once it’s dry.
Here’s another Eric Carle project – make your own Brown Bear, Brown Bear book.
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