Create one-of-a-kind homemade holiday greeting cards using crayons, paint and paper.
By Andrea Mulder-Slater
What You Need:
- white paper (computer paper will work)
- watercolour paint
- water and containers
- white glue
What You Do:
- Create a crayon drawing on the white paper. Try drawing a candle, a snowflake, a star… anything festive will do.
- Next, take your paper and crumple it.
- Then, take the paper and lay it out flat on your work surface.
- Using watered down paint (the darker the better) and a paintbrush, cover the crumpled up crayon drawing with color.
- When the painting has dried, you will see that all the little cracks that formed when the paper was crumpled, have been filled with paint.
- Take an old paintbrush and cover the picture with white glue. The glue will dry clear and give the crackle picture a nice shiny finish.
- If you like, you can glue the crackle picture onto a piece of construction paper to make a greeting card for a friend or family member.
Did You Know:
The fun folks at Crayola® tell us that each year, North Americans buy 2.5 billion crayons! Not only that, but the average North American uses 730 crayons by age 10. Now that’s a lot of crayon crackle paintings!
Illustration: Geoff Slater