Paint and Marker Flowers
Students will create flowers using paint and markers.
By: Dan Triplett
What You Need:
- Tempera paint (or watercolor paint)
- For tempera, use poster paper or 80lb Sulphite drawing paper. For watercolors, use watercolor paper (90lb student quality is fine but you can use a heavy weight poster paper as an alternative)
- Black Sharpie markers (permanent markers work the best but washable Crayolas will also do the trick)
What You Do:
Have the children paint “puddles” of color, (using all colors but green).
Once the colorful puddles have been painted, children then add a mix of yellow and green in the blank areas.
After the paint dries, show the children how to draw a flower on each puddle.
Repeat these instructions:
- Draw a small circle in the middle your paint puddles.
- Now, starting from that circle, draw a line ALL the way to the edge of your color. Go around the edge – make it wide – then go back to the circle in the middle.
- Then, follow the line you just made ALL the way to the edge of the circle again, and follow the edge of the color.
- Be sure to go all the way to the edge and follow your color borders.
- Use the color’s edge as your guide.
- You should end up with about 4 to 5 petals.
Also, see the video for further instructions on how to draw the flowers.
Children then draw the flower designs using black markers.
Notes From Dan:
The area where most kids struggle is in drawing the flowers. They often don’t make the petals large and wide enough. I recommend first practicing on scrap paper (draw a circle and make a flower that is just large enough to reach the edge of the drawn circle).