This is one of my favorite art projects that we’ve done here at the daycare.
I like it because it’s a multi-step piece with a lot of texture and character….it was fun to do….and it’s something worthy of keeping forever and hanging on the wall.
Get your blue paint out. I only used three colors- royal blue, purple, and white. I had the kids paint and paint and paint…..covering as much of their paper as they could.
And covering the easel as well. Let the paper dry.
Grate your crayons. Specifically white crayons. I tried using some light gray and pale yellow crayons for more depth, but um, it just looks wrong. So stick with white. Just grate them with a cheese grater into a powder and have the kids sprinkle that over their painted paper.
Put it into the oven to melt the crayons….
And once they crayons have melted and look like wet blotches of snow, do a light sprinkling with silver or white glitter for that added flair…
Here’s another angle…
I was going for a puff paint effect and heard that mixing Elmer’s glue with white paint will not only give the paint a whiter appearance, but will help it be ‘puffy’ as well. Not wanting to hold my Elmer’s glue bottles upside down for an hour… I made this contraption to do all the draining for me….
Another tip…..I wanted the snowmen to look like actual snowmen….so I cut out a template for the kids to paint within:
And they painted and painted….
After all the paint had dried, I took a Sharpie Paint Pen to draw the eyes, nose and mouth on each snowman.
Just look at the detail! The melted snow, the puffy snowmen….I love it!