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3-D Iguana
Designed by Patty Cox


When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project. Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic. Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!

Main supplies:

  • Prang® Watercolors
  • Bienfang® 140 lb. or 185 lb.watercolor paper or cardstock
  • Table salt
  • Water

Basic Supplies:

  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Optional; pinking scissors

This project features notes or instructions in Adobe Reader format. If you
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Click here to download Iguana Pattern (PDF)

1. Transfer or photocopy iguana pattern onto heavy-weight watercolor paper.
Note: 140 lb. paper will run through a computer printer. If using the heavier 185 lb. paper, trace the pattern onto the paper with a pencil.
2. Paint iguana image and legs with clear water. Paint belly and spine yellow. Paint body green, allowing watercolors to bleed together.
3. Sprinkle table salt on all wet paint. Allow watercolor to dry completely.
4. Brush salt off of the dried iguana. Roughly cut out iguana body and legs larger than cut line. Paint the other side of paper with a salt wash, as done in step 2. Allow watercolor to dry completely.
5. Brush salt off the dried iguana. Cut out pattern pieces along cutting line. Cut spine using pinking scissors. Make a 1/4” cut in the center top of each leg according to pattern. Make two 1/2” cuts on belly for leg placement according to pattern.
6. Fold iguana ankles along fold lines. Slide each pair of legs in belly slits. Sprinkle salt on watercolor while moist. (Larger salt crystals make larger spots) The salt draws the watercolor into each crystal. Brush away salt when paint is completely dry.

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