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Paper Feathers on Ombre’ Background
Candie Cooper

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Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.


Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Advanced

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Mathematics - measuring
Visual Arts
Time needed for project:
1 hour + dry time

Materials Needed:
- Canson® Mixed Media White paper
- Elmer’s® Naturals®Gluestick
- Canson® Cold Press Watercolor Paper 140lb., 12” x 18”
- Plaid®Applebarrel Acrylic Paints
- Large Paintbrushes, soft and flat
- Bowl of water
- Paper or cloth towel
- Pencil
- Scissors


1. Fold the sheet of white paper in half. Use your pencil to draw half feather shapes along the outside of the fold. Make 5-7 feathers.
10-15 min.

2. Cut the half feather shapes out so it outs open to a whole feather. Because feathers are symmetrical, they reflect across the fold to make their whole shape!
10-15 min.

1. Before painting, brush water over the paper with your paintbrush. You are going to paint the brightest most saturated color at the top of your paper and fade the color down until it is almost white at the bottom.
5 min.

2. Get a lot of paint on your brush and start painting it at the top of your paper in big horizontal strokes.
5 min.

3. Get more paint and water on your brush and start painting down the page in big horizontal strokes. Try to fade the color out toward the bottom of the page.
10-15 min.

4. Let the watercolor dry. If you have a very wet background, it might take overnight. Afterwards glue the feather on the watercolor paper in a flowing arrangement.
10 min. + dry


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