This week we’re going to use straws to make Crazy Critters and so much more–combining a little drawing with straw painting to make:
Fuzzy hair for a Happy Clown, Fabulous Feathers for a Peacock, a Lion’s Colorful Mane
- Construction-type paper, pencils, scissors, etc.
- Runny paint, either watercolors (add lots of pigment) or add some water to tempera paints
- Containers, brushes, spoons, paper towels, etc.
Let’s get started with Crazy Critters
- Use a spoon or loaded brush to put a puddle of paint on your paper
- Use your straw to blow the paint in different directions Note: It works best if you get down and blow ACROSS the paint puddles
- Add more paint as needed
- You can add different colors and let them blend
- Let dry and add details to make creatures
Now draw a Happy Clown and give him or her Fuzzy Hair!
- Draw a circle for the clown’s face
- Use smaller circles and curvy lines to finish his face
- Use straight lines and another circle shape to draw his hat
- Apply paint puddles around the sides of the clown’s head Note: it’s best to apply the paint on just one side at a time as paint dries quickly. This applies to the peacock and lion, too. Apply the paint and blow it outward in small sections at a time.
- Use a straw to blow the paint outward to create Fuzzy Hair for your Happy Clown!
- Let dry and color the clown’s face and hat
Now draw a Peacock and add Fabulous Feathers
- Draw a small circle for the peacock’s head
- A little below the head draw a larger circle for its body
- Connect the head and body with curvy lines for a skinny neck
- Use curvy lines to make small wings on each side of the body
- Use straight lines to draw long legs and some toes
- Working gradually around the body and head, and sometimes changing colors, apply paint puddles and blow these outward to create the Peacock’s Fabulous Tail!
- Let dry and color your peacock’s body
Now draw a Lion’s head and give him a Colorful Mane
- Draw a longish, curvy circle for the lion’s head
- Draw 2 small circles and dots for eyes
- For its nose draw 2 straight lines down from the eyes
- A ways below the eyes connect these 2 lines with a roundish nose
- On each side of the nose draw a circle for the lion’s cheeks
- Finish the lion off with curvy eyebrows and ears
- Working gradually around the body and head, and sometimes changing colors, apply paint puddles and blow these outward to create the Lion’s Colorful Mane!
- Let dry and color your lion
For this last picture I went back and added more yellow paint to the lion’s mane and only blew it out a little to create a fuller mane than the original one.
Molly and I are sure you can think of other creatures to draw and add paint to with your straw. How about the blowing mane of a running horse, or wings for a butterfly?
It’s lots of fun to experiment with Straw Painting! And you can use any left over paint to make more crazy critters!
Molly and I hope to see you right back here next Friday for Another Fun and Easy Art Project for Kids!
Meanwhile, go back and try this Mother’s Day project from a post on May 11, 2019, for a great Mother’s Day project titled Children’s Art Project for Mother’s Day, Inspired by Monet’s Love of Flowers