I was given some lovely magazines lately – and I have really been enjoying them. Lovely magazines on home decor and simple farm living. But, like anything that stays in my hands to long, one of those magazines has been sacrificed to our crafting. This time as a birch winter tree art project!
I must say, this winter art project turned out even better than I had imagined it would. It looks great! And we learned quite a bit along the way, as our first attempt was a major fail. And so was our second.
Two things we learned while creating this birch winter tree art project:
1. Electrical tape does NOT come off of paper the same way that painters tape does … please do not use electrical tape
2. Some lovely new magazines use recycled ‘greener’ pages … these do not mix well with painters tape. For this winter art project you need the glossy magazine paper.
And finally, on our third (and final … this was it – now or never) attempt, we succeeded!
Please note that these pictures are a mixture of all three attempts — you may see electrical tape (DO NOT USE IT!), you may see recycled, dull magazine paper (DO NOT USE IT!) …. you see I try to balance taking pictures of our activities with actually enjoying them with my little ones. So by our third attempt I was needed heavier on the, “It will work this time, we can do it!” side of the camera.
And now, with by far the most warnings and precautions I have ever given prior to introducing a SIMPLE art project, I bring you that simple winter art project!
For this birch tree craft we used:
Painters tape (eventually)
A page from a glossy magazine with lots of text (eventually)
Blue, purple, and white acrylic paint
A sock (or sponge) and a paint brush
To begin, we glued the magazine page to a piece of construction paper.
Next, we cut skinny strips of the painters tape and arranged them in ‘birch tree like’ configurations on the page.
Then it was time for painting. We didn’t have a sponge on hand, so opted to use a sock. I actually really liked using a sock with my 4 year old for this art project – he could hold it well, and it gave a great texture.
They dotted some blue and some purple all over the page until it was completely covered (except for the area under the trees where the snow as going to be)
After, they sponged on some white paint at the bottom. My 12 year old daughter stated that it really needed some snow …. some splatter painted snow none-the-less. I cringed, but agreed.
Once the paintings had dried for 20 minutes or so, we carefully peeled off the tape.
Madeline decided hers needed a little cardinal … it did add a lovely touch!
This winter art project took some trial and error. But that in itself was a good learning experience for my little ones – to persevere with a positive attitude (well, relatively positive, I am human).
And we were rewarded with success, and a lovely winter tree painting to display as well. And a story of Mama crumpling up the second attempt… with a positive attitude though.