Monday, September 19, 2011
How to do a Rooster Wycinanki and Variations
Last year I gave you a brief introduction to Wycinanki or Polish paper friezes. The rooster is a very traditional design.
In this post I'll give you directions and the templates for this design(probably Grade 4 and up). If you are teaching younger grades keep reading as I have some easy variations for you to try.
Now with wycinanki it is usually cut out of 1 piece of paper and all connected. I cheat, cutting in sections, and then pasting together. It's just easier for the kids this way, no need for Xacto blades.
- black paper
- colored paper or tissue
- white paper for mounting
- template #1
- template #2
- white pencil crayon
- tacky glue
(template #1) Make sure to place it on the fold.
A white pencil crayon works well.
Cut out 3 designs. The main rooster, a top design , and something for the bottom.
template #2. You can use tissue paper if you want.
Glue into place with tacky glue. You can put a piece of wax paper on top and then place a heavy book on top of that to get it to dry really flat if you wish.
Now for younger kids you might want to do just a basic rooster.
I have the templates for this guy here;
template #3, template #4, and template #5.
You can cut the main shape out of black paper and add the colored shapes just like the previous project.
- brown kraft paper or paper bags
- template #3
- oil pastels and colored pencils
- book pages, newspaper, maps, etc.
- plastic wrap
While the paint was still wet I smooshed in a piece of plastic wrap and left it to dry. (don't remove that plastic wrap until it is dry)
(template #3) trace it onto brown kraft paper or a piece of paper bag.
Using pastels add some color and outline your features with colored pencil.
Using your patterned papers that you made cut out an assortment of tail feathers and glue onto your rooster.
Add some wing feathers too.
Give one of these roosters a try and I'll see you next time!