I'm going to show you a few options for backgrounds ranging from canvas to paper.
- paper, pencil, eraser
- DRAGONFLY TEMPLATE or you can make your own
- thin cardboard (cereal box), chipboard, manila tag or posterboard
- white paint or gesso, optional
- acrylic or tempera paint
- old book pages, text
- Mod podge
- clear glass gems from the Dollar store
- primed canvas, heavy cardboard, posterboard, or paper
I'll go thru each background in the tutorial including the materials you need.
I was using a cereal box so I primed mine. This makes painting in the colors easier.
If you are using posterboard or manila tag you can skip this step.
I've left my wings white. At school I know depending on the grade that this might not be possible so you have options:
- you can cover them with text like in the previous post
- you can go back over them with a coat of white
- you can glue a white paper wing on top
Here I've cut out words in old book pages to compose a little poem on the wings. You could also print it directly on with sharpie or print the text off the computer and add it to the wings.
Other wing options are making it look realistic by adding fine lines with a fine tipped sharpie.
Leave the plastic wrap on while the paint dries.
You can seal the entire dragonfly with a coat of podge at this time as well if you wish.
I wanted some texture on it so I used one of my favorite products, Drywall compound or filler.
Leave to dry, about 6 hrs.
Glue your Dragonfly onto the background.
This is primed canvas.
This is cardboard.
Another background option is posterboard. Here I'm using blue posterboard and then taking a variety of painted papers, scrapbooking papers, and whatever was in my stash I cut reed shapes and glued them down.
Add your Dragonfly.
Here is another option. I painted a background on some paper. Let dry and then using just construction paper and kraft paper I cut out some reeds and glued then down.
Attach your Dragonflies and you have a great project.
See you next time.