Friday, March 14, 2014

Landscape Inchies Part 2

Here is part 2 of the inchie tutorial.

We will be making these 3 inches, Canadian Shield, Atlantic, and Great Lakes region.


- wc paper inches cut to 3"x3"
- scrap piece of heavy paper
- white tissue paper
- glue
- green painter's tape
- disk tempera paint
- acrylic paint, black, white, red, yellow, orange
- fine black and red sharpie
- cotton Q tip
- pencil
- yellow and white oil pastels
- white streamer
- iridescent glitter glue 

Canadian Shield:
Give each student a scrap piece of heavy paper. This can be scraps of wc paper, card stock, etc.

Have them spread some glue over the paper.  Watch out as some kids will put way too much glue on!

Place tissue paper over top of glue and kinda scrunch it.  You want some wrinkles in the paper.

Set aside to dry.

Take a wc inchie.  Put some green painter's tape about halfway up the inchie.

Paint the top part of the inchie a watery blue.  I had the kids mix a little black into the blue to make the sky a little darker.

Let dry.

Remove tape.

Add some yellowy green to the bottom section.

Paint a little darker green lines (hills) on top of the yellow green.  You want to see both colours.

Paint the tissue paper covered scrap paper with some grey acrostic paint.  (black and white mixed together)

Take some white on the brush, splatter with your finger flicking the brush.

You can do black as well if you want.

Let dry.

Cut some rocks out of the tissue paper covered scrap.

Glue onto the inchie.

With a fine black sharpie draw in some trees.

Take a Q tip.  Cut one end off.  You now have a paint applicator that can make small circles (cut end) and large ones (cotton end).

Dab into acrylic paint in fall colours. Apply leaves to your trees.  I chose this because there are some beautiful trees in the Canadian Shield region that are especially nice in the Fall.

That's it for this one.


With pencil draw in a lighthouse on the rocks.  Make sure to add a straight line on one side of the horizon to represent water.

Peggy's Cove is the inspiration.

With red and black sharpie add some details.

With yellow oil pastel put in the glow around the light.  With white oil pastel put in the light and colour in the lighthouse as well.

With a watery purple wash of disk tempera paint over entire inchie.

The oil pastel should resist the paint.  You can blot with a kleenex if you need to.

Let dry.

With black disk tempera paint in the rocks.

Paint the water in dark blue.

Take that same dark blue, make it more watery and add a little to the sky near the top.  You can blend it down a bit.

That's it for this one.

Great lakes Region:

For the Great Lakes I used Niagara Falls which is the on the outlet for Lake Erie into Lake Ontario. (Niagara River).

Take your inchie and draw the falls in pencil.

Paint the sky blue with disk tempera.

Paint the fall section with light blue disk tempera(white and blue mixed).

Paint in the sides with green disk tempera.

Paint water below falls with a dark blue.

Let dry.

With plain water add some to sky above falls.

While still wet blot with tissue lifting some of the colour.  This creates our mist coming from the falls.

Do the same for the bottom of the falls.

Take a 2" piece of white streamer.  Fold in half.  Open and then cut a fringe in one half.

Put some glue over the falls.

Place uncut side of streamer into glue.  Fringe is up top.  You then fold it down to represent falls.

You can then add some iridescent glitter glue and a touch of blue disk tempera to the falls.  Do this carefully as the streamer is quite delicate. 

That's it.  You now have all 6.

See you next time.


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Landscape Inchies Part 1

I recently completed this project during a residency.  I was working with Grade 4/5.  They were studying 6 different regions of Canada so we completed 6 inchies to represent these.

They then chose their favourite 3 and these were mounted on a 1"x 6" board that was cut into a 12" length.

I love collections.  I'm always looking to pull student work together into a collection.

Here are the other 3.

Inchie posts always have a lot of pictures so I'm going to do this in 2 parts.  The 'how to' for the first 3 inches right now and then the second set later in the week.

Can you guess the 6 geographical regions?


- wc paper cut into 3" x 3" squares, you need 6 for each student
- disk tempera paint
- acrylic paint in black, red, light green, white
- a 1"x 6" board cut into 1 foot lengths, a 8ft board costs around $4.40 so each board is about 55 cents
- textured wallpaper
- green painter's tape
- corrugated cardboard cut into small pieces
- snow writer or white puffy paint
- metal duct paint
- salt shaker
- iridescent glitter glue
- thin cardboard, like from a cereal or cracker box
- drywall filler
- tacky glue

When I do this with the kids we work on several inchies at the same time.  Whenever we need some drying time we just move on to another inchie.

Here I will present each inchie from start to finish.
Prairie or Grasslands Inchie
I have this textured wallpaper I use a lot. It has lines in it.  I buy it from either Home Depot or Walmart and a roll lasts a long time.
Give each student a small square, about 1.5" x 1.5", but I did not measure these.  Have them paint it with red acrylic paint.  You need to use acrylics for this wallpaper as tempera does not stick well enough.
Set aside to dry.

Take a piece of green painter's tape and your first inchie.

Tape the lower section of your inchie.

This will mark off your horizon line.

Paint the upper part a nice blue.

While the paint is still wet take a kleenex, scrunch it up a bit, and lift off a few clouds.

Set aside to dry.

When blue paint is dry, remove tape. Paint in ground area with brown disk tempera.

Let dry.

Give each student a small piece of corrugated cardboard.

Have them dip edge in light green acrylic paint and make the wheat lines on top of brown paint.  You don't want to totally cover the brown.

Let dry.

Take the textured wall paper you painted red, turn over and draw a grain elevator shape.  I had reference photos for the kids.  Cut out.

I printed off the Alberta Wheat Pool logo for each kid, (email me if you need this).

Have them cut it out and glue onto the grain elevator.

Glue into place on the horizon line.

That's it for that inchie.  I did a larger project just like this one.  You can find it here.

Arctic Inchie

Draw 3 lines on the lower half of an inchie.  You want it to look like snowdrifts.

Using a snow writer or a white puffy paint pen go over these lines.

Set aside to dry.

Cut a silver full moon out of the metal duct tape.  Remove backing and stick in place.

Paint in the sections with purples and blue.  You can paint over top of the moon it will just resist the paint.

While paint is still wet add a sprinkle of salt.  Sometimes we can get a neat effect where the salt reacts with the paint, when dry and brushed off it looks like it's snowing.  It doesn't always work but it's worth a try.

Add a little snow glitter to the bottom of the inchie. With the kids I just used some iridescent glitter glue.

Let dry.

Using white and black acrylic paint and a fine brush add a little polar bear.  I told the kids make a white oval, add legs, paint in a nose and an eye.

That's it for this one.  I have a larger project that this based on, you can check it out here.

Cordillera Inchie

I gave each kid a piece of cereal box that was the approximately the same size as the inchie.

I asked them to draw a mountain range from one side to the other in pencil.

Cut out.

Coat the cardboard with a layer of drywall filler.

Set aside to dry. (about 6 hrs.)

Paint inchie blue.

Let dry.

Paint the drywall mountain with some grey and black acrylic paint.  If you didn't reserve any white for those snowy mountains you can add some white.

Put some glue onto the back of the mountains.

Glue into place on the blue inchie.  Leave some space at the bottom.

Mix a nice blue/green colour with the disk tempera and paint in that lower part. (right overtop the previous blue paint).

That is your mountain lake.

Take a strip of that textured wall paper.  Paint with 2 colours of green (light and dark), you want a marbled effect.

Let dry.

Cut a jagged line diagonally across the strip.  This is your tree line.  Glue into place along the lower edge of your mountains.

That's it for this inchie.

3 regions done 3 to go.  Check back later this week for part 2.