Wednesday, October 29, 2014
I recently completed these Poppy inchies with a Grade 5/6 class in honour of Remembrance Day.
The students made all 4 and then picked their 3 favourite to be mounted on 1"x 4" boards that are cut in 12" lengths.
Here they are up on the bulletin board. We completed them in two 1hr. sessions.
Please note: Like all my inchie projects each one of these squares can be done as a large project.
- 1"x 4" fence board cut into 12" lengths, you could also use black paper
- 4 watercolour paper inchies, we used 3"x 3" inchies
- cereal or cracker box cardboard, about 3" square
- scraps of corrugated cardboard
- drywall filler
- masking tape
- acrylic or tempera paint in red, blue, black, green, yellow and white
- disk tempera in red
- black and red paper scraps
- white paper, about 3" square
- old book pages
- tacky glue
- black button
- black pony bead
- black pencil crayon and/or fine black sharpie
- oil pastels in yellow and orange
We started by painting our boards with black acrylic paint. We painted the front and the 4 sides.
Set aside to dry.
Now when I do inchies with the kids we work on several at once, when one stage is drying we are working on another step/inchie. But it's easier for me to explain the steps for each inchie one at a time.
We will start with our Georgia O'Keeffe inchie. I tell the kids that O'Keeffe took a bee's eye view when painting flowers.
Give each student a length of masking tape, about 6 inches or so.
Have them cut it into 3 pieces.
Have them cut each piece in half lengthwise using a wavy or curvy line.
Choose 3 and tape off 3 corners. Make sure the tape goes from one side to the other. It's OK if a white corner peeks out.
Take the orange and yellow oil pastels. Make a outline next to the tape. Then do a inner outline.
Using disk tempera paint inside the tape. The kids can mix up a second shade of red to add. Just add a touch of blue for a darker red or a touch of yellow for a lighter red.
Set aside to dry.
Remove the tape.
Use a sponge and add some black acrylic to the one corner that had no tape.
Using black pencil crayon add the stamens.
Now we will do the inchie based on Irish painter John Nolan's work.
Draw a horizon line in the upper 3rd of the inchie.
Paint the upper portion with blue acrylic. We used a nice electric blue.
Paint the bottom portion with green acrylic.
Mix a lighter blue (original colour + white).
Add some of this to the upper edge of the inchie.
Add some yellow and lighter green (original green + yellow) to the meadow.
Using a very small brush add some poppies to the meadow. I asked the kids to make tiny ones in the distance, a few medium ones and then a few large ones in foreground.
Using a fine sharpie add the stems and a few buds.
This inchie is based on a project I did 2 years ago.
I gave the kids 2 small pieces from a newspaper or phone book. They glued them randomly to our next inchie.
With the leftover paint from the last inchie dilute it a bit with some water and then paint this wash over the square.
You want to still see the bits of paper.
Take the piece of white paper and paint red.
Using a little piece of cardboard (this is not that 3" piece), add some lines to the red paper with dark red acrylic paint.
With the red and black papers cut 2 circles out for the flower (1 large than the other) and a stem for the poppy.
Glue onto the inchie.
Glue the black pony bead into the centre.
I printed "is for poppy" off the computer and we added a P stamp to our inchies.
Our final inchie.
Take the 3" or so piece of cardboard and cut out a poppy shape.
Add some drywall to the front for texture.
Let dry, it takes about 4 - 6 hrs.
Cut your old book page in half. Spread some glue on your inchie.
Stick your book page on the inchie.
Trim to fit.
Take some black acrylic paint (maybe the leftover paint from the O'Keeffe poppy), water it down a bit and give your book page a wash.
You can also splatter a bit of that black paint as well.
When your drywalled poppy is dry paint with red acrylic. We used 2 different reds.
Cut a circle out pif a scrap of black paper, glue to the center. Add a black button on top of the black circle.
Great work Grade 5/6!