Pari has been really enjoying the Eric Carle books that I recently bought for her. She not only enjoys the imaginative, lyrical stories but absolutely loves the illustrations that are so unique to the writer/artist and his books. So, when my blogger friend Kate @ An Amazing Child invited me to celebrate the author's 82nd birthday by doing art and activities and sharing them on my blog, I asked Pari, explained to her the concept and upon receiving a positive response from her, went ahead and said 'Yes'!
This week, Pari has been also reading a lot about Dinosaours, watched Jurassic Park again (umpteenth time!) and even wrote a Dino poem. Hence, we decided to tie in our Eric Carle art with the Dino theme.
And this is how she made:
She glued two square tissue papers to create one big canvas.
On this tissue canvas, she painted various colours in stripes, making sure she paints the next layer when one layer is relatively dry. Also making sure the brush is moved gently and not vigorously or else the tissue would come apart.
Once the tissue/painted canvas was dry and stiff, she pasted it on a BIG dino colouring page.
The Dino picture should be face down.
After pasting the tissue, she cut out the dino pic and we had a Dino cut out from the coloured tissue paper canvas.
I drew the highlights and outline to make the Dino pop.
And, she decided to paste it up on one wall of her room.
What do you think, friends? I have fallen in love with this tissue collage technique and can see myself doing many more and bigger collages like this one.
I would also like to share another Eric Carle style art that pari made yesterday as part of our contribution to "A Book & A Craft" project at the Craft Crow. Check it out.
About the Eric Carle books per se – it's rather surprising that these extremely popular books by this world-famous Children's author are not easily available in stores here in India. I purchased online from Flipkart.
Some of the books that Pari reads every now and then are – 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', 'Mister Seahorse' and 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See'.
For my readers in India, if you are not aware of Eric Carle books, I recommend that you must get them right away. No matter what age your child is – a toddler, a pre-schooler or even slightly older – every child will love the short and sweet stories and the gorgeous illustrations.
And, finally, don't forget to check out other Eric Carle art activities from my blogging community below. You will get dozens of ideas.