- 9 x 12 white construction paper, at least 3 sheets per student
- 12 x 12 white construction paper, 1 sheet per student
- tempera paint – red, yellow, and turquoise
- paper plates
- foam brushes, 1 1/2” wide
- water and water containers
- old (used up!) gift cards, cut in half, with notches added to one edge
- “YES! Paste” or Avery permanent glue sticks
1. Write your name on the backs of 3 pieces of paper (or however many you want to paint).
2. Use primary colors (red, yellow and turquoise) to mix large pools of bright colors on paper plates.(Mixed colors are always more interesting than colors straight out of the bottle!)
3. Paint each of your papers with a different color.
4. Before the paint has a chance to dry, drag a notched card across it a few times to create texture.
5. Set papers aside to dry (about 1 1/2 hours should do it).
6. When papers are fully dry, fold one in half and cut on the fold to create the upper wings, fold another in half and cut on the fold to create the lower wings, and fold the last one in half to create the body of your butterfly. Use scraps of other colors (from someone sitting near you) to make the antennae and any spots for the wings.
7. Place your butterfly “parts” onto the 12×12 white paper. Make sure your butterfly is symmetrical!
8. Glue down the largest shapes (wings) first, then the body on top of the wings, and finally the antennae and any spots. (Make sure you apply your glue to the smaller paper and then stick the smaller paper to the larger paper.)
Catherine is ready to try this project with her 4th graders! All grade levels get great results with this painted paper!
I wish I could remember who made this beautiful butterfly garden…. was it Arin???