This is Part 4 of our 5-part series of our Eric Carle textures tutorial! Our post, Eric Carle Artwork, will show you how to easily make Eric Carle-inspired sun and moon textures! They will turn out amazing and your kids will really enjoy making them!
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Eric Carle Artwork
We have 5 posts coming up about five texture techniques inspired by Eric Carle’s books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar (otherwise known as “the Eric Carle butterfly book”) and The Very Quiet Cricket.
The Very Hungry CaterpillarThe Very Quiet Cricket Board Book
- Sky and background textures in Teaching to Paint Eric Carle Pictures
- Grassy textures in Learn to Make Textures from Eric Carle Pictures
- Insect Textures in Learning about Eric Carle Artwork and Textures
- Blotting Textures in Eric Carle Artwork: Sun and Moon Textures – YOU’RE HERE!
- Project Completion- coming soon!
Sun and Moon Textures
Texture #3: Blotting Textures
Materials Needed ⇒ Cardstock or sturdy white paper, yellow and orange paint, scissors, bubble wrap
Neenah Exact Index Card Stock, 8.5 x 11Crayola Tempera Washable Paint 32-Ounce Plastic Squeeze Bottle,Crayola Tempera Washable Paint 32-Ounce Plastic Squeeze Bottle,Bun 175′ 3/16
Note: You can use anything to create texture by blotting as long as it has some raised parts to it. If you don’t have bubble wrap use something else around the house that would leave an impression. If your child desires let them finger paint the smile in the sun just like in the book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
For this part of the lesson, look at the sun and moon images in both books and start the discussion by asking:
- What textures do you see?
- What different colors does Mr. Carle use for the sun? moon? Now would be a great time to talk about warm and cool colors.
- How do you think the faces are made? Do you want to make a face in your sun or moon?
- What feeling does a happy sun give to the story?
- How is the texture of the moon in The very Hungry Caterpillar different from the moon in The Very Quiet Cricket?
- How might you make texture similar to the moon in The Very Quiet Cricket?
Let’s Make Sunny Textures
So far, we’ve covered the background as well as the insect for our project. We just need one more “Eric Carle style” component. Sun or moon textures! Obviously, if you’re going to do a moon for a night time project, use shades of white, gray and other cool colors such as blue or purple in place of the yellow and orange for the sun in this tutorial. Start with yellow and make some texture brushing both directions.
Add a second color, again using brush strokes to create texture. Remind the children not to blend. Once you have done that it’s time for the fun part! Using the bubble wrap or another texture maker, dap it into a third shade of color and then blot the texture onto the color -over what you have done so far. This is a third layer of paint for added texture.
The last step is to let dry and cut out the desired size and shape. This is often hard for children (and adults) to estimate size until placed on the background. So, start larger than you think and you can always trim to the right size later. Use remaining portion to cut the suns rays if you’re not making a moon.
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Eric Carle Books
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?The Grouchy LadybugThe Very Hungry CaterpillarThe Very Busy SpiderThe Very Lonely Firefly board bookThe Tiny Seed (The World of Eric Carle)The Very Quiet Cricket Board BookFrom Head to Toe Board Book
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