Zentangle Trees Behind a Watercolor Sky
See step by step how to make a dazzling watercolor sky and zentangle trees for winter. Also, don’t miss the link at the bottom of the page to get a free page of zentangle tree pattern ideas.
I made these trees right before winter break and put them up before leaving. They were the perfect display to walk by as everyone entered the school after winter break!
Students love making zentangles, and they also love the unexpected results of using salt on watercolors. So, as you can see in the examples, I encouraged them to mix a few cool colors in the sky and drop the salt while the watercolor was wet. There is definitely a trick to getting this just right which I’ll explain in the instructions below.
Add Contact Paper to Make the Tree Shapes
Add Watercolor and Salt to Make the Sky
The Trick to Making Salt Texture
The other tricky part is the amount of salt. There should be a little space between the salt crystals to give the salt some room to dissolve. If the salt gets too piled up, the salt won’t dissolve and push the paint away. So instead, use a salt shaker or demonstrate just taking a tiny pinch between two fingers and sprinkling it by hand.
The results are magical, and worth the extra time it takes to teach students how to do this!
You can get a free page of zentangle pattern ideas here.
You might also like this collection of zentangle patterns that includes step-by-step instructions to make more intricate 3D patterns along the edge of shapes.
Social & Emotional Learning in Art
Remind yourself and others of the social and emotional benefits of art. This is a great graphic to include in parent newsletters or display in your room.
You can read more about Social Emotional Learning in Art in this blog post.
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