Protractor Art: Window Transparencies
So much can be learned when making art, so today I have a project that will not only brighten your winter windows but will show your child how to use a math protractor to make beautiful artwork.
Note: This project can be adapted for those under 12 by doing the calculations to make the template ahead of time. Working on a light table that shines through the papers makes this a visual delight!
Materials to make a star transparency:
- 2 sheets of black cardstock 8.5″x12″
- A variety of colors of kite paper* including white (found here)
- Drawing compass with pencil
- White pen
- White glue/toothpick
- Optional: Light table
*Tissue paper may be used but may tear easily. Iron tissue flat before using.
– Draw a 7 3/4″ circle with your compass on a piece of scrap cardstock.
– Draw a 5″ circle in the center of the first circle.
– Cut out the circles to create a donut shaped template.
– Trace the pattern onto the black cardstock and holding two sheets together, cut out two identical frames.
– Mark the following points onto the black frame with a white pen: 0, 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, 180. Turn the frame 180 degrees and repeat so that you have marks all around the circle every 30 degrees. (the marks should resemble a clock)
– Using a toothpick, dab a few tiny dots of glue onto the frame and attach the sheet of white kite paper. Trim the edges.
– Cut 2 sheets of kite paper into thirds.
– Thinking of the frame as a clock, glue one strip of paper across each of the following points: 12:00 to 5:00, 5:00 to 10:00, 10:00 to 2:00, 2:00 to 7:00 and finally 7:00 to 12:00. Trim the edges.
– Place your work on a light box or hold up to the window to experiment with blending colors using different colors of kite paper. See how adding another color can change the effect.
– Once you have your transparency to your liking, glue the second black frame to the back to conceal the raw edges.
Take it further:
Experiment with different shaped frames, calculate the angles for a 5, 6, or 8 point star, use different angles or adhere other shapes and patterns behind the kite paper. Here I have tucked a paper doily and a paper cut out behind the frame.
Fold a kite paper circle into sixteenths and cut a “snowflake”. Iron flat and glue to the frame. Layer with other colored sheets or trim papers to fit behind the cut out spaces creating a multicolored mandala.
- The Christmas Craft Book – Thomas Berger
- Rose Windows and how to make them: coloured tissue paper crafts – Helga Meyerbroeker
Enjoy the holiday season with your children by making something special together!