Inspired by our recent reading of The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats we make some home made Christmas wrapping paper using sponge printing and snowflake cut outs to create some beautiful sparkly negative snowflake prints.
This book has some fantastic art and the illustrations are really beautiful.
We mixed up some of the colours found in the illustrations. We talked a bit about different shades of colours and how they are used to created contrast.
Then with a large roll of white paper, some kitchen sponges and a few cardboard snowflake cut outs (these were some left over Christmas decorations from last year) we got busy making prints all over the paper. We talked about how some art is made using paint brushes, but that some artists use printing methods to create their pictures.
The girls started working their way around the table, filling the paper with snowflakes. I couldn't resist adding a few of mine into the mix too!
Slowly the paper filled up with snowflakes.
After doing a few snowflakes Shoeshine just wanted to sponge paint so she started filling in all the gaps around the edges.
Chick wanted to add some more sparkle, so filled in some of the other gaps sponging with silver glitter paint.
The negative prints of the snowflakes came out beautifully.
Then we left it to dry.
We then used some of it to wrap Baby Boo's Christmas present (it was already in a cardboard box so the girls didn't get to find out what it was.) All ready for opening on Christmas Day!