Not Quite Wordless Wednesday: Trying Another Artist's Project

  i enjoy Kathy Barbro's blog, Art Projects for Kids.  In this entry,
she suggests a classsroom project using paint markers and Canson art papers for these nifty Dinosaur trading card projects.
  i can see the kids loving the project, and i love Canson paper.  It's not cheap, and neither are the $3.50 paint markers she recommends for each kid.
  i figure this falls under the ginormous category of well worth it, but out of reach for most.
  i'm not a naturally budget-minded person, but this activated my cost-cutting gene - and i only got one!!
  So, here is my cost-conscious version of dinosaur trading cards.


  First of all i tried them with a white crayon.  This did not even look good enough to save.  Then i tried my liquid correcting pens (above image).*  Probably not a good idea.  i found them difficult to work with and they probably don't save any cost over the paint markers.
  But if they're handy, they're worth a try.

Trying the Colored Pencils

   The Dimetrodon & Apatosaurus were drawn (and colored) with my Prismacolor colored pencils.  The white pencil doesn't show up as well on this greige background as on the Canson that Kathy used, but i think that if i'd thought to use the crayon rolled on the edge as she did, it would look fine.
  Since i didn't, i simply colored the dino and added a volcano. 


  Do art classrooms normally have a set of colored pencils?  i'm prejudiced, of course, but i think they are a fabulous tool to have on hand.   i wasn't able to see classpacks of white alone available with my quick google search, though you can buy white individually of course. 
  But white in kids' sets is often underused, and this would be a good opportunity to reverse that trend. 
*Tyrannosaurus & large Plesiosaur are done with Pentel Medium Point Correction Pen;    the Stegosaurus 7 small Plesiosaur were drawn with a Sailor Rolling Ball Correction Pen.  The Pterodactyl was drawn with a Finepoint Pentel Correction Pen.  i keep these as drawing tools.
The cardboards in fact came from Creative Memories pages & protectors.

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