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Decalcomania Art

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Painting, Art Projects

Activity Overview

If you are looking for a fun art project that will get your creative juices flowing, try Decalcomania. Decalcomania is a great project for older school aged children, teens and adults. It focuses on the art of symmetry and using your imagination to unlock and define design patterns freely in an inkblot design that you create. This project will come out very different each time and and makes a beautiful and thought provoking work of art.

Materials Needed

  • White school glue
  • Liquid watercolors
  • Dura-lar film
  • Cardstock Paper
  • Fine Tipped Sharpie Markers

How to Make It

  1. Mix liquid watercolors and school glue together to form separate colors in the hues that you desire.
  2. Lay out the Dura-lar film on your work surface and fold the film in half.
  3. Open the sheet of film back up and lay it flat.
  4. Drizzle different colored white glue mixtures onto one half of the film.
  5. Fold the clean half of the film over on top of the glue decorated side.
  6. Use your fingers to press firmly and and move the paint around beneath the film, swirling in spots and blending.
  7. Open up the film and view the gorgeous design that you have created.
  8. Lay your white card stock on the work surface in front of you.
  9. Press the designed glue painted film onto the card stock so that the glue paint will transfer to the paper.
  10. Peel away the film.
  11. Allow the glue paint transfer to dry. Set aside the film, as it can be used again and again in the future.
  12. When the transfer is completely dry, observe the design and use your imagination to envision shapes and objects that you see within this inkblot design.
  13. Use your fine tipped permanent markers to outline these objects and define them. Look for faces, ocean waves, branches, and more.
  14. Flip the dura-lar sheet over onto the white paper

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