African Patterns on wrapping paper

On wrapping paper you draw simple african patterns with a white oil pastel: lines, dots, spirals, triangles, circles and stylized animals. Then you can paint with watercolors in the blanks, using only a few warm colours like brown, ocher, bordeaux and black.
wrapping brown paper
drawing with white oil pastel

paint with watercolor
Choose only a few warm colours 
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  1. The wrapping paper gives a very interesting it. I will try this combination of shapes and colors as ethnic. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This is too cool! I am the Adult Programming Specialist at a branch of Omaha Public Library in Nebraska, USA and will use this idea to present a craft program during Black History Month. Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Wow! I’m very happy to share my ideas!! You’ll show me your works, I’m so curious about the results!! Thanks for your comment!

  4. I really like this! I am an art teacher from Denmark and I would like to try this with my students. It looks simple and easy to do, but very effectful. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love your ideas! I am an art teacher in Houston, Texas. I know my students will enjoy your lessons especially the striped bottles. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Hi! I'm very happy to share my lessons with you, is exciting to know that you and your students are realizing an idea of mine in Houston… in Texas, WOW! Do you have any blog or flickr account where you put your works online? Good work and Happy Art to you!Keep in touch 🙂

  7. Wow, I'm sharing my ideas with Denmark as well!! Thanks for your comment!

  8. I presented the program as described about in my previous message and it was a wonderful success! Sixteen women attended and each of them produced a unique and beautiful piece! We had so much fun! I want to show you a photograph I took of five of their works, but I cannot figure out how to post it here. Please advise. Thank you again Miriam, for your generosity!

  9. Hi Cynthia! I would like to post your works on the blog, just tell me if you are agree to publish your photographs! Especially for the wonderful smiles of satisfaction!!!

  10. I’m an art teacher in Taiwan I love your sharing all the time~ i also tag you my fb, thank you so much~

    • Hi Brook! Are you in Taiwan? WOW! For me is really exciting to share my ideas around the world, I believe in the power of Art, it’s the most effective international language! Thanks for your comment Brook!

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