African Patterns on wrapping paper

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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 

Black and white cardboards

Edgy, soft, straight, curved


12 thoughts on “African Patterns on wrapping paper”

  1. 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!

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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!

    • 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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