Mini Monets and Mommies: Model Magic and Tissue Paper Planet Art Project

Friday, May 9, 2014

Model Magic and Tissue Paper Planet Art Project

Earth Day art, or everyday artsy fun! Tissue paper plus Model Magic plus kids equals tons of artsy fun! If you’ve read some of my previous posts you already know (and if you haven’t – go ahead and take a look) that I’m kind of in love with non-colorfast tissue. When it gets wet it bleeds and you can make a print (even with rainwater) or even make your own water color paints.

globe craft
The other day I was playing with Model Magic. Yes, even adults enjoy the stiff. Try squeezing it into a ball. Not only can you do this activity with your child (it requires a ball form), but it’s a super-inexpensive stress reliever. While I was playing with the plain white version of the soft clay-like compound, I decided to add some tissue paper and water to the mix – just to see what would happen. It looked a lot like the Earth.

What You’ll Need:

·         White Model Magic

·         Green and blue tissue paper- Do not get the colorfast type. It completely defeats the purpose of this project and won’t work.

·         Paper towels

·         Water

What You’ll Need To Do:

1.      Mold the clay (it’s not really clay, but close enough) into a ball.

2.      Tear pieces of green (the land) and blue (the oceans) tissue paper. Don’t worry about having your child make exact copies of the continents. It’s more about the artistic process and understanding the difference between land masses and bodies of water.

paper craft
3.      Press the tissue onto the Model Magic – it will stick. I left the top and bottom bare, creating polar ice caps.

Kids' crafts
4.      Wrap the tissue-covered ball in a wet paper towel. Let the project sit for at least five minutes.

5.      Unwrap the towel. The paper towel that is left behind has a pretty print too.

6.      Peel the tissue paper off. It leaves behind green and blue prints. If some of the tissue won’t peel off completely, your child can leave it on the globe.

Earth Day

This process doesn’t just work for the Earth. Make an entire solar system of planets. For example, use orange and red tissue to make Jupiter. Or, have your child create her own planet that’s made-up from her out of this world imagination.

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