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Keeping the Creativity at Home with MAGnificent Saturdays - February 6, 2021

Today's MAGnificent Saturdays art activity for you to do at home:

Transparent Ladybugs

Who doesn't love bugs? Today, we are exploring and learning...and drawing these little creepy crawlers. Make them beautiful by adding some colorful stickers to a transparent plastic. Try out today’s #MAGsatathome activity – Transparent Ladybugs!

A contour line, defines the outline of a form, without the use of shading.

This is a fundamental basis of drawing and contour lines are usually the first technique children adopt to draw people, houses, and trees.

Don't forget to tag us on Facebook, Twitter @RedDeerMuseum or Instagram @rdmag #MAGsatathome with your creations! We'd love to see them.

You can download the instructions here.

What You Need: Medium freezer bag, scissors, fine tipped sharpie, tissue paper in red and green, and/or crepe paper in various colours, liquid glue, container to hold glue, glue brush, coloured cardstock to make frame, hole punch.

Step 1. Begin by cutting 2 edges off the freezer bag and then drawing a contour line of a ladybug with a sharpie on one side of the bag.

Step 2. Place a piece of red tissue paper over the ladybug and use your sharpie to trace the outline. You can double the tissue and cut out 2 copies of the bug. You should also pre-cut any other shapes you might want on your ladybug! As well as 2 pieces of green for the background.

Step 3. Pour some glue in your container, add some water to the glue and mix well. *Be careful to have more glue than water in your mixture!

Step 4. Place a piece of green tissue paper over the bag and use your glue brush to completely adhere the tissue to the bag. Continue to apply layers of the background and glue. When the background is complete, add the ladybug and all its layers.

Step 5. While the ladybug is drying, make a frame for your bug out of coloured card-stock. Cut 8 pieces of paper that will slightly overlap the image and glue the edges down to create 2 square boxes.

*When the ladybug is completely dry, peel it off the bag and place it between the 2 frames. Use the holepunch at the top if you would like to hang your newest art piece!

transparent ladybug

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