Mixed media projects are a favorite of ours. Mixed media is great for preschoolers to adults. I love mixed media and had fun making these winter birds, but for me the best part is watching my 5-year-old during her creative process. It is amazing. I wanted to make a cardinal and my daughter opted for a chickadee or a “chickpea” as she refers to it. We have a printable template for each of these winter birds available for your convenience.
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The fun thing about mixed media is that you can use a variety of materials and mix them and match them up however you like to come up with something beautiful.
Use paint, markers, newspaper, cardboard, construction paper or tissue paper to add different looks and textures to your art. Have fun with it. .
There are so many options, here are some ideas and a step by step from my daughter.
My daughter used watercolors to prepare her background on watercolor paper. She has a great deal of love for Kandinsky, so she painted Kandinsky circles into her backdrop and then painted the sky around it.
While the paint dried on her background, my daughter cut out her chickadee.
She used markers to draw and color in her bird.
For the branches, my daughter used brown acrylic paint.
She used glue to line the tops of the tree and sprinkled them with glitter to make snow.
Next, she placed her chickadee.
My girl loves glitter, so she dotted more sparkly snow around her picture.
I broke out some cotton for my project and so, of course, she had to add a finishing cottony touch to her project. Didn’t her artwork come out gorgeous?
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