The thing that I love about printables is that there is no one way that you have to use them. My daughter teaches me that every time we do a project together. This week we had fun making hummingbirds. Our hummingbird template got a lot of use and we made several using different media.
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We have seriously been making hummingbirds for days. Our first one that we made was printed out on watercolor paper and painted using watercolor paints. I had to trim the paper to the correct size for the paper that we used, but they do offer it in traditional letter sizes as well. We painted each piece in the colors and designs of our choosing and set them aside to let dry. We cut out our pieces and glued them together once the paint dried. A Sharpie was perfect for drawing in the eye.
My daughter just received a new box of Twistable Crayons, which she loves and couldn’t wait to use. So she made a mama bird and a daddy bird. She plans to make more and string them up like a pretty hummingbird garland to hang in her room. “Don’t they look like they are soaring, mom?” They sure do!!
Then we collaborated to make a mixed media masterpiece.
We started by cutting the wing and the tail feathers out of cardboard. I love the look of corrugated cardboard, so we peeled back the top layer of cardboard to reveal the ridges.
We painted the cardboard pieces with acrylic paints and then set them aside to dry.
For the body and head, we opted to use pieces of different colored tissue paper. We glued them to the shapes and then cut them out. Another fun idea would be to use bleeding tissue paper to paint your birds.
We cut the beak out of orange construction paper and cut out the rest of our pieces and glued them all together.
Our mixed media hummingbird came out so nice that the next day we decided to give her a home. We painted a simple sky and grass backdrop with watercolors on watercolor paper and made a newspaper flower. We were pretty excited about how this one came out and it sparked some mixed media inspiration from my daughter. Stay tuned for her new project ideas.