Watercolors & Pastels Indian Corn

Am I the only one obsessed with Indian corn? I am not exactly sure what it is about those colorful ears of corn, but I just love them. Indian corn is so pretty to me and it makes for fun arts and crafts for the fall. This easy to make Indian corn project is made using pastel resist and watercolors. The results are beautiful. 
Mixed Media Indian Corn with Pastels, watercolors and newspaper. Arts and crafts for kids. Fall and autumn painting projects

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What you will need:

Watercolor paper

Oil Pastels

Watercolors

Newspaper

Tape or Glue

Directions:

We use a lot of watercolor paper in our crafts. Most of our watercolor projects are made using only half sheets or sometimes even quarter sheets. My daughter works on a small scale, so it cuts back on waste. My daughter cut her paper in half, as shown in her video tutorial, but this time I opted for a full page on my own.

Use an oil pastel to draw a long oval shape for the ear of corn.

Draw lines across your ear of corn horizontally. Try to space your lines out as evenly as possible.

Next, draw vertical lines on your corn to form your kernels.

You are now ready to paint. Use watercolor to paint your kernels in a variety of fall colors. The pastels will keep your paint from bleeding from kernel to kernel. It is ok if the paint goes outside of the corn because you will cut it anyway.

Scatter your paint colors all around. When you have painted your full ear, set it aside to dry. Cut the whole corn shape out once the paint is dry.

Cut strips of newspaper for your husks.

Paint your husks in yellow or tan watercolors. Let the paint dry completely before moving to the next step because the newspaper is very fragile while still damp.


Crumble up your strips of newspaper and either tape or glue your husks into place.

Mixed Media Indian Corn with Pastels, watercolors and newspaper. Arts and crafts for kids. Fall and autumn painting projects

 


Mixed Media Indian Corn with Pastels, watercolors and newspaper. Resist art. Arts and crafts for kids. Fall and autumn painting projects

My daughter made a couple of these and really liked how they came out. Look at that proud smile.



Mixed Media Indian Corn with Pastels, watercolors and newspaper. Arts and crafts for kids. Fall and autumn painting projects

 

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