If you are an Amazon lover like I am, you probably have a house full of cardboard. My daughter uses all of our boxes to build boats and spaceships and other assorted fun and imaginative things. Cardboard is great for these kinds of projects, but it is also an awesome material for mixed media type art projects like these corrugated cardboard birch trees. The ridges in the cardboard add a beautiful texture to this birch tree project.
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What you will need:
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Cut a section of cardboard close to the same height of your watercolor paper. Grab an edge of the cardboard and carefully pull off the top layer to reveal the ridges in the cardboard.
The cardboard might pull back easily like this…
or it might be a little more stubborn and need some help. You can use a toothpick, wooden skewer, pencil or the back end of a paint brush to work through the ridges. You do not need to expose all of the corrugation, so do not stress too much about it being perfect.
Paint the cardboard on the corrugated side with white acrylic paint. Set it aside to dry.
Use watercolor paint to paint your backdrop. Since the cold weather is coming, we are making a wintery background. Let the paper dry completely. You can use a hair dryer if you are impatient like me.
Cut the cardboard in strips going against the ridges.
Trim some of the pieces to make different lengths. Use a glue stick or school glue to glue on the strips of cardboard onto your painted paper. Place some on straight, some on a slant. Cut smaller strips and add a couple small branches off of your tree trunks..
When you are done use black paint or even a Sharpie to draw in black lines on your tree trunks and branches.
And then Voila!! There you have a beautiful birch tree scene. We hope you enjoyed this project.
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