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Weekend Fun: Snow Globe Scene

Weekend Fun: 3-D Snow Globe Scene

The Storytime to Go at the Main Library on DeMott Lane features three books about winter and snow along with a snowman spiral craft. Stop by and pick one up for a storytime at home!

Extend the fun by painting a “wax resist” watercolor snow globe scene using your colored markers as watercolor paints.

What you need:

  • watercolor markers
  • paint brush
  • 2 white paper plates
  • assorted scrap paper
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • sequins
  • crayons (in very pale colors)
  • plastic take-out container

What you do:

  1. Using pale colors like white, piggy pink, spring green, or a pale blue or lavender, draw or make scribbles on one paper plate. Think of snowy wind blowing, a watery sun in the sky, mounds of snow on the ground!
  2. Use the bottom part of the take-out container to hold water. Scribble with the colored markers on the top part – this is your paint palette. Use wintry colors like blue and purple – and then dip the paint brush into the water and then onto the scribbles to pick up color. Paint with the color on the paper plate.
  3. Repeat step 2, mixing the scribbled colors with the brush and painting on the plate until most of it is covered. Do you see how the paint skips over the crayon? The crayons are made of wax, and wax resists water, so this technique is called “wax resist.”
  4. Cut small strips (approx. 2 inches long) from the rim of the second paper plate . Put glue on one end and roll it into a ring (use your finger if that helps). Press it together (hard!) to help it stick.
  5. Repeat step 4 until you have 4 rings. (see photo below)
  6. From the center of the second paper plate, cut 2 medium circles and 2 smaller circles to make the snowmen.
  7. Put lots of glue on the back of each circle and press each one onto a paper ring.
  8. When the watercolor paint is dry on the first plate, put generous spots of glue where you want the snowmen to stand and press the ring onto that spot. It’s okay to squish it to help it stick – it will pop back up again and give dimension to the snowman.
  9. Draw the snowmen faces and buttons with a marker.
  10. Cut hats for the snowmen from scrap paper and glue onto the heads.
  11. Apply glue to the sequins and place them in various spots around the snowmen. TIP: Use an odd number of sequins! It’s an art trick.
  12. Optional: If you have clear plastic packaging or a sheet of acetate, trace the plate and cut out the circle, and then glue it around the rim of the plate.

If you wish, you may add little houses, trees, or animals to your snow globe scene! Draw them, paint them, or create them by collaging bits of paper.

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