Submitted by: Denise Pannell, Fairview Elementary in Sherwood, OH UNIT: Papermaking ( Science related - recycling - Nature as subject) Lesson: Paper Pulp painting Grade level: Upper Elementary on up
Note from Denise: When finished drawing and ripping the paper, I chose one student each period to do the blending and
painting. One student was chosen to be their apprentice and helper. Meanwhile, the rest of the
class worked on another project.
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Students lightly sketch their drawings on white paper and alter the drawings until they are satisfied. (In this lesson, frogs, insects, and birds were chosen). The creature must be large enough to fill the paper with a simple background of flowers or leaves.
These sketches should be colored with crayon so students know what colors they will use in the final project. (Anything used must not be water soluble. In other words, if you use markers, they must be permanent).
Students will match their crayon or marker colors with construction paper pieces. They will rip the colored paper into small pieces to fit the chosen area if needed. They will then put the torn pieces into separate berry baskets. Different shades of green are used for the leaves and plants. The more shades and tints of colors the better so get a variety of colored construction sheets.
Students will then place their drawings on the counter near the sink and place the mould so that the wood is down and the screen is up. The deckle goes on top of the drawing so they can see their drawings through the screens.
Students will put various colored construction papers into a blender with enough water to cover it and blend the paper into a wet pulp.
This colored pulp is poured through an additional screen placed on top of a plastic bin. The screen will catch the pulp and the water filters through to the bin. Some pulp comes through so don't filter the pulp directly in the sink. Paper pulp clogs sink drains very easily.
The filtered colored pulp is spread on top of the mould and deckle that is on top of the drawing, filling in the matching color area. The pulp should be the consistency of mashed potatoes in order for it to work. If not, it will either be too dry or will not bind to the other fibers.
Repeat with each color until the painting is filled in.
Remove the deckle.
Place a plastic food service tray on top of the pulp painting and flip the mould over. Tap or drop the tray with the mold to separate them. The painting should release and fall unto the tray.
Using a Sponges, press the top of the fibers and remove excess water.
Don't overdo it or you will flatten it.
Allow to dry at least over night.
When dry you can outline the colors with a Sharpie marker or leave as is.
Mount the pulp paper to scrap mat board to display.