Crafting Saturdays – Woven Tadeo Turtle
Today I am showing a craft that can be modified for little ones or older ones. For the little ones make the paintings large and cut the strips large as well. The little ones can cut straight lines. For older children, the pictures can be more intricate.
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I painted this picture using watercolours. Tempera Paint would work well too.
1. Paint two pictures that are similar.
They don’t have to be identical because they could end up as a lovely design instead. But today I painted two similar pictures of Tadeo. I used complementary colours so they would blend well.
When I first paint a picture I paint the underpainting – spattering colours on wet paper – (this is not necessary for this craft but thought I would show you what I did).
I then painted the first picture. For the background I used wet paint and plastic wrap to make the trees, leaves, bushes (at least give the idea of that). You can see more about using plastic wrap in Tissue Tadeo.
I did the same for the second picture – so now I have two pictures. Here is the second one.
2. One picture for the frame. One picture to weave with.
Now you have 2 similar pictures. One will be the frame for weaving and one will be the strips.
Next cut the second picture into strips. Cut these all the way through. I used masking tape to show you the pieces (they kept flipping over).
You don’t need to use the masking tape. Cut the strips from the second picture the opposite way to the first picture. These are the weaving strips. I also numbered them as I cut them. You could number them on the front for the little children (but I numbered on the back).
3. Now to the weaving part.
This is fun. It is the under/over weaving.. You will not use all the strips. So decide which ones you want to use. I think I cut 11 and used 8 strips.
On the back use tape to hold down the pieces because once they are cut they might fall out.
Final Picture ready for Framing