Learn how to draw a fossil, and make it look like it really is imprinted in stone. White lines on brown paper give them a much more realistic look.
Fossils are formed in different ways, but most are made when a plant or animal dies in a watery environment and is buried in mud. The soft tissues quickly decompose leaving the hard bones or shells behind. Over time sediment builds over the top and hardens into rock.
Drawing a fossil is not difficult, as students need to only sketch the basic outline shape, and maybe add some texture inside. What really helps though, is having some examples to look at so they can easily add some variety to their collection. Foot prints may be the first type they think of doing, but plants can leave some pretty interesting shapes too.
The sample fossils above were drawn with a white paint marker on card stock paper. The paper edge was also rubbed with a peeled brown crayon to give it an older look. This white-on-brown combination is a refreshing change from the usual black on white drawings, so if your budget permits, I encourage teachers to give it a try.
The next best option though, if paint markers are not available, is to use white pencil crayons on the same smooth brown card stock paper. My favorite Prismacolor brand will make nice white lines because they are so soft, but Crayola works fine too.
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Materials for How to Draw Fossils
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- Drawing Paper. Don’t substitute it with copy paper or construction paper. The surface will get fuzzy, erasing might cause holes, and the colors will generally not look as bright.
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tips. Stabilo Markers. They have the best colors, the best tips, and last the longest.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent markers make nice black lines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them in areas with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath for table protection.
- Stabilo Markers. The large pack provides lots of fun color choices, several shades of each color, including a few choices for skin. The tips are perfect for coloring, and there’s even a promise that they will work after being uncapped for 8 weeks!
Directions for How to Draw Fossils
Time needed: 45 minutes.
How to Draw Fossils
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