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Mona Lisa on Coffee Filters

Start this Mona Lisa art project for kids with liquid watercolor paints and permanent markers, and then paint on coffee filters.

mona lisa art project for kids

It’s possible to make really brilliantly colored paintings without expensive watercolor paper. Large, industrial coffee filters will give you a colorful look for a fraction of the price.


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Mona Lisa 1


PREP: Print out one Mona Lisa template for every student.
Iron 9″ coffee filters to make them flat.

1. Tape one filter to the front of each printed face.

2. Trace and color with a black Sharpie. Newer markers will always work better as you want to end up with black blacks.

Mona Lisa 2

3. IMPORTANT: Place filter on plastic. Dampen with a very wet paper towel.

4. Dab liquid watercolor paint around as desired. Overlap to blend colors.

Mona Lisa 3

5. Let filter dry. Iron with warm iron to make the paper really flat and crisp.