Start this Mona Lisa art project for kids with liquid watercolor paints and permanent markers, and then paint on coffee filters.
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.
- Large Coffee Filter, 13 x 5 size*
- Old steam iron
- Black Sharpie marker
- Liquid watercolor paint
- Paper towels
- Plastic sheet, like a sleeve protector
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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.
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.
5. Let filter dry. Iron with warm iron to make the paper really flat and crisp.