Amate Birds Project
Cleanup: Soap & Water
Amate is a handmade bark paper that was found in Mexico and dates back to pre-Columbian times. Nahuatl folk art painting on amate paper typically depicts the natural beauty of the region, especially birds and flowers, as well as daily life. This project uses kraft paper and crayons to create art in the Amate style.
- Step 1Tear or cut a piece of kraft paper. Using a brown crayon, draw your bird and background images such as clouds, flowers, leaves, etc.
- Step 2Using oil pastels, color in your elements with bright, bold colors.
- Step 3Using a black oil pastel, outline your images.
- Step 4Optional: Create a border using oil pastels.