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Nevelson-Inspired Wood Strip Relief - Project #161

Time: 2-4 Class Periods
Difficulty: Moderate to Advanced
Cleanup: Soap & Water

Mitre Box Set
Cardboard or Chipboard
Assorted Wood Shapes
Craft Sticks
Tacky Glue
Wood Strips
Semi-Moist Tempera Cakes
Craft Knife
Paint Brush
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Use pieces of wood to create Louise Nevelson inspired relief project. This project also has an instructional video available!


  • Step 1
    Use saw or craft knife to cut wood strips for the frame of the relief. Glue strips onto chipboard (we used a 6x6" piece, but a 12x12" piece could be used instead).
  • Step 2
    Continue to cut and add more wood strips to create a grid background.
  • Step 3
    Add wooden shapes and wood strips to advance the design. Use the mitre box and saw to cut angles on strips, if desired.
  • Step 4
    Continue adding smaller wooden shapes and more wood strips to finish the design. You can cut smaller shapes from larger pieces, if desired.
  • Step 5
    Paint the design with black tempera cake paint. Make sure to add a small amount of water to the paint brush and mix up lots of paint so that the paint is not too thin or watery. Once black paint is dry, use dry brush painting technique to add white highlights.

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