Monday, November 15, 2010

Neon leaves


You need:

  1. black construction paper A3 size
  2. pencil
  3. coloured chalk pastel

Neon light tubes form coloured lines with which a text can be written or a picture drawn, including various decorations. Neon is often used in advertising and commercial signage. Show some neon advertising or ask children if they know some. Discuss the features of neon light and the restrictions you have to deal with when you use neon lights.

Draw the outlines of some leaves onto a dark paper using a pencil. Let some of the leaves overlap. Choose a colour chalk pastel and carefully go over the lines of one leave. Make nice thick lines that follow the original. Do the same with the other leaves, using different colours. Then carefully go over all the lines with your finger. Just follow the direction of the lines rubbing backwards and forwards. Try not to smudge the lines outwards!

Now to turn the neon lights on: take a white chalk and go over all the lines again with the sharp edge. Use the sharp edge just to create a thin bright white line down the middle of the existing lines.

Fixate the drawing with hairspray, or laminate it to create your own neon placemat!