Water Lilies Like Claude Monet

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I’ve seen a number of art projects that were inspired by Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, but I really was impressed with one I saw on Artsonia a couple of years ago.  So of course I needed to try to imitate it.  I hadn’t realized that Monet had actually painted a series of almost 250 Water Lily oil paintings until I read about it on Wikipedia.  A quote from that site states:  Water Lilies (or Nymphéas) is a series of approximately 250 oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840–1926). The paintings depict Monet’s flower garden at Giverny and were the main focus of Monet’s artistic production during the last thirty years of his life. Many of the works were painted while Monet suffered from cataracts.

 Supplies:

  • Watercolor paper (cut 9″x9″)
  • Watercolor paints
  • Brush
  • Colored markers (not permanent)
  • Two colors of green tissue paper
  • Two colors of pink tissue paper
  • Lily pad and flower petal (Pattern)
  • Scissors
  • White glue

Directions:

  1. Make wavy lines across the paper using green, purple and blue colors of watercolor paints.   Let the colors overlap a little.  Rotate colors and paint down the paper.
  2. With the colored markers, make a few wavy lines across the paper.  If the paper has dried too much, add a bit of water over the marker lines to blur the lines.
  3. Using the lily pad pattern and two colors of green tissue, cut 6 or 7 lily pads for each picture.  If you fold the tissue paper you can cut a bunch of lily pads at a time.
  4. Using the petal pattern and two colors of pink tissue, cut about 28 petals for each picture.  Fold the tissue paper and cut a bunch of petals at a  time.
  5. Using a small amount of glue,  place and glue the lily pads to the picture.
  6. Fan out, in a half circle, eight of the petals with the pointed ends together.  Twist the ends together with one twist.  Fold the twisted end toward the flower and with a drop of glue, glue the ends to the flower.  Put another drop of glue on the back side of the flower and glue to a lily pad on the picture.  Carefully pull the petals apart and shape as a flower.

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