Monday, August 3, 2009

Makes My Monday-Op Art Swirls


Opt: An Illusionary Tale is a wonderful book that takes place during a castle celebration. It is filled with optical illusions and visual tricks. It is a wonderful book for children of all ages.
After getting this book from the library I searched for our own opt art to do with the kids. This is what I found.
These were so easy to make, we were very surprised with our wonderful results.
First put a dot at the center of your paper. Make 8 triangular shapes with wavy lines, beginning in the center and going outward to the edges of the paper. In every other triangular shape, draw wavy lines.
Next, connect the wavy lines with straight lines.
This is an example of all the lines drawn. I used two warm colors to color in the wavy lines and cool colors for the straight lines.
You can see the progression in these pictures.



All done----We just love the look of these "op art swirls"
Grace busily working
This was a fun project for our little children to work on.
From left to right: Mark's art, Amy's art and Gracie's art.
We taped these together carefully to use as wrapping paper.
It looked wonderful.
And as it happened to be Grandpa's birthday, he received our "art" wrapped gift. We had him unwrap very carefully so he could save the pictures, which are now hanging proudly on his fridge.

13 comments:

Ladybug Mommy Maria said...

Very, very nice!

Cheryl Lage said...

These are FANTASTIC!!! The tips on how to make them Make My Monday! :)

Thanks so much for playing along, Joann!

BoufMom9 said...

What a fantastic project! LOVE that you used it as wrapping paper too. Very clever :)

Rhonda said...

What a great idea to use the art as wrapping paper! I just love homemade things like that!

Lisa said...

Joann, this are SO cool! We'll be trying some of these for sure!

Michelle said...

Those are great!! We love using art for wrapping paper too :0)

Stacy said...

These came out so cool looking!

The Magic Onions said...

Amazing, I love to see someone work tirelessly and create something so beautiful!
Blessings and magic.

The Magic Onions said...

Amazing, I love to see someone work tirelessly and create something so beautiful!
Blessings and magic.

~Sara said...

I remember doing this when I was younger. Now, I see my son doing the same thing!

Ticia said...

I love using kids art as wrapping paper. Everyone wins, the kids get to see their art be used somehow, you cut down on trash, and the recipient loves the original wrapping.

Sherry said...

those look great! Love the guft wrap idea too!

Rendla said...

These are very nice I am looking forward to trying it with my son.