Art Activity: Mystery Flowers

Art Activity: Mystery Flowers

As part of our Winter Art & Storytime program, we looked at the book Mystery Of The Golden Wonderflower. This book was written and illustrated by French artist Benjamin Flouw and published by Gestalten.
The book is an introduction to the mystery genre, with the main character fox (who is a botanist) going on a mountainous adventure in search of a mysterious wonderflower. We fell in love with the scientific elements of the book and Flouw's beautiful, geometric, textured illustration style.

Here is an art activity inspired by this book.

You will need:

Book - Mystery Of The Golden Wonderflower
Pastel paper - Prisma Favini
HB Pencil
Oil pastels
Tissue Paper
Fixative Spray

Duration: 30 mins

1. Thinking about the book and what made the wonderflower so special, using a pencil start sketching some ideas for your own special wonderflower.
Have a look at some reference images of flowers for inspiration. Take note of the basic parts of the flower - stem, stamen, sepals, pistil. petals and receptacle.Anjubaba / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)

2. Once you are happy with the design of your flower, choose 3 colours of pastels - you can choose analgolous colours, or complementary. In addition to these 3 choose a dark and light version of your chosen colours.

3. Using your prisma favini (I like to use the smooth side), start in the centre and take up most of the page, start drawing your flower with your pastel. Hold the pastel on an angle and lay it on nice and thick. Add dimension to your pastel drawing by using the dark and light versions of the colours to add light and shade to make your flower look 3 dimensional.

4. Add coloured ground, sky, background elements such as butterlies.

5. Squash the tissue paper into a thich wad, and use this as a smudge stick to smugde the areas on the pastel, taking care not to smudge it into the blank areas.

6. Lastly, spray your pastel art using a fixative spray (do this outside) to keep it from smudging.

Check out a few examples from our previous class! Art by Henry, Oona and Saskia.

 

          

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