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How to use sandpaper to create art

THE BALTIMORE SUN

For this simple art activity, your child will actually draw on sandpaper and with adult assistance transfer the drawing onto a piece of paper. The texture of the sandpaper will create a beautiful picture made up of tiny dots. It's especially fun for kids because their artwork will resemble pointillism, a painting technique used by post-impressionist painter Georges Seurat. He used dots of colors instead of brush strokes in his paintings.

Here's how to do sandpaper art:

Using crayons, draw a picture on a piece of fine-grain sandpaper. Press hard. When complete, place the sandpaper upside down on a sheet of white or light-colored construction paper. With adult assistance, apply a warm iron directly to the backside of the sandpaper for 15 to 20 seconds. Remove iron. Wait 30 seconds and gently remove the sandpaper to reveal the picture on the construction paper in dot form. Encourage your child to look closely at the painting to see the dots, then step away to see how they blend together.

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