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Doily Dancer
  • 3 x Paper doilies
  • A4 white paper/card
  • Watercolour paints
  • Paint brush
  • Water bowl
  • Oil Pastels
Step 1

Fold all 3 of the paper doilies in the following way:

Fold the bottom edge of each doily straight across where the solid part of the doily begins. On each side of the straight folded edge, fold at roughly a 45 degree and 135 degree angle. 

Step 2

Place 1 folded doily just above the middle of the A4 white page facing upwards, with the straight folded edge at the bottom. Place the other two folded doilies facing downwards, but touching the edge of the first doily. Make sure all of the doilies are sitting on the page. The top doily will be the bust of the dancer’s dress, and the two bottom doilies the skirt. 

Step 3

Wet your brush and choose your first paint colour. Gently dab or paint your brush over the lacy sections of all 3 doilies. Make sure to hold the doilies very still while painting.

Step 4

Gently lift up the doilies, and place them in the same position, but in a more condensed placement, so that you can see the outer pattern that you just painted. Paint over the lace sections again, using a variety of other colours. 

Step 5

Lift up the doilies and let the picture dry. Then using oil pastels draw the legs of the dancer below the skirt, and above the bust her shoulders, arms, neck and the bottom half of her face. 

Step 6

Add any other decorations, then enjoy your beautiful painting. You may want to play around with the doilies to see what other interesting pictures you can create with them.

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