I fell in love with this post about using a compass and watercolors for a child's craft. I remember when I was in fifth grade math class we made compass art and drew geometric flowers with compass. Expanding the pin, I wanted to see if I could make some cool patterns with the compass and paint. It turned out so great and was so fun to do with my daughter.
The original pin used watercolors, but I found that the colors were too light and the paper eventually tore because of all the liquid. I decided to use acrylic paint instead. This made for bold colors that were not too wet and didn't soak into the paper. To get a cool effect, I didn't completely clean my brushes between paints, that gave a nice artistic look to the flowers.
I posted a video tutorial on how to make these flower shapes with a compass. Hopefully doing this will show kids that geometry is fun!
|To make the paintbrush stay on the compass I needed to add some tape to thicken the handle.|
|Compass flower art. YOu can see that the blue still has streaks of yellow in it because I didnt clean the brush completely. You only want to do this (not clean the brush) for one or two colors. Any more and you colors will become muddy.|
|I love the way these turned out. Such a fun project for all ages.|