Elephants play an important role in Indian culture and are painted and beautifully decorated for Festivals and Celebrations in India. Third graders looked at examples of painted elephants and hosted an elephant celebration of their own.
Want to thank Laura over at Painted Paper for this idea. I adapted it by including some flower stamping. We also used toned chalk pastel paper in place of painted paper.
These elephants were made with a template. You can draw your own or find a drawing tutorial here.
Feel free to contact me if you would like a copy of my template. So here's another version of painted Indian Elephants.
To make the elephant...
Use foam stickers to make your elephant pattern stamp.
Tone a piece of paper by chalking lightly with the side of your chalk pastels. We used pinks, blues and grays for our paper. Blend with a tissue.
We inked the stamps with a brayer. We placed the stamp on our elephant paper. We rolled our stamp using a cover sheet and a clean brayer to cover our paper with a stamped-out design.
Trace or draw an elephant on the back of your paper and cut it out. Save the scraps to make an ear and a tusk.
Give your elephant a fancy blanket using patterned papers, fabric, scraps, ribbon, sequins, and glue.
Use chalks and paints and a small brush to add details.
Embellish with gold paint.