I love all of the bright fresh colors of spring and this shamrock art is just the thing to put you in a spring mood. The perfect St. Patrick’s Day art project that is easy enough for even younger kids to do without much assistance. This is also a great project to talk about positive and negative space!
Chalk pastels are so fun for kids to explore, and with some simple techniques, you can get some pretty cool results. I love how this smudging method looks, especially on black paper which makes the pastels extra bright, they almost look like they are glowing! Check out our bunny art project that uses the same technique.
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Create your own shamrock art with chalk pastels
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- Shamrock printable (scroll to bottom of post)
- White cardstock
- Black pastel paper or black construction paper (I cut ours to 8.5 x 11 inches)
- Chalk pastels
- Q-tips or pastel blending stick (optional)
- Spray fixative (optional)
1. First, print out your shamrock template (scroll down to get your template). I found that using cardstock makes the template easier for kids to use. Cut out the shamrock, younger kids will need help with this step.
2. Get your black pastel paper or construction paper and chalk pastels ready. We used pastel paper for this project (cut to 8.5 x 11 inches), but construction paper would also work since it has a bit of a texture to it.
My daughter planned out her colors first to make sure she had enough to go around the shamrock. She did a rainbow shamrock and I did one using different shades of green and yellow. Both look great!
3. Place your shamrock in the middle of your black paper and using one color at a time, color around the edge of the shamrock. You want each color to be quite thick like in the photo above, this will make the next step a lot easier and give more of a dramatic effect to the finished project.
4. Once you are done tracing, using a pastel smudge tool, a q-tip or your fingers (my favorite method!) smudge the pastels outward away from your shamrock. Remind kids to go slow and smudge right to the edges of their paper.
Lift the template off to reveal your gorgeous shamrock art!
You can choose to spray the artwork with a workable fixative to preserve and keep the pastels from smudging (this is completely optional). This step should only be done by an adult, outside in a well-ventilated area.
This was such a fun St. Patrick’s Day project. I love that you only need a couple of simple supplies to create this shamrock art. The black paper really makes the chalk pastels extra bright and gives more of a dramatic effect.
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