Fifth grade students are creating Henna Hands using watercolor and wax resist.
We began this lesson by discussing the following questions:
How do we decorate our bodies?
How do we make ourselves look beautiful?
Are there special holidays in which we dress differently?
I shared a brief history of henna and we looked at several images before starting our own designs.
1. On watercolor paper, students traced their hand and arm with pencil.
2. Students filled their hands with henna inspired designs. Since the designs would be painted with wax resist, I stressed over and over how important it was to draw large and to space out their drawing.
3. Using a small paintbrush, trace the hand and all designs with a thick layer of wax resist.
(*Note: Make sure to set aside a group of brushes to be wax resist brushes only. Once you use the wax resist your brushes will be just about ruined. Someone once gave me a whole box of small dental brushes. That is what we use and they work great).
4. Once the wax resist is dry, paint over the entire hand using watercolor paint.
5. Now, student may paint the entire background using watercolor paint.