When we dumped out the bag, the bark had taken on many different shapes. Some pieces were very curly (I have another craft in mind for those) and some were very frayed or smooth. I suggested we let the paper inspire us. It was pretty amazing how this bag of bark led to 3 different ideas. Two of the ideas will be featured in future posts – for today let’s explore bark as paper.
How to Make Birch Bark Paper Art
First off, if the paper is too curled, simply wet the paper and place it on a flat surface – we used a baking sheet. Then cover the birch bark with something flat and heavy…like a second baking sheet. Let the bark sit overnight and in the morning you will have a much smoother piece of bark.
So, now we have an original piece of art on birch bark. Sometimes we find our inspiration from a book, or perhaps from something we see. It is also important to let the materials inspire the artist at times. Who knows what your child might have seen hidden in the folds of the bark.
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