Another reason I love the Strathmore Art Journal books? Their pages are not only great for drawing, but watercolor painting as well. Students used torn pieces of Scotch Blue Tape to make these colorful “2012” pages.
1. The 1" Scotch Blue tape I had was a bit too wide to make readable letters in our Strathmore journals, so I tore strips in half for my young (K-2) students. If you pre-tear a lot of 2" long pieces and stick them on plastic sleeves, students can then concentrate on just blocking out skinny “2012” numbers across their journal pages themselves.
2. When the blue tape numbers are done, they may be painted over with watercolor paint in outline or block style. When complete, the painted may be dabbed with a paper towel and the tape peeled off.
3. Students had a choice of painting or coloring the inside of their numbers, and finishing the pages as they desired. I personally like using skinny markers to draw additional patterns, but as you can see lots of colorful options are possible.