Family Studio: Japanese Fan DIY

Family Studio has one again come and gone. I’ve got to say, this craft was one for the books. It kept us cool, we got to experiment with some great materials, it was fun, and there’s  no wrong way to do it. You’ll need a few things for this project: 
  • Paper plates (the really cheap ones 
  • you don’t want a waxy surface) 
  • Scissors 
  • Craft sticks 
  • Glue 
  • Watercolor pencils (you could also use colored pencils, crayons, markers, or paint) 
  • Water and a paintbrush                                           
  1. Cut your paper plate in half.  You’ll only need half for this. Don’t worry about being exact; eyeball measuring is perfectly fine here. It doesn’t even need to be a straight line. This is the body of your fan. If you want to make it a little more fun, you could cut a zigzag pattern or a curvy line. 
  2. Color your fan. This is where the watercolor pencils came in. They’re really cool, and you can use them a few different ways. My favorite is to color my entire image first, and then go over it with water. It’s a surreal experience watching the colors come to life. You can also put water down and color into it, but the effect isn’t as bold. The last way to use them is to dip them in water and draw with them. Dipping and drawing will create bold lines. When you go over your picture with water, your colors will mix, after all it is paint. My best advice is to go over your colors one at a time. You can also use the water to your advantage to blend colors where they meet. There’s no wrong way to decorate your fan.  Believe me, people tried! 
  3. Once you’re done with the body of your fan, it’s time to glue on the craft stick. This is going to be the handle for your fan. For it to be sturdy, at least a third of it should be glued onto the back of the fan. You could stop here and be done, or you could decorate your handle. You can use the watercolor pencils, or pull out some markers, or even get creative with washi tape. Have fun with it. 

If you try this craft at home, we would love to see it! Post your pictures on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #discoverthedixon

Family Studio is a free drop-in art class for all ages that meets the first Saturday of every month from 10:30am – 12:30pm. Come create with us.

- Florence Brem, Children's Program Coordinator

Posted by Chantal Drake at 4:42 PM
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