CHANGING SEASONS – Radial Balance, Fabric Art

Students represent the idea of four seasons by creating a radial design on fabric using fabric markers.

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CHANGING SEASONS – Radial Balance, Fabric Art


  • Crayola Fabric Markers
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Glue Sticks
  • Crayola Glitter Glue
  • Onion Skin Tracing Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12") - 1 piece per student
  • White Bristol Board - 30.5 cm x 3o.5 cm (12" x 12") - 1 piece per student
  • Polyester Cotton Fabric - 25 cm x 25 cm (10" x 10") - 1 piece per student
  • Masking Tape
  • Bamboo Skewers - 1 per student
  • Yarn or Ribbon
  • Iron
  • Blank Newsprint Paper


Step 1
  1. Use the template to trace the circle on the tracing paper.
  2. Cut out the circle.
  3. Fold the circle into quarters.
Step 2
  1. Open the circle and cut along one of the folds.
  2. Stop at the centre.
  3. Draw on the 1/4 pie section bordered by this cut.
    - Break up the space with a variety of shapes.
  4. Fold this section under the paper and trace the design onto the next 1/4 pie section.
  5. Unfold the paper.
  6. The quarter section is a mirror image of your original design.
Step 3
  1. Fold the 1/2 pie section in half and trace it onto the other half of the paper to complete the entire circle.
  2. You may want to outline the design in marker to make it easier to see.
Step 4
  1. Tape the circle design onto a piece of white Bristol board.
  2. Place a piece of fabric on top of the design.
  3. Tape it to the Bristol board to hold it in place.
  4. Use a small scrap of fabric to test the way the Crayola Fabric Markers will look on your fabric.
  5. Trace the drawing and colour it with the fabric markers.
    - Colour directly on the fabric.
Step 5
  1. Place several layers of blank newsprint on top of layers of newspaper to make an ironing pad.
  2. Remove all the tape and the fabric from the Bristol board.
  3. Place the fabric on top of the ironing pad with the good side facing up.
  4. Place a piece of blank newsprint on top of the fabric.
  5. Set the iron to cotton.
  6. Gently run the iron back and forth over the paper for about 30 seconds making sure to cover the entire design.
    - This will to set the marker ink and make it permanent.
  7. Remove the paper.
Step 6
  1. Place the fabric on your desk with the good side facing down.
  2. Fold the top edge of the fabric in about .6 cm (1/4").
  3. Apply lots of glue along the fold and top of the fabric.
  4. Place a bamboo skewer along the glued surface.
  5. Fold the fabric over and press it into place to secure the skewer.
Step 7
  1. Tie a piece of yarn or ribbon to each end of the bamboo skewer.
  2. Use Crayola glitter glue to add extra sparkle to your finished drawing.
Illustrated Crayon Character