DECORATED LETTER – Pattern, Colour, Symbolism

Students use watercolour pencil techniques to create a decorated letter that includes a Celtic knot and personal symbolism as part of the design.

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DECORATED LETTER – Pattern, Colour, Symbolism


  • Crayola 12 Count Bulk Crayons - Black
  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Crayola Watercolour Pencils - 12 Count
  • Crayola Variety Brush Set - 5 Count
  • Water Containers
  • Paper Towels
  • Small Pencil Sharpeners
  • Green Masking Tape
  • Plastic Placemats - 1 per student


Step 1
  1. Unwrap a crayon and break it into a piece about 2.5 cm long.
  2. Place the broken piece of crayon on your paper at a 45º angle.
  3. Draw the letter keeping the crayon at a 45º angle.
  4. Make the letter large enough to fit the page.
  5. Practice drawing the letter until you get one that looks good to you.
Step 2
  1. Place a new piece of paper over the letter.
  2. Use a pencil to trace the outline of the letter.
Step 3
  1. Draw your design into the letter.
  2. This is your rough copy, remember to include:
    - symbols that are personally meaningful to you
    - a Celtic knot somewhere in the design
  3. Trace the design lightly on a new piece of paper. This is your good copy.
    - keep the paper clean and without finger smudges
    - do not use an eraser on the good copy
Step 4
  1. Tape the drawing to a placemat.
  2. Make sure the tape is straighht and runs parallel to the outside edges of the paper.
  3. Make sure the paper is flat and smooth.
Step 5
  1. Use a variety of watercolour pencil techniques to colour the design.
  2. Carefully remove the tape when your painting is dry.
  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Social Studies,

    • Visual Arts

  • Grades:

    • Grade 7,

    • Grade 8,

    • Grade 9,

    • Grade 10

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