PAINTED WOOD GRAIN – Colour, Line, Shape

Students examine the patterns of ovals and lines in the grain on a small wooden panel and practice mindfulness as they create a painting of colourful lines and shapes inspired by the wood grain.

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PAINTED WOOD GRAIN – Colour, Line, Shape


  • Crayola Watercolour Paints
  • Crayola Paint Brushes
  • Water Containers
  • Paper Towels
  • Wooden Panel, e.g., Birch, Maple, Ash - .5 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm (.25" x 8" x 8") - 1 per student


Step 1
  1. Use a small wooden panel such as birch, ash or maple about .5 cm x 12 cm x 12 cm.
  2. Examine the patterns of ovals and lines on your wood panel.
  3. Look at the panel from all directions.
  4. Decide which side will be the top.
Step 2
  1. Use watercolours to create a design by following the patterns made by the grain of the wood.
  2. Think about how the colours you choose make you feel.
  3. While you are working practice mindfulness.
    Pay attention to how:
    - thecolours you choose make you feel
    - paint flows across the surface of the wood
    - your body responds as you add each new colour
    - thoughts flow in and out of your mind without distracting you
    - you accept your own ideas and don't make judgements about them
    - you stop and slow your breathing down to refocus your attention
    - you keep yourself calm and relaxed
Step 3
  1. From time to time as you work look at the painting from a distance.
  2. Decide if you want to make any changes, for example,
    - any of the colours.
    - which side is the top
  3. Once your work is finished look at it with fresh eyes.
    - How does it make you feel?
    - What does it remind you of?
    - What do you see that makes you say that?
    - What do you like best about the painting?
  4. Give your work a title.
Illustrated Crayon Character