SCROLLING ALONG – Animation Backgrounds, Colour, Line

Students use a permanent marker and acrylic paint on vinyl to create a scrolling background for use in an animation filmed using a downshoot camera angle.

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SCROLLING ALONG – Animation Backgrounds, Colour, Line


  • Crayola Acrylic paint
  • Crayola Paint Brushes
  • Crayola Permanent Markers
  • Pencils
  • Drawing Paper - 28 cm x 76 cm (11" x 30")
  • Clear Vinyl or Acetate - 28 cm x 76 cm (11" x 30")
  • Water Containers
  • Plastic Container Lids for Palettes
  • Paper Towels


Step 1
  1. Make some rough sketches of background scenes for each part of your story. Think of the details you need to help tell your story.
    - where does the story begin
    - where does it end
    - what kinds of buildings and vegetation do you see along the way
    - where does the action take place
  2. Draw one long, changing scene on the 76 cm (30") drawing paper that includes your ideas for each part of the story.
  3. Be sure to add enough details to help tell your story.
  4. Place the vinyl on top of the drawing.
  5. Use a black permanent marker to trace the drawing onto the vinyl.
Step 2
  1. Place the vinyl with the marker side down.
  2. Use acrylic paint on the back of the vinyl to add colour to the scene.
Step 3
  1. Turn the vinyl over to see the finished scene.
  2. Use the scrolling background scene to film a story.
Illustrated Crayon Character