March Rainbow Project

Photo | Jaree Donnelly On St. Patrick’s Day, we think of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. But the real treasure at the end of the rainbow is home.

Photo | Jaree Donnelly
On St. Patrick’s Day, we think of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. But the real treasure at the end of the rainbow is home.

Spring showers and rainbows are just about here! For this month’s project, it is the saying that especially caught our eye, “I went out chasing rainbows and found they always led me home.” How great is that? You could create this project using needlework, painting, drawing, or multimedia … making it as adorably simple or as detailed as you like. We chose multimedia for ours, but we encourage you to take the idea and run with it, making it your own.

For our version, you’ll need:

  • Heavyweight paper
  • Pencil/eraser
  • Brush tip markers
  • Fine, permanent black ink pen
  • Buttons (rhinestones would also be fun)
  • Glue
  • Shadowbox-style frame (optional)

First, we trimmed our paper to fit our frame and used very light pencil lines to sketch in our simple house and landscape, leaving plenty of room at the top for the rainbow. Next, we used our brush markers to add the color. (Tip—to get the soft color
transitions, we utilized a colorless blender for our markers.) Once everything had color, we used our black pen to outline the shapes, giving the piece a more finished look.

We let the ink dry and then laid the buttons into the rainbow shape, making sure they fit before gluing them down. And then last, we penciled in the saying, finishing it with our black ink pen and markers. Once completely dry, we popped it into a deeper frame that would accommodate the buttons.

We have the example at the Arts Barn. Come by to see us! And for photos and step-by-step guidance on all our fun projects, check out our posts on Facebook @ArtsontheGreen.
– Jaree Donnelly
Art Education Coordinator, City of Gaithersburg Arts Barn

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