Brown Paper Bag Collages Inspired by Naoko Stoop


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Last week in our process art series, we created artwork inspired by Mo Willems.  This week we are reading Red Knit Cap Girl by Naoko Stoop and creating artwork with found materials.

On her website, Naoko Stoop shares pictures of her studio and examples of the materials she uses for her artwork.  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers conducted an interview with Naoko Stoop where she talks about how she illustrates many of her books on wood grain.  For this project, we used brown paper bags instead of wood grain which was inspired by her brown paper bag collection.



  • Red Knit Cap Girl by Naoko Stoop
  • Brown paper bags
  • Wrapping paper
  • Old magazines/books
  • Newspaper
  • Envelopes
  • Watercolor paints
  • Colored pencils
  • Glue
  • Scissors

We completed our collages in one session, but I would recommend doing the activity as a two part process.  First, apply watercolor to the brown paper bags and allow to dry.  Once dry, the collage can be created on top of the painting.



These materials are easy to obtain and can be left out in your art center for use during choice time.  This is a great project to use for introducing and modeling appropriate use of classroom materials and can lead to many self-directed art projects.

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