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David Ezra Stein writes and illustrates many of the picture books we love such as Leaves, Interrupting Chicken, and Ol Mama Squirrel. I was excited to discover Because Amelia Smiled while choosing books for our process art series. Because Amelia Smiled is a great example of kindness, friendship, and the power of one girl’s smile.
When creating illustrations for this book, David Ezra Stein used a technique he calls “Stein-lining”. He demonstrates this process in a video on his website.
First we covered one side of parchment paper in crayon (he uses label paper, but this is what we had on hand). Then we placed the paper crayon side down on our art journal page and drew a picture using a ball point pen. After creating the outline, we added watercolor to our pictures.
This turned out to be a great process art activity for preschool. It’s a good example of how you can use common materials to create something unique, which is perfect for classrooms with limited resources!
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