Visit the Ivory Coast of West Africa! Join the Senufo people to create a dramatic, less messy version of traditional mud painting!
The Senufo peoples living in Africa’s Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire) traditionally paint pictures of animals on cloth using black mud. These symbols are intended to protect hunters from danger and help them bring in a big catch. The black and white designs help camouflage hunters in the thick brush. Here is one way to make a replica of this dramatic-looking cloth.
Stretch white fabric over cardboard and tape edges to the back. On white paper, use Crayola Colored Pencils to sketch the animal you will showcase on your fabric. Cut out the inside of the animal shape with Crayola Scissors to make a stencil. Lay the stencil in the center of your fabric.
Cover your painting area with newspaper. Mix a small amount of black Crayola Tempera Paint with Crayola Texture It! Tempera Mixing Medium on a paper plate. Dab paint around the inside edges of your stencil onto the fabric with a Crayola Paint Brush.
Remove the stencil and fill in your animal with the black textured paint. Decorate your fabric with lines or basic shapes to frame your animal. For even more texture, air-dry your animal a few minutes and then dab another coat of the paint mixture on top of it. Air-dry the paint.
Display your mud painting still mounted on cardboard or remove it and place it in a frame! How are your classmates’ designs similar? Different?
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