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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday 10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Materials Spotlight: Folia Transparent Paper

This lovely array of colors is a stack of Folia Transparent Paper. It has become a go-to material for some of our programs and it continues to be a favorite material of our Art Studio guests. It wasn't originally included in my list: The Art Studio's Favorite Materials because it's not widely available Nor, to my knowledge, is a similar paper offered by other manufacturers. Sometimes it curls a bit when loaded with glue or paint, but kids are usually so happy with its translucency and bright colors that they are willing to put up with a little fussing to work with it. Despite all that, we wanted you to know about this great paper!

Because it's sturdier and more fade resistant than tissue paper, we always use it when we help students create Eric Carle-Inspired collages in our outreach program, I Am an Artist. It's weight and texture reminds me alot of glassine, which is a paper often used to layer between drawings or photographs to when being archivally stored.

Rainbow Window Shades

We've also used this paper in a few iterations of our Rainbow Window Shades. Find it in 100 19.75" x 27.5" sheet rolls at School Specialty or Amazon.

Do you have this paper at home in your classroom? What are you and your chilren's favorite ways to use it?

If you haven't yet seen it, take a look at a list of The Art Studio's Favorite Materials.

The Art Studio's Favorite Art Materials

Making Art with Children is generously sponsored by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority.



We enjoy exploring materials and ideas in the Art Studio, and we’re excited to share our process with you! Please consider the following factors when adapting these posts for your learning environment: 

We facilitate a variety of programs within the Art Studio for a wide range of age groups. Please carefully consider the age appropriateness of each individual activity in your own learning environment.

Our projects are always done with adult supervision and proper safety precautions. Be sure all of your projects are overseen by adults who likewise follow proper safety precautions. The adults overseeing your project must also be responsible for handling or assisting with any potentially harmful equipment or materials. 

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is not responsible for any damages, injuries or liabilities that result from any activities contained within this website, and we expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability therefor. From time to time, we reference materials that we have found to be particularly important in our projects. We do not receive any monetary compensation for recommending materials. 


by Meghan Burch

This entry was posted on Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 11:55 am and is filed under Collage, Our Favorite Materials. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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