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


  • Wednesday-Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday and Tuesday

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Making Art Together

Window Weaving with Paper

In a recent Everyday Art Project, we were inspired by the exhibition The Art of Eric Carle: Seasons, and Eric Carle’s process of painting papers to create collage. Using Folia transparent paper, washable tempera paint, stamp pads and stamps we invited guests to join us in experimenting with texture and color. We use these materials frequently in the Art Studio for both facilitated and drop-in projects, to learn more about them click on the links provided above. For this project, we were particularly interested in highlighting the translucent quality of the Folia paper, and the wide range of textures that stamps could make when layered. We decided to make two large scale installations with guests, one on the windows and one on the back display wall.

We started to think of our windows as giant vertical light tables, and wondered what would happen if we attached the papers together in long strands and wove them across the windows.

Using tension rods to hang the papers down, guests added their papers by attaching them together with clear tape. We started thinking of them as textiles and the windows as a loom.

Once the tension rods were full, we started taping the papers across the windows, using the frames of the window to hold the papers in place, we wove them over and under the hanging papers. The effect was a glowing quilt of color in the Art Studio windows!

For the five weeks of this Everyday Art Project, we alternated using warm and cool color papers and paints each week, and the window weavings reflected this grouping of colors. Close up you can see all of the intricate stamped patterns on the paper. Using only warm or cool colors together meant that some of the patterns were very subtle, and the light coming through the windows helped to showcase these textures to their fullest.

From further away, the variation of color intensity and tone as the translucent papers layer over one another creates a completely different, more geometric pattern.

As the windows filled up, we started to add papers to the back wall, inviting guests to attach them to the wall or to other papers in any way they wished. Some chose to attach the paper flat to the wall, others created waves, crunched into flower-like shapes, or looped the papers into chains. The wall soon filled up and created a very tactile and textured installation in the back of the Art Studio.

As we moved into the next project, the papers on the wall have stayed up and they continue to be enjoyed by art studio guests who take photos in front of the wall and touch the papers to explore their crunchy quality. 



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 Meg Nicoll

This entry was posted on Monday, August 20th, 2018 at 10:00 am and is filed under By Meg Nicoll, Displays & Window Shades, Collage, Homemade Materials and Tools, Light, Painting, Paper. 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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