How to Make Eyes for Our Animal Collage

Demonstration

Materials Needed

  • Cardstock
  • Black paint
  • White paint
  • Oil pastels
  • Hard pointy thing for blending (I used the end of a paintbrush)

Written Instructions

  1. Draw your eyes on cardstock. If you’re not comfortable drawing one on your own, use this PDF. *A helpful hint is to draw one eye, fold your paper in half and cut. This will make two equal eyes at once.
  2. Draw a large circle for the iris and a smaller circle or slit in the center for the pupil. Don’t be afraid to experiment with other shapes if you want!
  3. Paint the outer edge black.
  4. Pick three analogous colors of oil pastels to paint your iris.
  5. Start with the darkest color on the outer edges and switch to the lighter colors as you move towards the pupil. The lightest color should be nearest to the pupil.
  6. Blend the colors together with the hard pointy thing. Use blending strokes that point in from the outer edge to the inner edge. You could use your fingers or a cotton swab, but the results aren’t as good. Add a bit more color for any bare spots.
  7. Paint the pupil black.
  8. Add highlights. *MAKE SURE YOUR HIGHLIGHTS ARE IN THE SAME PLACE ON BOTH EYES.