View of My Planet- Inspired by the book: “Looking Down”


  • selection of papers:
  • facial tissue
  • construction paper scraps
  • colored paper scraps
  • colored art tissue paper
  • paper towels
  • wax paper
  • clear plastic wrap
  • aluminum foil
  • newsprint
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • mixing bowl or other big circular shape to trace
  • very watery glue (medium bowl)
  • paintbrush to spread glue
  • colored construction paper
  • black background paper or poster board
  • watercolor paints and brushes

1. Imagine a planet with features like: swirling colors, clouds, vapors, moons, land forms and more. Picture it as if looking down on it from far away in space.

2. Begin to create an imaginary planet. Chose a sheet of colored construction paper for the main part of the planet. Trace a large circle using a mixing bowl or other round template. Cut it out and place it on the table (protect table with newspaper). This circle will be the base for the planet collage.

3. To make features and details for the planet, tear scraps of paper. Cutting scraps into shapes also works. Soak cut or torn paper scraps in glue. Press the scraps on the circular planet paper by hand. Keep a damp sponge handy for wiping fingers.

4. Additional ideas for paper and glue collage techniques are:

  • tear Kleenex and press into glue brushed on the planet background
  • crinkle glue soaked papers in a ball, uncrinkle and press on the planet background.
  • drip watercolor paints directly on the wet papers glued to the planet background
  • cut papers into unusual shapes, soak in glue, and press onto planet background

5. Let the planet dry. When dry, trim any ragged edges with scissors

6. Glue the planet to a sheet of black or dark blue paper (the background universe). Add any other features with more paper to the black universe or the planet. Does the planet have a name?


Add a universe full of stars, moons, suns, nebulas, comets, meteors, and galaxies with a metallic marking pen or bits of foil glued in place.

Retrieved from: Storybook Art– Mary Anne F. Kohl and Jean Potter


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