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Pretty purses and bulging backpacks and all around us! Design a distinctive bag with special features to accommodate a specific purpose. Sculpt your designer bag using Crayola® Model Magic® Modeling Material!
Why do people use purses, handbags, pocketbooks, and tote bags? Do you carry a bag to school everyday? Why is it helpful to have a backpack at school?
Purses and handbags have been a necessity long before the days of famous designers like Louis Vuitton and Gucci. The use of bags can be seen in ancient Egyptian artwork and paintings throughout history. Why would ancient cultures need bags? What purpose did bags serve before cell phones, house keys and schoolbooks? Research with your class to find examples of how bags and purses have evolved over time.
Imagine you are designing a new bag! How would you decide what features to include in the bag? Who would use the bag you design? What would they carry in it? Plan your bag design on a sheet of white paper using Crayola® Classic Colored Pencils. Use Crayola Model Magic Modeling Material to sculpt the design you created and bring your bag to life!
Build an armature for your bag design with recycled cardboard. Carefully cut the cardboard into shapes that will become the bottom and sides of the bag. When cutting the cardboard pieces, keep in mind that the finished bag will be slightly larger than the armature. Attach the edges of the cardboard shapes together with clear adhesive tape to form the basic shape of the bag design.
Place recycled newspaper over your work area for easy cleanup later. Cover the armature with a thin layer of Crayola Model Magic, pressing gently with your fingers.
Flatten a small handful of Model Magic on a hard surface, like a table. You can also flatten Model Magic with a rolling pin or by gently rolling a Crayola Classic Marker over it. Mold or use scissors to carefully cut the flattened Model Magic into pieces slightly larger than the armature. Drape the pieces over the armature like fabric to form the front, sides, and back of the bag. Model Magic that is fresh from the pack will stick to itself. Dried pieces can be glued together.
Enhance your bag with designer features! Roll long, thin snakes with Model Magic, and twist or braid them together to add an attractive accent over the seams of a purse. For a stitched look, attach a very thin Model Magic snake to the bag and press into it with the tip of toothpick. Make quilted textures by pressing tools, like a craft stick or fork, into the Model Magic.
Be creative with your design! Try out blending or swirling Model Magic colors together for exciting effects. Embellish your bag with added flare like buckles, jewels, and beads.
Store your bag in a safe place for 1-3 days until it dries completely.
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