Intriguing Iguanas

Intriguing Iguanas craft

Celebrate shimmering rainforest reptiles! Crayola Metallic Colored Pencils bring out the texture and beauty of these intelligent creatures.

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    Iguanas are beautiful reptiles that live in the rainforest and a few other warm places. They are popular pets because of their intelligence and beauty. Iguana coloration ranges from light green at birth to gray-green during adulthood. Adults also have striped sides and tails, and males often have additional orange coloration.

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    One of the most noticeable things about iguanas is the variety of textures found on their bodies. Their skin is covered with bead-like scales, which make them tough and waterproof. They also have long, strong toes, which enable them to grasp branches in the canopies of tall trees. Adult iguanas can reach a length of 6 feet (1.8 m), with most of that length in their tails.

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    Find a picture of an adult iguana. To make your own beautifully textured iguana drawing, begin by collecting several household objects with interesting, beaded textures, such as strainers or baskets.

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    On dark construction paper, use a Crayola Metallic Colored Pencil to outline a large iguana. Place the outline over a closely-spaced textured object. Color with a green Metallic Colored Pencil to give your iguana an overall, fine texture.

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    Use a darker Metallic Colored Pencil to texture the belly and lower edges of the iguana, using a larger-spaced textural object under your paper. This will give your iguana a shadowed look. Use the same larger texture to add a few details in key places.

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    Use lighter colored Metallic Colored Pencils to draw highlights on areas such as the dorsal fringe (the spiky area on the iguana's back) and the toes. Use a darker colored Metallic Colored Pencil to draw in stripes on the tail and belly. Cut out your igua

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    Tear irregular pieces of green paper to create a leafy branch that you might find in a rainforest. Use a Crayola Glue Stick to attach the leaves to another sheet of paper.

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    Draw branches holding up the leaves. Glue your iguana to its leafy canopy.