Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sock Monkey Portraits....

(Freckles Sock Monkey)

 (Mama's Sock Monkey)
■12 x 18″ colored Tru-Ray Sulphite paper (construction paper)
Or thick white paper
■Black oil pastel
■Palette of brown, white and red tempera or acrylic paint
■colored yarn, ric-rac, pom-poms, googly eyes, painted paper or paper scraps, buttons…anything decorative!
Step One: Drawing the Monkey
 No need for elaborate instructions as you can see the drawing is really easy:
1.Draw two dots for eyes
2.Below the “eyes” draw a large ovals on its side. Then draw another larger oval around that. Add a line in the middle for the mouth.
3.Starting at the outside oval on the left hand side, draw a line up and around to the other side of the oval. This will become the head.
4.Draw a curved line at the top of the head to mimic toe reinforcements.
5.Add two ears to the side of the head.
6.Draw a simple body and skinny arms.
Step Two: Painting
Using white tempera or acrylic paint (do not wet brushes), paint the mouth and the top of the head with white paint. Let dry slightly and then paint over the white area with brown or black paint.
Finish painting the body with brown  (use the double-load technique with the black and white paint).Then, use an oil pastel to trace over all painted black lines.
Step Three: Decorate your Sock Monkey
Set out embellishments and demonstrate a few easy ways to decorate the sock monkey.
This is truly the best part of the lesson...The process of experimenting and coming up with the most unique  sock monkey. We added pom poms,googly eyes, papers and lace...

We found this project on Deep Space Sparkle
This was a simple yet fun project to make.
 Easy enough for any child that can draw...or any Mama, like me.
Happy Painting.


  1. We love this and have to try it soon. Also your sons school pics tugged at my heart. How I know that it just around the way for my 11 year old. Bitter-sweet in every way~

  2. I wanted to let you know we finally got around to making these... thanks for the idea! If you'd like to pop over and visit ours, they are at:

  3. Your monkeys look great! Glad you like the lesson. My 3rd graders had so much fun with these too. Thanks for linking!