Claude Monet, a French impressionist artist, loved flowers and irises were the subject for many of his paintings.  Irises could also be seen in Monet’s gardens and by the Japanese bridge on the grounds at Giverny.  The Wikki Stix Mixed Media Irises are simple, yet beautiful creations for kids to make.  Come explore Monet and create iris art with your own kids today!

Simple Mixed Media Iris Art for Kids

Claude Monet:  Simple Mixed Media Iris Art for Kids

Materials needed:

  • Green, Purple, and Yellow Wikki Stix
  • Blue and Purple Tempera Paint
  • Napkins or Paper Towels
  • Scissors
  • White Poster Board or Heavy Paper

Claude Monet painted Lilac Irises (1917) with bold brush strokes in blues, purples, and greens.  To re-create the effect, have kids use paper towels or napkins to apply shades of blue and purple tempera paint to the white poster board or paper.  Let the paint dry thoroughly.

While the paint is drying, invite kids to create the irises with Wikki Stix.  Remember there is no wrong or right way to create the flowers.  Each iris creation will be as unique as the child’s abilities who create the art.  Kids can use various shades of green Wikki Stix for the iris stems and purple for the petals.  Yellow Wikki Stix can be used to create the centers for the flowers.

Basic Directions for Creating the Irises:

  • Stems are created with green Wikki Stix cut into various lengths with scissors.
  • The irises can be created by folding lengths of purple Wikki Stix and pressing to the green Wikki Stix stems.
  • Cut tiny yellow Wikki Stix pieces and form into small balls for the center of the flower.

When the painted background is completely dry, attach the created Wikki Stix Irises to the paper and press firmly.   The created irises can be re-positioned as desired to create a 3-D effect on the paper.


Re-creating famous masterpieces can be fun with Wikki Stix!  For more ideas for learning and creating with Wikki Stix, please visit:

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Painted Background

Painted Background

Create the Irises

Create the Irises

Wikki Stix Monet Mixed Media Iris

Wikki Stix Monet Mixed Media Iris