Amate bark paintings can be found for sale in various states in Mexico and have a long and interesting history. During this project we learned about the Otomi tribe near Puebla, Mexico.
Rather than gathering bark from fig trees, boiling it, pounding it, then laying it out in the sun to dry, we chose to crumple up sheets of paper from grocery bags in order to achieve the appearance of amate bark paper.
After the ink wash was completely dry, we drew outlines of our images with chalk.
The next step was to paint our images using tempera paint. Amate bark paintings in Mexico typically include bright, sometimes neon colors. My students were given a limited palette of colors in order to maintain true amate style.