Pastel Shamrocks

Pastel Shamrocks

Who said shamrocks have to be green? Rainbows & shamrocks unite! Explore analogous color schemes on the color wheel while creating a variety of vibrant shamrocks. Pastels are our medium of choice for this cheerful project.


  • Drawing Paper
  • Chalk Pastels
  • Paper Towel 
  • Pencil
  • Heart-Shaped Cookie Cutter

Step 1: Trace the heart-shaped cookie cutter three times with the point of the hearts touching. 

Step 2: Draw a stem. 

Step 3: Use a color wheel to identify analogous colors. Analogous colors are a group of three colors next to each other on the color wheel. 

Step 4: Use pastels or any other coloring materials to color each shamrock leaf using those three colors.

Step 5: Color the stem.

Step 6: Try the same technique on different colored paper.

Ideas to take your pastel shamrocks to the next level:

  • Cut out your shamrocks, paste them to a sturdy backing, such as mat board or cardboard, attach a string, and hang them in your room to create St. Patrick’s Day decor. 
  • Create a framed work of art. Place the shamrocks in a frame and hang them on your wall. 

Learning and Discussion Questions:

1. Analogous colors go beyond the coloring page. Interior designers use the color wheel and to identify analogous color schemes for home decor. Read this Elle Decor article to learn more. 

2. Observe your surroundings. Can you think of examples of analogous color schemes found in nature?

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