I pretty much followed her lesson, with an emphasis on reusing materials. We used old mat board for the base, created the background with a phone book and old catalogs. I tried using wallpaper as well. Not a good idea. Both the wallpaper and some of the catalogs really resisted the paint. On the catalogs it added a nice effect, but was just a waste of time to paint on the wallpaper. I also used oil pastels to draw an outline of the rooster rather than painting it. The kids just have more control with drawing materials.