I used both of the ideas to make our own version of Peter and The Snowy Day. The pictures are so cool in real life. The texture feels a bit foamy. The more the kids glob it on the better. We use a fat water color brush for the snow and q-tips for the snowflakes. I demonstrated on how to apply the paint in a dabbing up and down motion, rather than painting from side-to side. More is better. Be sure to put something underneath the blue paper so it doesn't stick to your table. I used plain white butcher paper. These do take time to dry, at least 15 hours. I also suggest you use plain shaving cream. I took the can my husband had and yuck- it is aloe shaving cream. It has a funky smell and my whole room reeked of old man aftershave.
Aren't they FABULOUS!!!