Saturday, October 31, 2015

Modeling Paste & Art Journaling

I've really gotten into this "wet on wet" texture technique after watching this youtube video by Misty Russell:

Wet on Wet Texture Technique:

1.     Lay down a thin layer of gesso. You can let this dry or move right into adding texture.
2.     Use molding paste or more gesso to add texture.
a.     Draw or scrape into a thin layer of paste (or gesso).
b.     Lay down paste or gesso through a stencil.
c.     Stick found objects or paper into the paste.
3.     While the paste is still wet, begin adding paint.
a.     Drip watercolors or water-downed acrylic paint.
b.     Spray or drip alcohol inks
c.     Drip Indian ink (spread with a spray bottle)

Once the page has dried you can dry brush paint over the top or rub pastels into the texture (as shown above).

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Art for Kids: Birch Trees in Snow

If you’ve never sprinkled salt in wet watercolor paint, this is a great project to try out the effect. Students use masking tape to tape off sections of the picture they want to keep white (trees and moon) and a white crayon or pastel for the snow.

Supplies: watercolor paper, watercolor paints (liquid watercolor paints are preferable), table salt, masking tape, Sharpies and white crayons or pastels. 

  1. Using masking tape, students taped off three or more trees. I encouraged students to make their trees different widths––using one to three strips of tape.
  2. Next, students cut or ripped up smaller pieces of masking tape to create the branches.
  3. A sticky dot can be used to make a moon.
  4. Using a Sharpie (or black pastel), have student draw a line (not too straight) across the bottom of their page. It can go right over the masking tape as this will be pulled up. 
  5. Students can use either a white pastel or a white crayon to fill in the area below the Sharpie line. This is the snowy ground. TROUBLE SHOOTING: students who press too hard and fill it in completely won’t get the interesting affect of a little watercolor paint sinking through the pastel or crayon (the shadowy-snow affect), and student who don’t press hard enough, will end up with blue snow.
  6. Now they’re ready to paint! Have students press the edges of their masking tape flat against the paper before you hand out the paint and salt.
  7. Using all colors or a limited palette, student should paint a juicy layer of watercolor paint across background. They can paint right over their masking tape trees, but should be careful of puddles that might leak under the tape if left too long. 
  8. DO NOT have students paint the entire picture and then try and add salt. The watercolor paint will have dried and the salt will have no effect. Students must paint section by section, sprinkling salt over the wet paint as they go. The salt must be sprinkled over VERY wet paint!
  9. Double check to make sure each student got paint right up to the edge of their trees and painted over the snow, before setting them aside to dry.
  10. Pictures should be completely dry before peeling off the masking tape. I have students brush the salt off over a trash can.
  11. Lastly, using Sharpies (or black pastels), students can outline their trees and moon, and add the lines and spots that make a birch tree look like a birch tree.