Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Art Party

On Saturday, I was honored to throw an ArT PaRtY for my favorite girl in the world! 
My only daughter turned 8 this weekend and decided that an Art Party was the way to go with 10 of her best little friends. The girls did an amazing job at being creative for the art portion of our party.

Mixed Media Project
You will need:
-8x10 stretched canvas (we have
 done this on cardboard before 
too with great results... you will 
have to deal with some warping 
as it dries, but what is a little 
pressing when cereal boxes are free!)
-tissue papers
-white glue mixed with water
-paint brushes
-oil pastels
-collage materials
-glue sticks 
-hot glue (if needed)

The Process:
We started by selecting tissue papers and tearing them into small pieces. Then we used the paint brushes to paint on a layer of watered down paint on the canvas. Next add a piece of tissue paper to the gluey area. Wrinkles are encouraged! we want to make a texture with our paper. Add more glue to the top of the tissue paper, sealing all the edges. Continue adding paper until the entire canvas, and preferably the wrapped sides, are covered in color and texture.
Allow the canvas to dry completely. Looking lovely already!

Now it is time to get out the oil pastels. Pick a contrasting color of oil pastel and rub it all over the surface of the canvas, highlighting the texture that was created by the glued tissue paper. This part is really fun. Some students chose to use more than one color of pastel, which is great too.

Finally we did some collage work on the canvas as well. We added papers, fabric, buttons, washers, tiny mirrors, etc. The possibilities are endless for the collage

Melted Crayon Resists
During our drying time for the mixed media project we worked on some fun watercolor experiments.

We grated crayons with a cheese grater, placed the shavings
on our paper, placed a piece of wax paper (parchment works
as well)) over the top and ironed the colored wax onto the
paper. When we were done we painted over the crayon with
watercolors using the wet on wet technique.

When these are completely dry you can go back in with ink and create whatever image might come to you from your composition thus far!

I love the vibrant colors in this student work

I had fun doing one too!

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