Monday, April 19, 2010
Big Blue Marble
When I was a kid there was a show on PBS called "Big Blue Marble" and it was my first introduction into thinking globally and ecologically.
In honor of Earth Day I'm taking that big blue marble theme as a basis for some projects.
The first project is a watercolor painting project.
You need the following......
paint (tempera or watercolor)
round objects for tracing
paper for mounting
Find an assortment of round objects around the house. You want large, medium, and small sized marbles.
Using a pencil trace a bunch onto your watercolor paper.
In order to make your marble look 3 dimensional you need to add a highlight...because it is sphereical your highlight will be a concave rectangular shape.
Your highlight will be in the same place for all marbles.
Pencil in some guidelines for your "earth" marble as well.
Now you can start painting. Don't worry about staying in the lines as you will be cutting these marbles out. Don't be afraid to add some drops of water onto your painting to create some "blooms".
This will make yor marbles look more like glass. Click on photo to see larger.
Paint in your Earth. Using a kleenex you can lift out some clouds. When it is dry you can also use a wet brush to scrub where you want a misty cloud and then blot with a kleenex.
Now when painting a sphereical shape with watercolor it helps to go back in after and lift a little paint from the center just below the highlight. To lift use a wet brush (clear water) and scrub a little.
You also want your edges (where you penciled your circle) to be a bit darker as they are receding. Add some darker shading.
Keep painting in all your marbles...use a reference photo to help. (search google images for marbles)
Cut out your marbles and experiment with placement before gluing. Make sure the highlight remains in the same place for all marbles when positioning.
You can also add some pastel to create a shadow on the surface where your marbles are placed or to show the wall/floor.
That's it. Give it atry and create your own "Big Blue Marble".