There were a pair of nesting eagles at the lake this summer. We would watch them from the boat as they sat in their nest or soared over the water. Very majestic!
This eagle is part of a monprint study. Monoprints are very easy to do. I use the "sandwich" method I first learned from Rhian Brynjolson's book, "Art & Illustration For the Classroom". The latest edition of this book can be found here.
|Faux Bark Paintings|
- drawing paper
- wax paper
- construction paper, dark colors work well
- reference material if required
- pencil and eraser
- acrylic paints
- paintbrush, palette(plate), water, and paper towel
Use your scissors or the paper cutter.
By drawing a line you know the parameters of your composition or where to stop sketching.
You can use reference material to help with your sketch.
I have a few eagle themed projects so I'm using a prior sketch I used as a guideline.
Open it up to the wax paper. I spend a few seconds making a nice fold line along the staples.
Grab your acrylic paints, paintbrush, palette (I use foam plates which the kids wash and use over and over again), water and a paper towel.
Starting with the background, paint small sections at a time.
If you did not get a good print no worries, re paint the section and try again.
The main problem will be that the paint has dried on you before you can make the print. Add a little water into your paint and keep to the small sections. I also find you can re wet the paint on the wax paper as well.
Now you could just stop here with a nice lesson in negative space. (note to self: good Halloween project in the making)
Often dark colors will not show up. Here I tried some brown but you can't see it on the black.
You can fix this by making a tint. A tint is any color that has white added to it.
For my eagle I painted some larger sections of the wing, I then did my print, let the construction paper and wax paper dry in that area, and then came back over the same section with other colors for feather detail.
This means you can also do this over 2 sessions if you need to, you can interrupt this project.
Now you can leave your sandwich together at this point to display all the parts of the process or
I also like adding "sketch lines" to the wax paper part and hanging those in the window.
There you go, a terrific project using supplies you already have on hand to start off the school year!
See you soon.