Well it's been a few crazy days here in Calgary and southern Alberta. We have been in a state of emergency for the last 5 days due to an unprecedented flood.
Although I live in an unaffected area (hilltop) it's hard to see the city where I was born and raised ravaged by extreme flood damage.
Schools are now closed due to the emergency but my thoughts and prayers are with all my fellow Calgarians (and Albertans) as we start to recover from this unbelievable event.
Last week, the day before the flood, I finished this project with two Grade 5 classes who also did the Nautical Inchies.
We used cardboard as a substrate (old tri-folds) as well as cardboard pieces to add some 3-dimensional appeal.
I'll give you the full 'how to' in just a minute but first I have a new giveaway.
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Back to the Lighthouse Project.
- cardboard, wood, or canvas substrate (base), I used 12x12" cardboard cut from 2 old tri folds
- gesso for priming if needed
- drywall or joint compound
- pieces of scrap corrugated cardboard
- tacky glue
- acrylic paint
- Mod Podge for sealing
- ribbon stamped with maple leaf
Draw out your scene in pencil on your base.
Use reference photos if needed. You don't won't to focus too much on detail here, just general shapes.
Using scrap cardboard cut out the shapes of your lighthouse.
Add some rock shapes of other parts of the scene.
Using drywall or joint compound add a layer to your cardboard pieces. You can use a spatula or old gift card but I find your fingers work great.
Add some to your background base as well. Here I put some texture into my sky.
Set aside to dry.
When painted it the texture is terrific.
Paint in your background with acrylic paint. I discussed with the kids how the sky and other parts of the background are not just 1 colour.
It's really 3 colours. A mid tone value, a light value, and a dark. I encouraged them to mix the 3 values using the paint I brought in as well as using black and white. They then applied the colours and blended so we didn't have stripes.
Here is some student work.
Before painting our pieces I had them paint the edges black. This helps that element 'pop' from the page. It also covers up the cardboard edge.
I asked them to paint the pieces lighter than the background as this would also make them appear closer.
For example, the rocks pieces are still painted with 3 values, (mid grey, white grey, black grey) but I use more of the whitish grey than I did in the base.
We painted the edges of our lighthouses black and then discussed adding shadows. Determine where you think the sun or in some case the moon would be and shadow the opposite side a bit.
I then gave each of them a piece of ribbon that had a Maple leaf on it and they painted the 2 sides with a band or red. I love this ribbon and use it constantly. Right now is a good time to get it as it's part of Canada Day promos at both the Dollar store and Michaels.
Glue all the pieces to the base with tacky glue. Use a fine sharpie to add details like some seagulls in the distant sky and the flagpole.
Finally when the paint is all dry add a coat of lodge. It has a nice shiny coat which adds depth to your paint as well as it ensures all your pieces are well stuck on.
Love the colours used on this one.....it was like an oil painting.
Use of the 3 values in the rocks.
Great work Grade 5!
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