Normally I'm under a deadline, pushing to get my prep, samples, and projects finished with my students.
I still keep a schedule, but I'm free to try out all those ideas that I've been accumulating.
Using white is today's exercise.
With kids we outline a lot. It's one of those techniques that can add so much a project. Usually it's in black but white is quite effective as well.
So what can you use: (click on picture to see larger if needed)
- a paint marker, in my collection I have Painter's opaque marker (Wal mart), Faber Castell PITT marker (art stores, Michael's), and Sharpie. They work like a regular felt marker, can be water soluble or permanent, and come in a variety of sizes.
- a gel pen, I use only Gelly Roll by Sakura and my favourite white one is 08. (scrapbooking stores, Michaels, art stores)
- a white crayon, I use Crayola and prefer the twistables, to say kids love them is an understatement, the twistables will always give me a nice edge for fine lines. To do this you use the side edge at the tip not straight up.
- a pencil crayon or coloured pencil
- oil or chalk pastel
- acrylic paint and a fine brush (rigger)
- white watercolour paint and a fine brush
Sometimes I want a strong white and other times a more subtle effect.
I do this on different types of paper as well.
This is on tracing paper.
I keep it in my sample book as well as on painted squares. (disk tempera on wc paper, as this is what I use at school the most)
I also have it on wax paper, card stock, and foil.
I quite like pencil crayon on wax paper and the paint markers do well on foil.
For my first project I taped down some wc paper to my art board. I used green painter's masking tape in 2 different widths.
I wanted nice bright colour so I painted my backgrounds with wc straight from the tube.
At school I would use disk tempera. To avoid muddy colours stick with just warm or cool colours in each section.
Set aside to dry.
Because I had leftover wc paint I painted a few journal pages.
This is in my bound sketchbook. (just regular drawing paper) I don't know what it will be at this point I just like adding rectangular strokes.
I also used the leftover paint towards a new project. This is a 3"x3" inchie.
For the inchie I blotted out some cloud with a kleenex while it was still wet
and I lifted out the horizon line. I did this by using an old gift card placed just below where I wanted the line. (you could use a ruler or piece of cardboard as well)
I then take a brush wet with plain water, I rub it down the line blotting on a paper towel.
This makes my inchie into a little landscape.
I then add some white and a little black with sharpies.
Mount on black card stock and I have a start on my next inchie collection.
My journal page was now dry so using gouache I painted in some skyline shapes.
I then used my Painter's opaque marker and a Gelly Roll gel pen to add some details.
Using that same marker I add details to my now dry water-colour.
Finally I add a little touch of black just for a bit of contrast.
This makes me feel like I'm in Maui again.....
Next time you have a journal page or project needing just a little something give a bit of white a try.
Happy weekend everyone!